Jalen likes Notre Dame's Yankee-inspired uniforms (1:20)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his outing where he shutdown the Pirates over 6 innings on Thursday.

Lester dominates with 8 K's (0:38)
Happ launches homer to right (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester had a great bounce back game as he entered the night with a 10.32 second half ERA. That number came down considerably after he threw 6 shutout innings against the Pirates, allowing just five hits without issuing a walk. He struck out 8 using just 92 pitches. 60 of them were strikes. He looked like the first half pitcher who made the all-star team.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

All signs are a go for Cubs righty Yu Darvish to pitch in a minor league game on Sunday as he rehabs an elbow injury, according to manager Joe Maddon. The Cubs did not announce where he will pitch but Class-A South Bend is at home that day and close enough to Chicago that Cubs brass can make the quick trip to watch him if they desire. That's where Darvish pitched his last rehab start before being shut down. Maddon wouldn't commit to a number of starts in the minors for Darvish but said he wouldn't expect more than three: "He came in and said he felt great so he's ready to roll on Sunday."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"There's a Neanderthal aspect to our game that needs to go away." –Joe Maddon on José Ureña plunking Ronald Acuña Jr.

Michael Kopech modeled himself after Nolan Ryan (0:56)
Hard-throwing Kopech a beacon of hope for White Sox, fans (0:57)
Happ jumps into ivy to make catch (0:43)
Almora extends Cubs' lead with homer (0:25)
Rizzo goes the other way for 2-run homer (0:26)
Abreu rips 2-run homer to left field (0:29)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Brewers pulled Ryan Braun before his third at-bat today because of some right-side tightness. It'll be a tough blow for Milwaukee if it turns into something, because after a slow first half, Braun has shown signs lately of going on a roll -- even beyond his two-homer game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.

Davidson's 2-run HR gives White Sox the lead (0:29)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals for cash on Wednesday, assigning him to Triple-A Iowa. He'll likely be called up after Sept. 1 and serve as a pinch runner for the stretch run. It's the sort of move the Cubs have made in the past at this time of year. Gore has 309 career steals as a pro -- 21 in the majors in just 14 plate appearances.