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  1. Cubs getting close to calling up Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A

    May 21, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Brett Jackson

    Anthony Rizzo flopped in a 49-game debut with the Padres last year, but he’s now crushing Triple-A pitching for the second straight season and the Cubs are starting to think about calling him up. Rizzo, whom the Cubs acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January, is hitting .346 with 14 homers and a…

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

    May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying…

  3. Dale Sveum wants Alfonso Soriano to use a smaller bat

    May 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano‘s bat isn’t in the best shape of its life. Manager Dale Sveum thinks it needs to lose a few ounces. “The fact of the matter is fastballs are getting too deep,” manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. “Whatever it is, it’s just a strange phenomenon right now that Edwin Maysonet has more home runs…

  4. UPDATE: Jayson Werth suffers broken left wrist

    May 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

    Jayson Werth

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It was announced after the game Sunday that Werth had suffered a broken left wrist. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as the Nats go about determining whether he has any ligament damage. If it’s a simple break, then 6-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario. If there’s more damage, then…

  5. Albert Pujols is in a 5-for-50 slump

    May 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Not only hasn’t Albert Pujols started producing like his usual self following a rough start to the season, he’s actually getting worse. Pujols went 3-for-5 with three doubles on April 19, which was his first game with multiple extra-base hits and seemingly signaled that he was starting to come around. Instead he’s gone 5-for-50 (.100)…

  6. Career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair had big April for Cubs

    May 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Bryan LaHair

    Not much has gone right for the Cubs early on this season, but the decision to give 29-year-old career minor leaguer Bryan LaHair the starting job at first base is looking very good. After knocking around Triple-A pitching for five-and-half seasons LaHair finally got his big break and has taken advantage in a huge way,…

  7. Mike Matheny got his first career ejection last night

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Tony La Russa was ejected once every 50 or so games throughout his 33-year managing career, but it took his replacement, Mike Matheny, just three weeks and 18 games to get the boot for the first time. Matheny received his first career ejection last night when he argued with second base umpire Bill Welke over…

  8. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  9. Carlos Zambrano meets the Cubs

    Apr 17, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    In addition to Ozzie Guillen’s return, tonight’s Cubs-Marlins tilt matches up Carlos Zambrano against his old buddies brings the Cubs to Carlos Zambrano’s house.*  And despite the fact that he blew up all the time and walked out on the team last season in Atlanta, they seem magnanimous enough: “He had a lot of friends on…

  10. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EST

    theo epstein wrigley

    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 2012 season. Up next: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  11. Cubs demote top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Brett Jackson

    Neither player was expected to crack the Opening Day roster and today the Cubs made it official, optioning top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A. Rizzo was acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January and is the Cubs’ long-term answer at first base, but the team made it pretty clear that…

  12. Three-time All-Star Carlos Guillen announces retirement

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen, who signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on February 1, announced his retirement today. Guillen had a remarkable career, transitioning from light-hitting shortstop to an impact bat who played all over the diamond, but injuries limited him to just 81, 68, and 28 mostly ineffective games during the past three seasons. He…

  13. Bryan LaHair named Cubs’ cleanup hitter after BSOHL claim

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    Bryan LaHair

    A fitting reward, is it not? Cubs manager Dale Sveum said today that while he’s still figuring out the rest of his lineup, he’s currently planning to use David DeJesus as a leadoff man and Bryan LaHair in the cleanup spot. It’s quite a show of faith in LaHair, a 29-year-old who has hit .262/.335/.395…

  14. Running down the rosters: Chicago Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

    Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Marlon Byrd

    Forget about 2012 and probably 2013 as well; the Cubs are thinking long-term after luring Theo Epstein from Boston as their new showrunner. This year’s club won’t necessarily be one of the worst in baseball — the pitching depth could help it avoid that fate — but there’s also little in the way of upside…

  15. The Orioles have not had serious talks with Alfonso Soriano

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    We heard last week that the Orioles were interested in Alfonso Soriano.  Turns out that there isn’t much to that because, as Jon Paul Morosi reports, there have been no real substantive talks between the clubs. The reason: Soriano has a no-trade clause (both in his contract and now an automatic one due to him…

  16. The Orioles spoke with the Cubs about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have spoken to the Cubs about a potential trade involving Alfonso Soriano. Based on various other reports in the past few days suggesting that Soriano isn’t going anywhere, it’s quite possible that this refers to past talks that similarly went nowhere. But it is fun, if for no…

  17. Cubs re-sign outfielder Reed Johnson to one-year contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park

    Free agent outfielder Reed Johnson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Johnson has always been an ideal fourth outfielder because he can handle all three spots defensively, puts up strong numbers versus left-handed pitching, and isn’t totally overmatched versus right-handers once in a while. At age…

  18. Coco Crisp drawing interest from the Dodgers and Cubs

    Dec 14, 2011, 9:29 PM EST

    coco crisp getty

    The market for Coco Crisp is heating up a bit. According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Cubs and Dodgers have expressed interest, and have even engaged in discussions recently with representatives for the 32-year-old outfielder. Crisp batted just .264/.314/.379 with eight homers and 54 RBI in 583 plate appearances this past season for the…

  19. Cubs trying to dump Alfonso Soriano on the Orioles

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Theo Epstein doesn’t want it. Maybe Dan Duquette will. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers, the Cubs are willing to pay the “bulk” of the $54 milion that Alfonso Soriano is owed over the next three years in order to send him to Baltimore. It’d be the same journey once taken by another well-compensated…

  20. Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times: Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer. That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly…

  21. Bargain DeJesus signing a good start for Epstein in Chicago

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    David DeJesus

    This isn’t the first time Theo Epstein tried to land David DeJesus. As Boston’s general manager, Epstein attempted to pick up DeJesus from the Royals both before the 2010 trade deadline and again after the season. Epstein missed out both times, though, and DeJesus was instead dealt to Oakland, where he turned in his most…

  22. Teams are inquiring about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Ken Rosenthal says that teams are “kicking the tires” on Alfonso Soriano. I can only assume this means that they are kicking in anger, like you might kick the tires of your car when it breaks down on the side of the road. Not like you would when you were considering an investment in a…

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