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Russell, Contreras go deep; Anderson debuts

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:43:22 EDT

Addison Russell and Willson Contreras each hit solo homers and Chesny Young added a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh for the Cubs, who battled the White Sox to a 4-4 tie on Monday at Sloan Park.



Anderson pleased with progress, new routine

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:51:38 EDT

Usually, Brett Anderson's pre-start routine is fairly simple. But on Monday, the left-hander spent far more time prepping for his outing compared to the time he spent on the mound. It's part of the new routine Anderson has to adjust to after undergoing back surgery one year ago.



Rule 5 pick Smith excited for chance with Cubs

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:13:10 EDT

Caleb Smith was surprised when he heard that he'd been selected in the Rule 5 Draft last December. It isn't every day that a pitcher gets the chance to go from Double-A to the big leagues.



Watch nearly 300 spring games, plus WBC 17, on MLB.TV

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:33:03 EDT

MLB.TV is back, and it's better than ever. Watch live out-of-market games -- including almost 300 Spring Training games and the World Baseball Classic (in U.S.) without blackouts -- on more than 400 devices.



Maddon not interested in flashing Series bling

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:41:23 EDT

Last year's World Series championship was Joe Maddon's second, and this will be the third time he'll get a ring. What will he do with the new jewelry? Don't expect to see Maddon flashing it around Chicago.



Defense shines in Series rematch

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:52:18 EDT

There was no rain-delay rally on Sunday as the Cubs and Indians played to a 1-1 tie in their first meeting since Game 7 of the World Series.



Maddon likes Heyward's tweaked approach

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:47:56 EDT

Jason Heyward is hitless in two games this spring, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he's seen.



Maddon plans to limit starters' workloads

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:28:08 EDT

Joe Maddon opened the door for criticism with his quick hook of starters and heavy reliance on closer Aroldis Chapman in the World Series. But by limiting the workload of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey during the regular season, he gave the Cubs a huge edge against the Indians, who had only two of their top four starters at full strength.



Cubs' Top 30 Prospects list

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:42:47 EDT

Who do the Cubs have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Chicago's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.



Young looks to follow up strong DWL showing

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:49:25 EDT

Chesny Young wanted to learn about another country, do some exploring, maybe even surf this offseason, so he got a spot on a team in the Dominican Republic and stayed until the end of the playoffs. The experience was worth it.



Schwarber, Heyward have pleasing returns to action

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:11:55 EDT

Both Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward took steps in their Cactus League debuts. For the first time since April 7, Schwarber played outfield, while Heyward called Saturday's game a good starting point after spending the offseason working on his swing.



Spring into fresh look for Cubs' new year

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:33:33 EDT

Gear up for Spring Training with updated authentic caps, jerseys, socks and more, and wear what your favorite Cubs are wearing.



Cubs celebrate with Cactus home-opening win

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:52:51 EDT

The defending World Series champion Cubs displayed their trophy on the field before the game, and the sellout crowd of 14,929 at Sloan Park gave them a standing ovation as they took the field for the Cactus League opener against the Athletics.



Maddon: 'Sky's the limit' for Montgomery

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:04:28 EDT

The Cubs will ease starters Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey into spring games in a week. Deciding who fills the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation began on Saturday, although manager Joe Maddon said the two candidates, Brett Anderson and Mike Montgomery, may end up sharing it.



Fantasy Player Preview: Dominate your draft

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:33:46 EDT

From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Cubs' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.



Baez paces offense in Schwarber's return to left

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:55:38 EDT

Jae-gyun Hwang lined a three-run homer in the sixth inning Saturday to seal the Giants' 8-6 Cactus League triumph Saturday over a split squad of Cubs.



Glove Day at Cubs camp rekindles fond memories

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:40:28 EDT

Cubs pitcher Duane Underwood will never forget his first glove.



Cubs fans converge on Mesa for trophy rally

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:12:52 EDT

Debbie Palmer is a Cubs fan who lives in San Francisco. When she heard that the World Series trophy was coming to Mesa, she realized that was as far west as it would be. So she left home at 1:20 a.m. PT and drove 13 hours straight so she could get in line to get a photo with the trophy.



Baez celebrates Cubs' title with new tattoo

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:55:54 EDT

Javier Baez will never forget his first World Series championship, and he has a new tattoo on his left shoulder to commemorate it.



Strop, Cubs excited to finalize extension

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:48:55 EDT

The Cubs awarded reliever Pedro Strop with a contract extension Friday through 2018 with a club option for '19.



Breaking down the Cubs' Top 30 Prospects

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:23:49 EDT

After the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer regime came into power following the 2011 season, the Cubs used the Draft, international market and trades to assemble the best group of position prospects in recent memory. So what's next? Is a potential dynasty on the way?



Addison's power breakout has already begun

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:51:30 EDT

Can Addison Russell take that next step forward to become a true superstar? The glove is already there, but we haven't seen that one big hitting season yet. Small changes he made as 2016 may point to '17 being his true coming-out party.



Maddon looking at Schwarber for leadoff spot

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:44:39 EDT

Who will be the Cubs' leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is gone? Manager Joe Maddon likes the idea of Kyle Schwarber at the top of the lineup, although don't expect the outfielder to be setting any stolen base records, and that's not because of a lack of speed.



Tale of the fantasy tape: Cubs vs. Cardinals

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:00:46 EDT

Before the Cubs and the Cardinals write the next chapter in their storied rivalry, we can get a head start on assessing them by comparing the fantasy value of their key players for the upcoming campaign.



Cubs reveal rotation for first 4 spring games

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:20:51 EDT

The Cubs went 11-19 in Spring Training last year, then forgot about Cactus League play and got off to a red-hot start that ended with the franchise's first World Series championship since 1908. On Saturday, the defending champs open Spring Training with split-squad games.



Contreras catches on quick, earns place as backstop

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:38:01 EDT

Among hundreds of good decisions that allowed the Cubs to break their World Series drought, one of the best was made when Willson Contreras put on shinguards for the first time.



Cubs brought their World Series hardware to Arizona

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:50:35 EDT

Cubs brought their World Series hardware to Arizona



Jimenez out to prove himself in first camp

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:16:06 EDT

Newcomers like Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez have to feel their way, and hope that they leave the best possible impression with the team's decision-makers. His objective is to prove himself for the future.



Cubs host young fans from Chicago hospital

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:53:55 EDT

Nine patients from Advocate Children's Hospital in Chicago were treated to a day with the Cubs on Wednesday.



Bryant favors traditional intentional-walk rule

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:06:57 EDT

In the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs had a runner at second and one out, and the Indians opted to intentionally walk Anthony Rizzo to face Ben Zobrist. Zobrist came through with a go-ahead double, and Rizzo eventually scored. What Kris Bryant wanted to know was, what if one of Bryan Shaw's four pitches during that intentional walk had skipped away, allowing the runner to move up?



Grandpa Rossy to play with the Harlem Globetrotters

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:44:31 EDT

Grandpa Rossy to play with the Harlem Globetrotters



Braking news: Racecar revs up Cubs camp

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:56:35 EDT

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has emphasized the need to be humble and moving on after winning the World Series. This was a play on that.



Montero feels great after dinner, talk with Maddon

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 EDT

Cubs manager Joe Maddon invited catcher Miguel Montero to dinner Monday night to discuss the veteran's role on the club in the 2017 season.



Cubs keep eye on new wave of young studs

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:00:00 EDT

On Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon took a good look at the Cubs' future. He spent a lot of time during the workout watching Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez, Nos. 1 and 2 on MLB.com's list of the Top 30 Cubs prospects, who are in big league camp for the first time.