Cubs welcome Bryant, Zobrist back to lineup

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant reacts after taking a pitch to the batting helmet from Colorado Rockies starter German Marquez in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday

Cubs welcome Bryant, Zobrist back to lineup

A good litmus test will come Saturday when Guerra squares off against the Cubs in Chicago.

Maddon may not have been asking for results, just a look, but he got both in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Friday.

Darvish (0-2, 6.86 ERA) faces some of the big-contract pressure that teammates Jon Lester and Jason Heyward have in the past.

The Brewers are just 2-5 in Guerra's last seven road starts but have won 17 of their last 25 road games overall, regardless of who starts.

Cubs: Bryant wasn't available to reporters before the game. With AP Photos.Yu Darvish bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run in six innings, Addison Russell scored the go-ahead run on shortstop Eric Sogard's seventh-inning error, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. Darvish yielded just three hits against the Brewers with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant right turns away from the batter's box after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter German Marquez back left in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday
Cubs welcome Bryant, Zobrist back to lineup

Darvish cruised into the fifth, the inning which had been his Achilles heel in three of his first four starts as a Cub.

Pedro Strop (3-0) retired Jesus Aguilar - his only batter - on a flyout that ended the seventh.

"I still believe tried and true methods, meaning don't be trying to hit home runs all the time, move the baseball with two strikes, use the whole field, make adaptations, make adjustments", he said. Zack Godley (4-1) allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings to improve to 3-0 lifetime at Nationals Park.

The 26-year-old Bryant is batting.319 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 19 games. The pen for the Cubs ranks 5th in the league with a 2.77 ERA. Shaw flied out with Braun on second in the first, and Jett Bandy took a called third strike after Orlando Arcia's hit in the second. Tyler Chatwood has struggled in his two home starts this year, but I see him getting back on track in this one against a Milwaukee team that has scored just two total runs in the first two games of this series. ATHLETICS 8, ASTROS 1: Sean Manaea followed up his no-hitter with seven solid innings, three Athletics homered and Oakland beat Houston for its fifth win in six games. That pen has not allowed an ER in its last 10 games.

"If you're the manager on the other team and I send the lineup over and he's not on it, you kind of smile or snicker a little bit", he said.

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