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  1. Brandon Moss has seven hits: five homers, two doubles

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    Brandon Moss loves him some Coors Field. The new Athletics first baseman hit his fourth homer of the series in Colorado and doubled twice Thursday as part of an 8-2 win over the Rockies. Ross has now played in eight games, starting seven of them, since being called up by the A’s earlier this month.…

  2. Theo Epstein and Ryan Dempster stir up trade speculation with public chat

    Jun 14, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    There was an odd scene at Wrigley Field yesterday as Cubs president Theo Epstein and right-hander Ryan Dempster had a one-on-one chat while sitting in the stands during batting practice. Dempster was in uniform and by choosing to have their conversation in public with multiple reporters looking on they had to know that it would…

  3. Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart “may have nerve damage”

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart

    As if Ian Stewart‘s Cubs career wasn’t off to a bad enough start thanks to a .201 batting average through 55 games now the third baseman acquired from the Rockies in December is on the disabled list with a sore left wrist. Stewart dealt with similar wrist problems last year and was a late scratch…

  4. Anthony Rizzo is terrorizing Triple-A pitchers while waiting for Cubs call-up

    Jun 12, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Interleague games in AL ballparks gave the Cubs a short-term opportunity to call up first base prospect Anthony Rizzo and play him without having to bench anyone, but they passed on the chance and so Rizzo continues to be a nightmare for Triple-A pitchers. He homered twice Sunday and two more times Monday, and Rizzo…

  5. The Dodgers are “definitely interested” in Ryan Dempster

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com says that the Dodgers are “definitely interested” in acquiring Ryan Dempster. Get in line. Dempster is easily the most attractive rent-an-arm on the market at the moment, and he said he is willing to waive his 10-5 rights to move on from Chicago.  If you’re the Cubs, you have to…

  6. Geovany Soto to begin rehab assignment after knee surgery

    Jun 11, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    Geovany Soto is ready to start a minor-league rehab assignment three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Soto is scheduled to see his first game action today at Triple-A and will likely play 3-5 games there, at which point he could be…

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

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo

    Angels 10, Rockies 8: Mark Trumbo hit two three-run homers to help the Angels complete what was nothing short of an annihilation of the Rockies’ pitching staff. Trumbo is at .326/.380/.632. It would have been optimistic to predict those numbers from Pujols before the season started. Nationals 4, Red Sox 3: Bryce Harper had the…

  8. Joe Mauer back in Twins’ lineup after sprained right thumb

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer AP

    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs. He’ll catch left-hander Scott Diamond and bat third against right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Mauer has missed the last four games with a sprained right thumb, but it was never a major concern. He made it through…

  9. Red Sox to designate Marlon Byrd for assignment

    Jun 9, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    Ian Browne of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox will designate outfielder Marlon Byrd for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will make his first major league start since Tommy John surgery this afternoon against the Nationals. Byrd was informed of the decision following last night’s game. Byrd…

  10. Clint Robinson finally gets the call to Kansas City

    Jun 7, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Clint Robinson

    After 105 minor league homers, 27-year-old Clint Robinson was promoted to the majors by the Royals for the first time Thursday. Robinson, a 25th-round pick out of Troy University in 2007, has been tearing up the minors for 2 1/2 years now. In 2010, he hit .335/.410/.625 with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 477…

  11. Doesn’t sound like Ryan Dempster is gonna invoke his 10-5 rights

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Ryan Dempster is realistic and he seems to want to pitch for a contender, so it’s no surprise that he sounds cool with waiving his 10-5 rights. Here is talking about a possible trade: “You’re in a situation where if it does happen, they are going to do what’s best for the Chicago Cubs, and…

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

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:51 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Nationals 7, Mets 6: The legend of Bryce Harper grows. A game-winning hit in the 12th inning. What say you, Harper? “I’m happy to get the W, of course. I’m happy to get that walk-off hit, but I don’t like going 2 for 7,” Harper said. “I don’t like striking out twice in one game,…

