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Chicago Cubs News: A dramatic win to start the 2nd half

Chicago Cubs News: A dramatic win to start the 2nd half

The trade "was a little surprising in the beginning, but like I said at the beginning of the season, too, you never know where you are going to find happiness", Jimenez said through a translator.

The departure of the 28-year-old Quintana leaves a giant hole in Chicago's rotation.

It's a deal that works out well for both teams and further enforces their organizational philosophies moving forward. Stearns also was asked if he fet pressured to make a big deal to answer what the Cubs did.

While the Phillies have not expressed interest in Stanton, the biggest fish of all, they have been 'vocal' about their desire to land Yelich, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

DODGERS 6, MARLINS 4: Yasiel Puig hit his second homer of the game with two out in the ninth inning Friday night, and the three-run shot helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Marlins for their seventh consecutive victory. "The first half has ended for me now, and I'm focused on the second half".

According to ESPN, teams that trail by eight runs during a game are just 1-186 this season. "It's huge. I feel like, as a team, we know the type of goals that we have to hit". He walked one batter and struck out five. "We did everything we could for it to go our way, but they just did a little bit better". "We're going to see how we play, too", said Epstein. After the Cubs got off to an eight run lead, the pen slowly gave it away as the Baltimore Orioles eventually tied the game on a two-run home run by Mark Trumbo in the eighth.

The next big item on the Cubs shopping list is likely to be a veteran backup catcher to replace Miguel Montero for what is hopefully a magnificent stretch run. Morosi lists some potential options for the Cubs including Detroit's Alex Avila who has been mentioned as a target already.

But in order to acquire Quintana, the Cubs surrendered their top two prospects in Jimenez, 20, and Cease, 21, who was scratched from his start Wednesday night for Class-A South Bend.

Not everyone underperformed in the first half. The trade for Jose Quintana wasn't a rental, but a building block for the future.

Quintana's contract is just as attractive to the Cubs, having signed the long-term deal in March of 2014.

Quintana and Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist have some history dating back to Quintana's rookie year when he threw behind Zobrist and earned his first career ejection.

Stanton will change uniforms at some point, but it won't be this summer. Maybe we need to take ourselves down from the perch we've been on since last November and believe in him again.

The Astros are also looking for bullpen help and have inquired on the Tigers' closer Justin Wilson. Cooper was blocked from the majors by Thames and Aguilar anyway so the Brewers really didn't give up anything for some needed flexibilty in the bullpen. The second was putting Giavotella in as a pinch hitter against Wade Davis in the bottom of the ninth. With continued tenacity, the Orioles should be able to get a win off of Arrieta. He will be a great teammate.