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  1. Ryan Dempster iffy for Sunday start with quadriceps injury

    Apr 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

    Ryan Dempster underwent an MRI exam on his sore quadriceps muscle today and is considered questionable to make his next scheduled start Sunday. Bradford Doolittle of MLB.com reports that the Cubs had Randy Wells travel from Iowa to Chicago to be on hand in case a fill-in starter is needed. Wells, who spent the past…

  2. Cubs place Kerry Wood on DL with shoulder fatigue

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Kerry Wood

    Kerry Wood had hoped to avoid the disabled list after getting a cortisone shot in his sore right shoulder earlier this week, but today the Cubs put him on the shelf. Scott Maine, a left-handed reliever with big strikeout rates in the minors, was called up to take his spot on the roster and in…

  3. Cubs in no hurry to call up top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Brett Jackson

    First baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Brett Jackson are off to strong starts at Triple-A, but team president Theo Epstein said yesterday that the Cubs have no immediate plans to call them up to the big leagues. Epstein explained to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times that “it’s a little bit early to be…

  4. Kerry Wood gets cortisone shot, out until at least Friday

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood has left the Cubs in Miami and flown back to Chicago to undergo a cortisone injection in his sore right shoulder. For now the Cubs are telling reporters that they expect Wood to avoid the disabled list and be available out of the bullpen as soon as Friday, when they return home to…

  5. Carlos Zambrano meets the Cubs

    Apr 17, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v St Louis Cardinals

    In addition to Ozzie Guillen’s return, tonight’s Cubs-Marlins tilt matches up Carlos Zambrano against his old buddies brings the Cubs to Carlos Zambrano’s house.*  And despite the fact that he blew up all the time and walked out on the team last season in Atlanta, they seem magnanimous enough: “He had a lot of friends on…

  6. Adam Wainwright off to awful start in return from Tommy John surgery

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright, Ian Stewart

    Adam Wainwright gave up a three-run homer to Ian Stewart in the first and a grand slam to Bryan LaHair in the third Friday as the Cardinals lost 9-5 to the Cubs in their home opener. Wainwright was taken out after allowing eight runs in three innings. He fell to 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA…

  7. David Wright can’t play, might go on disabled list

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

    David Wright

    David Wright was cleared to play by a hand specialist Thursday, but he was held out of Friday’s lineup and might yet land on the DL with a fractured pinkie finger. Wright made it clear he doesn’t want anyone questioning his pain tolerance while he sits out: It’s not about me sucking it up and…

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

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver

    Giants 4, Rockies 2: Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth, silencing the Rockies bats that rocked Tim Lincecum‘s world the night before. That, and some bad defense by Dexter Fowler, prevented Jamie Moyer from becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. Can’t have errors behind the old guy or he’s toast.…

  9. Matt Garza throws away his first shutout in two years

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza should have had his first shutout as a Cub against the Brewers on Thursday. All he needed to do was take Norichika Aoki‘s comebacker and hurl it on over to first for the third out in the ninth. Instead, he tossed it into the stands, leading to his removal from the game after…

  10. Ryan Braun out of the lineup with chest/ribcage tightness

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

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    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers’ lineup for this afternoon’s game because of what the team is calling chest and ribcage tightness, but manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that they believed it’s a minor injury. Braun has played at least 150 games in each of his four full seasons in the…

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

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers

    There were only 14 games yesterday. On a Sunday. Because the A’s and Mariners didn’t play thanks to the Japan Series. Look, I don’t care if you want to start the season in Japan, but there should be a federal law against anything less than a full slate of games on a Sunday.  Anyway: Tigers…

  12. Jeff Samardzija nearly goes distance in Cubs win

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Jeff Samardzija

    Jeff Samardzija was hitting 97 mph on the gun in the ninth inning Sunday and nearly went the distance in a 4-3 victory over the Nationals. Samardzija appeared to have the third out in the ninth in a 4-1 game, but Starlin Castro committed a throwing error on Ryan Zimmerman‘s grounder to short. Manager Dale…

  13. Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol ugly it up again

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    In the Cubs’ first game Thursday, Kerry Wood took a blown save in the eighth and Carlos Marmol got the loss in the ninth. In the second game Saturday, Wood took the loss in the eighth and Marmol got tagged with a blown save in the same inning. Wood got the call to start the…

  14. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  15. Ruh-roh: Are there problems with the Magic Johnson-Guggenheim Partners bid for the Dodgers?

    Apr 6, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    We’re still in love-fest territory when it comes to the Magic Johnson-Guggenheim partners bid for the Dodgers. Indeed, I just got a press release from the Dodgers’ PR people, announcing the team’s imminent emergence from bankruptcy, and talking about how important that bid is for the process: “The centerpiece of the Amended Plan is the…

  16. And That Happened: Thursday’s Scores and Highlights

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays vs Cleveland Indians

    Blue Jays 7, Indians 4: I was invited to go to this game by the Indians, where I would have watched it for free from the Tribe Social Suite. Because of family entanglements I was not able to go, and when I sent the Indians my regrets, I was very sad about it. But 16…

  17. Kerry Wood shows us his best Carlos Marmol

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    Kerry Wood

    Entering a 1-0 game with one on and two outs in the eighth, Kerry Wood walked three straight batters to tie up Thursday’s matinee between the Cubs and Nationals. It wasn’t a case of Wood completely losing the strike zone, but he did keep just missing after getting to two strikes on both Adam LaRoche…

  18. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  19. Jeff Samardzija wins spot in Cubs rotation, Randy Wells demoted to minors

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Randy Wells

    Randy Wells is 29 years old and has started at least 23 games for the Cubs in each of the past three seasons, posting a 4.01 ERA in 500 innings overall, yet today they demoted him to the minors as part of the latest round of spring training cuts. Sending down a veteran with that…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs?

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Fredi Gonzalez Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs? The Braves didn’t get…

  21. Nats, Braves are interested in Marlon Byrd

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

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    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Nationals and Braves have expressed interest in acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Cubs. Makes sense on one level: each team could use an outfielder. The Nationals have been searching for a centerfielder forever, and Byrd could handle that probably as well as Jayson Werth could. The…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Who are the Oakland Athletics?

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Oakland Athletics

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Somewhere in the Bay Area Probably Oakland A’s. The Big Question: Who are these guys? To say the A’s…

  23. Cubs demote top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Brett Jackson

    Neither player was expected to crack the Opening Day roster and today the Cubs made it official, optioning top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A. Rizzo was acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January and is the Cubs’ long-term answer at first base, but the team made it pretty clear that…

  24. Sveum calls Jeff Samardzija “near lock” for rotation spot

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    samardzija getty

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune Sunday in camp that right-hander Jeff Samardzija is a “near lock” for a spot in the team’s regular-season starting rotation. Samardzija finally found major league success last year in the Chicago bullpen, posting a 2.97 ERA and tallying 87 strikeouts in 88 innings of…

  25. Rays catcher Robinson Chirinos suffers concussion

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Things have been rough for Robinson Chirinos since the season ended. First the 27-year-old Rays catcher broke his hand playing winter ball and now he’s sidelined for at least the next few days after suffering a concussion from a foul tip to the mask on Monday. Chirinos was acquired from the Cubs last winter in…

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