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    For the Chicago Cubs http://www.officialblues.com/authentic-adidas-dmitrij-jaskin-jersey , the last few days have felt like Christmas in July.

    The team has won five games in a row and will try to stretch it to six on Wednesday afternoon in a Fourth of July matinee.

    “Everything is believable,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters when asked about his team’s recent hot streak. “We believe in everything right now. Santa Claus is absolutely true.

    “When you get to that point and you get that kind of confidence, you don’t want to do anything to nick it.”

    Chicago (48-35) has climbed 13 games above .500 to match its high-water mark. The Cubs have a chance to set a new high when they host the Detroit Tigers (38-49) in the finale of a two-game series at Wrigley Field.

    All of the Cubs’ five wins during the streak have been in come-from-behind fashion.

    “One of our concepts is to score first,” Maddon said. “One of our concepts is to win the inning. But I think this is maybe the residue of our starting pitching not being what it probably is. We’ve given up more runs early from our starters that we didn’t anticipate happening.

    “But it’s a tightly knit group. They’re there to pick everybody else up. So, OK, they’ve scored a couple runs. There’s no quit. The chatter in the dugout is great, all that stuff is outstanding. I just think that the come-from-behind component right now is based on our starters not pitching to their capabilities yet.”

    That said, the Cubs will look for a solid start from left-hander Jose Quintana (6-6 Victor Mete Jersey , 4.31 ERA) in his 17th start of the season. The 29-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his past 12 starts.

    In 18 career starts against the Tigers, Quintana is 5-5 with a 4.37 ERA. The Colombia native has walked 26 and struck out 82 in 111 1/3 innings.

    The Tigers will counter with veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-4, 3.99 ERA), who is scheduled to make his 13th start of the season. The burly southpaw carries a career record of 105-103 with a 4.14 ERA in 335 career games.

    More than a few teams could be scouting the 34-year-old Liriano as the trade deadline approaches. He is coming off a quality start against the Toronto Blue Jays but has not logged a victory since April 17 against the Baltimore Orioles.

    In 14 career starts against the Cubs, Liriano is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA. He most recently faced the club in 2016, when he posted an 0-2 record with a 7.63 ERA in three starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays.

    The Tigers could turn to a six-man rotation in the next couple weeks, which is fine with Liriano.

    “I think that would work,” Liriano said recently to mlive.com. “It wouldn’t bother me at all. I don’t know about any other guys. (Blaine) Hardy has been doing a great job Authentic Shea Weber Jersey , so it’s hard to put him in the bullpen with the way he’s throwing the ball right now. I think that’s a great idea.”

    Injured Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (shoulder) is not expected to play Wednesday. He is hitting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games this season.

    The Philadelphia Eagles and their former kicker stuck it to the Cowboys by drafting a kid named Dallas.

     

    The Super Bowl champions selected tight end Dallas Goedert after trading up three spots in the second round to make their first pick in the draft. Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers needled Cowboys fans when he made the announcement in their stadium.

    "Hey Dallas, the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren't born," Akers shouted before announcing the selection.

    After trading out of the first round Thursday night, the Eagles gave Indianapolis a second-round pick (No. 52) and fifth-round pick (No. 169) to get Goedert at No. 49. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Goedert played four seasons at South Dakota State and is known for his pass-catching ability.

    "Dallas is a blue-collar kid who works extremely hard. This was a guy we felt dominated at that level," said Joe Douglas, the executive vice president of player personnel. "He can separate at the top of routes and he's a guy who is going to be a friend to the quarterback."

    The Eagles jumped ahead of the Cowboys with the trade Jordan Staal Jersey , taking a player who could've been on their radar after tight end Jason Witten announced his retirement.

    Goedert, who grew up a Packers fan even though he got his name because his dad is a Cowboys fan, said he thought Dallas was going to draft him.

    "I think Philadelphia might have thought that as well," he said.

    Howie Roseman, the Eagles executive vice president of football operations, said stealing Goedert from the team's division rival wasn't part of the thought process.

    "We wanted to get one of the guys we had from yesterday's list," Roseman said.

    Goedert had 72 catches for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior after posting 92-1 Michael Grabner Jersey ,293-11 as a junior. He'll team with Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz to help Philadelphia's offense create mismatches. The Eagles released veteran tight end Brent Celek and allowed Trey Burton to leave in free agency.

    "It's going to depth and competition to the position," coach Doug Pederson said. "He's a tremendous weapon we can utilize. It's exciting to have a pick like this to add."

    Goedert shares the same agency with Carson Wentz, who went to North Dakota State. Wentz texted him after he was picked.

    "Carson has talked to us about him and he's excited," Roseman said.

    The Eagles didn't have a third-round pick. They'll enter Saturday with two picks in the fourth round and one each in the sixth and seventh.

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