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Wake-up call: Consistency eludes Arrieta; Cutler plus 80s Bears D equals dynasty?; Butler as Thibs' new recruiter

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Wake-up call: Consistency eludes Arrieta; Cutler plus 80s Bears D equals dynasty?; Butler as Thibs' new recruiter

Here are some of Saturday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Consistency continues to elude Jake Arrieta as Cubs' fortunes, future contract hang in balance

Tom Thibodeau enjoying having Jimmy Butler as a recruiter

'Failure' with Rockies set Tommy Kahnle up for success with White Sox

Dennis Rasmussen 'fired up' after leaving Blackhawks for new role with Ducks

Dan Hampton thinks Bears would have done more Super Bowl shuffling in 80's with Jay Cutler

How's the D-peat going? Cubs see improving defense but know things can be better

Lauri Markkanen's summer league debut included botched jersey

Jose Quintana finds a creative way to add to his trade value

Kyle Hendricks set for Monday rehab outing, will return to Cubs' starting rotation follow?

Dax McCarty getting a chance in the Gold Cup

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: If Cubs somehow miss the playoffs will Joe Maddon's seat start heating up?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Nick Friedell (ESPN.com) and Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times) join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Welington Castillo’s 80-game PED suspension, the Cubs struggles and if Joe Maddon could be on the hot seat if the Cubs somehow miss the playoffs in 2018.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: