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PITTSBURGH (AP) — ng for the first time in just over a month.However http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey , Cubs manager Joe Maddon couldn’t have been happier with his performance.Lester pitched six innings and Ian Happ homered as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Thursday night.Lester (13-5) allowed five hits, struck out eight and had no walks while improving to 3-1 against the Pirates this season. His previous victory came July 15 at San Diego and he had gone 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break.“This isn’t going to be like we figured out everything and I’m going to throw six scoreless (innings) every time I step out there,” Lester said. “It’s a step in the right direction, though.”Maddon was glad to have his ace find his form.“He’s a world-class kind of athlete and they want to be that way all the time,” Maddon said. “When you get away from it, it’s disturbing and you’re always looking for answers. I know he’ll rest better and this is absolutely a game to build off because he executed well. Everything was there tonight.”Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Pedro Strop each pitched one inning to complete the six-hitter. Strop hit David Freese with a pitch with two outs in the ninth but converted his 10th save in 13 opportunities.Happ connected with one out in the fourth inning off Ivan Nova (7-7) for his 13th home run, a drive deep into the right-center seats that was the game’s only extra-base hit. There was a fair share of cheers while Happ rounded the bases as he is from suburban Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania.“It’s always good to come here and see my high school coach sitting in the fourth row behind the dugout Yunel Escobar Jersey ,” Happ said.Chicago (70-50) increased its lead in the NL Central to 3½ games over idle Milwaukee while moving a season-high 20 games over .500. Pittsburgh (61-61) lost its fourth straight to fall to .500.Nova took his first loss since July 3 despite giving up only one run in 6 2/3 innings. The Pirates had won five of his six previous starts and he was 3-0 in that span.“Every time you lose a game, it’s tough,” Nova said. “But having a game like this and the position we are in, we need to win, we need to get Ws, especially against a team that’s ahead of us.”The Pirates’ best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning when Josh Harrison and Adeiny Hechavarria hit consecutive two-out singles. Lester then struck out Nova, an .044 career hitter.The Cubs had runners in scoring position in the third and seventh innings but failed to convert.Chicago’s Jason Heyward had two hits.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis/right shoulder impingement) will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with a minor league team to be determined. Signed to a $126-million, six-year contract as a free agent in February, Darvish last pitched for the Cubs on May 20 and is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts.Pirates: SS Jordy Mercer (strained left calf) was placed on the 10-day disabled list after being injured Wednesday during a loss at Minnesota. Hechavarria started in his place and went 2 for 2. … RHP Nick Burdi (Tommy John elbow surgery) had his rehab transferred to Triple-A Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona on Tuesday and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.HELLO Martin Maldonado Jersey , NEWMANShortstop Kevin Newman, the Pirates’ first-round draft pick in 2015, made his major league debut when he entered on defense in the ninth inning after Hechavarria was removed for a pinch-hitter.The Pirates purchased Newman’s contract from Indianapolis before the game and recalled OF Jordan Luplow from the same club while catcher Jacob Stallings was optioned there. Right-hander Casey Sadler was designated for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for Newman.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Cole Hamels (7-9, 4.22 ERA) makes his fourth start Friday night since being acquired from Texas in a trade. He is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA for the Cubs.Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (10-8, 3.66) has been the starter in seven of Pittsburgh’s 13 shutouts this season. HOUSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale will be back with his teammates for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series after an overnight stay in a hospital because of a stomach illness.Boston said it planned to wait until he rejoins the team in Houston on Tuesday before deciding when the lanky lefty will get back on the mound.“Everything’s fine,” manager Alex Cora said before the Red Sox held a brief workout on Monday night. “So we’ll see how he feels physically, and then after that we’ll decide what we’re going to do.”Sale was released Monday from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had gone because of a stomach illness after he pitched in the series opener at Fenway Park. He was hospitalized Sunday night for observation and did not travel with the team to Houston.Cora said Sale will be in Houston before Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.“It’s great. I think we’re all more concerned for his personal well-being and not necessarily the team,” right fielder Mookie Betts said. “So to know that he’s OK is definitely huge.”The 29-year-old Sale struggled with his control in Boston’s 7-2 home loss to the Astros on Saturday night. The left-hander allowed two runs http://www.angelsfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-cozart-jersey , four walks and hit a batter in four innings.Cora said Sale started feeling ill and was throwing up right after the game. Sale went to a hospital early Sunday morning.The illness was announced by the team during Game 2 on Sunday night, which the Red Sox won to even the series.“When I got to the ballpark, they told me he was there. Nothing serious. He was going to go through a battery of tests and see what was going on,” Cora said. “He’ll be here tomorrow and, hopefully, physically he’s ready to go, and we’ll decide when he pitches.”Nathan Eovaldi, the Red Sox starter for Game 3, said team members were surprised when they heard about Sale being in a hospital.“I’ve heard nothing but good things about him now Darin Erstad Jersey ,” Eovaldi said.Sale made just one start between July 27 and Sept. 11 because of mild left shoulder inflammation, then made four starts during the rest of the regular season. He beat the Yankees in the Division Series opener and pitched one inning of relief in Game 4 as the Red Sox won the best-of-five series.Asked whether Sale lost weight because of the stomach illness, Cora jokingly responded, “Hopefully not.”

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