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6/23/2016 | Shorthanded Cubs' offense hits speed bump

The Cubs' offense was in sync earlier this season when their run differential reached outrageous levels, but with key players missing, it's been hard to maintain that pace.


6/23/2016 | Rizzo day to day with lower back tightness

Anthony Rizzo sat out Thursday's 4-2 series-opening loss to the Marlins with tightness in his lower back that the Cubs first baseman said was different from the discomfort he experienced earlier this month.


6/23/2016 | Contreras' surprise text: 'You're playing first base'

Willson Contreras expected to have Thursday off and then the rookie catcher got a text message in the morning, telling him that he'd make his third Major League start for the Cubs at first base.


6/23/2016 | Prized prospect Happ promoted to Double-A

Ian Happ, the Cubs' top Draft pick in 2015, and rated by MLBPipeline.com as the No. 3 prospect in the team's system, has taken his next step up the organizational ladder, promoted to Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League on Thursday.


6/23/2016 | Stanton, Marlins send Cubs to 4th straight loss

Giancarlo Stanton finally had reason to display some positive emotion. The slugger, who has slumped most of the season, broke out on Thursday night with a home run, but his greatest satisfaction was a two-out, full-count, RBI single to right field in the eighth in the Marlins' 4-2 win over the Cubs at Marlins Park.


6/23/2016 | Cubs' Hendricks looking for road success in start vs. Miami

Kyle Hendricks is quietly having a very good year for the Cubs as long as he's pitching at Wrigley Field. On Friday, the right-hander will be on the road against the Marlins, who will counter with Tom Koehler.


6/23/2016 | Fans must start voting now to get in all 35 ballots

The 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is down to its final week, and here are 10 important things to know as you continue deciding starters for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego.


6/23/2016 | Ranking Cubs' top young position players

Theo Epstein said he wanted to build a "player-development machine'' when the Cubs hired him as their president of baseball operations in 2011, and he's done exactly that. So many impactful position players have arrived in the past two years that you might feel you can't keep track of them.


6/22/2016 | Arrieta to make adjustments after 2nd loss

Jake Arrieta has noticed a trend in his recent outings, and he plans on making some changes.


6/22/2016 | Montero's right knee OK after catcher exits

Cubs catcher Miguel Montero had to leave Wednesday's game after tweaking his right knee on a play at the plate in the sixth inning, and his replacement, rookie Willson Contreras, stepped in and belted a two-run home run in the seventh in Chicago's 7-2 loss to the Cardinals.


6/22/2016 | Cardinals smilin', Cubs stylin' after sweep

The Cardinals made sure the Cubs know they're not going to hand over the National League Central without a fight. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run double and Aledmys Diaz smacked a two-run homer to back Michael Wacha in St. Louis' 7-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday and complete a sweep in front of 41,058.


6/22/2016 | Who wears short shorts? Cubs take theme trip

Joe Maddon was wearing a bright pink short-sleeved sport coat and shorts with tennis shoes decorated with a flamingo print. Addison Russell also had a flamingo theme with his jacket and shorts. And David Ross wore some brightly colored board shorts that were more suitable for Oak Street Beach than a bus ride.


6/22/2016 | Led by Rizzo, 5 Cubs in line to start ASG

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continued to lead all National League players in the latest All-Star balloting, released on Wednesday, and teammates Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler led their respective positions.


6/22/2016 | Marlins start four-game set with MLB-best Cubs

For months, the Marlins have hovered around the group of teams in the National League Wild Card mix. They will have a better idea of where they stand this weekend after facing the Cubs.


6/22/2016 | Emrick to join Costas in MLB Network Showcase booth

One of them grew up listening to Bob Prince call Pirates games on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, went on to call more than 3,000 hockey games, became the first broadcaster to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, played second base for Team Clemente at the Pirates' 2012 fantasy camp, and then joined the Pirates' broadcast booth as a guest announcer this past Spring Training.


6/22/2016 | NL All-Star races to be decided in final days

Close races remain in the National League at catcher, second base, third base and shortstop nearing the final week of voting in the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, as fans decide starters for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 in San Diego.


6/22/2016 | Wrigley's confines prove friendly for Cards

There were 41,000-plus at Wrigley Field for the second straight game Tuesday, and, for the second night in a row, they were entertained with a well-played game. And, for the second night in a row, the Cardinals edged the Cubs by one run.


6/22/2016 | Jimenez, Dewees provide pop in Midwest League All-Star game

The Midwest League All-Star game turned into an offensive bonanza and Cubs' prospects had their fingerprints all over the East's 11-10 comeback win.


6/21/2016 | Waino wins in Wrigley as Cards hammer HRs

It was payback time for the Cardinals. After losing four of six games at Busch Stadium to the Cubs, the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright spoiled the party in front of 41,616 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night with a 4-3 victory.


6/21/2016 | Cards face Arrieta seeking sweep of Cubs

Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs in the series finale against the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, looking to build off his latest strong outing. Michael Wacha will start for St. Louis, looking to end a career-high string of seven losses.


6/21/2016 | Contreras makes back-to-back starts

The education of catcher Willson Contreras continued on Tuesday night. The Cubs prospect made his second big league start as the team eases him into what they hope will be a regular job.


6/21/2016 | Warren to start in Triple-A; Richard to DL

Chicago placed left-handed reliever Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger, and righty Adam Warren was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Spencer Patton and Gerardo Concepcion were both promoted to the Majors.


6/21/2016 | Yadi grabs carom to cut down Almora

Joe Maddon likes aggressive play, and the Cubs manager backed Albert Almora Jr.'s decision to try to advance in the ninth inning on Monday, although the rookie outfielder felt as if he'd cost the team the game in the Cardinals' 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field.


6/21/2016 | Contreras shows poise in first Cubs start

Willson Contreras said he wasn't nervous before his first Major League start. After all, he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat the night before as a pinch-hitter.


6/20/2016 | Cardinals ding Lackey, hold off Cubs

After losing five in a row at home, the Cardinals got back on track on the road against the division-rival Cubs. Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta hit solo home runs to back Jaime Garcia and lift St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Monday night.




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