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Chicago Cubs News: Cubs sweep Reds; Could Lackey re-sign?

May 18, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) slides safely at home plate as Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) waits for the throw during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) slides safely at home plate as Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) waits for the throw during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs used a big first inning and a strong start from Jon Lester to complete their sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday with a 9-5 victory.

The Chicago Cubs turned the tables on the Cincinnati Reds making their first inning miserable for their pitchers. The Cubs scored five runs in the first including a Javier Baez grand slam as they went on to coast to a 9-5 victory. Kris Bryant added a 450-foot home run to center field as the Cubs continued to pour it on. Lester and the bullpen allowed four runs in the seventh, but the game was already in hand at that point.

Tragedy struck the Cubs on Tuesday night when a fan fell over the railing following the win. After suffering trauma to his head, the lifelong fan passed away on Wednesday from his injuries. It doesn’t appear there was any foul play involved, but more details need to be collected on the incident.

With John Lackey in the final year of his deal, should the Cubs consider resigning him once again? Lackey was gone back and forth between retiring and continuing to play, and with Jake Arrieta likely to move on he would be a decent No. 4 or 5 starters for the Cubs. Our Andrew Colvert takes a look at the possibility.

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‘Happ making it hard to send him back down’ – Cubbies Crib

‘A new name deserves to fly above Wrigley’ – Cubbies Crib

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May 18, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) slides safely at home plate as Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (16) waits for the throw during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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