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  1. The Cubs finally scored a run for Jeff Samardzija

    Apr 11, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs finally ended their embarrassing stretch of zeroes behind Jeff Samardzija.

  2. Jake Arrieta close to rejoining Cubs’ starting rotation

    Apr 11, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jake Arrieta

    Jake Arrieta is close to a return to the Cubs’ rotation.

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

    Apr 11, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    If a pitcher has a foreign substance on his hand and no one is there to complain about it, does it still raise a stink?

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

    Apr 10, 2014, 7:06 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    I saw Captain America last night. It was way better than the first few innings of the Tigers-Dodgers game.

  5. And the first manager to get ejected this season is …

    Apr 9, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Rick Renteria Cubs

    It took a while, but last night we got our first manager ejection of the season when Cubs skipper Rick Renteria was tossed by umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing about a 1-2 pitch that was called a ball.

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

    Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    A ton of guys had multi-homer games yesterday. Ryan Braun led the pack with his three. I’m sure that won’t bother anyone.

  7. Red Sox sign Ryan Roberts

    Apr 7, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    In the wake of Will Middlebrooks’ calf injury the Red Sox have signed Ryan Roberts to help fill in at third base, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.

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

    Apr 7, 2014, 6:02 AM EDT

    Kemp Ramirez

    Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each went yard twice. And I contemplate the return of the game-winning RBI stat.

  9. Darnell McDonald announces retirement on Instagram

    Apr 6, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    darnell mcdonald getty

    Darnell McDonald announced his retirement from professional baseball in a unique way on Saturday night, using Instagram — or rather Flipagram — to produce a pictorial of his career highlights …

  10. Jurickson Profar participated in fielding drills at second base

    Apr 5, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    The Rangers’ top prospect begins his long road back to a clean bill of health.

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

    Apr 4, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT

    A's celebration

    Discover the one weird trick Coco Crisp used to hit a walkoff home run in last night’s Mariners-A’s game. The answer may shock you!

  12. Cubs outfielder Junior Lake wore the wrong jersey today

    Apr 3, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

    Junior Lake

    The Cubs and Pirates played a very late game last night. It was bound to lead to some sloppiness today.

  13. Pirates outlast Cubs, win 4-3 in 16 innings

    Apr 3, 2014, 2:14 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Notes from what could reign supreme as the longest game of the year for quite some time.

  14. Jonathan Papelbon walks in winning run, chalks it all up to bad luck

    Apr 3, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

    papelbon ap

    The Philadelphia Phillies might not have a top-five bullpen after all.

  15. Theo Epstein is sick of talking about Jeff Samardzija

    Apr 1, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Whether it’s about a potential long-term contract extension or a possible trade if a contract can’t be worked out, the offseason in Chicago has been filled with Jeff Samardzija talk.

  16. Expanded Instant Replay used for the first time in a regular season game

    Mar 31, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    instant replay picture

    Actually, it’s been used two times this afternoon, with one call upheld, one call overturned.

  17. Indians sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal

    Mar 30, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    george kottaras royals

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Indians have signed catcher George Kottaras to a minor league deal. He adds that there is a “seemingly good chance” for him to join the big league club soon. At the moment, third baseman Carlos Santana is the back-up to Yan Gomes behind the plate in…

  18. Cubs hand fifth spot in rotation to Carlos Villanueva

    Mar 28, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    carlos villanueva getty

    Carlos Villanueva didn’t exactly impress in his 17 2/3 innings in the Cactus League, but the Cubs’ other options didn’t fare any better. That’s why, as Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Cubs have given the fifth spot in the rotation to Villanueva. Villanueva posted a 5.60 ERA during the spring. Chris Rusin,…

  19. The Rangers have been scouting Darwin Barney

    Mar 26, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT

    Darwin Barney Getty

    There is a pretty big demand for middle infielders among contending teams these days. The Yankees, the Tigers and now the Rangers either have age, injury or simple lack of quality to contend with among their infielders. And with Stephen Drew seemingly radioactive, there aren’t a lot of candidates around baseball to fill these holes.…

  20. Starlin Castro to take at-bats in minor league game today

    Mar 22, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro Getty

    Starlin Castro hasn’t played in a Cactus League game since March 2 due to a strained right hamstring, but he’s finally ready to return to action. Sort of. According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Castro is expected to take several at-bats today in a minor league game. They might keep him on the minor league…

  21. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Towers Gibson AP

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  22. Cubs will have Javier Baez start at second base soon

    Mar 15, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Javier Baez

    The Cubs will start Javier Baez at second base on either Monday or Tuesday, according to Cubs manager Rick Renteria. The report comes from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Baez, rated the fourth overall best prospect by Baseball Prospectus, has played exclusively at shortstop throughout his three-year professional career. As Wittenmyer notes, it would…

  23. 2014 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    theo epstein getty

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is the wait almost over? It has been 105 long years since the north…

  24. Edwin Jackson sidestepped game plan, threw all fastballs on Friday

    Mar 8, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in his start against the Indians on Friday, but that wasn’t the shocking part of what happened. Unbeknownst to manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Chris Bosio, Jackson threw all fastballs in his outing — 50 of them. Via MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat: “I think maybe, as…

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