Cubs' Jon Lester on slide rule: Changes making baseball 'soft'

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs- 5/12/17 MLB Pick Odds and Prediction

Happ was the Cubs' first round pick in the 2015 draft.

Louis Cardinals beat the rival Chicago Cubs (STL 5, CHC 3) to further increase their NL Central lead. Relief pitcher Felix Pena was optioned down to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Happ on the active roster.

Arrieta's last win against the Cardinals came on April 4 in the second game of the season, when he beat Adam Wainwright, his opponent again on Sunday. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits and needed 85 pitches to get the 11 outs. On a grounder by Anthony Rizzo, Happ slid past the bag while shortstop Aledmys Diaz fielded a flip from Martinez, and Rizzo was ruled out when umpires made the interference call.

Twins 1, Indians 0: Ervin Santana (6-1) allowed two hits and five walks in seven innings, Miguel Sano homered in the first off Josh Tomlin and Cleveland was shut out for the first time this season.

Lester labored, throwing 112 pitches in 5 2/3 innings.

After joining pitcher Jon Lester in ripping the new rule at second base that cost the team a run, Maddon blended his managerial wit with caustic criticism about the league's new player safety rules.

RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 2 Joey Gallo hit a game-ending three-run home run and host Texas won with a four-run ninth inning for the second night in a row, this time beating Oakland. Happ's a rookie (he hit a home run earlier!) but he'll learn how to bust up a throw without going off the bag. I guess that's the rule.

Martinez scored Pham on a squeeze bunt in the third inning. Arrieta allowed one unearned run and four hits in six innings in the Cubs' 2-1 victory.

Arrieta's historical dominance against the Cardinals did not continue, as both Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter took him deep, making it eight home runs already this year.

Added Cubs manager Joe Maddon: "That's a good baseball play - it's been going on for the last 100 years".

Chicago's number two prospect and 23rd in all of baseball homered against the St Louis Cardinals for his first MLB hit on Saturday. With his next win, he will be the eighth active manager to reach 1,000 wins, joining Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker, Mike Scioscia, Buck Showalter, Terry Francona, Clint Hurdle and Net Yost.

Should the Cardinals go with Martinez, the Cubs will have their hands full. The game was played before 47,882 fans, the largest gathering in the ballpark's history. INF Addison Russell returned to the starting lineup after missing three starts with a right shoulder ailment. This is, however, dependent on who the Cardinals decide to start, after announcing they will skip Wacha, for extra rest.

After three straight outstanding seasons with the Chicago Cubs, including a Cy Young Award campaign in 2015, Jake Arrieta appeared poised for a huge contract following this season. Chicago is also 10-2 in Arrieta's last 12 Sunday starts, and 45-18 in Arrieta's last 63 starts. Wainwright is 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA in 41 career games (32 starts) against the Cubs. A look at the standings shows them ahead of the second-place Cincinnati Reds by one game, the third-place Milwaukee Brewers by two games, and the fourth-place Chicago Cubs by two-and-a-half games.

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