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Schwarber not surprised Cubs demoted him

Kyle Schwarber made his first public comments Monday since the Cubs sent him down to Triple-A, saying he wasn't surprise by the demotion but "that's obviously something that you don't want to have, and it ticks you off a little bit."

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Cubs' Contreras hits HR in leadoff role debut

Willson Contreras -- the eighth leadoff hitter for the Cubs this season -- hit a home run Monday in his first at-bat in the No. 1 spot. Contreras' teammate Anthony Rizzo also hit a homer in his first leadoff at-bat last week.

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Like Anthony Rizzo before him Willson Contreras hit a lead off home run in his very first at-bat leading off a game in his career. He took Gio Gonzalez deep on a 3-1 pitch to start the game making him the 3rd different Cub to hit a lead off HR this season.

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Las Vegas natives, friends and the last two NL MVP's Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper meet in the OF before the Cubs and Nationals begin a series.


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Watch Joe Maddon discuss why Anthony Rizzo was moved to second in the order.

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According to ESPN Stats and Information, the avg age of the Cubs starting lineup tonight is 24.8. That's the youngest for any team's lineup in Major League Baseball this year and youngest since July 4 last season when the Cubs fielded a starting nine with an avg age of 24.4.


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Watch Jason Heyward discuss his recovery from a really bad cut on his hand. He took more swings today.


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Watch Willson Contreras discuss leading off for the first time. He walked twice coming off the bench on Sunday but did a double take when he got the text this morning.

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NL All-Star voting coming down to the wire

With four days of balloting remaining, Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna, Reds SS Zack Cozart and Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman find themselves in tight races at their respective positions. Each league's starters will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is at it again. He has catcher Willson Contreras leading off on Monday against the Nationals followed by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Rookies Ian Happ, Jeimer Candelario and Mark Zagunis are also starting, along with Albert Almora Jr. It's the first time in the last 12 games, in which he's played, Rizzo won't lead off.

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Power Rankings: Cubs climb a spot

At some point, the expectation that the Cubs will break out and go on a tear demands evaluation. A 13-10 June has them back over .500, but is that it?

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