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  1. Quote of the Day: Brandon Phillips “Honestly, I’ve been too busy winning”

    Sep 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips about the NL Gold Glove award.  Which Phillips has won for two straight seasons and for three of the past four.  Mr. Phillips, Mooney asks, what say you about Darwin Barney‘s errorless streak? Does he pose a threat to you? “Honestly, I don’t even…

  2. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  3. Bryan LaHair has gone from All-Star to out of Cubs’ plans

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    One side effect of Anthony Rizzo‘s emergence for the Cubs is that Bryan LaHair has fallen completely out of the team’s plans just months after being named an All-Star. LaHair was a great story in the first half, finally getting his big chance at age 29 after a decade in the minors and hitting .286…

  4. Anthony Rizzo has lived up to the hype for the Cubs

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    rizzo getty

    Anthony Rizzo hit .342 with a 1.101 OPS in 74 games at Triple-A this season after hitting .331 with a 1.056 OPS in 93 games at Triple-A last year, yet the Cubs took their sweet time calling him up. Rizzo finally arrived on June 26 and has hit .300 with 14 homers, 11 doubles, and…

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

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  6. 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…

  7. Anthony Rizzo leaves game following awkward collision

    Sep 11, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    rizzo getty

    Cubs youngster Anthony Rizzo was attempting to beat out a hopper up the middle on Tuesday night at Houston’s Minute Maid Park when he made contact with the leg of Astros first baseman Brett Wallace. Rizzo completely lost control, first jamming his knee on the first base bag and then landing hard on his head…

  8. 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…

  9. Yankees earn split in Baltimore to remain atop AL East

    Sep 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Orioles Britton rubs his face as he leaves the field in their MLB American League baseball game against the Yankees in Baltimore

    There was nothing settled in Baltimore this weekend: the Yankees crushed the Orioles 13-3 on Sunday to earn a split of the four-game series and maintain a one-game lead in the AL East. Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter homered in the rout. The Yankees took a 5-0 lead in a four-run fourth inning that included…

  10. Jeff Samardzija ends his season on a high note

    Sep 9, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    samardzija getty

    Jeff Samardzija entered Saturday’s start against the Pirates with full knowledge that it would be his last. Over the next couple of hours, he pitched like a man wanting to make a grand final statement. The former Notre Dame wideout struck out nine batters in a complete-game victory at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, allowing just four…

  11. Brett Jackson made a pretty ridiculous catch last night

    Sep 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brett Jackson Getty

    Cubs rookie Brett Jackson was involved in a scary play last night in Pittsburgh, as he sprinted to rob Andrew McCutchen of extra bases before crashing into the chain-link fence in center field. It looked pretty bad and Jackson did have to leave the game, but you’ll be happy to know that he ended up…

  12. Pirates make seven errors in ridiculous loss to Cubs

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    For all of their success in the first half, the Pirates may yet turn in a 20th consecutive sub-500 season this year. The Pirates became the first team since 2004 to commit seven errors in a game and lost 12-2 to the Cubs on Friday night. Second baseman Brock Holt and left fielder Starling Marte…

  13. Jeff Samardzija to be shut down after Saturday start

    Sep 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    The Cubs have seen enough from Jeff Samardzija to judge his 2012 a successful season, and manager Dale Sveum announced Friday that Samardzija’s 28th start Saturday against the Pirates would be his final outing of the year. It is a precautionary move. Samardzija is currently at 165 2/3 innings this season after throwing 88 while…

  14. The Cubs apparently think this is Little League

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals

    The scene: Nationals Park, during the fifth inning of the last night’s Cubs-Nats game, Nats up 7-2. The incident: Cubs bench coach Jamie Quirk is jawing from the dugout — after he was ejected umpire Jerry Layne referred to it as “screaming out obscenities,” and Nats third-base coach Bo Porter jawed right back at him.  The reason,…

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

    Sep 7, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Mark Reynolds

    Orioles 10, Yankees 6: Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Six homers for the O’s, two from Mark Reynolds. It’s the third time Reynolds has hit multiple homers against the Yankees in a week. Yankees pitchers are going to be telling spook stories about this guy to their kids at night. Nationals 9, Cubs 2:…

  16. Nationals clinch winning record for first time since moving to D.C.

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Nationals Clippard Getty

    The Nationals topped the Cubs 2-1 this afternoon at Nationals Park for their 82nd victory of the season. This guarantees them their first winning record since moving from Montreal to D.C. for the 2005 season. The club went 81-81 in their first season in D.C. and 80-81 last year. Ross Detwiler was excellent this afternoon,…

  17. 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…

  18. Jonathan Papelbon’s 30-save streak stands alone

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It’s the seventh year in a row he’s reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved 30 games…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Cubs finalize $60 million extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Making official what was first reported two weeks ago, the Cubs have finalized a seven-year, $60 million contract extension with shortstop Starlin Castro that includes a team option for 2020. Castro is making the minimum salary this season and would have been arbitration eligible for the first time next year. And as a “Super Two”…

  22. Starlin Castro’s extension with the Cubs could be announced Tuesday

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro Getty

    Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com reported last weekend that the Cubs and Starlin Castro had reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension, but we’re still waiting on an official announcement. That should change soon. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow. Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer, was…

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

    Aug 27, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    I looked at the schedule as I sat down to write this and noted that, even including the postponed game, there were only 14 games yesterday. Rays-A’s played Thursday-Saturday, leaving yesterday off to avoid conflicts with the Republican National Convention. Guess you couldn’t expect the RNC to compromise, so … Anyway, it was weird and…

  24. Chris Volstad earns first win since July 2011

    Aug 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad snapped a 14-game losing streak that extended back more than a year by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 5-0, rain-shortened win over the Rockies on Sunday. The game was delayed and then called prior to the top of the ninth. Volstad was 0-9 in 13 starts for the Cubs this…

  25. Padres expected to call up top prospect Casey Kelly to start Monday

    Aug 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Casey Kelly

    Here’s an interesting note as we wait for the mega-deal between the Red Sox and Dodgers to become official. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are expected to call up prospect right-hander Casey Kelly to make his major league debut Monday against the Braves at PETCO Park. Of course, Kelly…

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