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  1. Darwin Barney due back from disabled list Tuesday

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Darwin Barney began the season on the disabled list after slicing open his knee chasing a foul ball in the final spring training game, but the Cubs second baseman is almost ready to make his 2013 debut. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that Barney will get the stitches removed Friday and then begin a…

  2. The Cubs, Chicago inching toward a resolution

    Apr 8, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

    Wrigley Field

    Last week there were reports that a deal between the Cubs and the city of Chicago which would allow for the renovation of Wrigley Field to go forward would be announced for today’s home opener. Well, we’ve had a couple of innings of ineffective Edwin Jackson already today, and no announcement.  But Tom Ricketts says…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:24 AM EST

    Wrap

    There’s a lot that goes on during the weekend of a baseball season. And a lot of you, for reasons that must make some sort of sense, but like, whatever, choose to only read HBT during the week while you’re at work. I guess that’s OK. I’m sure your family is nice. But you really…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:09 AM EST

    Country Breakfast

    Royals 9, Phillies 8: Country. Breakfast. Billy Butler drives in seven via a grand slam and a three-run double. The loss is an especially disheartening one for Philly, as they were staked to a 4-0 lead early with their ace on the hill. Cole Hamels was rocked, though, and now stands at 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA…

  5. The Brewers are one awful baseball team right now

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

    Kyle Lohse

    First of all, the Brewers are carrying 13 pitches, even though Ryan Braun can’t play because of a neck injury. That leaves them with a three-man bench that just doesn’t work in National League games. Second of all, the Brewers are carrying 13 pitchers. Why on earth is John Axford pitching a second inning in…

  6. Kyuji Fujikawa replaces Carlos Marmol as Cubs closer

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:08 AM EST

    fujikawa getty

    As first reported by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have made a change at closer. Kyuji Fujikawa, who was signed to a two-year, $9.5 million free agent contract this winter after spending the last 12 seasons in Japan, will be Chicago’s new ninth-inning man. He struggled mightily in Saturday night’s late loss…

  7. Braves win on ninth-inning homers from Uptons

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:06 PM EST

    B.J. Upton, Justin Upton

    Not only did B.J. and Justin Upton homer as teammates for the first time Saturday, but they did it in style, launching solo homers in the bottom of the ninth as the Braves came back to beat the Cubs 6-5. The Cubs were up 5-1 when the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom…

  8. Cubs sticking with Carlos Marmol after another ugly outing

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    After being yanked from his first save chance of the season Cubs closer Carlos Marmol escaped another mess with a save yesterday, but it wasn’t pretty as he allowed three hits and one walk before Neil Walker did him a huge favor by grounding into a game-ending double play. Despite the back-to-back ugly outings manager…

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

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:55 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman and Dusty Baker

    Reds 5, Angels 4: Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally upped their averages north of .000 — each went 1 for 4 and drove in a couple — but not enough to matter. Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth against the top of the order. Mike Trout singled but then he got Aybar…

  10. Cubs survive another Carlos Marmol scare, beat Pirates 3-2

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:35 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    After Carlos Marmol‘s shaky showing got him pulled from a save chance on Opening Day, the Cubs reiterated that he was still their closer. Marmol, though, wasted no time in putting that to the test. Handed another 3-0 lead on Wednesday — thanks to a Nate Schierholtz homer providing two insurance runs in the top…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  12. Tim Lincecum walks seven, beats Dodgers anyway

    Apr 4, 2013, 1:19 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum‘s awful spring, in which he gave up 18 runs in 15 1/3 innings, only added to the Giants’ doubts about what they’d get from their two-time Cy Young winner this season. They’re probably no closer to figuring it out after Lincecum walked seven yet still defeated the Dodgers on Wednesday. Lincecum surrendered just…

  13. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  14. Carlos Marmol yanked from first save chance

    Apr 1, 2013, 4:46 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol Getty

    Carlos Marmol began the season as the Cubs’ closer, but manager Dale Sveum didn’t hesitate to yank the right-hander when things started to unravel. Handed a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning, Marmol struck out Garrett Jones and then hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch. McCutchen stole second base, Pedro Alvarez singled him home, and…

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

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

  16. Cubs place Darwin Barney on DL with deep cut on knee

    Apr 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Darwin Barney was already ruled out for Opening Day after needing five stitches to close a deep cut on his left knee and now the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list. Barney sliced his knee open while chasing down a foul ball Saturday and the light-hitting Gold Glove winner will be out of…

  17. Darwin Barney out for opener because of gashed knee

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:31 AM EST

    barney getty

    As first reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney has been ruled out for the first game of the regular season — Monday vs. the Pirates — due to a deep cut on his left knee that required five stitches. Barney suffered the gash Saturday during an exhibition game…

  18. The Steak is Served. Was it worth it?

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:31 PM EST

    kyle lohse getty

    Back in January, Scott Boras said this to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick regarding his then un-signed free agent clients, Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse: “People call me all the time and say, ‘Man, your players aren’t signed yet. Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when you’re the steak.” Now steak is served, and…

  19. Scott Baker diagnosed with right elbow strain, expected to miss first half of 2013 season

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

    scott baker getty

    Scott Baker‘s ongoing recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery just got more complicated. According to beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Baker was diagnosed Sunday by Cubs doctors with a muscle strain in his right elbow — the same elbow that was surgically-repaired last April. Baker entered spring training hoping to crack the Cubs’ Opening…

  20. 2013 Preview: San Diego Padres

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Bud Black

    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 San Diego Padres. The Big Question: Can the Padres build on their strong second half from last year? While…

  21. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:50 AM EST

    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…

  22. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EST

    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,…

  23. Ian Stewart to begin season on DL with quadriceps injury

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart has been out since mid-February with a quadriceps injury and now the Cubs third baseman has been ruled out for Opening Day. This offseason the Cubs non-tendered the arbitration eligible Stewart and then re-signed him to a one-year, $2 million deal. Similar to what the Tigers did with Brennan Boesch last week, they…

  24. Scott Baker shut down with elbow inflammation

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    scott baker getty

    Scott Baker was sent for an MRI exam after experiencing elbow soreness during his ugly spring training debut yesterday and now the Cubs have shut his comeback from Tommy John surgery down. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs are “suspending Baker’s throwing program” and he’s scheduled to be examined further by the team…

  25. Scott Baker sent for precautionary MRI on right elbow

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    scott baker getty

    The Cubs have been aiming for right-hander Scott Baker to join their rotation at some point in April, but after a bumpy Cactus League debut yesterday, he’s now being sent for an MRI on his surgically-repaired right elbow. Baker, who is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up three hits —…

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