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  • Another strong Arrieta outing pitches Cubs past Rockies Jul 31, 2014 9:11 PM
    Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has been down this road a few times this season. He starts off by throwing perfect or no-hit ball and winds up with a victory. It was that way again Thursday in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. Arrieta didn't give up a hit until two were out in the fifth inning. He lasted 7 innings and gave up 3 hits and 1 run as he improved to 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA. “Going in, I felt a little off,” he said. “In the pen, I realized it. I didn't feel like I had a lot of life on my fastball today, but I was able to come out with a good mix of off-speed pitches for strikes below the zone for swings and mixed in some change-up."

  • Cubs swap Russell, Bonifacio for catching prospect Jul 31, 2014 7:18 PM
    Assumptions always run rampant anytime a team makes a trade or reaches a milestone moment. The Cubs traded off some of their past again Thursday with an eye toward the future. They sent veteran left-handed reliever James Russell, speedy infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and a cash consideration to the Atlanta Braves for catching prospect Victor Caratini.

  • Russell leaves Chicago with warm Cubs memories Jul 31, 2014 9:22 PM
    James Russell saw a little of everything during his tenure with the Cubs. Russell and infielder Emilio Bonifacio were traded to the Braves Friday, and Russell cited playing for former manager Lou Piniella and with teammates such as Derrek Lee, Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster as highlights.

  • Among trade deadline days, MLB is king Jul 31, 2014 11:51 PM
    What a week it’s been for baseball, huh? The weekend in Cooperstown, the heartwarming response to the announcement in L.A. that the incomparable Vin Scully would return for another year, and then gets capped off with a great day of deadline deals. Better soak it in though, because football is right around the corner.

  • Cubs win with catcher as a pitcher in record long game Jul 30, 2014 10:44 AM
    Both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies ran out of relief pitchers in a marathon game. The Cubs used a catcher — and won. “It’s really cool to get a chance to do this,” said John Baker, who scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after pitching a scoreless top half.

  • Who's played longer than Cubs record game? (Hint: Look south) Jul 30, 2014 10:57 AM
    Ever feel like you've been to a game that just won't end? That's what it felt like last night for Cubs fans, who sat through 6 hours and 27 minutes at the Cubs battled the Rockies in 16 innings until 1:27 a.m. But that's not the longest game in Chicago history. See who else has kept fans up late at night.

  • Cubs catcher/pitcher gets beer shower after longest game Jul 30, 2014 11:00 AM
    “I got beer, chocolate milk, I got hair gel, I got shampoo, I got body wash and I got some more beer,” Cubs backup catcher and winning pitcher John Baker said after Tuesday night's 16 inning marathon win over the Colorado Rockies. “Best shower I've ever taken.” It's the longest game by time in Cubs history.

  • Cubs keep dealing, acquire lefty Doubront from Boston Jul 31, 2014 12:12 AM
    The Cubs did not wait for Thursday's nonwaiver trading deadline to continue wheeliing and dealing. The acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named. They also acquired a minor-league pitcher from the Dodgers to complete the trade for Darwin Barney.

  • 7 things to know about Cubs' longest game ever Jul 30, 2014 2:00 PM
    Cubs pitcher John Baker is believed to be the first Cubs position player, at least as we tradtionally think of them, to earn a victory as a pitcher. Baker was the unlikely hero in Tuesday night's 16-inning victory over the Rockies in the longest game in terms of time in Wrigley Field history.

  • Cubs’ Baker enjoys his moment in historyc Jul 30, 2014 10:07 PM
    Cubs catcher John Baker was still enjoying the attention he received for being the winning pitcher in Tuesday night's marathon against the Rockies. Baker came on in an emergency role and acquitted himself well. He said the text messages kept pouring in long after the game was over.

  • ‘Moving day’ could be here at Wrigley Field Jul 30, 2014 1:54 AM
    Edwin Jackson turned in yet another poor start for the Cubs Tuesday night as he lasted just 4 innings against the Colorado Rockies. Before the game, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said it's possible the Cubs will make a deal before Thursday's nonwaiver deadline. Just after 1:30 a.m., the Cubs won 4-3 on a 16th-inning sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro.

