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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs scored six runs in the first inning off of Michael Wacha plating as many in one inning as they did in their previous three games combined.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Todd Frazier on Chris Sale: "Those lanky guys will get you. His arm just spins every which way and – boom! -- it's 96 or 89. He's mixing his speeds really well this year. That's the sign of a great pitcher."

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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski on reliever Carson Smith, who will miss the rest of the season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery: "We had medical information. We thought he'd be fine." Dombrowski nevertheless acknowledged that Smith's "unusual delivery" makes him "more apt" for injury.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Robin Ventura on getting to watch Chris Sale pitch : "There is a guilty pleasure to it."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Jason Heyward returns to the Cubs lineup after missing the last few days with a hip contusion.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's son, Jake, was named the Gatorade Missouri player of the year on Tuesday. Jake Matheny, a 6-foot-3 catcher like his dad, batted .411 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs at Westminster Christian Academy in the St. Louis suburbs. He is committed to Indiana, but Mike Matheny said that could change after next month's draft. "A large catcher who hits with power, I know there are some scouts who like that," Mike Matheny said. "I would typically say most kids need college. He's probably a disciplined enough kid who could probably figure out how to do it on-line."

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry even divides families in some of the nearby states, including Arkansas:

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois is a border state. The southern portion typically pulls for the Cardinals while the north goes for the Cubs or, sometimes, White Sox:

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Cardinals draw a lot of fans from neighboring states. Several of them, including Indiana, are contested turf:

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Even people born and raised in St. Louis are starting to get nervous this could be the year of the Cubs:

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Katie Strang ESPN.com 

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been scratched from tonight's game with flu-like symptoms. Mike Aviles, who was originally slated to play LF, will now play 2B. Steven Moya will draw into the lineup to play LF. Cameron Maybin will replace Kinsler as leadoff hitter.