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  • Soler continues to impress Sep 19, 2014 8:41 PM
    Rookie right fielder Jorge Soler continued his good production for the Cubs in Friday's 14-5 loss to the Dodgers. He had an RBI triple. Manager Rick Renteria cited a mature approach at the plate and Soler's natural talent for the fast start to his major-league career.

     
  • ‘Exhausted’ Kershaw captures 20th victory Sep 19, 2014 8:39 PM
    Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson would love the kind of non-quality start the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw had Friday. Kershaw lasted "only" 5 innings, but he got plenty of run support as the Dodgers routed the Cubs 14-5 at Wrigley Field. It was Kershaw's 20th win of the season.

     
  • Kershaw wins No. 20 as Dodgers rout Cubs Sep 19, 2014 4:59 PM
    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher in major leagues to reach 20 victories as his team routed the CUbs 14-5 at Wrigley Field. Kershaw lasted just 5 innings, but he got plenty of run support. It was another rough outing for Cubs starter Edwin Jackson, who came off the disabled list but could not get out of the first inning.

     
  • Dodgers rally past sloppy Cubs Sep 18, 2014 11:10 PM
    The Los Angeles Dodgers scored 5 runs in the top of the seventh inning Thursday night to rally past the Cubs 8-4 at Wrigley Field in the opener of a four-game series. An error by rookie second baseman Logan Watkins opened the floodgates in the seventh.

     
  • Cubs leaving Kane County Cougars for South Bend Sep 19, 2014 5:05 AM
    After two seasons, the Chicago Cubs are changing Class A Midwest League affiliations, leaving the Kane County Cougars for South Bend, Indiana. One of the primary reasons behind the move is South Bend's commitment to building a training facility similar to what the Cubs have in Mesa, Arizona.

     
  • Cubs prove to be their own worst enemy Sep 19, 2014 12:11 AM
    The Cubs couldn’t seem to get out of their own way Thursday night, and it cost them against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

     
  • No bad guys in Cubs-Cougars breakup Sep 18, 2014 8:05 PM
    Thursday was a sad day for the Kane County Cougars, who lost the Chicago Cubs as a parent club. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles says it's easy to look for "bad guys" in this situation, but he points out that the Cougars were just fine before the Cubs got there and that they'll be just fine going forward.

     
  • Rizzo wins Branch Rickey Award Sep 18, 2014 11:13 PM
    Cubs all-star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the winner of the 2014 Branch Rickey award in recognition of his community work with pediatric cancer patients. At 25, he’s the youngest person to receive the award — 4½ months younger than last year’s winner, Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw.

     
  • Hendricks strong for Cubs against Reds Sep 17, 2014 10:30 PM
    Rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks worked 7 strong innings Wednesday night as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 at Wrigley Field to sweep the three-game series against their NL Central foes.

     
  • Cubs relief pitcher has perfect outing with cancer patients Sep 17, 2014 4:59 PM
    Like just about every other life-long Cubs fan, 79-year-old Sam Ensalaco has waited his whole life for the Cubs to win a World Series. Wednesday morning, Ensalaco was able to give one of the team’s young stars, relief pitcher Neil Ramirez, a little advice on how to make it happen.

     
  • Hendricks dominant again as Cubs sweep Reds Sep 17, 2014 10:52 PM
    A year ago, Kyle Hendricks was honored at Wrigley Field as the Cubs' minor-league pitcher of the year. Wednesday night, as a full-fledged big-leaguer, he went out at beat the Reds 3-1 at Wrigley Field.

     
  • Bryant confident his time with Cubs is near Sep 17, 2014 10:30 PM
    Cubs prospect Kris Bryant said Wednesay it was "bittersweet" not to be playing in September, but he also knows his time is coming, probably sooner rather than later. Bryant and the Kane County Cougars' Jen-Ho Tseng were at Wrigley Field to be honored for their minor-league seasons.

     
  • Arrieta flirts with no-no as Cubs beat Reds Sep 16, 2014 9:43 PM
    Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched no-hit ball until one out in their eighth inning Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Brandon Phillips hit a double to the gap to spoil the no-hit bit, but the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0.

