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Today's Cubs lineup

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Today's Cubs lineup

The Twins have been scuffling all season and currently sit 8.5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central with a 23-34 record. However, they were able to muster enough to top the Cubs in extra innings yesterday.

Here's the way the Cubs will line up against Scott Diamond:

1. Reed Johnson - LF
2. Starlin Castro - SS
3. David DeJesus - RF
4. Alfonso Soriano - DH
5. Jeff Baker - 1B
6. Joe Mather - CF
7. Steve Clevenger - C
8. Darwin Barney - 2B
9. Ian Stewart - 3B

Diamond boasts a 4-1 record and sparkling 1.86 ERA this season. Jeff Samardzija is on the hill for the Cubs, looking to improve on his 5-3 record and 3.13 ERA.

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.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!

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)

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: