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

    Sep 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EST

    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…

  2. Jeff Samardzija ends his season on a high note

    Sep 9, 2012, 10:25 AM EST

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    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…

  3. Brett Jackson made a pretty ridiculous catch last night

    Sep 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

  4. Pirates make seven errors in ridiculous loss to Cubs

    Sep 7, 2012, 11:20 PM EST

    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…

  5. Jeff Samardzija to be shut down after Saturday start

    Sep 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    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…

  6. The Cubs apparently think this is Little League

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Sep 7, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    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:…

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

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

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    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,…

  9. Cubs beat Brewers 12-11 in a wild one

    Aug 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    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…

  11. Yunel Escobar has career game in leading Jays past Yanks

    Aug 29, 2012, 5:18 PM EST

    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…

  12. Mike Trout is first rookie with 25 HR, 40 SB

    Aug 29, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    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…

  13. Cubs finalize $60 million extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 28, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    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”…

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

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 27, 2012, 5:30 AM EST

    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…

  16. Chris Volstad earns first win since July 2011

    Aug 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:13 AM EST

    Nationals' Strasburg pitches in the rain during the second inning of their MLB game against Braves in Washington

    Nationals 4, Braves 1: I have been arguing against a Stephen Strasburg shutdown for a while now, but allow me to say that if those dudes are really gonna do that, I wish they would have done it before last night. Strasburg struck out ten in six innings, allowing a single run and winning his…

  19. Cubs confirm that Matt Garza is done for the season

    Aug 21, 2012, 9:28 PM EST

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    Cubs skipper Dale Sveum told reporters early last week that “it’s going to be tough” for right-hander Matt Garza to return this season from a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. Sveum was right. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com heard this evening that Garza is officially “done” for the rest of the season. Not because he had…

  20. Johnny Cueto bests Cubs for NL-leading 16th win

    Aug 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EST

    Johnny Cueto Getty

    Johnny Cueto continued to bolster his case for the National League Cy Young award this afternoon against the Cubs, giving up two runs over eight innings as part of a 5-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Cueto is now the National League’s first 16-game winner. David Price of the Rays got there…

  21. Report: Cubs and Starlin Castro agree to seven-year, $60 million extension

    Aug 18, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

    starlin castro getty

    UPDATE: David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com hears that the deal is very close, but isn’t finalized yet. 3:22 PM: We’ve heard reports over the past couple of days that the Cubs and Starlin Castro were close to agreeing on a long-term contract extension. The deal is now in place. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, the…

  22. Ryan Dempster to return from restricted list Monday

    Aug 18, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster was placed on the restricted list yesterday after leaving the team for personal reasons, but it turns out that he will not require an extended absence. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Dempster will return to start Monday against the Orioles. Roy Oswalt, who was banished to the bullpen last…

  23. Cubs nearing long-term extension with Starlin Castro

    Aug 17, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    castro getty

    7:00 p.m. EDT update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal believes a Starlin Castro extension could be announced early next week or sooner. It’d be a six- or seven-year contract with a club option that would buy out an extra year of free agency. As is, Castro will be eligible for FA after 2016. /// David Kaplan of…

  24. Ryan Dempster to miss next start due to personal reasons

    Aug 17, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    The Rangers just announced that Ryan Dempster will miss his scheduled Saturday start against the Blue Jays because of undisclosed “personal reasons.” Roy Oswalt will take his place, starting for the first time since July 30. Dempster has been awful since coming to the Rangers in a trade from the Cubs, allowing 19 runs in…

  25. This isn’t the time for Cubs to commit to Starlin Castro

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    Starlin Castro

    Word came down from CSNChicago.com’s David Kaplan last night that the Cubs were working on a long-term deal with Starlin Castro said to be for six years or more. A six-year extension running from 2013-18 would buy out all of Castro’s arbitration seasons and his first two-years of free agency. One would imagine it’d come…

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