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Hendricks glad to be back, aims to keep building

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:32:52 EDT

Kyle Hendricks was back on the mound on Monday, but it wasn't quite a return to normalcy.



Cubs' bats held in check by Chi-Town rivals

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:19:11 EDT

This year's Cubs vs. White Sox series means more than bragging rights for one side's fan base. The Cubs are trying to regain control of the National League Central, and they began the day tied for first place with the Brewers. But the White Sox spoiled their bid to open some ground in the division, posting a 3-1 Interleague win over their crosstown rivals on Monday afternoon.



Cubs may eye catcher, but Caratini commended

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:51:38 EDT

Although Willson Contreras most likely would play every day, manager Joe Maddon knows the catcher needs a break now and then. Maddon acknowledged on Monday that the Cubs were looking for another backup catcher before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but he also commended rookie Victor Caratini.



Watch out, LA and DC: The Cubs are surging

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:00:07 EDT

The Cubs bred optimism elsewhere by running in place in the first half. They're hitting stride now and believe they can return to familiar surroundings in October via a different route.



Candelario reps Cubs on Top 100 Prospects list

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:53:10 EDT

MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 Prospects list is defined by youth (eight of the top 10 players are 20 or younger) and headlined by more hitters (each of the top 11) and international players (each of the top eight) than ever before.



Lackey eyes further success vs. crosstown foes

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:05:25 EDT

One week after pitching five innings of one-run ball against the Braves, John Lackey will be back on the hill as the Cubs and White Sox finish off a two-game tilt at Wrigley Field before the series moves to the South Side. Lefty Carlos Rodon will oppose him.



Cubs catch Crew, get 2nd W from Jose Q

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:48:34 EDT

Kyle Schwarber smacked a game-tying solo home run and Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run shot to back Jose Quintana in his Cubs home debut, posting a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night.



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.



Quintana overcomes nerves for quality start

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:57:51 EDT

Jose Quintana showed jitters early on, but he made the most of his first home game.at Wrigley Field. The left-hander went six innings, allowing three runs and getting the win as the Cubs topped the Cardinals, 5-3.



Montgomery embraces move back to 'pen

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:20:04 EDT

Mike Montgomery is a capable starter, filling in after an injury to Kyle Hendricks with several solid outings, and he's done his part in the bullpen, pitching in several relief roles. But if there's any one thing that makes the left-hander so valuable, it might just be his mindset.



Cubs could find help behind plate, in bullpen

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:45:34 EDT

Yu Darvish pitching alongside Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jose Quintana and Kyle Hendricks? Well, yeah. Of course.



Lester's emotional day ends with wild win

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:18:29 EDT

Jon Lester's Saturday start came with a range of emotions. As he took the mound for the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, Lester sported a cap with the letters "PLACT" etched on the front. He did so in remembrance of his uncle, who had passed away the day before.



Cubs sink Cards' 'pen after Waino-Lester duel

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:40:03 EDT

On Friday night, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the eighth inning to post a win over the Cubs. On Saturday, the Cubs got some payback. Kris Bryant hit a game-tying RBI single and scored on Anthony Rizzo's double, both with two outs in the eighth inning, to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.



Bryant shakes off pinkie, delivers in return

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:55:48 EDT

Kris Bryant is not only a fast healer but a really good baserunner, and he provided a spark Saturday for the Cubs. The third baseman, who missed just one game with a sprained left pinkie finger, was back in the lineup at Wrigley Field and delivered a game-tying RBI single, then scored the game-winning run on Anthony Rizzo's double in the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Cardinals.



Ice Cube leads 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:50:25 EDT

Ice Cube leads 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley



Arrieta displays vintage form in tough loss

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:47:16 EDT

Joe Maddon was pleased with the production. Hours before Jake Arrieta's solid six-inning start and even longer before a humbling eighth inning that led to an 11-4 loss on Friday, the Cubs' manager spoke to the media about how he felt the All-Star break had "revitalized" the starters.



