CHICAGO Teams

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West on Wednesday, but instead suffered a third straight loss to the lowly Phillies, who will go for the series sweep on Thursday. The Dodgers are 5-20 over their past 25 games and their magic number remains at two. The Red Sox did clinch at least a wild-card spot with their win and the Angels' loss. Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 8 (to win AL East) Cubs: 8 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card)

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Lester struggles in Cubs' loss to Rays (0:56)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the struggles of lefty Jon Lester.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his struggles after falling to the Rays on Wednesday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 8-1 to the Rays as once again Jon Lester had a very shaky outing. He didn't make it out of the fifth while giving up runs in three different innings including the first when Steven Souza Jr homered off him. Lester has now given up a league leading 8 home runs in the opening inning this year. His ERA is 5.11 since the all star break after 7 Rays crossed the plate on 8 hits, 3 walks and three stolen bases. He also didn't strike out anyone in 4.1 innings. The Cubs offense did next to nothing off lefty Blake Snell but Lester's subpar performance has the biggest meaning for the team.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 forward Miller Kopp will announce his college decision tomorrow. Just visited Northwestern. Butler, Michigan, Texas A&M among others involved.

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Lester unravels in the 5th (1:12)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester gave up 7 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks and a hit batter on Wednesday over 4.1 innings without striking anyone out. The Rays also stole 3 bases on him. The Cubs lefty simply hasn't been sharp, especially to start games, as his second half ERA ballooned to 5.11.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester gave up two stolen bases to Steven Souza in the fifth inning, both on errant throws, to first base and third base, respectively. Neither were scored as errors but if either were on target Souza would have been nabbed. Its only the 18th and 19th stolen bases against Lester this year, down from a league high of 44 in 2015. He gave up 28 stolen bases last season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester has tied teammate John Lackey for most first inning home runs given up in the NL as Steven Souza Jr took him deep early in Wednesday's game. Lester and Lackey have both given up eight home runs in the first inning this season which is also the same amount Gio Gonzalez has served as well.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

DNP on Wednesday: Tom Compton, Nick Kwiatkoski, Mark Sanchez and Josh Sitton. LTD: Prince Amukamara, Benny Cunningham, Akiem Hicks, Jordan Howard, Kyle Long and Kendall Wright. FULL: Markus Wheaton and Deon Bush.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez hasn't talked to his family in Puerto Rico since last night. He thinks they are safe and should be able to reach them around game time.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"Yes, sir. I do think he is. I think he's running hard. We've got to do a better job up front and help him. It wasn't one guy. It was falling off the block here or there and not finishing the way that we need to up front to help him. When you get him to the second level he's a good back. He's going to break tackles. It's tough for people to tackle him for four quarters. The Atlanta game we were much better than we were against Tampa." -- Bears OC Dowell Loggains on if Jordan Howard is running the same way he did last year -- he's not.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

“I think he played eight snaps the first game, five or six the second. It's just the way the game has been playing out. In the first half, he played his five snaps. In the second half we were in 11 personnel and we're behind and we're throwing it and right now we're using Dion Sims and Zach Miller in those roles in 11 personnel more as a pass catcher. Adam's done a good job. We need to play him a little bit more and we will. As it keeps going on, his role will get better every week hopefully.” -- Bears OC Dowell Loggains on why 2nd round pick TE Adam Shaheen isn't playing much.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Let's talk magic numbers. The Astros, Indians and Nationals have already clinched division titles, and the Dodgers can join them tonight. Their number is two, so they need a win over the Phillies -- the Phillies won the first two games of the series -- and a Diamondbacks loss to the Padres to pop the champagne. Will they stay up in Philly to possibly celebrate? Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 9 Cubs: 9

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Three Steelers defensive starters begin Week 3 as limited practice participants.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced their rotation for their weekend series against the Brewers. Jake Arrieta will return from his hamstring injury on Thursday followed by John Lackey for Friday's game, Kyle Hendricks on Saturday and then Jose Quintana in the finale on Sunday. Going into Wednesday night's action the Cubs lead the Brewers by 3.5 games.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears QB Mike Glennon says he's not looking over his shoulder at Mitchell Trubisky.