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Soriano, Cubs wash away Diamondbacks

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Soriano, Cubs wash away Diamondbacks

Before Theo Epstein came to town with the promise of hope for the future, afternoons like Friday's were known as "Cubbie Occurrences."

But on this Friday the 13th, the Cubs perserved through an epic storm that hit Wrigley Field, flooding parts of the concourse and field with water. The rain didn't even last an hour, but the aftermath was enough to cause a three-hour, 40-minute delay.

When play resumed at 5 p.m., the Diamondbacks jumped right out with a run in the first, as leadoff man Willie Bloomquist doubled and came around to score on Justin Upton's double-play ball.

But Paul Maholm shut the door from there, and the Cubs piled on the runs, led by a four-hit, 5 RBI day from Alfonso Soriano en route to a 7-1 victory.

Maholm finished the game with seven innings, allowing just the lone run. He struck out five and served up six hits and one walk.

Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo each collected two hits as the Cubs tallied 10 base knocks on the afternoon.

Manny Corpas threw a perfect eighth and Shawn Camp tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cubs improved to 9-4 since Rizzo's call up and have won 10 of their last 14.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

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