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CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have talked with several teams, including the Mariners, about trading pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Citing multiple sources, the Sun-Times reported that the Cubs may already have begun fielding trade offers. The report identified the Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays as some of the teams most interested in acquiring either Samardzija or Hammel

The Sun-Times reported one major-league source expects Hammel to end up in Seattle.


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•Despite his diminutive size, Jimmy Rollins always believed he could hit a baseball.

Turns out he’s been good enough to amass more hits in a Phillies uniform than any other player.

Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to become the Phillies’ hits leader in a 7-4 win over the Cubs.

Rollins got hit No. 2,235 off Edwin Jackson, sending a 3-1 pitch into right field to open the fifth. The game was then delayed for an on-field celebration.

“It was very cool,” said Rollins.

The 5-foot-8 shortstop never let his stature deter him.

“That’s something my mom and dad taught me when I’m young,” he said. “(I’m) probably not going to be biggest guy, but that doesn’t mean you have to be weak, doesn’t mean you don’t have confidence. And then size isn’t really going to matter. I’ve always had that belief in myself, and without it I wouldn’t have been here.”

•St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright will skip a turn in the rotation to allow tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow to subside. The team expects the right-hander to return Saturday against the Phillies. If this were October, general manager John Mozeliak said, Wainwright would definitely take the ball.

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