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Gerrit Cole: “I don’t really think [the Cubs are] the best team in baseball.”


Pirates ace Gerrit Cole had little issue dominating baseball’s best team by record. The Cubs entered play Sunday at 27-8, four games better than the next best team in baseball — the cross-town rival White Sox (24-13). Cole, on Sunday, held the Cubs scoreless over eight innings, yielding only three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts on 95 pitches.

The Pirates scored once in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Jung Ho Kang. Kang made it a 2-0 game in the top of the ninth with a solo home run off of Hector Rondon. Closer Mark Melancon yielded an RBI single to Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the ninth, but was able to hang on for the 2-1 victory.

After the game, Cole didn’t seem terribly impressed by the Cubs. Via Tony Andracki of CSN Chicago, Cole said, “I don’t really think [the Cubs are] the best team in baseball.”

The second-place Pirates are now 19-17, eight games behind the Cubs. The two clubs meet again at Wrigley Field for a three-game set beginning on June 17.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.