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Jon Lester and Chris Bosio have confrontation in Cubs dugout

Jon Lester and Chris Bosio have confrontation in Cubs dugout

The Cubs' loss to the Reds on Thursday was more than just points in a tight divisional race.

Not only did the Cubs lose a game in which they stormed back to erase a nine-run deficit, they also lost their ace.

Jon Lester was removed from the game in the second inning with left lat tightness. An update on his injury should come Friday morning.

When Lester went to the Cubs dugout after exiting, he appeared to have a controntation with pitching coach Chris Bosio.

CSN's David Kaplan explained on his morning radio show Friday on ESPN 1000 what really happened between the two:

Watch the full video above to see the interaction. 

See below as David Kaplan and the rest of the SportsTalk Live crew break down what they saw.

How Cubs stack up according to WAR from 2015-19

How Cubs stack up according to WAR from 2015-19

The Cubs made the playoffs four times in five seasons under Joe Maddon, receiving contributions across the diamond from All-Stars and role players alike.

Some players, of course, had bigger impacts for Maddon's Cubs, even in smaller sample sizes. Jesse Chavez and Cole Hamels weren't Cubs for long, but the two 2018 trade deadline pickups helped the North Siders reach the postseason for a fourth straight year.

These are the top 25 players by WAR (wins above replacement) from the Maddon era, according to Baseball Reference.

Top 25 Cubs, according to WAR, from 2015-19

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How Ian Happ promotes mental health and other things to know about Cubs outfielder

How Ian Happ promotes mental health and other things to know about Cubs outfielder

It's kind of hard to believe 2020 is only Ian Happ's fourth season in the big leagues. The 25-year-old burst onto the scene with 24 home runs in 2017, and since has been through trials and tribulations, getting demoted to the minor leagues in 2019.

Whenever the 2020 season kicks off, Happ is in line for the starting center field job. Until then, here's a few things to know about him.

1. Happ attended University of Cincinnati from 2012-15, where he studied finance. He was a star on the field (2015 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year) and an exemplary student in the classroom (3.68 GPA, 2015 Academic All-American).

2. Happ is an avid golfer and is a 2 handicap, according to Golf Digest. He competed in the Straight Down Fall Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the last two Novembers.

3. Happ serves as an honorary ambassador for First Tee Greater Chicago, which strives to introduce the game of golf to young people. The organization raised $23,000 at a January fundraiser Happ participated in.

4. In 2019, Happ and artist Patrick Vale started “Through My Eyes” — a three-piece artwork series capturing Wrigley Field from different perspectives. Proceeds go to the Happ Family Charitable Fund, which promotes mental health and wellness.

Happ lost his father, Keith, to brain cancer in 2015.

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