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Cubs keep their focus while Pirates hope to play spoiler

CHICAGO -- When Cole Hamels joined the Chicago Cubs earlier this season, the veteran starter didn't expect he would take on such a vital role.

But as the Cubs close in on what they hope is their third straight National League Central Division title, Hamels could be a major reason why. Coming off his worst start joining the Cubs, Hamels will attempt to keep Chicago moving in the right direction when he takes the mound Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

Hamels (9-10, 3.90 ERA) has not recorded a victory since Aug. 28 and had registered no-decisions in three straight starts before being roughed up in his last outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Leaders
AVG: B. Zobrist.314
HR: J. Báez34
RBI: J. Báez110
SB: J. Báez21
W: J. Lester17
ERA: J. Lester3.43
Saves: B. Morrow22
K: K. Hendricks159
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 9164.587-
Milwaukee 8967.5712.5
St. Louis 8769.5584.5
Pittsburgh 7876.50612.5
Cincinnati 6691.42026
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .259 (3)
Runs: 730 (10)
Hits: 1391 (2)
Home Runs: 162 (22)
Stolen Bases: 64 (24)
OBP: .334 (3)
SLG: .413 (13)
Total Bases: 2216 (11)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.67 (4)
Runs Allowed: 614 (5)
Saves: 45 (7)
Strikeouts: 1273 (18)
OpBA: .240 (10)
OBP: .322 (19)
SLG: .376 (5)
Run Support: 4.68 (12)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/22 M. Freeman Purchased From Minors
9/21 A. Russell Placed on Restricted List
9/19 B. Morrow Transferred to 60-Day DL (Right biceps inflammation)
9/19 A. Webster Purchased From Minors
9/16 J. Heyward Removed From 10-Day DL (Right hamstring tightness)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/23 K. Bryant Left shoulder (day-to-day)
9/14 P. Strop Strained left hamstring (day-to-day)
9/7 B. Zobrist Stiff neck (day-to-day)
9/4 M. Zagunis Right shoulder inflammation (on 60-day DL)
8/31 J. Heyward off 10-day DL
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