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  1. Kerry Wood finishes career with a strikeout at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood wanted to make one final appearance at Wrigley Field this afternoon before announcing his retirement and it couldn’t have been scripted much better for the longtime Cub. Wood came into a 3-2 game with one out in the eighth inning and struck out Dayan Viciedo on three pitches, the first of which was…

  2. Paul Konerko exits the game after being beaned in the face

    May 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Paul Konerko left today’s game against the Cubs when, in the third inning, he was hit in the face by a Jeff Samardzija pitch. Konerko had homered off Samardzija in the first inning, but based on Samardzija’s reaction, it probably wasn’t a purpose pitch. He walked to the plate to check on Konerko. He’s been…

  3. Cubs drop Chris Volstad and his 7.46 ERA from the rotation

    May 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad has been booted from the Cubs’ rotation and optioned to Triple-A after the 25-year-old right-hander went 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in eight starts. Volstad’s secondary numbers aren’t nearly as bad as his hideous ERA and he was generally a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for the Marlins from 2008-2011, but it’s tough to stick…

  4. Before blowing out his elbow Kerry Wood threw a ton of pitches as a 21-year-old rookie

    May 18, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    People have been writing about Kerry Wood‘s rookie pitch counts for more than a decade now, so I’m not exactly breaking new ground here, but now that he’s retiring it’s worth noting again just how hard the Cubs and then-manager Jim Riggleman worked their 21-year-old phenom in 1998. Wood made a total of 26 starts…

  5. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto needs knee surgery

    May 18, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    If Kerry Wood makes one final appearance at Wrigley Field before announcing his retirement he won’t be throwing to Geovany Soto, as the Cubs catcher has been diagnosed with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and needs arthroscopic surgery that will sideline him for at least three weeks. Manager Dale Sveum told Paul…

  6. Kerry Wood to announce retirement, but may pitch one last time at Wrigley Field

    May 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood has struggled since returning from a disabled list stint two weeks ago, allowing five runs in six innings following a month off because of a shoulder injury, and now the one-time phenom turned quality setup man has decided to call it a career at age 34. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that…

  7. Jeff Samardzija takes a little dig at Hawk Harrelson

    May 17, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija talks White Sox broadcasts and the oh-so-lovable Hawk Harrelson in advance of this weekend’s showdown at Wrigley.

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

    May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying…

  9. The player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal is named

    May 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    And now your entry for “least interesting news of the day: The Cubs have acquire lefty Hunter Cervenka from Boston as the player to be named later in the Marlon Byrd deal. I’ve never heard of Cervenka. Guessing most people not related to him haven’t either. Heck, there are probably even some Cervenka cousins who are…

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

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

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

    May 14, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds 9, Nationals 6: Joey Votto hit three homers including a walkoff grand slam.  Yeah, that’ll play. The back end of the Nats bullpen continues to be horrific. Marlins 8, Mets 4: Earlier in the day Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff slam of his own capping a six-run bottom of the ninth for Miami. Heath…

  12. Dale Sveum wants Alfonso Soriano to use a smaller bat

    May 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano‘s bat isn’t in the best shape of its life. Manager Dale Sveum thinks it needs to lose a few ounces. “The fact of the matter is fastballs are getting too deep,” manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. “Whatever it is, it’s just a strange phenomenon right now that Edwin Maysonet has more home runs…

  13. Picture of the Day: Ian Stewart honors the moms in his life

    May 13, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    ian stewart mothers day

    Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart will pay tribute to his mom, wife and mother-in-law during Sunday’s game against the Brewers with this pink wrist band. You’ll see all sorts of pink bats, cleats and gloves around the majors today as part of MLB’s Going To Bat program, which raises money for breast cancer research.

  14. Cubs place Carlos Marmol on disabled list with strained right hamstring

    May 12, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol‘s miserable start to the season just took another unfortunate turn. The Cubs announced this morning that Marmol was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The erratic right-hander was pulled from last night’s game against the Brewers due to the injury and traveled back to Chicago to undergo an…

  15. Rickie Weeks day-to-day after being hit on left wrist by pitch

    May 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Rickie Weeks AP

    After losing Mat Gamel and Alex Gonzalez for the season in recent weeks, the Brewers finally got some good news on the injury front. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Rickie Weeks is day-to-day after initial X-rays came back negative on his left wrist. Weeks was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball…

  16. MLB won’t discipline Kerry Wood for glove throw

    May 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    While leaving the field following an ugly appearance Tuesday night Kerry Wood angrily threw his glove and hat into the stands, but MLB has decided not to discipline the Cubs reliever. Wood turned the incident into a bigger deal by freaking out at reporters who asked about it afterward, replying: “Irrelevant, dude, and why the…

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

    May 10, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 10, Phillies 5: Cliff Lee was OK in his return, but he was on a pitch count and the bullpen — including reverted-to-longman-work Kyle Kendrick — got shellacked. Again. Ike Davis drove in three.  The Mets so thoroughly own Citizens Bank Park this year that the Phillies are gonna have to launch some awkward…

  18. Cubs pull off an oddity: a win with only 26 plate appearances

    May 9, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    When the Cubs beat the Braves 1-0 on Wednesday, they did it sending a total of 26 men to the plate. It was the first time since 2007 that a team had won a nine-inning game without every spot in the order getting three plate appearances. Of course, to pull off such a feat a…

  19. Ryan Dempster leads baseball with a 1.02 ERA … and has zero wins

    May 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster Getty

    Ryan Dempster threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Braves last night, which actually raised his MLB-leading ERA to 1.02. He’s gone at least 6.2 innings in all five of his starts, allowing 1, 2, 0, 0, and 1 earned runs … and has zero wins to show for it. Hopefully most HBT readers…

  20. Kerry Wood throws his glove into the stands, gets all surly when asked about it

    May 9, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    What is it with Cubs pitchers getting all surly after getting roughed up the Braves?  Last year Carlos Zambrano kicked off a mini Operation Shutdown after Atlanta torched him. Last night Kerry Wood walked two Braves and gave up two more and the lead. Then he had himself a little hissy fit.  Patrick Mooney of…

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

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

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

    May 8, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin

    Mets 5, Phillies 2: I had been agitating for Jonathan Papelbon to pitch more. Specifically in tie games.  Well, he did here and gave up a game-losing three-run homer to Jordany Valdespin. I suppose we’ll let Cholly run the team from here on out. Marlins 4, Astros 0: Carlos Zambrano with the three-hit shutout pushes his ERA…

  23. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

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

    May 7, 2012, 5:44 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Just your standard seventeen inning affair in which a first baseman is the winning pitcher, after throwing two shutout innings and and outfielder is the losing pitcher after giving up a three-run homer . Chris Davis shut out the Red Sox for the 16th and 17th innings, striking out two.…

  25. UPDATE: Jayson Werth suffers broken left wrist

    May 6, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    11:30 p.m. EDT update: It was announced after the game Sunday that Werth had suffered a broken left wrist. He’ll see a specialist on Monday as the Nats go about determining whether he has any ligament damage. If it’s a simple break, then 6-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario. If there’s more damage, then…

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