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Jake Arrieta keeps winning, impressing Joe Maddon

Jake Arrieta keeps winning, impressing Joe Maddon

Jake Arrieta was denied a National League All-Star invitation on Monday, but he and the Cubs have a bigger goal in mind: a playoff berth. Arrieta strengthened his credentials Tuesday by pitching 62/3 scoreless innings before settling for a 7-2 victory over the first-place Cardinals in the first game of a day-night doubleheader that improved his record to 9-5. Arrieta is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his last three starts. The Cubs, who currently hold the second NL wild-card spot, want to finish the first half strong and come out of the All-Star break the same way with a seven-game trip to Atlanta and Cincinnati. Arrieta is scheduled to pitch the final game before the break Sunday against...

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