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Cubs tab Lester for finale against Nationals
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Jon Lester has won three World Series, started 339 games, is a four-time All-Star and has 2,000 career strikeouts. On Sunday afternoon, the 33-year-old Cubs lefty will face the Nationals and Erick Fedde, a 24-year-old who’s thrown 87 Major League pitches.

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Avila rakes, Contreras rolls to lead win vs. Nats
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Without Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer or Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals turned to journeyman Edwin Jackson on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Cubs roughed up the 33-year-old right-hander with a four-run first inning, and Willson Contreras added a two-run homer in the sixth to post a 7-4 win over the Nationals and snap a three-game […]

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Contreras OK with starting in left to help team
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Willson Contreras was OK playing left field on Saturday. The catcher just wants to be in the Cubs’ lineup.

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Cubs look to Lackey as they battle Nats
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Edwin Jackson will make his first start at Wrigley Field since 2014 on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the three-game set between the Nats and the Cubs. Chicago will counter with John Lackey.

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Baez goes deep, but Cubs fall to Nationals
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It felt like October on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, and not just because of the unseasonably cool 63-degree game-time temperature. This was Game 1 of a three-game series between the Nationals and Cubs, and a possible National League Division Series preview. Daniel Murphy took care of matters, hitting a pair of home runs to […]

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Cubs place Russell on DL with foot strain
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After missing Thursday’s series finale against the D-backs, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, retroactive to Wednesday, with a right foot strain.

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Maddon: Avila to start based on opposing pitcher
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Alex Avila was impressive in his Cubs debut working with Jake Arrieta, and manager Joe Maddon said Thursday he will likely start the veteran catcher based more on the opposing-starter matchup, not necessarily pairing him with a specific pitcher.

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Cubs host Nats for potential playoff preview
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With each passing day in the second half, as the Nationals still own a commanding lead in the National League East and the Cubs have surged out of the All-Star break to take command of the NL Central, it seems that these two teams are destined to meet in the NL Division Series. So this […]

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5 things to watch for in Nationals-Cubs series
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For a little while there, it looked like this weekend’s series would be capped by a Sunday conclusion worthy of a deciding Game 5 in the upcoming National League Division Series.

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Long, semisweet day for Contreras at plate
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Willson Contreras came through on several occasions — tallying the first six-RBI game of his career and the first such game by any Cubs player this season — but he still found himself worn down during the third rain delay of what would be a 6 1/2-hour slugfest.

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Contreras' big game not enough in rainy loss
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Paul Goldschmidt won the home run derby between him and Willson Contreras on Thursday. Both drove in six runs, but the D-backs slugger belted three homers, including a tie-breaking solo shot with one out in the ninth inning, to power Arizona to a 10-8 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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Arrieta builds trust in first pairing with Avila
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Jake Arrieta tossed seven strong innings against the D-backs on Wednesday night in Alex Avila’s first game behind the plate for the Cubs.

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