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  1. The Blue Jays may be interested in Matt Garza

    Jun 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 5, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    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…

  3. Starlin Castro loses track of number of outs

    Jun 4, 2012, 6:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 3, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

    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…

  6. The Yankees may be interested in Matt Garza

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 31, 2012, 8:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    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…

  10. Carlos Quentin is going to be great trade bait

    May 30, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    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…

  11. Hey, look: Alfonso Soriano is hitting again

    May 30, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 29, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    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…

  14. Theo Epstein: no one is untouchable

    May 29, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Is it just me, or do people in Chicago not feel as bad about the recently-ended losing streak and what seems to be the inevitable dreadful remaining season as they might normally be?  At least among the Cubs fans I know, people are just being cool, knowing that the roster was a mess and knowing…

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

    May 29, 2012, 5:47 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox  v Tampa Bay Rays

    White Sox 2, Rays 1: Chris Sale: 15Ks and three hits in seven and a third. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer. Red Sox 7, Tigers 4: Jim Leyland said that we saw what we saw and should write what we saw, so let’s do that: The Red Sox’ second inning rally never should have happened…

  16. Cole Hamels barely beats Lance Lynn to eight wins

    May 28, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

    Cole Hamels

    Cole Hamels had the major league lead in victories all to himself for a good 15 minutes or so. Hamels pitched eight innings and allowed four runs Monday as the Phillies beat the Mets 8-4, moving him to 8-1. Not long afterwards, the Cardinals finished up their 8-2 victory over the Braves, with Lance Lynn…

  17. Paul Konerko hitting .466 with 6 homers in his last 20 games

    May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Paul Konerko is on a ridiculous tear right now, hitting .466 with six homers and a 1.303 OPS in his last 20 games dating back to May 4. Even more amazing is that sitting out three days in the middle of that stretch after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face didn’t slow him…

  18. Cubs activate Carlos Marmol, send Rafael Dolis to minors

    May 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Rafael Dolis‘ reign as Cubs closer was short and ugly, and today the 24-year-old rookie was demoted back to the minors after being stripped of ninth-inning duties. Dolis’ departure coincides with Carlos Marmol‘s sooner-than-expected return from a hamstring injury, as the Cubs deemed him ready to come off the DL after he tossed back-to-back scoreless…

  19. Anthony Rizzo pulled from game with sore wrist

    May 27, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

    Anthony Rizzo

    10:05 p.m. EDT update: Nope, no promotion. Rizzo left Triple-A Iowa’s game with a sore right wrist, according to CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney. /// The Cubs could be ready to pull the trigger on a big move following a humiliating sweep at the hands of the Pirates. CSNChicago.com states that Anthony Rizzo was pulled from Triple-A…

  20. Cubs get 10 hits, lose to Pirates 1-0 anyway

    May 25, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    It’s just Ryan Dempster‘s luck: he allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings versus Pittsburgh on Friday and then fell to 0-3 anyway. The Cubs racked up 10 hits tonight, yet lost 1-0 to drop their 10th straight game and fall to 15-30 on the season. They were the first team since the Dodgers last…

  21. Paul Konerko rejoins White Sox lineup after beaning

    May 22, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Paul Konerko AP

    Paul Konerko escaped a serious injury after taking a Jeff Samardzija pitch to the face Friday and the White Sox first baseman is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Twins. Konerko, who hit .367 with eight homers, nine doubles, and a 1.058 OPS in 39 games before the beaning, missed a total…

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

    May 22, 2012, 6:10 AM EST

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Marlins 7, Rockies 4: Jamie Moyer pitched in his 50th different major league park. But he may have given up his longest most hellacious homer ever. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam that went 438 feet in basically a straight line and broke the friggin’ scoreboard. Roy Hobbs stuff, there. Gave the Marlins the lead and,…

  23. Cubs getting close to calling up Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A

    May 21, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Brett Jackson

    Anthony Rizzo flopped in a 49-game debut with the Padres last year, but he’s now crushing Triple-A pitching for the second straight season and the Cubs are starting to think about calling him up. Rizzo, whom the Cubs acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January, is hitting .346 with 14 homers and a…

  24. Paul Konerko could miss multiple days after being hit above left eye with pitch

    May 19, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Paul Konerko AP

    No surprise here, but Paul Konerko is out of the starting lineup for the White Sox tonight against the Cubs, one day after he was hit in the face by a pitch from right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Initial tests came back clean aside from a cut and swelling above his left eye, but Chuck Garfien of…

  25. Cubs reacquire catcher Koyie Hill from Reds

    May 19, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

    Koyie Hill Getty

    Ryan Dempster will have a familiar face behind the plate for his start tonight against the White Sox. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Reds for cash considerations. He’s expected to join the club immediately. The Cubs have a sudden need for catching depth now that…

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