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Cubs activate Craig Kimbrel

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The Chicago Cubs have activated Craig Kimbrel and he will be available to pitch against his former team, the Atlanta Braves, in this afternoon’s game, which is already underway. Joe Maddon says he won’t use Kimbrel “for more than three outs early on.”

Kimbrel and the Cubs agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract on June 7. He pitched in four games for Iowa after that, allowing one run and two hits in 3.2 innings. To make room for him on the roster right-hander Tony Barnette was optioned to Iowa.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.