Kris Bryant will likely miss the first two games of this weekend's series against the St. Louis Cardinals and could miss the whole three-game set, according to Joe Maddon. The Cubs manager said the reigning National League MVP will be sidelined as he recovers from a sore finger, injured when he slid head first into third base in the first inning of Wednesday's series-finale against the Atlanta Braves down in Georgia. "He's just not ready today, but we're going to do this (as) a day-by-day thing," Maddon said. "I really don't know. If I had to guess, probably not tomorrow, too. And possibly on Sunday, but I really don't know. "He healed well with the ankle, we did not expect that to come back
Jerry Dipoto is up to his old tricks again. The Seattle Mariners GM, who made more trades last winter than any MLB team in the last 20 years, has pulled off trades on back-to-back days as we approach baseball’s trade deadline. On Thursday, he acquired Miami Marlins reliever David Phelps, who has some solid peripherals, but isn’t exactly the key to a long-lost playoff berth in Seattle.
Ice Cube is a rapper and actor, not a singer. And maybe that’s what it was going to take for someone other than Harry Caray to nail Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Showing up at Wrigley Field a day before the BIG3 basketball league he founded plays in Chicago, Ice Cube went with the no-frills approach to the Cubs’ classic seventh-inning stretch song. Everything went right. You might think it was weird that a noted Los Angeles Dodgers fan would be allowed to lead the Cubs’ sacred tradition. But there are plenty of non-Cubs-fan celebrities who have done it, including Donald Trump years before his presidency. Besides, Saturday’s opponent was the St. Louis Cardinals, and Dodgers fans don’t exactly