Joe Maddon continues juggling his Cubs lineups by batting Kris Bryant leadoff

Mark Authentic Jerick McKinnon Jersey down another lineup change for the Cubs.
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Manager Joe Maddon has taken a lot of flak this year from Cubs fans for the contant adjustments to his lineups, but he clearly isn’t changing.

People should have known that with how Maddon talked about the criticism in May.

O’Dowd, now a regular analyst for the network, is in his fourth decade of involvement with the MLB Draft, though. O’Dowd’s front-office career started with the Orioles, and in 1988 he moved to Cleveland to become the director of player development, then was promoted to assistant GM in 1993. In 1999, he was named general manager of the Colorado Rockies, and he held that post for 15 Tobias Enstrom Authentic Jersey years.

O’DOWD: Oh, I love it. The draft is my favorite time of the year for me. I think it’s the most important time of the year in the game of baseball. I think it’s the most singular important day in the calendar year for every organization.

SN: That’s interesting. How long have you had that opinion, that the draft is the most important day for a baseball franchise? When did that form in your mind?

The Giants activated Bumgarner from the 60-day DL Tuesday afternoon for his evening start. Bumgarner allowed just one run and struck out 15 batters over 8 1/3 innings in his two minor league rehab starts.

Bumgarner made just 17 starts last year, missing the first part of the season after a freak dirt bike injury. But the four-time All-Star still has a lifetime 3.01 ERA and shiny 104-76 record.

The Giants (30-30) are currently third in the National League West, but just 1 1/2 games behind Arizona for the lead.

The best part of Arizona’s 4-3 defense is Markus Golden, who is returning from a torn ACL, getting a chance to play defensive end as a bookend to Chandler Jones. Golden has the size, burst and college experience to make a successful transition from outside linebacker. The Cardinals also added an intriguing situational pass-rusher in former Cowboy Benson Mayowa.