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WATCH: Cubs steal the show on Saturday Night Live

WATCH: Cubs steal the show on Saturday Night Live

The Cubs are becoming celebrities not just in Chicago, but across the nation.

Days after winning their first World Series title since 1908, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and David Ross appeared on Saturday Night Live and they completely stole the show.

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They kicked things off by dressing as strippers at a bachelorette party for an 83-year-old woman, and Rizzo busted out a familiar dance:

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During the "Weekend Update," comedian and longtime Cubs fan Bill Murray joined in on the fun by singing "Go Cubs Go" as part of a four-member band:

Kris Bryant tweeted out what all of Chicago was feeling after watching their skits:

Jon Lester will return from the IL on Thursday and start against the Dodgers

Jon Lester will return from the IL on Thursday and start against the Dodgers

As expected, Jon Lester will return from the injured list and start Thursday's game, the Cubs confirmed Wednesday afternoon. 

Lester will get the ball in the series finale against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lester injured his left hamstring running the bases in the second inning of the Cubs' home opener on April 8. Prior to that, he turned in a quality start in each of his first two outings of the season.

The 35-year-old has been working out at Wrigley Field throughout the homestand, including a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday. 

The Cubs jumbled their rotation over the weekend, starting Tyler Chatwood on Sunday even though Jose Quintana was on regular rest. Chatwood had a fantastic outing Sunday and Quintana followed Tuesday night with one of his best starts in a Cubs uniform. 

Cole Hamels throws Wednesday night and Lester will close out the series against a high-powered Dodgers offense that struggles a bit more against lefties than right-handers. 

2019 MLB Power Rankings: The Cubs are back! And the White Sox are treading water!

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2019 MLB Power Rankings: The Cubs are back! And the White Sox are treading water!

With another's week worth of games behind us, things don't look too much different around baseball. The beefy, 1st place Mariners are still beefy and in 1st place. The Cubs pitching renaissance can't be stopped, and there's already booing and infighting in Philadelphia.  If this is just how this season's going to go, gotta say, very here for it. As for the other 27 teams, here's how their weeks played out: 

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