Cubs activate Kris Bryant

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The Chicago Cubs have activated third baseman Kris Bryant from the 10-day disabled list. He will start at third base and hit third on Wednesday afternoon against the Giants.

Bryant missed nearly three weeks with inflammation in his left shoulder. When he went down he was hitting .280/.383/.481 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 311 plate appearances. In his absence Joe Maddon deployed Tommy La Stella, Ian Happ and, occasionally, Javier Baez at third base. Now it’s Bryant’s position again.

It’s pouring in Washington before the All-Star Game

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Some heavy weather moved through Washington D.C. late this afternoon, flooding dugouts at Nationals Park and sending waterfalls over the ledges of the upper decks. All a few hours before the All-Star Game.

The good news, though, is that the rains are moving out and it’s expected to be dry at game time. More good news, modern fields drain frighteningly fast, so the conditions will probably be A-OK for the game to go off on time. Indeed, a similar thing happened in Cincinnati before the 2015 All-Star Game — it was a dang monsoon — and you wouldn’t even know it by game time.

In the even things continue to be soggy and they have to postpone the game, it’ll be played tomorrow night. All signs at present, however, point to the Midsummer Classic going off as planned.

Here are some images from Washington’s monsoon:

And this, a hop, skip and a jump away from the ballpark: