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  • Braves beat Cubs 10-7 at Wrigley Jul 13, 2014 5:52 PM
    Chris Johnson can rest easy during the All-Star break. He earned a couple days off. Johnson had three hits, including his third homer in two days, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 10-7 on Sunday at Wrigley Field to keep pace with Washington at the top of the NL East. Johnson hit a long drive to straightaway center field for a three-run shot in a four-run third inning against Travis Wood (7-8). Johnson also went deep twice in the Braves’ 11-6 victory at Wrigley on Saturday. “The biggest thing for me is the fact I’m swinging at strikes,” he said. “When I swing at strikes, I can do some good things.” Atlanta (52-43) has won three of four since a four-game losing streak. It heads into the break one percentage point behind the division-leading Nationals, who won 10-3 at Philadelphia. “We had a pretty good first half, better than pretty good,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Now we’ve got to enjoy this break and come out in the second half and keep firing.” The Braves played without struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, who was suspended by the team for the series finale at Chicago. Atlanta announced the punishment on its Twitter feed, with no further explanation, and Gonzalez called it an “internal matter.” The last-place Cubs (40-54) have lost eight of 10. Arismendy Alcantara and Chris Coghlan each hit a two-run homer off All-Star Julio Teheran (9-6). It was the first career shot for the 22-year-old Alcantara, who also had a bloop double in the first and is batting .391 (9 for 23) in his first five major league games. “With my ability, I’m having fun,” Alcantara said. “It can be fast. I’m having fun.” Chicago scored three times in the eighth, highlighted by John Baker’s two-run double, but Jordan Walden got Junior Lake to fly out to center with a runner on second for the final out of the inning. All-Star Craig Kimbrel then worked the ninth for his 29th save in 33 opportunities. “We put ourselves in a position potentially to even edge closer, and we just fell a little short,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. Teheran pitched seven innings in his first start since a rough outing against the Mets. The right-hander lasted just 3 1-3 innings in an 8-3 loss at New York on Tuesday. Teheran retired 12 in a row after Chicago put runners on first and second with two out in the first. He allowed seven hits while improving to 2-0 in four career starts against the Cubs. “I know that my last outing I didn’t have a good outing,” said Teheran, who is ineligible for the All-Star game because he started on Sunday. “Just trying to come back like I did twice this year.” Wood was charged with seven runs and seven hits in six innings. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA in his last five starts. Wood issued leadoff walks in the second, third and fourth innings, and the first two were costly. Gerald Laird had a two-run double in Atlanta’s three-run second, and Jason Heyward singled home a run before Johnson connected in the third. Johnson’s sixth homer was part of his 30th multihit game of the season. The third baseman was walked intentionally in the seventh to get to Tommy La Stella, who doubled home three runs to give the Braves a 10-2 lead. The 34-year-old Uggla has played sparingly since La Stella was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 28. The three-time All-Star is batting .162 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 48 games. Gonzalez said he expects Uggla to be with the team when it resumes play on Friday night against the Phillies. He also isn’t worried about the effect of the suspension on his team. “I don’t think so. I got a pretty good pulse of our clubhouse,” he said. “If anybody wants to talk to me, my door is always open. And they know that.” NOTES: Atlanta also promoted INF Phil Gosselin from Gwinnett before the game. ... Wood will start Chicago’s second game after the All-Star break. RHP Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.64 ERA) starts the series opener Friday night, and RHP Jake Arrieta (5-1, 1.95 ERA) pitches next Sunday against the Diamondbacks. ... RHP Ervin Santana (7-6, 4.01 ERA) will start Friday night against Philadelphia in Atlanta’s first game after the break. But Gonzalez said he wasn’t sure just yet how the rest of the rotation would line up.

     
  • Scout’s honor: The crystal ball’s always cloudy Jul 13, 2014 7:06 PM
    The Braves right fielder and a new book combined Sunday to indicate just how difficult it is to project the careers of baseball prospects. Cubs and White Sox fans should take note.

     
  • Cubs showing cracks in the Wood? Jul 13, 2014 7:05 PM
    With all of the negative attention directed at Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, it seems only fair to raise concern about lefty Travis Wood. In Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Braves, Wood was cuffed around for 7 runs over the first three innings. He made it through 6, but he fell to 7-8 with a 4.96 ERA.

     
  • Castro, Rizzo excited about all-star trip Jul 13, 2014 7:04 PM
    Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro packed up after Sunday's Cubs game and headed to Minneapolis for the All-Star Game. The two players have enjoyed bounce-back years and now will be counted on as team leaders, despite their young age of 24.

     
  • Braves rough up Cubs, 11-6 Jul 12, 2014 6:51 PM
    Chris Johnson homered twice and pitcher Mike Minor hit his second career home run, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Chicago Cubs 11-6 on Saturday. Atlanta scored six times in the fourth inning for a 9-3 lead. Edwin Jackson (5-10) lasted just 3 2-3 innings after giving nine runs, seven hits and three home runs. The Cubs have lost seven of their last nine.