     
  • Arrieta takes no-hitter into 8th, Cubs blank Reds Sep 16, 2014 10:25 PM
    Jake Arrieta took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before giving up Brandon Phillips’ one-out double, the only blemish for the Chicago Cubs pitcher in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Arrieta (9-5) struck out 13 and walked one in his first career complete game. He was five outs from the first no-hitter at Wrigley Field in 42 years when Phillips drove an 0-2 pitch to deep left-center, just beyond the desperate dive of center fielder Matt Szczur on the warning track.

     
  • Cubs' Arrieta masterful again in near-no-hitter Sep 17, 2014 5:50 AM
    We've seen this before. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Tuesday only to see the Reds' Brandon Phillips break it up with a one-out double. It's the third time this year Arrieta has flirted seriously with a no-hitter, but he did pick up the Cubs' first complete game of the season.

     
  • No Cubs-Kane County resolution yet Sep 16, 2014 11:17 PM
    The Cubs acted quickly Tuesday on securing agreements with a pair of minor-league affiliates. However there was no resolution with the Kane County Cougars, with whom the Cubs have had a Player Development Contract for the past two seasons. The Cubs may move their Midwest affiliate elsewhere, such as South Bend, Indiana.

     
  • Bryant, Tseng earn top honors from Cubs Sep 15, 2014 1:44 PM
    Power-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant and Kane County Cougars pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng were selected by Cubs officials as the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

     
  • Sources: Cubs may not renew affiliation with Cougars Sep 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Kane County Cougars returned home Sunday champions of the Midwest League. Will they return in 2015 as a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs? Sources tell the Daily Herald that it's 50-50 the Cubs will renew their agreement with the Cougars.

     
  • Rizzo hits walk-off winner for Cubs Sep 15, 2014 10:22 PM
    Anthony Rizzo capped his return to the Cubs lineup with a walk-off home run in the ninth inning that gave the North Siders a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Rizzo had missed the last 18 games due to a back problem but drove a pitch from Pedro Villarreal (0-1) over the wall in center field. Rizzo’s homer was his 31st of the season and gave Hector Rondon (4-4) the win after he tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Travis Wood didn’t get any run support and couldn’t earn his ninth win of the season despite producing one of his best outings of the year. Wood threw six scoreless innings, allowed only three hits, and lowered his ERA to 4.86. Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon gave up five hits in seven innings. Until the ninth, the Cubs didn’t do much at the plate even though they Rizzo and Jorge Soler in the lineup together for the first time. Soler went 1 for 3 after he missed a weekend series in Pittsburgh due to the birth of a child. Simon had been one of Cincinnati’s most pleasant first-half surprises but he had been struggling. He entered with a 2-7 record and 4.96 ERA in the second half. Simon, who is 3-0 against the Cubs this season, was looking for his second consecutive win but didn’t get the support needed for the victory. He might have if Cubs center fielder Arismendy Alcantara didn’t run down Kristopher Negron’s drive to right-center with two outs in the eighth and speedy Billy Hamilton on first. The Cubs loaded the bases against Simon in the first inning on two singles and a walk, but didn’t score. Welington Castillo popped out to end the inning. Cincinnati got its first chance in the third, starting the inning with a single and a walk, but Negron flew out to right. TRAINER’S ROOM Reds: 1B Joey Votto took infield during pregame warmups but didn’t take part in batting practice. Votto (left quadriceps) hasn’t played for the Reds since July 5 but did take underhand flips in a batting cage Sunday. Cubs: Manager Rick Renteria said SS Starlin Castro (sprained left ankle) is improving but “he’s more not likely to be able to come back” this season. Renteria also said SP Edwin Jackson (right lat strain) would throw a simulated game this week. UP NEXT Reds: RHP Johnny Cueto and Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta will face off on Tuesday. Cueto (18-8) will attempt to match Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw for the most wins in baseball this season. Cueto is 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA in his last nine starts against the Cubs. Arrieta (8-5) leads the Cubs with a 2.82 ERA.

     
  • Spiegel: Highlights aplenty this summer for proud papa Sep 14, 2014 8:09 AM
    Matt Spiegel writes about his baseball highlight of the summer, which came from neither the Sox nor the Cubs, but from his 2-year-old son.

     
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