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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Darwin Barney loses his errorless streak in the most Cubs’ way possible

    Sep 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Darwin Barney Getty

    Darwin Barney was just three outs away last night from setting the new single-season record for consecutive errorless games at second base. It didn’t happen. Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton hit a grounder up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning which was fielded by Barney, but he made a wild off-balance throw to…

  4. Yadier Molina’s back is already feeling “way better”

    Sep 23, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    molina getty

    The news is surprisingly good for Yadier Molina. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the All-Star catcher woke up with no stiffness on Sunday morning after making an early exit from Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Cubs. “I feel a lot better, way better,” Molina told Goold. “It’s spasms still a little bit,…

  5. Yadier Molina hurt trying to avoid pitch, leaves game

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    4:35 p.m. EDT update: The Cardinals report that Molina departed due to lower back spasms. Consider him day-to-day. /// Yadier Molina was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the ninth inning after injuring himself while getting out of the way of a Carlos Marmol pitch. It appeared to be either a hip or oblique…

  6. Cardinals blow late lead, lose in Chris Carpenter’s return

    Sep 21, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    The good news for the Cardinals is that Chris Carpenter, originally thought to be out for the season after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, turned in a successful five-inning stint Friday in his 2012 debut. The bad news is that the bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth, and the Cards went on to…

  7. Reds beat Cubs to become first team to clinch playoff berth

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Trotting out a lineup that included just one regular, the Reds beat the Cubs 5-3 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field and become the first team this year to clinch a playoff berth. The Reds got Johnny Cueto his 18th victory despite fielding a lineup that included Miguel Cairo at first…

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

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    Braves 3, Marlins 0:  Kris Medlen continues his astounding second half, shutting out the Marlins for eight innings. The Braves have won his last 21 starts, which is the most any team has won any one pitcher’s starts since the Yankees and Whitey Ford from 1950-53. Is there any doubt who will be starting the…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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:…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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…

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