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  • 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.

     
  • Baez homers to help Cubs beat Pirates 6-4 Sep 13, 2014 11:39 PM
    Rookies Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered, and the Chicago Cubs snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Baez connected for a two-run shot in Chicago’s three-run third, and Szczur hit a leadoff drive in the eighth for his first career homer. It was Baez’s second homer in two nights and No. 9 on the season.

     
  • Could Niners’ lavish pregame festivities give Bears an edge? Sep 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Well, it seems like the consensus final score for Sunday night’s game is somewhere in the vicinity of 49ers 38, Bears 13. Not so sure about that.

     
  • Cubs' losing skid hits 7 Sep 13, 2014 2:01 PM
    The Cubs aren't exactly embracing the role of spoilers. Gerrit Cole won consecutive starts for the first time since early June, National League batting leader Josh Harrison had three hits and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 7-3 Friday night for their seventh win in eight games. The Cubs have lost seven straight games in their longest skid since 2012. All the losses have been against contenders, four to the Pirates and three to the Toronto Blue Jays, and they've been outscored 55-13.

     
  • Cougars on brink of championship Sep 11, 2014 11:42 PM
    The Kane County Cougars are just one victory away from the franchise's first Midwest League championship since 2001. The Cougars dominated the Lake County Captains Thursday night, winning 6-0 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Starting pitcher Duane Underwood tossed 6 no-hit innings.

     
  • How to get 2015 Cubs Convention tickets Sep 10, 2014 2:19 PM
    Individual weekend passes for the 30th Cubs Convention will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Sept. 16, team officials announced Wednesday.

     
  • Cougars off to fast start in title series Sep 10, 2014 11:20 PM
    After a wild start to the game, the Kane County Cougars settled in and beat the Lake County Captains 4-3 Wednesday night to take Game 1 of the Midwest League championship series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

     
  • Blue Jays hand Cubs sixth straight loss Sep 11, 2014 5:11 AM
    Drew Hutchison matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings, Dioner Navarro had two hits and two RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with an 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

     
  • Rogers embraces mentor’s role on Cougars Sep 9, 2014 9:35 PM
    The Kane County Cougars appear loose and ready for their Midwest League championship series against Lake County (Ohio). Game 1 is Thursday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The Cougars are the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

     
  • Cubs to host Cardinals to open 2015 season Sep 8, 2014 2:59 PM
    The Cubs will open the 2015 season at Wrigley Field against the St. Louis Cardinals.

     
  • Stroman’s 3-hitter leads Blue Jays over Cubs Sep 8, 2014 9:08 PM
    Marcus Stroman pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game, in 18 career major league starts, and Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer for the Toronto Blue Jays in an 8-0 win over the Cubs on Monday night. Stroman (10-5) struck out eight and walked none, improving to 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his past three starts. Chicago was shut out for the 15th time this season, second in the NL behind San Diego’s 18. Bautista hit his 200th homer for Toronto, a two-out drive in the fifth off Jacob Turner (5-9) that was his eighth home run in 12 games. Bautista is fifth in home runs among Blue Jays, trailing Carlos Delgado (336), Vernon Wells (223), Joe Carter (203) and George Bell (202). Stroman was nearly hit in the face when Chris Coghlan hit a line drive back up the middle leading off the game. The ball struck Stroman’s glove and ricocheted to shortstop Jose Reyes, who threw to first for the out. Stroman fell on his back as he bent out of the way, but was unhurt. Catcher Dioner Navarro got a laugh from the crowd when he came out to wipe the dirt off his teammate’s back. Jorge Soler singled starting the second and was erased on Welington Castillo’s double-play grounder. Stroman then retired 19 straight batters before Mike Olt’s two-out single in the eighth. Turner (5-9) allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits in six innings. The Cubs played on artificial turf for the first time since June 2008, when they had consecutive series at Toronto and Tampa Bay. Toronto has hit at least one home run in 12 consecutive games, its longest streak since a 12-game run from Aug. 6 to 18, 2011. Adam Lind reached on second baseman Logan Watkins’s error beginning the second and scored on Danny Valencia’s RBI single. Navarro’s sacrifice fly doubled the lead in the fourth. TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo (back) took grounders and hit in the batting cage. Manager Rick Renteria said Rizzo is feeling better but declined to predict a return date. “I’ll reserve my optimism,” Renteria said. “We’re going to take it slow and easy.” Blue Jays: OF Melky Cabrera (broken finger) and RHP Chad Jenkins (broken hand) had surgery Monday. Cabrera was injured Friday on a pickoff play at Boston, and Jenkins got hurt Thursday as he tried to field a ball during batting practice. UP NEXT Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (8-5) faces Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (11-9) on Tuesday. Arrieta is 1-2 with a 7.31 ERA in three career starts at Toronto. Buehrle pitched eight scoreless innings against Tampa Bay last Thursday, his longest outing since June 29.

