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Ben Zobrist collects two hits in return to a Cubs' lineup that could be under more evaluation

Ben Zobrist collects two hits in return to a Cubs' lineup that could be under more evaluation

Ben Zobrist returned Wednesday night to the Cubs lineup in a development that could open more options for manager Joe Maddon.

After not starting the last three games because of lower-back stiffness, Zobrist showed good form with a single during a five-run second inning and a double that sailed over the head of left fielder Adam Duvall to spark a two-run third in a 7-5 victory over the Reds.

For the second consecutive night, warm temperatures were accompanied by 20 mph-plus gusts blowing toward the outfield. But unlike Tuesday night, when the Cubs slugged four home runs, no power was necessary.

In this game the Cubs showed they gradually are regaining the art of clutch...

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