     
  • Alcantara impresses Cubs with his speed, power Jul 12, 2014 3:32 PM
    While former No. 1 draft picks Kris Bryant and Javier Baez wait for their chance to be called up to the Cubs from Class AAA Iowa, former I-Cubs teammate Arismendy Alcantara has been playing big in his first big-league shot. And his Iowa manager isn't surprised given the skills he's witnessed.

     
  • Samardzija deserves to play in All-Star Game Jul 12, 2014 5:50 PM
    Even though Major League Baseball's All-Star Game has lost some of its luster in recent years, it's still the best of its kind among the major sports. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles offers a few suggestions to make the All-Star Game matter again. First off, how about letting Jeff Samardzija pitch this year.

     
  • With Wrigley decision, Cubs have a chance to win Jul 12, 2014 8:01 PM
    Finally, after years of old ownership that did nothing, and new ownership that tried to play a little too nice, this week brought resolution and the Cubs are in line to become a more viable baseball franchise. Matt Spiegel has more in his weekly baseball column.

     
  • Jackson shoulders blame for ugly outing Jul 12, 2014 9:03 PM
    It was yet another rough outing Saturday for beleaguered Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson. Jackson lasted just 3.2 innings against the Braves and gave up 7 hits and 9 runs as he saw his ERA go from 5.05 to 5.64. The Cubs tried to come back a couple of times, but they wound up falling 11-6.

     
  • Cubs face tough choice with Alcantara Jul 12, 2014 9:04 PM
    Cubs rookie Arismendy Alcantara looked like an old hand in center field Saturday during an 11-6 loss to the Braves at Wrigley Field. Alcantara made his first big-league appearance in center after starting three games at second base. He's off to a good start, and the Cubs may find it difficult to send him back to the minor leagues.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Toews, Kane nothing but the best Jul 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bottom line folks: it's a great time to be a Blackhawks fan.

     
  • Ruggiano single in 9th lifts Cubs over Braves Jul 11, 2014 6:57 PM
    Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning Friday that sent the Cubs over the Atlanta Braves 5-4. Arismendy Alcantara singled with two outs off Jordan Walden (0-1) and stole second. Ruggiano then got a hit that slipped past shortstop Andrelton Simmons to win it.

     
  • Rizzo thankful for all-star vote help Jul 11, 2014 8:15 PM
    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo stopped by team offices Friday morning to thank employees for helping him get to the All-Star Game. Rizzo made it thanks to an online fan vote, which was heavily promoted by the Cubs. He'll join teammate Starlin Castro next Tuesday for the game at Minneapolis.

     
  • Ricketts excited about moving forward on Wrigley Jul 11, 2014 2:35 PM
    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts met with reporters Friday at Wrigley Field and said he was excited to finally get moving on renovating the 100-year-old ballpark. One sticking point is a possible lawsuit by neighboring rooftop owners. Ricketts also expressed continued confidence in the baseball side of the organization.

     
  • Cubs show some life with back-to-back wins Jul 11, 2014 9:54 PM
    After last week's trade of top pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Cubs will be hard-pressed for victories from now until the end of the season. However, they've shown over the past couple of days that their spirit remains intact, writes Daily Herald Cubs reporter Bruce Miles.

     
  • Sale, Rizzo get final All-Star Game spots Jul 10, 2014 6:25 PM
    Chicago, a city with a reputation for voting early and often, helped White Sox ace Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo earn spots for the 13th annual All-Star Game through the MLB.com Final Vote contest.

     
  • Cubs snap streak with 6-4, 12-inning win over Reds Jul 10, 2014 5:25 PM
    Arismendy Alcantara needed just one day to get the feel of the big leagues. After going 0-for-4 in his major league debut on Wednesday, the highly regarded Cubs prospect had four hits and scored the tying and winning runs as Chicago snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-4, 12-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Today, I felt more comfortable," said Alcantara, who had a double, triple and stolen base before learning after the game that his stay with the Cubs would be extended.

     
  • Cubs get OK to move forward with Wrigley Field makeover Jul 11, 2014 6:37 AM
    Wrigley Field took a step in the direction of every major league ballpark in the country when a city commission unanimously approved the Cubs' massive renovation project that includes a Jumbotron and six other electronic signs. The city's landmarks commission, which must sign off on such plans because Wrigley is so well known, agreed to a renovation project that is dramatically bigger than one approved last year.

     
  • Cubs lose season-high 6th straight, 4-1 to Reds Jul 9, 2014 10:07 PM
    The Cubs got to take a look at their future Wednesday night, starting a pair of newcomers. The result was just like the recent past. The losing goes on. Alfredo Simon became the NL's first 12-game winner and Billy Hamilton added to his sensational series with a tiebreaking triple, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 victory over the trade-depleted Cubs.

     
  • Is Cubs' plan really that hard to understand? Jul 9, 2014 5:42 AM
    Theo Epstein is getting a firsthand look at the folly that hundreds of Cubs players, managers and GMs have experienced, the distinct displeasure of fans and media experts, quick with a rebuke but silent when surveyed for an alternative plan. What's staggering is the inability of many to understand something so simple, or the absolute refusal to even try to grasp the obvious, while conveniently forgetting the spending calamities of the past.

     
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