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Joe Maddon comes to Yu Darvish’s defense ‘This concept that he doesn’t compete is absolutely fabricated and false

Joe Maddon comes to Yu Darvish’s defense ‘This concept that he doesn’t compete is absolutely fabricated and false

On Friday morning, Cubs manager Joe Maddon explained what the objective of his recent meeting with struggling starter Yu Darvish was all about.

"Sometimes when you need to get out of your zone, you need to be reminded of it", Maddon said. The Chicago Cubs are 10-2 this season when scoring more than three runs.

"Probably the word on the street is to pitch him inside", Maddon said. He yielded just three hits against the Brewers with eight strikeouts and two walks, lowering his ERA from 6.86 to 5.26.

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The four-time All-Star, signed to a six-year contract, entered with just one solid outing: He allowed one run over six innings at Milwaukee on April 7.

After a mound visit by catcher Willson Contreras, Darvish induced Yelich to hit a grounder back to the mound, and he made the short toss to first to get out of the inning. He exited with his team holding a 2-1 lead, but the Brewers tied the game in the top of the seventh. Stephen Strasburg (2-3) allowed a season-high five runs over 6 1/3 innings for Washington INDIANS 6, MARINERS 5: Corey Kluber struck out 10 in 8 2/3 innings and Cleveland hit five solo home runs, including three in the first inning, to beat Seattle.

Addison Russell greeted Dan Jennings (2-1) with a single starting the bottom of the seventh, took second when Heyward sacrificed and was held by third base coach Brian Butterfield when pinch-hitter Victor Caratini singled to right.

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Darvish was provided a lead the bottom half when Albert Almora Jr. doubled and scored on a single by Baez, who stole second and came home on Anthony Rizzo's single. Pedro Strop picked up the win in relief. Brandon Morrow got his 6th save of the year and he has yet to allow a run in nine innings of work on the year. Milwaukee only managed four hits in the game.

Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a ideal eighth, and Brandon Morrow finished it off with a flawless ninth, striking out Ryan Braun for his sixth save.

In 22 games this season, Thames was hitting.250 with a.351 on-base percentage and a.625 slugging percentage.

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Bryant has reportedly been working in the batting cage the past few days, with the Cubs' training staff monitoring him. But there are times even good players don't process the moment well enough and things get away from them.

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