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  •  Posting huge baseball card images of the starting lineups outside Fenway Park is one way the Red Sox cater to fans who gather around the 102-year-old ballpark before games.

    All that Wrigley Field can and should beJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    While in Boston with the Cubs, beat writer Bruce Miles took a long look around Fenway Park to see how the Red Sox did in renovating a ballpark that is now 102 years old. With a few exceptions, it is everything Wrigley Field can and should become, as he explains in this report.

  • New name to know: AlcantaraJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Every Cubs fan can reel off the names of top prospects such as Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Albert Almora. But according to general manager Jed Hoyer, the forgotten man in the mix is infielder-outfielder Arismendy Alcantara, who is tearing it up at Class AAA Iowa.

  • The Cubs’ Justin Ruggiano delivers an RBI-single in the sixth inning Wednesday against the Red Sox. Ruggiano had homered earlier in the game.

    Cubs bats explode for 16-9 Boston beatdownJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    After struggling mightily for most of the season to score runs, the Cubs exploded Wednesday night at Fenway Park. They hit 4 homers and piled up 19 hits in a 16-9 victory over the Red Sox in a nine-inning game that took 4 hours and 19 minutes to play.

  • Cubs icon Ernie Banks graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated magazine for its ‘Where Are They Now?’ issue.

    Mr. Cub lands on Sports Illustrated’s coverJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, made the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual ‘Where Are They Now?’ issue, which comes out this week.

  • Luis Valbuena, left, and Justin Ruggiano celebrate their 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Solid pitching and timely hitting fueled the Cubs’ win.

    Cubs find way to grind out 2-1 win over BostonJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs opened the second half of their season Tuesday night with a 2-1 victory at Fenway Park over the Red Sox. Much like the first half, the Cubs had to grind one out. Manager Rick Renteria said that's been the character of his club over the first half.

  • Cubs outfield plays tricky Fenway perfectlyJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Playing the Green Monster is only one aspect for outfielders at Fenway Park. That's why Cubs first-base and outfield coach Eric Hinske has been working and talking to his charges during the ongoing interleague series in Boston.

  • The Cubs’ Luis Valbuena watches his RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Cubs beat the Red Sox 2-1.

    Valbuena’s sacrifice fly puts Cubs over Red SoxJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Luis Valbuena broke a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Anthony Rizzo started the inning with a single off Koji Uehara (3-2) and went to third on a double by Starlin Castro. Valbuena then lined a shot to medium right field. Mookie Betts made the catch, but his throw was offline and Rizzo scored easily.

  • Cubs starter Jake Arrieta walked one and struck out 10 before giving up his first hit with two outs in the eighth inning Monday night. He left to a standing ovation from Red Sox fans.

    Cubs pitcher Arrieta has another night to rememberJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's been quite some roll for Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta. Last week at Wrigley Field, he took a perfect game into the eighth inning. Monday night at Fenway Park, he had a no-hitter until Stephen Drew singled with two outs in the eighth inning. Arrieta got the win as the Cubs beat the Red Sox 2-0.

  • McLeod likes where he’s at with CubsJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cubs scouting and player-development boss Jason McLeod said Monday in Boston that he has taken himself out of the running for the vacant general manager's job with the San Diego Padres. For McLeod, the Padres are the hometown team, but he said this was not the right time.

  • Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, drafted by Boston, says he still has friends in the Red Sox organization.

    Fenway trip a bit of a homecoming for Cubs’ Rizzo, HoyerJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    For Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and GM Jed Hoyer, this week's series in Boston marks a pair of homecomings of sort. Rizzo originally was drafted by the Red Sox while Hoyer worked in Boston under current Cubs president Theo Epstein.

  • Should Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, get a spot in the 2014 All-Star Game? Len Kasper believes the selection process needs to change if the result is going to determine home field for the World Series.

    Good time to revisit All-Star Game and festivitiesJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the All-Star Game and its surrounding activities approaching in a couple weeks in Minneapolis, Cubs Insider Len Kasper shares a few thoughts on the format, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, and why he wants to see an Old Timers All-Star Game in the mix.

  • Right now, first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the leading indicator of where team president Theo Epstein is taking the Cubs. And this season, things are looking up, especially after last season.

    This pendulum has swung Rizzo’s wayJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the latest update on the Anthony Rizzo-Andrew Cashner trade, the pendulum has swung in favor of Rizzo, the Cubs and Theo Epstein. Stay tuned for futher developments.

  • Cubs president Theo Epstein feels strongly about both of his homes — Chicago and Boston — and of the history of both teams.

    For Cubs' Epstein, connections with Boston are realJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs are in Boston for an interleague series this week against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. For Cubs president Theo Epstein, the series is personal. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles sat down with Epstein recently for a question-and-answer session that touched on all things Boston and Chicago.

  • White Sox’s Jose Abreu is congratulated in the dugout after he hit his second home run of the night off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey during the seventh inning of their baseball game Friday in Toronto. Abreu is tied for the league lead in home runs and is a bona fide slugger.

    Breaking down Cubs, Sox standouts so farJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    By the time the All-Star Game comes, on Tuesday, July 15, the White Sox will have played 96 of their 162 games, and the Cubs 94. You’ll be inundated with midseason reports. So since the Sox have played 82 and the Cubs 80, allow me to get the jump. This week we look at upside since Opening Day.

  • Darwin Barney, left, looks to first after forcing out Washington's Anthony Rendon at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

    Renteria not unhappy with Barney despite .201 averageJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    With Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list since mid-June, the Cubs have given second baseman Darwin Barney more playing time. Manager Rick Renteria said he likes Barney's Gold Glove-caliber defense and added that his approaches at the plate have been better of late.

  • Dallas Beeler allowed no earned runs in his major-league debut Saturday at Wrigley Field.

    Rookie shuts down Nationals; Samardzija sees ERA balloon in DB lossJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs' future and their immediate present were on display Saturday in a doubleheader loss to the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. During the day, rookie Dallas Beeler made his big-league debut and turned in a quality start. At night, Jeff Samardzija had another rough June outing.

  • John Baker watches his 3-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

    Big day for Baker, CubsJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, John Baker took a swing at a pitch that curved just a little too far. The ball zipped down the line and into the right-field corner. The double capped off his first 3-hit game of the season and combined with Jason Hammel’s 5-hit performance to power the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Nationals on Friday at Wrigley Field. “I had to contain a smile,” Baker said. “I kind of feel the same way right now as I would have had I gone 0-for-4, but we still won 7-2."

  • This is a 2014 photo of Dallas Beeler of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. This image reflects the Cubs active roster as of Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Beeler thrilled to start Game 1 SaturdayJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs could have gone with any number of pithers to start the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. They settled on right-hander Dallas Beeler, who will make his major-league debut after being called up from Class AAA Iowa. The best advice Beeler got from Iowa teammates? Breathe.

  • Cubs outfielders Justin Ruggiano, left, Chris Coghlan, center, and Ryan Sweeney right, celebrate after the Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday. The Cubs are 21-17 since May 17, but playing above .500 baseball will be difficult if — as expected — the team makes a flurry of trades before July 31.

    When will Cubs get out of spin cycle?Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    This season for the Cubs is playing out much like the previous two in the regime of club president Theo Epstein: Bullpen problems hurt the team at the start before getting fixed. The starters pitch well, but only to be attractive to other teams. Will the pattern change at midseason?

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