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Clayton Kershaw improved to 17-3 after allowing one run on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts over eight innings of work in a win against the Nationals on Tuesday night.
Par for the course. It's looking like Kershaw might be the first pitcher in major league history to lead the MLB in ERA four consecutive seasons in a row. He's Giancarlo Stanton's lone challenger for the NL-MVP crown. ANALYST:
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Addison Russell will start and bat ninth Tuesday.
The team wasn’t going to bring up a top prospect to have him sit on the bench. The Cubs were getting little production out of their second baseman, so they had Russell work in at second base while in the minors. The fantasy potential for this kid is high and owners should consider picking him up, in case he performs like everyone expects. He is going to take his bumps early, so don’t give up hope on the young star. Analysis: Colby Conway
Al Horford said he's good to go for game two.
Horford suffered a hand injury during the fourth quarter of Game 1 but was able to return and play the final six minutes but with his ring and pinky finger taped together. X-rays taken on the hand were negative but Horford expressed that he was in considerable pain. Given that it's playoff time there was little chance Horford would not be on the court for the Hawks Game 2 matchup against the Nets. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba