Yelich leads Brewers to win over Cubs

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The Cubs said Baez will see a specialist Monday to determine a treatment plan and timeline for his return. Unlike the Diamondbacks, the Cubs have been here before, since 2015, this band's first rodeo with the playoffs.

The results of a Saturday MRI taken on Baez's left thumb revealed a hairline fracture that could sideline him for the remainder of the regular season. Christian Yelich leads them with 43, averaging one every 11.1 at-bats.

"We definitely have a lot of other good names", Maddon said. We just gotta go out there and play that tight defense.

Baez hurt the thumb last Sunday stealing second base during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He missed a couple days but was in the original lineup Thursday before being scratched after leaving batting practice early.

Addison Russell will slide back over to shortstop Saturday and should take the majority of the workload there in the meantime.

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At the moment, the Cubs have the second Wild Card spot, and their margin of error is slipping day by day. The Cubs loaded the based with no outs and only scored one run.

And now as they'll be counting on him big-time over the final three weeks of the season. That was the case for Houser on Monday versus Houston after the Astros made the right-hander throw 96 pitches in 4 1-3 innings as he exited with the score tied 1-1 before Milwaukee eventually lost 3-2 in 10 innings. If anything happened to Russell, the Cubs would roll with David Bote as the backup shortstop and the 38-year-old Zobrist might be next in line after that for the team's most important defensive position.

"He's spent so much time at second base, working on this different stroke, now he has to go on the other side and get the other one back", manager Joe Maddon said. But, he saved his greatest heroics for the end of the game. Catcher Willson Contreras caught Little as he turned and buckled over.

"He's an everyday player, an everyday shortstop, hits fourth or fifth", Rizzo said. He makes plays and energizes us on the field. "It's not easy. But we can't hang our heads".

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