ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Are the Cubs lining up Jake Arrieta to start Game 1 against the Washington Nationals? Im not even anywhere near that, manager Joe Maddon said during Tuesdays pregame media session with the Chicago media, immediately shifting his focus back to the decisions he would have to make that night how hard to push catcher Willson Contreras coming off the disabled list, what the Cubs would get out of lefty Mike Montgomery, how the bullpen sets up against the Tampa Bay Rays. Arrieta had just completed a throwing session at Tropicana Field and declared himself ready to face the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Matheny enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals' best all-around game in a while so much, he wouldn't mind seeing a replay. "I'll go rewatch it," Matheny said after the 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. "Good starting pitching, clean defense, clean bullpen, timely hitting, got momentum early. I'm really looking forward to (Thursday)." Dexter Fowler homered for the third straight game while Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong also homered as St. Louis gained ground in their National League playoff push. Tommy Pham finished with two doubles, a single and two RBIs and Yadier Molina added a two-run double as the third-place Cardinals (79-72) gained a game on first-place Chicago
ESPN.com The Cincinnati Reds activated outfielder Billy Hamilton from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Hamilton, who leads the majors in stolen bases with 58, was recovering from a broken left thumb. He hasn't played since Sept. 6. Hamilton, 26, is batting .248 with 82 runs scored this season, his fifth with the Reds. He has recorded at least 56 stolen bases in each of the past four seasons.