Baseball roundup: Strasburg, Harper too much for Cubs

Javier Baez made a couple of fantastic plays last night

Javier Baez made a couple of fantastic plays last night

Bryant rolled his ankle when he stepped on third base after catching a routine pop up in the fifth inning. The Cubs could use this time to give Bryant a break and make sure the ankle heals properly.

"Things happen. You have to fix them when things happen", Maddon said. "You don't cry. Of course suboptimal, no question".

Not exactly a ton of confidence coming from the Cubs manager. And you can't worry about it, you can't cry about it.

Outfielder Jason Heyward is on the disabled list with a left hand injury.

Strasburg was able to get Javier Báez to ground into a 6-6-3 double play to end the threat. Otherwise, Candelario and Tommy La Stella are the third base options.

Chicago is also now without World Series MVP Ben Zobrist since he was placed on the disabled list on June 16 with a wrist injury. However, he has seemingly back on track to return soon.

"Get him off his feet literally for a couple of days and I still believe it's going to benefit us in August and September", the glass-half-full Maddon said.

Gargash says diplomacy remains priority in resolving Qatar crisis
Saudi Arabia demanded Qatar change its policy, in order to adjust Al Jazeera's broadcasting to the interests of the Gulf States. Qatar , which is the world's richest country per capita , has been flexing its muscles in the Middle East in recent years.

The Cubs (39-38) continue to try to find a lineup that will work, as well as hope John Lackey (5-8, 4.74) will be "Good Lackey" as they try to shut down the Nationals while also finding a way to breakthrough on Strasburg (8-2, 3.57).

Things certainly have not been going well, but the Chicago Cubs are still right in the thick of things.

Bauer held Texas to one run - Robinson Chirinos' homer - and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

TWINS 4, RED SOX 1: At Boston, Adalberto Mejia pitched 5⅔ innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston.

When asked if the Cubs needed to find a spark, Lackey looked around the clubhouse and acknowledged their walking wounded.

"Just two Vegas boys living out our dream with the ones we love!" "And to be healthy, honestly".

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