Cubs starting lineup -- Monday


Cubs starting lineup -- Monday

The Cubs go for their second straight series win Monday night in Philadelphia. Dale Sveum's squad has already taken two of three behind some quality starts from Paul Maholm and Matt Garza and a Tony Campana-led offense.

Campana is back in the lineup once again Monday, but with the return of David DeJesus -- who got a day off Sunday -- Campy is back to the No. 2 spot in the order.

Here's the way the Cubs will line up in the series finale:

1. David DeJesus RF
2. Tony Campana CF
3. Starlin Castro SS
4. Bryan LaHair 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano LF
6. Ian Stewart 3B
7. Blake DeWitt 2B
8. Geovany Soto C
9. Chris Volstad P

Pretty standard lineup against a right-handed starter. The only real change is Blake DeWitt in for Darwin Barney, who has been slumping a little of late. Barney is just 1-for-11 in the series, but did have some quality at-bats in Sunday's game.

Soto's return is good news, as his balky back must be feeling better.

NFL teams continue to be seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual draft

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NFL teams continue to be seriously concerned about tech safety for virtual draft

The NFL Draft is going "fully virtual" this year, which means the Bears won't get to witness the firepower of their fully armed and operational battle station. 

And because ultimately the NFL is a league run by Dads, concerns about technology use are HIGH:

The article goes on to quote several people within the organization, including head coach John Harbaugh/your dad:

"It's a big concern," Harbaugh said during the Ravens' pre-draft news conference. "Hopefully we'll be OK. I really wouldn't want the opposing coaches to have our playbook or our draft meetings. That would be preferable, if we can stay away from that."

Everything is awful right now, but the idea of John Harbaugh going Full Dad (never go Full Dad) with his newest draft picks is undeniably less awful than most things. Kenneth Murray's going to have to confirm that it's really him three different ways. Jonathan Taylor's going to get 3 digits into sending his phone number to the team before Harbaugh sends an All-Caps email forcing him to stop. Michael Pittman Jr.'s explanation of Tik Tok will be pointless. 

NFL front offices have spent decades trying to outsmart and outposition each other, and that's all going to be worthless because they have to log on to the internet on their own. It's going to be great. 

MLB responds to reports of season restarting in Arizona in May or June

MLB responds to reports of season restarting in Arizona in May or June

ESPN's Jeff Passan dropped a news bomb on the baseball world late on Monday, reporting that the league is considering a plan that involves the 2020 season taking place in the Phoenix area and starting as early as May.

Major League Baseball responded Tuesday morning with a statement that acknowledged the league is “actively considering numerous contingency plans that would allow play to commence once the public health situation has improved to the point that it is safe to do so.” 

However, the statement also said that while playing games at one location has been discussed, the league has “not settled on that option or developed a detailed plan.”

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On Tuesday’s ESPN Daily podcast with Mina Kimes, Passan said the plan has a “high degree of difficulty.” But the desire to play in 2020 exists from both players and the league.

“What you are going to have, I think, is players who are motivated to get paid and a league that is motivated not to lose a season,” Passan said. “When you have both of those things working together, all of the logistics can get figured out. That’s just a matter of time. Whether it’s May like they’re hoping for, or June, like, might be more realistic, I think they’re going to do everything they can because they know if this does not work, then the backup alternative is probably no season in 2020.”

The logistics of the idea and the potential pitfalls are numerous.

“We can go on and on and on about the number of people who have to abide by this plan to make it work. And the discipline that that would take is so extraordinary that I think a seamless summer in which games are played and a player doesn’t contract coronavirus or someone involved doesn’t contract coronavirus is really unlikely,” Passan said. “The question at that point is what will happen if something like that takes place, and will they be in a position to continue playing? And I think the answer that baseball has by undertaking this plan is yes, we would continue through that because we hope that what we have in place in terms of testing will prevent the spread if somebody does come into the biosphere with coronavirus.”

While the league said it has not settled on how to play the 2020 season, the reported word of a possible return as soon as May or June is the first news of a major American sports league considering a return since the sports world halted in March.

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