Chicago Cubs

Maddon rests Rizzo, talks keeping Cubs fresh
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How do you justify and when do you know it’s the right time to give one of the hottest hitters in baseball the day off? That’s a decision Cubs manager Joe Maddon said was not a difficult one at all when he made out Saturday’s lineup card sans Anthony Rizzo. The hot-hitting leadoff hitter got […]

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Cubs rally in Miami on Lester's milestone day
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Check the Marlins off the list for Jon Lester. The veteran left-hander, who hadn’t faced them much in his career, was winless against Miami until Saturday afternoon. Lester overcame a sluggish three-run first, regrouped and was dominant for the rest of his seven innings in the Cubs’ 5-3 win at Marlins Park.

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Young Baez's hitting maturation on display
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Going with the pitch seems like the most basic of strategies, but for a young player still learning his craft at the highest level, it’s not as easy as it appears. But Javier Baez continues to work that key approach, and it paid off Saturday. The infielder sparked an 11-hit Cubs attack with a pair […]

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Lester seeks milestone, first win over Marlins
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Jon Lester looks to continue to pile up the strikeouts on Saturday afternoon when he takes the mound for the Cubs in the third game of a four-game series with Miami at Marlins Park. The left-hander, who enters with 1,954 career punchouts, is just three away from 500 as a Cub. Lester would be just […]

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Cubs first-rounder stops No. 1 team in CWS
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Alex Lange has pitched and won a lot of significant games in his three years at Louisiana State, but none more significant than Friday afternoon.

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Lackey, Cubs fall despite 3-hitting Marlins
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When the season started, the Marlins used Jose Urena in a long-relief role. The 25-year-old has since become a stopper of sorts, especially in recent weeks. Urena scattered five hits over six shutout innings, and backed by a home run from Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins edged the Cubs, 2-0, on Friday night at Marlins Park. […]

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Lackey extends trend; bats can't follow suit
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Things had been falling into place for the Cubs lately. Good starting pitching, coupled with clutch hitting, had resulted in five wins over their previous six games. But one of those trends did not continue on Friday in a 2-0 loss to the Marlins.

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Cubs send slumping Schwarber to Triple-A
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon has preached the need to be patient with some of the young players on the roster, but apparently the team decided it was time to make a move regarding struggling slugger Kyle Schwarber.

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Hendricks could start throwing this weekend
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As the Cubs begin to put together a couple of good series, they remain hopeful that right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks can rejoin the team prior to the All-Star break and help continue that trend.

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Cubs hit 3 HRs, crush Marlins behind Arrieta
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Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered, and the Cubs rolled to an 11-1 win over the Marlins in the four-game series opener at Marlins Park on Thursday night. Jake Arrieta worked seven innings, allowing one run on six hits with three strikeouts.

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Russell cleaning up; Happ right behind him
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Cubs cleanup man Addison Russell wreaked havoc in the heart of the order Thursday, going 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Along with Ian Happ’s three single and a double, the game marked the first time since at least 1913 that the Cubs have had two players aged 23 […]

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Heyward lands on DL; Zagunis, Floro recalled
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The Cubs were hoping Jason Heyward’s left hand would heal more quickly than it has, but ultimately the injury was too severe to avoid a disabled list stint.

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