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Cubs Game Day: Kris Bryant, Cubs ready for Pirates

Cubs Game Day: Kris Bryant, Cubs ready for Pirates

Rookie third baseman Kris Bryant was cleared to start for the Chicago Cubs in Monday night's National League Central showdown at Pittsburgh. That further fueled the Cubs' optimism with left-hander Jon Lester taking the mound against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano at damp PNC Park. “The last outing I thought was the best I’ve seen him all year," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Lester, who struck out 14 in eight innings in a 3-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. "I think he’s getting his feet on the ground in a Cubs uniform on right now." Meanwhile, Bryant said he felt weak after absorbing a tag on the head by shortstop Jean...

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