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  1. Kevin Gregg is officially the Cubs’ closer

    May 8, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    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…

  2. Carlos Zambrano signs with the Long Island Ducks

    May 8, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    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…

  3. 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…

  4. Ian Stewart isn’t making any friends with the Cubs

    May 7, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart AP

    While on the disabled list with a quadriceps injury Ian Stewart had been playing at Triple-A as part of a minor-league rehab assignment. He hit just .091 in 13 games, so when Stewart was deemed healthy the Cubs activated him from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A. And then he decided to leave the…

  5. Matt Garza “was really pumped up” for second rehab start

    May 7, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    After throwing 42 pitches in his first minor-league rehab start last week Matt Garza took the mound at Triple-A yesterday and threw 54 pitches. He recorded 10 outs, giving up one run on four hits and zero walks in 3.1 innings. He threw 37 of 54 pitches for strikes, struck out three, and according to…

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

    May 7, 2013, 6:44 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    Braves 7, Reds 4: The Braves weren’t going to be able to maintain any sort of momentum if the offense was all Justin Upton — who can’t do it alone — and Evan Gattis — who is, after all, a rookie. Last night they had help from Andrelton Simmons who hit two bombs and drove…

  7. Cubs calling up Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A

    May 6, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    Ryan Sweeney, who’s been playing at Triple-A since signing a minor-league deal with the Cubs this offseason, is on his way back to the majors. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Cubs are expected to call up Sweeney and demote Dave Sappelt to Triple-A. Sweeney hit .337 with six homers and a 1.022 OPS…

  8. Cubs standing pat with Carlos Marmol

    May 5, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol imploded yesterday, walking two batters and hitting another to load the bases with no outs in the eighth inning attempting to hold on to a 4-2 lead. Manager Dale Sveum replaced Marmol with Hector Rondon, who allowed all three of Marmol’s runners to score and the Reds eventually went on to…

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

    May 3, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Cardinals 6, Brewers 5: Jake Westbrook with career win 100. And get this: dude allowed only one run in six innings and his ERA increased. Which, yes, will happen when you come in at 0.98. It’s now an unsightly 1.10. He talked after the game how 100 was a goal for him. And while, no,…

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

    May 2, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Mets Marlins Baseball

    Mets 7, Marlins 6:  Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run homer in the sixth to put the Mets up to stay, breaking their six game losing streak. But Terry Collins is on the hot seat! No he isn’t! Yes he is! She’s my daughter! [slap] My sister! [slap!] My daughter … Nationals 2, Braves 0: The Nats finally…

  11. Matt Garza throws 42 pitches in first rehab start

    May 1, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    Matt Garza‘s “dead arm” last week pushed back his minor-league rehab assignment, but the Cubs right-hander felt good enough to throw 2.2 innings at Double-A today. Garza allowed one run on one hit and two walks, failing to record a strikeout while throwing 42 pitches. Garza hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since July 21 of…

  12. Mark Trumbo hit the longest homer of the season last night

    Apr 30, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Before last night’s Angels-A’s game got all wacky Mark Trumbo crushed a 475-foot homer in the second inning that ties Anthony Rizzo for the longest of the 2013 season: “I’ve never seen a baseball go that far in this ballpark.”

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

    Apr 30, 2013, 6:27 AM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    Athletics 10, Angels 8: Nineteen innings. Six and a half hours. Sixteen pitchers, including A’s Opening Day starter Brett Anderson who pitched five and a third innings out of the pen. The Angels, for their part, had two pitchers — Tommy Hanson who started it and Jerome Williams who came in later — each of…

  14. Kyuji Fujikawa on track to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa Getty

    Kyuji Fujikawa‘s first stint as the Cubs’ closer didn’t last long due to a right forearm strain, but he could get another chance soon. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Fujikawa threw 32 pitches in a bullpen session today, his second since he was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. While Cubs manager…

  15. Matt Garza calls out “fake fans” on Twitter

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    garza ap

    As far as I can tell this is Matt Garza‘s Twitter account. He keeps it locked which, all things considered, is not a bad move for an athlete who is actually going to use social media for social purposes as opposed to P.R. purposes.  He must allow a lot of people to follow him, reporters…

  16. Giancarlo Stanton has finally hit a home run

    Apr 27, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Miami Marlins

    It took 76 trips to the dish, but our long national nightmare is over: Giancarlo Stanton has gone yard. Stanton hit Cubs starter Travis Wood‘s cut fastball deep down the left field line, estimated at 472 feet according to Joe Frisaro. Stanton had been battling shoulder soreness, missing time between April 11-17. The injury clearly…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and hightlights

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals 8, Tigers 3: You can try to make Phil Coke a multi-inning reliever all you want, but he’s still going to be a lefty specialist. And when he comes in and has trouble even getting the lefties out, you can’t stick with him. He’s not the one who gave up the grand slam to…

  18. Matt Garza expected to resume throwing by Saturday

    Apr 25, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza‘s rehab from a strained lat muscle was put on hold this week after he was scratched from his first start with Double-A Tennessee due to what was termed as a “dead arm,” but it sounds like it was only a minor setback. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times…

  19. Dale Sveum gets a vote of confidence from Cubs GM

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    April isn’t even over yet and Cubs manager Dale Sveum is already getting the dreaded public vote of confidence from general manager Jed Hoyer. With the Cubs off to a 6-13 start and Sveum making odd comments about possibly sending Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo to the minors Hoyer told reporters: “He’s got our full…

  20. Matt Garza scratched from rehab start with “dead arm”

    Apr 24, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    matt garza getty

    Matt Garza‘s comeback from elbow problems has hit another snag, as the Cubs right-hander was scratched from a scheduled minor league rehab start at Double-A due to what the team is calling a “dead arm.” General manager Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that the setback “is all muscular, nothing structural” in an attempt…

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

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 5, Rangers 4: Howie Kendrick with two homers, including the walkoff in the 11th. Kendrick after the game: “It’s a great feeling to know that you can leave the other team on the field” I hope someone brings the Rangers some food overnight. Maybe go back to their hotel, get guys a change of…

  22. Justin Upton hasn’t proven the naysayers wrong just yet

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton smashed his major league-high 10th homer Tuesday in the Braves’ 4-3 win over the Rockies. He’s hit three more homers than anyone else in the majors, and in just 19 games, he’s already more than halfway to surpassing his total of 17 from 150 games last year. On the other hand, Justin Upton…

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

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox 9, Athletics 6: Just yesterday Mike Napoli was named player of the week for last week. He’s making a bid for a repeat now, hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs here. Overall he has 25 RBI in 19 games. Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: Chris Tillman had a one hitter…

  24. Are the Blue Jays abusing the waiver system?

    Apr 21, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays general manager Anthopoulos talks to the media at the team's MLB baseball spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida

    Charlie Wilmoth of MLB Trade Rumors has a very good, thought-provoking article up today looking at how Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has utilized baseball’s waiver system lately. Wilmoth points out that, since mid-March, the Jays have claimed Guillermo Moscoso, Todd Redmond, Alex Burnett, Clint Robinson, Edgar Gonzalez, Mauro Gomez, and Casper Wells. Of the…

  25. Dale Sveum suggests that Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo could be sent to Triple-A Iowa

    Apr 21, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    castro, rizzo getty

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has the story: Could the Cubs send Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo back to the minors for more grooming? It doesn’t seem possible considering their status as part of the core of the rebuild, not to mention the seven-year contract extension Castro received last year. But before Sunday’s finale…

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