Jul 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates with center fielder Ryan Sweeney (6) after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

7/19 Morning Marquee: Anthony Rizzo leads the NL in HRs, Astros fail to sign No. 1 pick

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Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and Edwin Jackson pitched well enough to win, but the Cubs bullpen gave up a three-run lead for a 5-4 loss to the D-backs to start the second half.

Rizzo is seeing signs of improvement in his offensive as he is now the National League leader in home runs with 22. The Cubs’ pitching rotation looks to be taking form following the Jason Hammel-Jeff Samardzija blockbuster trade with the Athletics.

Around the league: the Astros failed to sign the number one overall pick Brady Aiken, Huston Street was sent from the Padres to the Angels in a six-player deal, and the Braves released second baseman Dan Uggla.

Chicago Tribune: Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo sees signs of improvement

Chicago Sun-Times: Cubs’ Chris Bosio embraces the challenge of a staff in flux

Daily Herald: Cubs will play big role in NL Central

ESPN Chicago: Latest starting rotation taking final form

CSN Chicago: Time for Theo to push Cubs into next rebuilding phase

NBC Sports: The Astros did not sign number one overall pick Brady Aiken. This is a big deal.

CBS Sports: Houston Street goes to Angles in six-player trade

FOX Sports: Braves grant 2B Dan Uggla unconditional release

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