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Jon Lester gives up career-high 11 runs, calls himself 'weakest link' in Cubs rotation

Jon Lester gives up career-high 11 runs, calls himself 'weakest link' in Cubs rotation

Jon Lester has had plenty of good starts in his career. Tuesday’s against the A’s was not one of them.

The veteran lefty gave up 11 runs, which matched his career high, over four innings. The Cubs lost 11-4.

As ever, Lester didn’t sugarcoat anything.

“What happened is I gave up 11 runs,” Lester said. “It doesn’t matter how I feel. It doesn’t matter about a game plan. It doesn’t matter about executing pitches. It doesn’t matter about anything. I gave up 11 runs.”

Lester endured an ugly second inning. Mark Canha led off with a triple and then he struck out Chad Pinder. The next eight A’s reached, including a three-run home run by Dustin Garneau in the middle of that. The A’s put up eight runs in that inning.

With the game out of hand, Lester stayed on the mound to save the bullpen as much as possible. In the fourth he gave up a three-run blast to Stephen Piscotty.

The 35-year-old’s ERA jumped to 4.46 with that effort.

“Jon’s been there before,” manager Joe Maddon said. “This is a waste can kind of a night. You just dump it and move on.”

Lester gave up five runs on nine hits in his last start in St. Louis, but said he felt he pitched well and gave up weak contact. He said Tuesday’s start was different from that.

“I’m pretty much the weakest link in the rotation right now,” Lester said. “I gotta figure out a way to right that ship, pick my end up and do better.

“Our rotation has pitched well except for me, you look at the last two games. So, flat out do better.”

 

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Cubs' Jason Kipnis sets up unique fundraiser for COVID-19 relief

Cubs' Jason Kipnis sets up unique fundraiser for COVID-19 relief

With baseball suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jason Kipnis is using some of his free time to help those in need.

Kipnis announced Thursday he's set up a Cameo account and will donate portions of the proceeds to coronavirus relief and medical workers. Cameo is a video-sharing platform where people can book personal shout-outs from celebrities, athletes, influencers and more.

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The Cubs second baseman added supporters can request where he donates the proceeds.

Kipnis joins Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins in using Cameo to help those affected by the coronavirus.

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Kris Bryant's goal for his son, other trivia facts about Cubs third baseman

Kris Bryant's goal for his son, other trivia facts about Cubs third baseman

Based on his current trajectory, Kris Bryant will go down as one of the best third basemen in Cubs history. In five seasons, the 28-year-old has made three All-Star teams, won Rookie of the Year by a unanimous vote and taken home National League MVP honors.

As he continues adding to his accomplishments on the field, here are a few things you should know about Bryant off of it.

1. Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and played baseball with the Phillies’ Bryce Harper and Rangers’ Joey Gallo, dating back to when he was nine years old.

2. Bryant’s dad, Mike, played professionally in the Red Sox organization. As a minor leaguer, Mike received hitting instructions from Boston legend Ted Williams.

3. In high school, Bryant was named his graduating class’ salutatorian. But he passed the honor onto a classmate with a similar GPA because he wanted her to have the recognition.

4. Bryant married his high school sweetheart, Jessica, in January 2017. They started dating as sophomores and are expecting their first child this month.

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5. Bryant took guitar lessons this offseason and said at his introductory press conference this spring that his kid will be a rock star. He noted that Mike will probably push the kid to baseball, though.

Maybe we'll see the first simultaneous rock star baseball player?

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