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  1. Matt Garza tells Johnny Cueto to “grow the hell up”

    May 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    In the sixth inning of yesterday’s Cubs-Reds game Johnny Cueto threw a pitch over David DeJesus‘ head, leading to both benches being warned. Chicago came back to win the game and afterward Cubs starter Matt Garza, who’d plunked Todd Frazier two innings earlier, was very upset at Cueto: Hopefully he learns to grow the hell…

  2. Cole Hamels is 1-8

    May 26, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Phillies starter Cole Hamels lost his eighth game this afternoon as he was vastly out-dueled by Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in the Nats’ 6-1 victory. Hamels allowed five runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one as his ERA was actually lowered to 4.43. The first two months for Hamels have…

  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. The Ike Davis nightmare continues

    May 24, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

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    Ike Davis entered tonight’s series opener against the Braves hitting .147 with a .481 OPS. The first baseman has heard rumors of a possible demotion to Triple-A amid an avalanche of criticism. He did nothing to alleviate concerns as he earned the illustrious golden sombrero, striking out four times tonight. As ESPN Stats & Info…

  5. 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…

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

    May 22, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    Wilin Rosario

    Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4: One of four games to require ten frames last night. This from the AP gamer: Reliever Matt Reynolds tried to outthink his former teammate, guess what pitch Wilin Rosario would be looking for and throw the opposite. Only, Rosario knew Reynolds was trying to get inside his head, so … Long story short, Rosario spent the last…

  7. Cubs activate Matt Garza for first start in 10 months

    May 21, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    As expected the Cubs activated Matt Garza from the disabled list to face the Pirates tonight, which will be his first start since being shut down with elbow problems last July. His recovery from the elbow injury was delayed by a lat injury suffered during spring training, which is how he ended up missing 10…

  8. Eric O’Flaherty has torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow, Tommy John surgery next?

    May 18, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It looks like Eric O’Flaherty is facing the worst-case scenario, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He’ll see Dr. James Andrews next week, but it would be a surprise if Tommy John surgery wasn’t the next step. The…

  9. Matt Garza to return from disabled list Tuesday, Carlos Villanueva headed to bullpen

    May 18, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza has been cleared to return from the disabled list and will make his season debut Tuesday against the Pirates, according to CSNChicago.com. Garza didn’t throw a pitch after July 21 last season due to a stress reaction in his elbow and was forced to begin this season on the disabled list due to…

  10. A great how-to guide for fans of the 2013 Cubs

    May 17, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Tribune makes a great point when he says this year’s Cubs team is “not good enough to capture our attention completely, and not bad enough to ignore totally.” Such is life for most rebuilding teams. But he provides a fantastic service today in telling Cubs fans what they should pay attention…

  11. Report: Brewers offer rising star Jean Segura a long-term deal

    May 14, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jean Segura

    With their shortstop’s price tag likely increasing by the day, the Brewers have pitched Jean Segura and agent Joe Klein a long-term deal that could take the 23-year-old through his arbitration years and into free agency. Segura, named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday, is batting .368/.412/.588 with six homers and 13 steals…

  12. Yankees School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

    May 14, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Every now and again — well, let’s face it, pretty much every day now — I get another email telling me that Vernon Wells — Vernon Bleepin’ Wells — just got another two hits with another homer with another three RBIs and so on. The emails are from Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation executive producer,…

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

    May 14, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    Braves Diamondbacks Baseball

    Braves 10, Diamondbacks 1: Justin Upton went 4 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI. Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI. Martin Prado had a couple of hits and I suppose he was gritty. Gonna say that the first visit to Arizona for the Braves post-trade falls to…

  14. Breathe easy, everyone: Melky Cabrera is going to get his World Series ring

    May 13, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ 2012 World Series win didn’t feature any contributions from Melky Cabrera, but their 2012 regular season sure did. And it’s not going unrecognized: Cabrera will receive his championship ring when the Giants visit the Blue Jays, Cabrera’s new team, on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy performed a similar act last month with Chicago Cubs’…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 13, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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    What you missed while you were beating on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, while watching 23 straight showings of a most silly and inappropriate film adaptation: They imposed a No Mo Zone in Kansas City Roy Halladay apologized The Marlins should apologize Just when you thought you were rid of Chris Carpenter Just…

  16. Cubs sign Anthony Rizzo to seven-year extension

    May 12, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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    The Cubs have agreed to a seven-year, $41 million contract extension with first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The deal runs from 2013-19, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rizzo, 23 years old, has been his club’s most reliable hitter, entering this afternoon’s game against the Nationals with a .288/.361/.554 line, including nine home runs. Rizzo was…

  17. Astros designate Philip Humber for assignment

    May 12, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have designated Philip Humber for assignment. He’ll either be released or outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City if he clears waivers. Humber opened the 2013 regular season in the Astros’ rotation but got demoted to the bullpen after seven disastrous starts. He wound up posting an…

  18. Yankees put Eduardo Nunez on 15-day disabled list, transfer Mark Teixeira to 60-day disabled list

    May 12, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees have placed utilityman Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a rib cage injury. Alberto Gonzalez has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to fill the vacant roster spot and Mark Teixeira was shifted to the 60-day disabled list as a procedural…

  19. Matt Garza throws 66 pitches in third rehab start

    May 12, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs right-hander Matt Garza tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday in his second minor league rehab start with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. It was his third rehab start overall. Garza was scheduled to throw between four and five innings on Saturday, but two walks ballooned his pitch count…

  20. Cubs activate Kyuji Fujikawa from the disabled list

    May 10, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Kyuji Fujikawa is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained forearm. The injury cost him a chance to take over for Carlos Marmol as the Cubs’ closer, so he’ll slide back into a setup role in front of new closer Kevin Gregg. Chicago’s ninth-inning situation figures to remain…

  21. The Blue Jays option Ricky Romero

    May 9, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Ricky Romero: human yo-yo: #BlueJays option Ricky Romero to AAA Buffalo and designate Edgar Gonzalez for assignment.Select contracts of Ramon Ortiz and Mickey Storey — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 9, 2013   He was clearly lost last year, yet the Jays didn’t send him down. He was lost this spring, so they sent him. Down.…

  22. Ian Stewart goes unclaimed on waivers, stays with Cubs at Triple-A

    May 8, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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    I wrote yesterday about how Ian Stewart wasn’t making any friends with the Cubs by basically taking a 72-hour vacation from the Triple-A team and today they outrighted the third baseman off the 40-man roster. That means Stewart went unclaimed on waivers by the other 29 teams and will remain Cubs property at Triple-A, minus…

  23. Kevin Gregg is officially the Cubs’ closer

    May 8, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Three weeks ago Kevin Gregg was unemployed. Then he signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs and made his way back to the majors at age 34. And now he’s their closer. That’s been fairly obvious for a while now, as Gregg has saved five games in two weeks, but whether it’s with Gregg or…

  24. Carlos Zambrano signs with the Long Island Ducks

    May 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Beware, Gatorade coolers of the Atlantic League: In case you missed it, Carlos Zambrano has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. #Cubs — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 8, 2013   Zambrano joins quite a famous assemblage of toasted talent on the Ducks roster, as Dontrelle Willis and Vlad Guerrero are already…

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

    May 8, 2013, 6:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 1, White Sox 0: For as good a pitcher as Matt Harvey is, something is clearly wrong with him given that he did not get the win in this game. The object of the game is to win it, Matt. You clearly lack The Will to Win, as I’m sure Hawk Harrelson mentioned during…

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