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Cubs: Craig Kim­brel, who last pitched on Sept. 1, was “feel­ing bet­ter,” ac­cord­ing to man­ager Joe Mad­don, but there still is no timetable for the closer’s re­turn from right el­bow in­flam­ma­tion. When asked if Kim­brel could miss the rest of the reg­u­lar sea­son, Mad­don said they will eval­u­ate his sta­tus af­ter a bullpen ses­sion on Sun­day.

● Wrigley Field organist Gary Pressy, who be­gan his ca­reer in 1987 and worked his 2,679th con­sec­u­tive game Saturday, will re­tire at the end of the sea­son.

Red Sox: Boston is on track to pay a $13.05 mil­lion lux­ury tax for a sea­son in which they are likely to miss the play­offs. The World Se­ries cham­pi­ons’ pay­roll for pur­poses of the tax in­creased from $239.7 mil­lion on open­ing day to $242.8 mil­lion on Aug. 31, ac­cord­ing to cal­cu­la­tions by the com­mis­sioner’s of­fice ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press. That is well over the $206 mil­lion thresh­old where the tax be­gins. Twins: Right-handed pitcher Sam Dyson, who has been out since Sept. 3 with a sore bi­cep, shut down his throw­ing ses­sion Fri­day.

Pi­rates: Cen­ter fielder Star­ling Marte was out of the lineup for a sixth straight game with a left wrist sprain and was lim­ited to pinch run­ning.

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