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  1. Play of the Day: the Mets go back to Little League

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v. New York Mets

    Though they came back in grand fashion against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, the Mets had staked the Cubs to a 3-0 lead in the fifth after a litany of errors reminiscent of a Little League game. With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the fifth against Mets starter Jeremy…

  2. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 28, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins  v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rays 10, Marlins 6: Two three-run homers for Kelly Johnson. He also singled, doubled and stole a base. He has 24 RBI in 21 games in May. Six straight losses for the Marlins despite what was, for them anyway, an offensive outburst. Tigers 6, Pirates 5: While it was his second win in a row…

  3. Theo Epstein is unhappy with the Cubs’ OBP

    May 26, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has a number of reasons to be unhappy with his 19-30 club, but the one that really sticks out to him is the club’s lagging on-base percentage, which was under .300 prior to this afternoon’s game against the Reds. At .299, their mark was ahead of only the…

  4. Alfonso Soriano is tired of losing

    May 24, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    I get the sense that if Alfonso Soriano is on the trading block this summer he’s not gonna have a big problem waiving his no-trade rights. From Carrie Muskat at MLB.com, here’s Soriano venting about losing: “You think we’re going to win that game 3-0, and in five minutes, [we're down] 5-3 … I’m tired…

  5. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2013, 6:48 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 10, Rays 6: Time to re-bookmark Matt Wieters Facts. The Chosen One’s grand slam in the 10th gives the O’s their 17th straight extra innings win. Diamondbacks 6, Yankees 2: Frankie Cervelli hit a homer to tie it in the ninth. He also had two — not one, but two — catcher’s interference calls.…

  6. Cubs keeping “all options open” with Alfonso Soriano

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Now that Alfonso Soriano has “only” two more years remaining on his massive contract Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune asked Theo Epstein if that means he’s unlikely to be traded, but the Cubs president replied: “No, you have to leave all options open.” Epstein was quick to note that Soriano now has the ability…

  7. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Kay Adams and I take a quick tour of the NL Central and ask whether Aroldis Chapman can handle the rotation, whether the Cardinals can compensate for their losses, whether the Pirates can finally break .500, whether the Brewers are going to bounce back and whether the Cubs are gonna finally unload Alfonso Soriano. Who…

  8. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    theo epstein getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is Theo Epstein pushing the Cubs any closer to contention? He most definitely is,…

  9. Wrigley Field renovations? Cubs economics? Don’t worry: Rick Reilly’s got this

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Wrigley Field renovation news. Per the Chicago Tribune, people who live near Wrigley Field want the city and the Rickettseseses to slow down on renovation plans. The Ricketteseses, meanwhile, say stuff has to get moving now or else they will not be able to plan to turn dirt come October as planned. And the rooftop…

  10. More observations from Hohokam Park

    Feb 27, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Sorry I’m all photo crazy today. Just really jazzed to be where baseball is happening and I feel more like soaking it in than thinking too hard about it.  Here’s something to soak in: Seven bucks for an Old Style? Yikes. He told me I “looked like an Old Style Man.” I politely declined. I…

  11. Alfonso Soriano as a Granderson replacement seems far-fetched

    Feb 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    The silver lining about a 10-week injury to Curtis Granderson: Opening Day is still more than a month away. Losing Granderson’s power is far from an ideal way for the Yankees to start the spring, but it’s hardly a season-wrecker either. And while there might be some concern over whether Granderson will regain his power…

  12. Alfonso Soriano says he would accept a trade to “six or seven” teams

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    Alfonso Soriano wasn’t shy last season in saying that he would veto a potential trade to the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he hasn’t ruled out accepting a trade elsewhere. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Soriano said today that he has given the Cubs a list of “six or seven” teams where…

  13. Report: Cubs “on the fringes” for free agent outfielder Michael Bourn

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

    bourn getty

    UPDATE: So much for that. Carrie Muskat, who covers the Cubs for MLB.com, writes that Bourn to the Cubs is “not happening.” Could this be a case of Bourn’s agent, Scott Boras, making a last-ditch effort to create a market for his client? 8:06 PM: There’s been plenty of chatter over the past couple of…

