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Cubs edge Rays in Joe Maddon’s return to the Trop

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Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit his 28th home run and the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to a season-high seven by beating the the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Tuesday night in manager Joe Maddon‘s return to Tropicana Field. Maddon managed the Rays from 2006-14, then left to manage Chicago and last year led the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Chicago hold a 3½-game lead over second-place Milwaukee…

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Cubs rally for 7-3 win over Rays

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Jon Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking two-run single an inning later, helping the Chicago Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. The Cubs appeared to be headed for their sixth loss in eight games before Jay drove a 1-2 pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (4-3) over the wall in left-center for a tying three-run shot with two out in the sixth inning. Jay then popped out…

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Dueling droughts: Cubs, Indians to meet in World Series

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At long, long last, it’s true: Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series. The matchup between teams that forever waited till next year – next century, really – is finally here. A classic Fall Classic, for sure. Do-it-all Javier Baez, flashy Francisco Lindor, MVP caliber Kris Bryant and a bevy of young stars. Lights-out relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, and wily skippers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. Plus, intrigue if injured All-Star starter Danny…

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Futures Game offers glimmer of hope for Rays

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As the Tampa Bay Rays free-fall into the All-Star break, a four-day break can only help. When you’ve lost 21 of 24 any person or team would look for something to make the pain stop. Some morsel of optimism is needed and today’s first All-Star event in San Diego provides such a snack. The MLB All-Stars Futures Game pits a collection of prospects from the U.S. against other prospects from around the world. Alex Colome is the only Ray on…

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