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Jose Quintana shines in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles — MLB

Jose Quintana shines in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles — MLB

Jon Lester will be looking to improve on one of the worst outings of his career last time out.

Then the last week of the first half happened. He was the perfect addition for this team to make. He limited the Orioles to four hits and one earned run in 6.2 innings in the Cubs' 10-3 win before 40,258, July 15.

Still, he's saying it's a bit early to really push his team although Maddon has a good feeling about where his team is at with the second half just underway. You shouldn't expect 12 Ks per game, but this kind of control and command is his thing to induce weak contact.

Since determining that a rebuild was the best route to go, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has done a superb job selling off their assets and getting the highest value in return. He got that, and it might be the start of a strong second half for Arrieta, as well as helping him earn some of that "lost" money he may have cost himself. If Robertson, Swarzak and Kahnle all get traded, who's next in line?

The Red Sox's top prospect Rafael Devers, is a power hitting third baseman but is he ready to come up and make an impact?

The Baltimore Orioles schedule resumes Friday with a three-game weekend series against the reigning MLB champions Chicago Cubs as the Orioles welcome back slugger Chris Davis after a one-month absence. The first was leaving Matt Gausman in the game too long. "In the fifth inning, got the two outs, and then it just snowballed, falling behind with two outs and not just staying aggressive".

If there is any reason the Mets do not trade Jacob deGrom it is because they simply cannot rely on any of their other starters to be consistent.

"I haven't sensed that the guys are down", Renteria said. "Geography has allowed us to stay in this". That's a big addition for the Cubs. Only one player did not reach first base safely; Johnny Giavotella came in as a pinch hitter for Ruben Tejada and struck out to end the game.

Those six games at home - after a day off - were simply awful. While the Cubs limped to a 2-4 record in that home stretch, Milwaukee showed what a sense of urgency looked like.

- Heyward piled up another two hits today, giving him six in the series. The Brewers went 6-1, outscoring their opponents a combined 46-17. Not only that, but he has now posted two consecutive games of at least 10 strikeouts for the first time in his major league career. Now the lead is 5.5 games, and the Cubs are closer to last place then first. Reporters focused their questions toward him about the struggles the Cubs have faced this season.

Maddon knows it can be tough to pitch against your old team, so he just wants Arrieta to get locked in pretty quickly.

Jiménez, meanwhile, ceded 11 hits before he was pulled in the fourth inning, many of them rockets that found patches of outfield grass. Chicago is 6-3 against the Orioles all-time.