  • And now Cubs’ Ramirez is on disabled list Jul 29, 2014 8:51 PM
    The Cubs changed course Tuesday on relief pitcher Neil Ramirez. Although Ramirez has been one of the team's most effective relievers, the Cubs sent him to the minor leagues Saturday in a curious move. On Tuesday, they moved him to the DL with triceps soreness.

  • Kasper: Every broadcaster has to find comfort zone Jul 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    I am a preparation fiend. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that. And every year I try to tighten up and streamline that process, which can become onerous if you let it overwhelm you. The last thing you want to be thinking about once the game starts is, “Did I prepare properly for this game?” Ultimately, it comes down to comfort, and every broadcaster is different. I used to try to know every little detail about each player before we ever hit the air. But that takes an exorbitant amount of time and it also created some tunnel vision, making it more difficult sometimes to focus on the big storylines of the game.

  • Cubs’ Wada earns first big-league win Jul 28, 2014 11:16 PM
    With all the talk of the left-handed pitchers the Cubs will be facing this week, their own lefty did a pretty nice job Monday night in a 4-1 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first major-league victory by working 7 innings of 5-hit, 1-run ball.

  • Cubs work out trade for Barney to Dodgers Jul 28, 2014 11:00 PM
    The Cubs managed to get something for Darwin Barney after all. They traded the second baseman Monday to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with a cash consideration in exchange for a player to be named later. Barney was designated for assignment last week.

  • Hall of Famer Gibson appreciates Big Frank Jul 28, 2014 7:44 PM
    None other than Bob Gibson believes Frank Thomas is one of the great hitters in the history of baseball. “There’s certain hitters who can spit on a pitch and say that’s a ball, and if he says it’s a ball it’s a ball,” Gibson said of Thomas. “His eye was that good. He said, ‘If it’s not my pitch, then I’m not swinging.’ He would take a walk. Frustrating for the pitcher."

  • Rockies bring offense to town Jul 27, 2014 6:49 PM
    The Rockies are coming, the Rockies are coming. The Colorado Rockies come to Wrigley Field this week, and Cubs pitchers will have to be ready because the Rockies lead the National League in many key offensive categories. They'll also start four left-handed pitchers against the Cubs.

  • Cubs shutout by Cards at Wrigley Jul 27, 2014 4:29 PM
    Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Cubs on Sunday. The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8. Wainwright allowed five hits and walked three during his seven innings. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4? innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday. Kevin Siegrist worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances. Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks (1-1) allowed just one run on seven hits in 6? innings. With the wind blowing out to right field, the conditions seemed ideal for a classic Wrigley slugfest -- a feeling seemingly confirmed when Holliday, the third batter of the game, lifted a drive to center field that landed in the batter’s eye for a solo homer and a 1-0 Cardinals lead. But that’s where the score stayed as the starters took control. On paper, the matchup seemed a huge mismatch, but Hendricks was able to stay competitive with the perennial All-Star, with the only essential difference being Holliday’s blast. Hendricks benefited from two double plays and Matt Carpenter was thrown out at second attempting to stretch a single, but the rookie never faced a true jam. The only time he was close to giving up a run after the first inning came after he was lifted in the seventh inning with a runner on first base and one out. Left-hander Wesley Wright loaded the bases with two out, but got Wainwright to line out softly to first base. NOTES: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher, on former Cubs great Greg Maddux, who was inducted into the hall of fame on Sunday: “I would have enjoyed catching him, for sure. I would have enjoyed trying to understand how he thought about the game. The things I saw him do. I remember one time here, he put one right down the middle. ‘Hit it as hard as you want because the wind was screaming in.’ I smashed it as hard as I could smash it, and it went nowhere. He just gave a grin.”... As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wrigley Field, both teams wore replica uniforms from 1978. The Cardinals uniforms were only slightly different than ones from today (no belts and pullover jerseys being the main change), but the Cubs wore powder blue pinstripes, which were the road uniforms then. ... The Cardinals are off on Monday, while the Cubs begin a four-game home series with the Colorado Rockies, with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00) facing LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20).

  • Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory Jul 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all enter the Hall of Fame.

  • Cubs’ Hendricks continues to impress Jul 27, 2014 6:44 PM
    Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks matched Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright almost pitch for pitch Sunday. Hendricks gave up a first-inning homer to Matt Holliday, and enabled the Cardinals to get out of Wrigley Field with a 1-0 victory and two of three in the series.

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