Contreras homers, but Cubs' win streak ends

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:15:49 EDT

The Cardinals stunned the red-hot Cubs, scoring a season-high nine runs in the eighth inning to post an 11-4 come-from-behind victory on Friday afternoon to snap Chicago's winning streak at six.



Inbox: Is backup backstop on Cubs' list?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:29:12 EDT

Will the Cubs target a veteran catcher to back up Willson Contreras? Beat reporter Carrie Muskat takes a look at what the club might do at the Trade Deadline in the latest Inbox.



Cubs show interest in dealing for Darvish

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:56:44 EDT

The Cubs have inquired to the Rangers on the availability of ace Yu Darvish, according to sources, and a trade match between the teams is more plausible than it would've been entering the All-Star break.



At Baez's camp, fun, games and fundamentals

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:07:34 EDT

Lost in the crowd of more than 450 youngsters at the Baseball ProCamp sharing his name, Javier Baez bounced around from station to station until one small child finally grabbed his attention.



Will rest of NL Central react to surging Cubs?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:35:08 EDT

Don't ask Jose Quintana about the Cubs' first-half problems. All they've done since acquiring him from the White Sox is win. This 6-0 run for the Cubs since the Quintana trade is exactly what a president of baseball operations or a general manager hopes will happen when they make a trade.



Cubs secure sweep with sixth straight win

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:59:03 EDT

As the early portion of the season's second half has unfolded, the Cubs have altered the National League's playoff picture and begun the surge many have long anticipated they would make. The defending World Series champions captured their sixth straight victory and completed a three-game sweep with Wednesday afternoon's 8-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.



Lackey validates spot in revitalized rotation

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:01:26 EDT

As the Cubs are evaluating how to move forward with a revamped starting rotation, John Lackey knew he had to prove his value as a key contributor to the staff. Lackey pitched with confidence in his return from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He also left a good impression as he went five innings, allowing just one run in the Cubs' 5-1 victory against the Braves on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.



Rising up: Cubs power way to 5th straight win

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:30:19 EDT

Though this season's first half did not evolve as well as the Cubs had hoped, their perfect start to the second half has provided indication they could once again have some fun in October. The defending World Series champs matched a season-best five-game winning streak with Tuesday night's 5-1 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.



Bryant Cubs' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:04:11 EDT

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.



Lester bests Braves as Cubs win fourth straight

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:05:16 EDT

A little more than a week later, Jon Lester and the Cubs have distanced themselves from the frustration they carried into the All-Star break. The veteran left-hander helped the defending World Series champs remain perfect in the second half with Monday night's 4-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park after an hour-long rain delay before first pitch.



Schwarber tumbles over wall after foul grab

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:39:24 EDT

Kyle Schwarber made a running catch in foul territory then ended up in the seats in the sixth inning of Monday's game against the Braves.



Lester does it all to keep Cubs rolling

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:34:21 EDT

If the Cubs are to make a deep run at the National League Central crown, they are going to need Jon Lester to return to his dominant ways.



Maddon: Heyward 'as good as I've seen him'

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:04:53 EDT

After an injury-riddled first half of the season, Jason Heyward feels like he has turned a corner in his return to the Cubs' lineup.



Quintana strikes out 12 in Cubs debut

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:39:14 EDT

Jose Quintana admitted he was a little nervous before his first start with the Cubs on Sunday, yet the left-hander looked like the calmest player on the field.



Red-hot Contreras declares Cubs 'are back'

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:01:26 EDT

After helping the Cubs score 27 runs in three games against the Orioles, Willson Contreras declared: "We are back. We're back to where we were last year."



Almora, Machado share laugh on HR trot

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:39:33 EDT

When the Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. homered to lead off the third inning on Saturday night, he said something to Orioles third baseman Manny Machado as he trotted past him. Whatever it was made Machado laugh.



Q&K: Quintana fans 12 in dazzling debut win

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:15:27 EDT

Jose Quintana made a great first impression on the Cubs, who did their best to welcome him. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each belted two-run homers and rookie Ian Happ smacked a two-run double to back Quintana in his debut, an 8-0 Interleague victory on Sunday over the Orioles at Camden Yards.