Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss why he protested the game against the Nationals after Nats reliever Sean Doolittle appeared to tap the ground before delivering the ball in the ninth inning. It's a move that was deemed illegal for Cubs reliever Carl Edwards earlier this season.

Garcia cranks leadoff homer for White Sox (0:21)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm probably a little too excited to watch Ryan Feierabend make his Blue Jays debut across the street from the lair of another lefty knuckleballer -- Wilbur Wood of the White Sox. Great nugget from ESPN Stats & Info on this: Feierabend is making his first big league start since Sept. 23, 2008 with the Mariners. He faced the Angels in that game, and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. batted cleanup for the Halos. Vlad Jr. is Feierabend's third baseman today.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

VIDEO: Kris Bryant, who went 4-for-6 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI in the Cubs 14-6 win over the Nats, talks about whether his current form reminds him of his 2016 MVP season.

Bryant puts 3 HRs into the Cubs bullpen (0:55)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"If we force pitches over the plate, we're going to be very, very good for a while." –Joe Maddon after the 14-6 drubbing of the Nats.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Third HR of the evening for Kris Bryant gives the Cubs a 12-4 lead over the Nationals in the 9th inning. His last 3-HR game was on June 27, 2016, against Cincinnati.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Kris Bryant has reached safely in each of his last 26 games since April 17, the longest streak of his career and the longest active streak in the majors. Coming into tonight, Bryant had a .439 OBP during that stretch, third-highest in the N.L.

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White Sox put LHP Banuelos (shoulder) on IL

The White Sox have placed left-hander Manny Banuelos on the injured list because of a strained shoulder, another blow to a pitching staff that lost Carlos Rodon and Nate Jones for the season earlier this week.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Javy Báez's double in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 15 games, extending his career high and the longest active streak in the majors.

Pippen: Rozier 'great fit' for Bulls (1:59)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Cubs lineup vs Nationals in D.C. tonight

BBTN: Mets' Whispers, Kinsler's Outburst, Leitner

Buster & Karl Ravech discuss the rumors surrounding Mickey Callaway, Ian Kinsler's emotional outburst and much more (7:48). Plus, Jessica Mendoza looks ahead to the weekend (25:24) and a "Call To The Legend" with iconic Padres announcer Ted Leitner who shares tales of Tony Gwynn and answers the question of whether he's the inspiration for Ron Burgundy (36:10).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs finally lost a series as they dropped the rubber game against the Reds on Thursday, 4-2. They scored 2 runs in the first inning off of Luis Castillo but managed nothing else the rest of the game despite Cincinnati's top starter getting knocked out early due to a long rain delay. It's the Cubs first series loss since dropping 2 of 3 to the Brewers from April 5-7. Despite the loss, Kris Bryant reached base for a current MLB high 25th straight game while Javy Baez extended his hit streak to 14 games.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon has scrambled his lineup for Luis Castillo tonight. Kyle Schwarber returns to the lead off role he occupied early in 2017 while Daniel Descalso will bat third in the order. Anthony Rizzo (back) remains out of the lineup as Victor Caratini will play first base. He's being activated, returning from a hand injury.