Chicago Cubs

Arrieta cites mechanics for 2nd-half success
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The key moment on Sunday, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta said, was in the fifth inning. Rookie catcher Victor Caratini had given Arrieta a heads-up before it began, even though the right-hander was facing the D-backs’ 7-8-9 hitters. It didn’t help that Arrieta walked both Ketel Marte and Gregor Blanco to start the inning.

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With Contreras out, Bryant getting 'locked in'
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How will the Cubs deal without hot-hitting Willson Contreras in the lineup? Lately, they’ve turned to Kris Bryant.

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Arrieta seeks payback in finale with D-backs
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Jake Arrieta and Zack Godley will square off Sunday in the final meeting of the regular season between the Cubs and D-backs. Godley emerged victorious over Arrieta when they dueled Aug. 2 at Wrigley Field.

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Schwarber on right track, focused on winning
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Without the designated hitter at Cleveland last year, the Cubs wouldn’t have won the World Series, manager Joe Maddon has freely admitted.

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Lester fades in 6th as D-backs hold off Cubs
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J.D. Martinez’s RBI double off the right-field wall helped key a four-run rally as the D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over Jon Lester and the Cubs at Chase Field.

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Bryant producing through pinkie sprain
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he’s seen of Kris Bryant lately, but it’s been a struggle for the third baseman, who is dealing with a sprained little finger on his left hand that won’t go away.

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Ross was heartbeat of 2 World Series champs
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Long before David Ross was a folk hero in Chicago, he was helping lead the Red Sox to a 2013 World Series championship.

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Avila provides lift after Cubs lose Contreras
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When the Cubs acquired reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the focus was on the left-hander and how the bullpen got a boost. The Cubs didn’t know how important Avila would be until Friday.

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Cubs pounce early, pile on to deny D-backs
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon has said repeatedly that his team needed to find ways to score runs without just relying on the long ball, and Friday night they heeded his call in an 8-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

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LIVE Color Feed: Cubs vs. D-backs
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Video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.

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Contreras has hamstring strain, to miss month
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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has a moderate right hamstring strain and was expected to be sidelined a minimum of four weeks, the team announced on Friday. Contreras was placed on the 10-day disabled list and Victor Caratini was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

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Schwarber back at Chase, site of '16 collision
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Friday is the first time the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber was back at Chase Field since he tore two ligaments in his left knee in a freak collision in the third game of the 2016 season.

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