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Outfielder Ian Happ called up by Cubs, makes majors debut

Outfielder Ian Happ called up by Cubs, makes majors debut

With the addition of Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals have regained first place, in the NL Central, for now. The Cubs play three games against the Reds (19-17), a weekend series against the Brewers (20-17) and a four-game set next week against the Giants (14-24). "He walked in, put his uniform on, went out there and kicked the bench and shook hands and hit a homer". "I thought it was a good chance to take".

"It feels good coming in here and helping the guys win", Butler said. The last two road sweeps were over the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins, teams with a combined 24-40 record.

So with 128 games left, the Cubs vow to remain patient while playing in front of expected sellout crowds full of Cardinals fans sticking their collective chests out after their recent surge. It won't necessarily be wrong, but it is alos rather obvious as beating good teams is harder than beating easier teams.

Magnueris Sierra, OF: Another start, another hit, another Cardinals victory. this elite prospect just keeps living the dream after stepping up from advanced Class A Palm Beach on an emergency basis. But if this call was made in the playoffs, it would be a much bigger issue. The Royals won for the fourth time in five games. Even Joe Maddon - a relentlessly optimistic manager by nature - doesn't pretend the Cubs expect to ever see that again. A "bona fide slide" for purposes of Rule 6.01 occurs when the runner: (1) begins his slide (i.e., makes contact with the ground) before reaching the base; (2) is able and attempts to reach the base with his hand or foot; (3) is able and attempts to remain on the base (except home plate) after completion of the slide; and (4) slides within reach of the base without changing his pathway for the objective of initiating contact with a fielder. We got a double play for it, cost us a run.

This year, in continuing with his career trend, Ian has bounced back from last season's struggles and has, in fact, experienced something of a breakout 2017. Butler will get the start in St. Louis on Friday night. He's gotten roughly a year's worth of starts in the majors and performed very poorly. This year, it has been just the opposite in nearly every start. He has just 17 strikeouts in 30.2 Triple-A innings, which is pretty consistent with his peformance in the majors thus far. But the Cubs still are waiting for Arrieta's velocity to rise from the low-90s.

Manager Mike Matheny has been more than pleased with both how well Pham and Sierra have filled in for the injured players.

"Finally, when I coached third in the minor leagues, I always wore a cup". He was hitting.298 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs before getting called up.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Starter Carlos Martinez has been filling a variety of roles for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 12 year vet has posted a nightmare 6.37 ERA, this season, and has yet to have a quality start. The lefthanded starting pitcher was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 10 appearances (including five starts) for the Cardinals back in 2014.

It looked more like the old Adam Wainwright on Sunday, not an old Adam Wainwright.