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(AP) -- After years of rebuilding, the Chicago Cubs signaled their readiness to pursue a playoff berth by signing Jon Lester to a lucrative deal in December.

Lester will try to contribute to the Cubs' stretch run Friday night when he faces Arizona Diamondbacks lineup that likely won't have Paul Goldschmidt.

Lester was given the largest contract in Cubs history at $155 million for six years, and has reinforced that faith more often than not. He's allowed two earned runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings in 15 of his 26 starts.

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Leaders
AVG: A. Rizzo.282
HR: A. Rizzo27
RBI: K. Bryant84
SB: D. Fowler17
W: J. Arrieta17
ERA: J. Arrieta2.11
Saves: H. Rondon25
K: J. Arrieta190
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
St. Louis 8647.647-
Pittsburgh 7953.5986.5
Chi Cubs 7557.56810.5
Milwaukee 5875.43628
Cincinnati 5577.41730.5
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .241 (30)
Runs: 542 (20)
Hits: 1072 (30)
Home Runs: 140 (11)
Stolen Bases: 80 (9)
OBP: .318 (15)
SLG: .393 (23)
Total Bases: 1751 (26)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.59 (7)
Runs Allowed: 522 (9)
Saves: 39 (9)
Strikeouts: 1145 (3)
OpBA: .241 (5)
OBP: .299 (4)
SLG: .387 (8)
Run Support: 4.10 (21)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/4 C. Edwards Called Up from Minors
9/3 J. Russell Outrighted to Minors
9/1 J. Baez Called Up from Minors
9/1 T. Cahill Purchased From Minors
9/1 D. Ross Reinstated from Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List
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Injuries
Date Player Status
8/24 J. Motte Right shoulder strain (on 15-day DL)
8/24 J. Soler Strained left oblique (on 15-day DL)
8/4 R. Soriano off 15-day DL
7/29 E. Bonifacio off 15-day DL
7/29 N. Ramirez Left abdominal soreness (on 15-day DL)
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