First-year Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo oozes confidence in his team. So far, it's been well-founded. Jake Lamb homered off a left-hander for only the second time this season, five Diamondbacks drove in at least one run and Arizona beat Chicago 8-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the White Sox. The Diamondbacks won for the eighth time in nine games and are 10 games above .500 (29-19) for the first time since 2011. "We understand that we're doing things in a very special way. And something special could happen here," Lovullo said. "We're on the right road, but we've got to continue doing what we've been doing for the first 40 games and take it from there." Arizona
Do the Cubs have a World Series hangover? On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic joins CSN's Patrick Mooney to talk about the World Series hangover, how last year's playoff loss lingered in San Francisco, Johnny Cueto's quirks, the legend of Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija's ups and downs. Plus Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ defensive struggles this year compared to an historic 2016 and how Ian Happ fits into the Cubs’ lineup in both the short and long term.
Often, before games at Wrigley Field, Cubs fans will make a special stop at Graceland Cemetery to visit Ernie Banks' gravesite, which is about a mile away from his statue outside the ballpark. They pay their respects, maybe leave a flower or a "W" flag, and move on. It's nothing like it was after the Cubs won the World Series, when the crowds were so big that police officers parking inside the gates to control traffic spent the night. "Once in a while, you'll see a couple of flags out there," Graceland Cemetery administrator Andres Vargas said. "As far as (the) crowds, I don't think it can equate to the way it was last fall." But Banks isn't alone. Former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson rests