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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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 of run-scoring hits in a 5-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.
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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 to rest as the Cubs took on the Marlins.
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Edinson Volquez looks to continue his mastery over the Cubs as he takes the mound for Miami in the finale of a four-game series at Marlins Park on Sunday. The right-hander is 7-0 lifetime against the Cubs with a 3.06 ERA over 12 games, including 11 starts.
The Cubs are wasting little time in signing their picks from the recently completed 2017 Major League Draft. After announcing the signing of their top pick, left-handed pitcher Brendon Little, on Thursday, they locked up second-rounder Cory Abbott on Friday.
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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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. Urena has now won his last five decisions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's no shame in going to the Minor Leagues when you're 24 and haven't spent one full season in the Majors, even if you're Kyle Schwarber.
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 or younger collect four or more hits in the same game.
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.
The Cubs announced Thursday they have signed left-handed pitcher Brendon Little, the 27th pick overall in the Major League Draft. MLB.com's Jim Callis reported that Little signed for $2.2 million.
After a long wait to begin his professional career, Brandon Marsh is showing just what all the hype was about.
The Padres lost their starter in the third inning and struggled to hit in the clutch but overcame all of that on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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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A day after his controversial collision with Padres catcher Austin Hedges, Anthony Rizzo received a call from the Commissioner's Office.
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.
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.
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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Willson Contreras celebrated the one-year anniversary of his first Major League hit by smacking a tying home run leading off the seventh and Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on an error by Padres left fielder Jose Pirela to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory on Monday night.
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