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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dave O'Brien, Dallas Braden and Eduardo Pérez have today one the best views in baseball. Monday Night Baseball: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Cubs GM Theo Epstein on both Chicago teams having MLB's best records: "Chicago fans more than deserve for both teams to be doing well. Not that we spend a lot of time rooting for them, but I'm glad they're doing well."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Gregory Polanco on the best advice he's gotten from fellow Dominican outfielder Starling Marte: "To have fun and never forget this is a game. Don't focus on the results, just have a good time and your talent will shine through."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs are averaging six runs per game and a big reason why is they're drawing a lot of walks. They've walked in 13.5 percent of their plate appearances, something only 10 qualified hitters accomplished in 2015. The Cubs, however, don't lead the majors in OBP. That's their opponent tonight, the Pirates, who lead .375 to .359.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bad news for the Baltimore Orioles: Shortstop J.J. Hardy is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture of his left foot, and is expected to miss about six weeks. The three-time Gold Glover is one of only four major-league shortstops without an error so far this season. The O's are expected to recall utility man Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk to fill Hardy's roster spot. Manny Machado will likely slide over to shortstop with Flaherty getting the majority of the action at third base

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon will rest Jason Heyward the next two nights as he has a sore right wrist. He is available off the bench.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward has a sore right wrist keeping him out of the lineup after going 0 for 17 on the last home stand. It's not a serious injury, per Joe Maddon.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Randal Grichuk, mired in an 0-for-20 slump that has put his batting average at .179, was out of Monday night's lineup vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals have a bit of a conundrum with Grichuk, who they were hoping would become their everyday center fielder this season. He is struggling with pitch recognition and the only way to fix that is to see live pitching. On the other hand, they need production and players like Jeremy Hazelbaker and Brandon Moss have provided more. If he keeps struggling, the question might arise whether he needs to be sent to Triple-A Memphis to work on recognizing breaking balls. Mike Matheny talks about Grichuk's struggles:


Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Joe Maddon's T-Shirt Collection - All sales benefit his RESPECT 90 Foundation: "The Process is Fearless", "Embrace the Target", "Do Simple Better" and Busch Stadium favorite "Try Not to Suck"

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has never played at PNC park. He came here with the Rays in 2007 but before taking the field Joe Maddon informed him he was being sent down.