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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo had no doubts about his home run on Friday though it hugged the foul pole in right and needed to be reviewed. His was just one of four the Cubs hit in an 8-6 win over the Nationals on Friday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist is on fire collecting his 6th career multi homer game on Friday as he's gone deep four times in the last three games. He helped the Cubs to an 8-6 win.


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Yasiel Puig lives on the edge. Literally. [Credit: Yasiel Puig/Twitter]

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Cubs run differential now plus-98. That's the best by any team in the World Series era. Think about that. They're pretty good apparently

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter John Lackey struck out 11 in an 8-6 win over the Nationals on Friday. One of those 11 was his 2000th career strikeout.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite more rain today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't want to talk about how a potential washout on Friday might affect the weekend schedule: "Every time I start playing the 18th hole before I get there, I have a problem with the 16th hole."

David Payne Purdum @DavidPurdum

FanDuel, DraftKings, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL were invited to testify at Congressional hearing on daily fantasy. All declined, per source.

Pedro Gomez MLB 

If you saw my post, with video, from @cubs pitcher Jason Hammel catching passes before Friday's game, here are the NFL wide receiver gloves he uses. Grew up in Pittsburgh but a huge @Danmarino fan.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon reminds everyone Wrigley Field plays two different ways. On Friday it played small as the wind blew out for the first time this season in a Cubs 8-6 win over Washington.


Pedro Gomez MLB 

Joe Maddon on the summer temps and wind blowing out today at Wrigley, opposite of Thursday night, when temps were in the 40s: "It's amazing. We play in two different ballparks."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Rodriguez' hamstring pull is a "1-plus," according to Joe Girardi, which is more severe than CC Sabathia's groin pull. Girardi said he "hoped" A-Rod would return at the end of the 15-day DL period "but we'll have to see how he heals." A similar injury suffered by the Marlins Giancarlo Stanton in 2013 sidelined the then 24-year-old for five weeks. A-Rod turns 41 in July.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Cubs have destroyed some bad teams this year, but against the Pirates, Cardinals and Nationals: 7-1 W-L, while outscoring them 43-19.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Carlos Beltrán on the cancellation of the games in Puerto Rico: "This is something that will affect Puerto Rico. People were really looking forward to the series and to have the opportunity to attend Major League Baseball games in Puerto Rico. We all know that Puerto Rico is going through a very difficult time and this is basically just another low blow for the island. I don't what is the rate of people infected with the virus in Puerto Rico, compared with Florida, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and other places where the Zika virus has been found. But at the end of the day, MLB and the people who have made this decision must have their reasons."

Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi said CC Sabathia's groin pull, in his left (push off) leg, was diagnosed as a Grade 1, which normally means at least a three-week absence. "I think you would feel pretty fortunate if you could get him then," Girardi said. Ivan Nova will take over Sabathia's rotation spot beginning Monday night against the KC Royals.