  14. The Cubs would eat $26 million of the $36 million owed Alfonso Soriano

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Cubs ate a lot of Carlos Zambrano‘s contract when he went to the Marlins just to be rid of him and they are willing to do the same thing with Alfonso Soriano, reports Jon Heyman: specifically, $26 million of the $36 million Soriano is owed over the next two seasons. The catch: you gotta…

  15. The Phillies discussed a Domonic Brown for Alfonso Soriano trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    This isn’t happening, it seems. But it was discussed, and if it had happened it would have been pretty spiffy for a number of reasons: Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies talked to the Cubs about a straight-up deal of Domonic Brown for Alfonso Soriano. Man, imagine this one a couple of years ago when…

  16. The Cubs plan to shop Alfonso Soriano at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Cubs explored potential ways to unload Alfonso Soriano prior to the July 31 trade deadline this year, but a deal failed to materialize. They plan to try again over the next few days. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Cubs plan to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the Winter Meetings in…

  17. Alfonso Soriano talks trade possibility, retirement

    Oct 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano pulled off quite the rebound this season, hitting .262/.322/.499 with 32 homers and 108 RBI. Still, he’s not sure about his future with the Cubs and he’s weighing retirement once his contract ends, CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports. “It depends how long,” Soriano said when asked if he wants to stay with the Cubs. “If they…

  18. Everth Cabrera first in 14 years with four steals, no hits

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Everth Cabrera, Juaquin Arias

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera did something pretty unusual today in a loss to the Giants; he became the first player since the White Sox’s Lou Frazier in 1998 to steal four bases without recording a hit. Cabrera walked twice and stole second and third each time. He scored on a Hector Sanchez throwing error on…

  19. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  20. Ryan Braun makes history by joining 40/30 club

    Sep 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    The Brewers lost 7-6 to the Astros last night and now sit five games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with five games left to play. While the Brewers’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, Ryan Braun is busy making history. Braun doubled in the sixth inning last night before stealing…

  21. Joel Hanrahan survives shaky ninth as Pirates snap seven-game losing streak

    Sep 15, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Hanrahan AP

    Joel Hanrahan‘s ninth inning against the Cubs this afternoon was painful to watch. Very painful. But the Pirates’ seven-game losing streak is over. Hanrahan entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 7-4 lead, but quickly gave up a double to Joe Mather and walked Darwin Barney. He got the first out of the…

  22. Mike Trout is no MVP, Alfonso Soriano is — baseball columnists

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I know these are just two opinions from a couple of random dudes, but wowzers. First, Gary Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, who has a slide show — annoying, by the way — with his thoughts on MVP candidates. His comment on Mike Trout: The Angels are charging, but Trout is showing signs of…

  23. Cubs beat Brewers 12-11 in a wild one

    Aug 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Brewers got seven RBI from Jonathan Lucroy and a career-high five hits from Rickie Weeks on Thursday. What they didn’t get was a victory, as Milwaukee pitchers walked 11 batters and blew leads of 9-3 in the sixth and 11-9 in the ninth in a 12-11 loss to the Cubs. The latest huge letdown…

  24. Yunel Escobar has career game in leading Jays past Yanks

    Aug 29, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    Yunel Escobar had a homer, three doubles and five RBI Wednesday in the Blue Jays’ 8-5 defeat of the Yankees. The final double, which scored two runs in the ninth, came on a ball that Andruw Jones should have caught. He had it in his glove as he attempted the sliding catch, but he lost…

  25. Mike Trout is first rookie with 25 HR, 40 SB

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    In going deep again Tuesday night, Mike Trout became the 33rd player ever and first rookie to hit 25 homers and steal 40 bases in a season. Trout, who just turned 21 this month, is also the youngest to accomplish the feat. Trout is one of 10 players with 25 HR-40 SB seasons since 2000: Vladimir Guerrero…

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