Yankees' pitcher Chapman gets championship ring from Cubs

Aroldis Chapman Yankees Cubs

Chapman, a midseason acquisition from NY previous year, criticized the heavy workload Maddon gave him during the postseason. And once they get to stroll around to touch the ivied walls and dress in the cramped early 20th Century clubhouse, while glancing up at the flag waving that says 2016 World Champions, it's back to the routine business of playing another series in a different town. Former Cub Starlin Castro is off to a hot start and a line of.362/.402/.543 with five homers and 16 RBIs.

Aroldis Chapman's fastball was in the mid-to-upper 90s Friday while he was trying to close out the Cubs in his return to Wrigley Field.

The winning pitcher of World Series Game 7, Chapman quickly overcame Headley's two-base fielding error to open the ninth, finishing by striking out Javier Baez on a 100 miles per hour fastball.

"I feel humbled by his comment", Chapman said of Maddon. "The goal is to win every year". But it's nothing compared to the baseball the Yankees will be aiming to play against the Cubs this weekend when the two team meet on the field.

"We kind of stole one". "And given where we knew we were going in the playoffs, we needed that guy".

Brett Gardner blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning on Friday, propelling the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs.

Rondon (0-1), who came into the inning in position for his first save, instead sustained his first loss as he gave up three runs on three hits while walking one in his single-inning outing.

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He responded by allowing just four goals over his next five starts, all wins, with a ridiculous.975 save percentage. Two goals that largely silenced a sellout Honda Center crowd showed that they've got a lot of work ahead of them.

Chicago closer Hector Rondon got Didi Gregorius to ground out to start the top of the ninth. Pedro Strop screamed and punched the air after striking out Aaron Judge looking at a slider to end the eighth inning. "You have to play it, but I'm glad we don't play in conditions very often because it just changes everything".

"I always felt comfortable here in Chicago", Chapman said. You've got to like everything about him, I think.

A Reds 13, Giants 3: Matt Cain was rocked for nine runs, matching the most he has allowed in the major leagues, and Jose Peraza drove in a career-high four runs in the first four innings to lead Cincinnati past visiting San Francisco.

On Cinco de Mayo, it's impossible to say exactly what the Cubs will need by July 31.

Aaron Judge has been the story of the season and, even in a game in which he became a little bit of an afterthought, he had two more hits (a double and a single), which extended his hit streak to seven games. NY sends LHP Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.15 ERA) against Chicago LHP Brett Anderson (2-1, 6.23 ERA) in Saturday night's middle game of the series. I really thought I had a great relationship with him. "You just want to keep pounding away, keep putting good at-bats together and see what happens". Bundy (4-1, 1.82) is the right man to ask: he's pitched at least six innings in each of his six starts this year after only reaching the sixth three times in his career before this season.

The day began as a veritable love fest, with Cubs manager Joe Maddon saying they couldn't have won it without Chapman, and Chapman pronouncing Maddon's comment "humbled" him.

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