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Cubs reportedly sign top Draft pick Little
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The Cubs have reportedly signed their first-round Draft pick, left-handed pitcher Brendon Little, for $2.2 million. The pick had a slot value of $2,373,300. The club did not confirm that a deal is in place.

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Cubs content to keep red-hot Rizzo at leadoff
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How long will Anthony Rizzo lead off for the Cubs? Manager Joe Maddon isn’t sure but as long as it works, he’s going to stay with it.

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Cubs' offense stalls in series finale vs. Padres
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The Padres lost their starter in the third inning and struggled to hit in the clutch but overcame all of that on Wednesday.

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Cubs' trio powers Iowa to win
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The ball was flying out of the yard for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, as Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis and Victor Caratini all hit home runs to power the Cubs past Omaha, 6-4.

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Cubs eyeing pitching ahead of Trade Deadline
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Now that the Major League Draft is over, teams turn their focus to the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the phone traffic with other GMs has picked up since the Draft ended last week.

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Cahill, Richard receive WS rings from Cubs
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Upon their return to Wrigley Field this week, Padres pitchers Clayton Richard and Trevor Cahill had 14 karats of white gold and 108 diamonds awaiting them.

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Cubs follow Rizzo's HR 'lead' to beat Padres
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Anthony Rizzo smacked his third leadoff home run in the last seven games and rookie Ian Happ hit his ninth homer to back Mike Montgomery and lift the Cubs to a 4-0 victory on Tuesday night over the Padres.

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Butler looking to help deliver sweep of Padres
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Padres rookie right-hander Miguel Diaz took a step forward with his second career start. He will next oppose Cubs righty Eddie Butler in Wednesday’s series finale at Wrigley Field.

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Lead-er of the pack: Rizzo HR extends streak
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Anthony Rizzo kept his on-base streak going as the Cubs’ leadoff man, hitting a home run in the first inning against the Padres on Tuesday night.

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Montgomery aims to stay on attack vs. Friars
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Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery, who will oppose Padres righty Jhoulys Chacin on Tuesday in the middle game at Wrigley Field, said he has picked Jon Lester’s brain about how he attacks hitters and his overall approach.

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Contreras celebrates with anniversary homer
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Willson Contreras called his shot. Well, sort of. Some five-and-a-half hours before the Cubs took the field for their 3-2 win over the Padres on Monday night, the Cubs’ catcher tweeted out a video of his first career at-bat — a two-run homer against the Pirates.

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Cubs, Padres don't mince words on collision
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Padres outfielder Matt Szczur put a dent in his former club’s chances Monday night. On the same play, however, former Padre Anthony Rizzo may have put a longer-term dent in the fortunes of his old team.

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