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The Chicago Cubs are relieved to escape New York after a humiliating four-game sweep by the Mets.It was terrible, it was bad, said Cubs catcher Miguel Montero following Sundays 14-3 loss at Citi Field. They outplayed us. Simple as that. We didnt play good enough. We didnt hit good enough. We didnt pitch good enough. I mean, overall, we were sloppy.Chicago has not been swept in a four-game series in New York since June 17-20, 1985 at Shea Stadium.But the Cubs (51-30) now return to friendlier turf for the Fourth of July. Theyre 25-11 this season at Wrigley Field and face an opponent theyve recently beaten up on with Mondays opener of a three-game Wrigley Field series against the Cincinnati Reds (30-53). A Thursday makeup against Atlanta follows.The Cubs swept three games at Great American Ballpark before running into a Mets buzz saw last weekend.Its been arguably the seasons roughest stretch for a team that sprinted to one of the best starts in franchise history and had the major leagues best record most of the way.But the four-game series that concluded on Sunday featured two one-run games and two Mets blowouts, including rough outings by ace pitchers Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, named National League pitcher of the month for June just two days earlier.Lester, who was rocked for eight runs on nine hits in 1 1/3 innings of work on Sunday, insists theres no cause for panic.We werent going to be on that pace that we were on for the entire season, he said. Thats 162 games. Its a long year, six months. Theres a lot of things that can happen. And you guys are seeing it now. Were a little banged up, two big key components of our bullpen are not here right now. Dex (Dexter Fowler), which makes the offense go it seems like a lot, is still rehabbing.Chicago still leads the National League Central by a comfortable eight games over second-place St. Louis and 10 1/2 games in front of third-place Pittsburgh.The Cubs are 22 games in front of last-place Cincinnati, which has dropped eight of its last 10 including Sundays 12-1 loss to Washington. That game featured 6 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball from Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.Its tough. Its not fun, at all, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce told reporters on Sunday. I dont think anyone here is having much fun. We just have to get better. It is a grind.The Reds send left-hander Cody Reed (0-2, 9.00 ERA) against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 2.76).Reed makes his fourth career appearance and second against the Cubs. He took the loss in a 9-2 decision on June 29. On June 18 he became Cincinnatis 26th pitcher and 12th starter this season.Hendricks is 2-1 with a 4.04 ERA in six all-time starts against the Reds. [url=http://www.vapormaxsalecanada.com/]Authentic Canada Shoes[/url] . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. [url=http://www.vapormaxsalecanada.com/]Vapormax Canada Outlet[/url] . President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest was fired Friday after 12 years with the Marlins. The move came as the team neared the end of its third consecutive last-place season in the NL East. [url=http://www.vapormaxsalecanada.com/]http://www.vapormaxsalecanada.com/[/url] . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. [url=http://www.vapormaxsalecanada.com/]Cheap Vapormax Canada Online[/url] .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. [url=http://www.vapormaxsalecanada.com/]Vapormax Canada For Sale[/url] . Their 38th instalment is arguably their biggest fight card to date, including three-title fights and a main event which was selected by the fans.  The promotion boasts 14-straight years of business and is operated by MFC president Mark Pavelich, who is often overlooked in this country for the foundation hes established for MMA in Canada.GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have signed safety Chris Banjo and wide receiver Omarius Hines and waived safety Ryan McMahon. The team announced the moves Monday. Banjo, a 207-pound rookie out of Southern Methodist, signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in April before being waived on July 25. As a senior at SMU in 2011, Banjo recorded 82 tackles (50 solo), two passes defennced and two fumble recoveries.dddddddddddd Hines, a 215-pound rookie out of Florida, signed with Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent in May before being waived on July 22. He appeared in 51 games with nine starts during his career at Florida and caught 64 passes for 801 yards and four touchdowns. Hines also rushed for 323 yards and four TDs on 33 carries during his career. ' ' '