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Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis returns from oblique injury vs. Cubs

Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis returns from oblique injury vs. Cubs

The Brewers' administration has changed since 2011, but the club knows it erred in not drafting Gray in the first round that year.

But for a rental, the Cubs would appear to have something to offer, and so, before the Cubs leave Atlanta this week, perhaps they'll take Jaime Garcia as a lovely parting gift.

That took what many assessed as the top target off the market.

The Cubs mashed their way to a series sweep this weekend, putting up a combined 27 runs over the three game set.

The Orioles then put runners at second and third with one out in the fifth, ending Montgomery's night.

Three days after leaving the Chicago White Sox for the Cubs, Jose Quintana dominated the Baltimore Orioles in his first start with the North Siders on Sunday.

Beane needs to pull the trigger on a Gray deal and the Cubs are making a strong push this season.

The Cubs now have another All-Star lefty to pair with Jon Lester through 2020 and team president Theo Epstein is already thinking about how Quintana's team-friendly contract could create the payroll space to add another superstar and build a dynasty on the North Side. Braun has been on the disabled list twice this season with calf trouble.

Showalter said he was encouraged by Jiménez's first inning, but "his command deserted him in the second inning". Even though the Cubs have a 44-45 record, they are still the reigning World Series champs and the team has several of the same pieces.

The bullpen was also effective today, as they also did not allow a run to complete the shutout.

"That's really frustrating to be that close to getting out of an inning unscathed", manager Buck Showalter said.

Mike Montgomery allowed seven runs (all earned) in 2.1 innings in his last start against the Brewers at Wrigley on July 6. The Orioles received right-hander Scott Feldman, who left as a free agent after the season and catcher Steve Clevenger, who was traded in December 2015 to Seattle for Mark Trumbo.

The Cubs rank just 14th in the National League with a.239 team average.

Almora started the third with a first-pitch homer, and Russell added a long solo homer with two outs in the fourth.

ROYALS 4, RANGERS 3 Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain's routine fly in the sun, and the ball glanced off his glove for a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the ninth as host Kansas City stooped a five-game losing streak overall and a 12-game skid against Texas.

It's easy for Contreras - for all the Cubs - to feel they're back when Jake Arrieta delivers a quality start Saturday, then newly acquired Jose Quintana delivers a Cy Young start Sunday.

Lucas Harrell's 3-2 pitch was wide, allowing Alex Avila to score. "It was electric. It was just a fun moment to be a part of".

While the White Sox future looks very bright, its short term present looks bleak and could become awful before the end of the season rolls around.

The nerves didn't prevent him from striking out Adam Jones to start the Orioles' first or from retiring the first nine batters he faced. So, operating on the theory that things can't possibly get any worse, the Orioles fully expect to bounce back in the second half.