     
  • Samardzija says he’s open to coming back to Cubs Sep 8, 2014 9:03 PM
    Jeff Samardzija is home again, even if just for four days. The former ace of the Cubs pitching staff is in Chicago this week as his Oakland Athletics play the White Sox. Samardzija says he's found the change refreshing but that Chicago will always hold a special place for him.

     
  • Leadoff spot still an issue for Cubs Sep 7, 2014 6:30 PM
    The Cubs used center fielder Arismendy Alcantara as their leadoff hitter over the weekend. Alcantara has good speed and some power, but his on-base percentage is just .265. The Cubs again will need some better on-base ability at the top of the order going into 2015.

     
  • Pirates rock Wood and sweep Cubs Sep 7, 2014 4:39 PM
    The Pittsburgh Pirates completed a three-game sweept of the Cubs Sunday with a 10-4 victory at Wrigley Field. Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up 9 hits and 7 runs.

     
  • Kasper: In baseball debates, anonymity has an ugly side Sep 7, 2014 2:28 PM
    With all that the Internet offers, you have take the good with the bad. And the good — the system of checks and balances everywhere you look on the web — outweighs the bad, says Cubs insider Len Kasper. The ugly side of anonymous commentary, however, can ruin the experience.

     
  • Again, it’s not Travis Wood’s day as Cubs lose Sep 7, 2014 6:31 PM
    Compared with last year, this season has been a real downer for Cubs lefty Travis Wood. An all-star in 2013, Wood fell to 8-12 with a 5.15 ERA Sunday in a 10-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. A few key numbers tell the story.

     
  • Pirates take a pair from Cubs Sep 6, 2014 8:07 PM
    The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up a pair of wins Saturday at Wrigley Field. They beat the Cubs 5-3 in 11 innings to finish Friday's suspended game. In the regularly scheduled contest, the Pirates took command early and never looked back, winning 5-0.

     
  • Pirates prevail over Cubs in extras Sep 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    By Bruce Miles

    There was no rain Saturday at Wrigley Field. Unlike Friday, only blue skies and sunshine abounded. The Cubs and Pirates treated fans to extra-inning baseball before the regularly scheduled game.The Pirates got 2 runs in the 11th inning to win 5-3.

     
  • Cubs' offense struggles in double loss Sep 7, 2014 1:04 AM
    The Cubs look like they're missing big guns Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro from their lineup. They dropped a pair of games Saturday, losing Friday's suspened game 5-3 in 11 innings and getting shutout 5-0 in the second game. Manager Rick Renteria also said he's not worried about rookie Javier Baez and his strikeouts.

     
  • Spiegel: Konerko and Jeter on the goodbye tour Sep 7, 2014 2:40 PM
    The long goodbyes for Paul Konerko have already begun, and Matt Spiegel hopes the White Sox icon will get to play on Sept. 27 when the team honors him with a special ceremony.

     
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