Spring Training Preview Capsule: NL CentralThe Cubs are once again the NL Central favorite after two straight division crowns.
Cubs Beat Pirates, 8-2Jon Lester (10-7) worked around traffic in his first four innings but settled down to go six innings with one run and five hits allowed.
Cubs Edge Pirates, 1-0Alex Avila knocked an RBI triple in the ninth inning, capping a duel between Jose Quintana and Gerrit Cole.
Pirates Rally To Beat Cubs, 4-3The Cubs left eight men on base to drop their third consecutive game.
Cubs Trounced By Pirates As Jake Arrieta Leaves With Leg InjuryChicago maintained a 3 1/2-game NL Central lead over Milwaukee, which lost to Cincinnati.
Report: City Grants Cubs A One-Time Exception To Move A Friday Game From Afternoon To NightThe Cubs' game against the Brewers on Sept. 8 will be moved to the evening to prevent a short turnaround for the team following travel.
Cubs Rout Pirates, 17-3Chicago remained 3 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.
Jake Arrieta Continues Strong 2nd Half As Cubs Beat Pirates, 4-1Arrieta fired six innings of two-hit shutout baseball.
Mike Montgomery Pitches Cubs Past Pirates, 6-1Montgomery (5-6) struck out four and walked none as he pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning.
Cubs Playoff Odds: Still Strong, According To Mathematical ModelsThe Cubs have a 77.5 percent chance of winning the division, per Fangraphs.
Cubs Limp Into All-Star Break After Pirates Scorch Them In 14-3 VictoryJon Lester allowed 10 runs, four earned, in 2/3 innings in the Cubs' disaster.
Polanco, Nova Lead Pirates Past Cubs, 4-2Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Ivan Nova pitched three-hit ball into the seventh.

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