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Contreras hits HR, Baez scores on error, Cubs beat Padres

20 June 2017

"That's a cheap shot".

The rules don't ban collisions at the plate, they ban any attempt by a player to "deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher.or otherwise initiate an avoidable collision". "He took our catcher out".

"Am I'm going to go 30/30 this year?" the Chicago Cubs first baseman said, repeating the question with a smile. "No".

"By no means do I think that's a dirty play at all", Rizzo said. If I slide, he runs into me. I play this game hard.

The fact that Hedges left the game afterwards with what was later determined to be a right thigh bruise only fuels that fire.

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"I don't know", Hedges said.

San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs face off in the first of the three-game series tonight. On the other side, the Cubs are 21-5 in Lester's last 26 home starts, are 35-16 in his last 51 outings overall, and have won six of his last eight starts versus National League West opponents.

Wade Davis stranded the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second in a self-imposed stressful ninth, picking up his 14th save of the year. The pitching matchup will feature Lester versus former Cub Clayton Richard.

Meanwhile, the Padres will try to rebound after going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and getting solo homers from Yangervis Solarte and Pirela. Rizzo's bunt extended his string of consecutive games with a hit to lead off the game to five while he pushed his current hitting streak to a career-best 13 games.

In a rally Monday, the hots bats of Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras ignited the recently resurgent Cubs offense.

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Richard departed with one out, and Baez greeted Yates with a single to shallow right. He struck out seven and walked just one in the no-decision.

In the bottom of the first, Rizzo spoiled the Padres' infield shift toward first base by placing a ideal bunt down the third-base line that wasn't picked up until he had reached first. Center fielder Matt Szczur made a great throw and Hedges hung on after the collision, so Rizzo was called out to seal the double play.

Rizzo has hit three home runs in his first five career games batting leadoff, including one to begin each of his first two games at the top of the order last Tuesday and Wednesday against the Mets' Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey at Citi Field in NY.

NOTES: San Diego designated RHP Zach Lee for assignment on Monday and claimed LHP Dillon Overton off waivers from Seattle and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso. Padres manager Andy Green gave Richard a long leash and tried letting him finish for a complete game, but the veteran ran out of gas.

Len Kasper joins Lin Brehmer on the XRT Morning Show at 8:30am Mondays & Fridays to talk about your World Series champion Chicago Cubs. "It's my understanding if they have the ball, it's game on". He is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.

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