  13. The Blue Jays may be interested in Matt Garza

    Jun 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Seems early for rumor season, but I guess it’s starting: according to Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in acquiring Matt Garza. There were concerns about the depth of the Jays’ starters since before the season began. And though they haven’t been nearly as bad as some more pessimistic prognosticators prognasticated, their pitching staff…

  14. Sveum: Castro’s mistake is “the last straw”

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Starlin Castro AP

    Yesterday Starlin Castro lost track of the number of outs in the fifth inning of yesterday’s game and allowed the Giants to score what proved to be the winning run. After the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum has put Castro on notice: “It’s the last straw.  If he wants to play, he better start getting…

  15. Starlin Castro loses track of number of outs

    Jun 4, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Starlin Castro is the Cubs’ best player, but his rookie mistakes aren’t so endearing now that he’s in his third season. With the Cubs up 2-1 in the fifth inning of Monday’s game and the Giants having the bases loaded with one out, Brandon Crawford hit a grounder to second baseman Darwin Barney. Barney made…

  16. Jon Morosi is trying to get it, I think

    Jun 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    I didn’t think Bryan LaHair, one of 2012′s most pleasant surprises thus far, was a polarizing figure, but apparently someone out there is slamming him, because FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi felt the need to chime in with this: OK, so what Morosi is getting at here is that the fact that LaHair has just 22…

  17. Punchless A’s get shutout for 11th time in 53 games

    Jun 3, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Cliff Pennington

    It was Francisco Liriano on Thursday. Felipe Paulino did it Friday. And now Kansas City’s Vin Mazzaro is the latest pitcher to shut down the A’s, throwing six scoreless innings Sunday as the A’s were shut out for the 11th time this season. No team since 1918 had ever been shut out 11 times in…

  18. The Yankees may be interested in Matt Garza

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The Yankees are probably going to seek some pitching help this trade season. And Jon Heyman reports that they’re most likely target is Matt Garza: Yankees people like the fact Garza is battle-tested in the American League East after acquiring too many pitchers from the National League who haven’t been able to make a seamless…

  19. Theo Epstein says Cubs aren’t considering trading Starlin Castro

    May 31, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro Getty

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier this afternoon that the Cubs are open to moving everyone outside of right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Yes, even 22-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro. Naturally there’s been quite a bit of conversation about the report, irrational and otherwise, but Cubs president Theo Epstein went out of his way to address the…

  20. Blowout clearance sale at Crazy Theo’s! Everything must go!!!

    May 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    Bob Nightengale reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have basically put a price tag on everything except Jeff Samardzija and is accepting offers. Yes, even for Starlin Castro: The Cubs are letting teams know that nearly everyone but starter Jeff Samardzija is available, two high-ranking team officials told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because of…

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

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

  22. Carlos Quentin is going to be great trade bait

    May 30, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Carlos Quentin

    Despite his best efforts, Carlos Quentin couldn’t stop the Padres from getting swept by the lowly Cubs, who entered the series losers of 12 in a row. Quentin, though, did put on a show at Wrigley Field, collecting three homers and four doubles in his first three games back from the disabled list. Two of…

  23. Hey, look: Alfonso Soriano is hitting again

    May 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano‘s huge contract and disappointing production already made him the target of Cubs fans’ scorn, so when he got off to a slow start this season that only increased along with the perception that his presence was playing a part in top prospect Anthony Rizzo remaining in the minors. But a funny thing happened…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  25. Steve Clevenger returns from DL, will be Cubs’ main catcher

    May 29, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

    Geovany Soto and Welington Castillo are both on the disabled list with knee injuries, so Steve Clevenger will have an opportunity to get most of the playing time behind the plate for the Cubs. Clevenger has been on the DL himself with a strained oblique muscle, but is now healthy and Doug Padilla of ESPN…

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