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  1. Mike Olt is finally healthy, but now he’s blocked on the Cubs by Kris Bryant

    Jul 10, 2015, 1:54 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs pinch-hitter Mike Olt (20) strikes out against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Denver. The Cubs won 6-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Olt fracturing his right wrist in mid-April is what led to the Cubs calling up Bryant from Triple-A.

  2. The wait is over: The Cubs are calling up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday

    Apr 16, 2015, 9:38 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    The wait is over. Wrigley Field is going to be a lot of fun on Friday.

  3. Kris Bryant homered twice over the weekend

    Apr 13, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    He’s 5-for-16 with two homers, a double and seven driven in on the young minor league season.

  4. Opening Night lineups: Cardinals vs. Cubs

    Apr 5, 2015, 3:08 PM EDT

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    The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. First pitch at Wrigley Field is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

  5. Kris Bryant homered twice again

    Mar 21, 2015, 8:10 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    Kris Bryant’s incredibly hot spring continued on Saturday as he socked another pair of dingers.

  6. Kris Bryant scratched, still hits fifth and sixth spring homers

    Mar 14, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    Kris Bryant has been as advertised as we near the midpoint of spring training.

  7. Barry Zito’s first start in 19 months “was pretty impressive”

    Mar 6, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Barry Zito took the mound Thursday for his first game action since 2013.

  8. MLBPA will be monitoring how Cubs handle Kris Bryant

    Feb 27, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    MLBPA executive director Tony Clark will be keeping a close eye on how the Cubs handle the eventual promotion of prospect Kris Bryant.

  9. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says moving Luis Valbuena doesn’t change Kris Bryant’s timetable

    Jan 19, 2015, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Cubs fans are clamoring for Kris Bryant’s arrival to the big leagues, but they might have to be patient.

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

    Jul 3, 2014, 7:23 AM EDT

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    Edwin Encarnacion: “He hanged it, I banged it.” He actually said that.

  11. Tim Hudson’s fountain of youth keeps flowing

    May 28, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

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    It should be obvious now which medieval helmet Michael Morse and Hunter Pence should order for Tim Hudson.

  12. Theo vs. Evil Empire: How the Cubs move on from the Tanaka fallout

    May 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    The urban legend had Theo Epstein destroying a hotel room after he found out Jose Contreras decided on the New York Yankees.

  13. Cubs’ trade forces lining up with Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

    May 16, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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    How much longer will Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel be in Chicago?

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

    May 9, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT

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    Getting Shemped: That moment when you decide to stay up late and watch the Dodgers and found out you got stuck with a Josh Beckett start.

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

    Apr 23, 2014, 6:35 AM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    Pitching porn in Atlanta. Graphic, hard core pitching porn.

  16. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  17. 2013 Preview: The American League West

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West. For the second straight year the Los Angeles Angels have signed the biggest slugger on the free agent market. This time, however, we feel like it’s going to finally work.…

  18. Rangers send top prospect Mike Olt to Triple-A

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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    For many and probably even most teams a 24-year-old prospect as good as Mike Olt would be set for an everyday role, but the Rangers’ third base and corner outfield depth means he’s headed back to the minors. Today the Rangers assigned Olt to Triple-A, which he skipped in jumping from Double-A to the majors…

  19. 2013 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    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 2013 season. Up next: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers overcome the loss of Josh Hamilton to free agency? Hamilton was,…

  20. Even if Nelson Cruz is suspended, the Rangers are not going after Michael Bourn

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

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    Believe it or not, there are players besides Alex Rodriguez subject to MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis clinic. Players like Nelson Cruz, whose loss due to a suspension would be a way more significant to the Rangers than A-Rod’s would be to the Yankees (heck, A-Rod could serve his suspension while on the disabled list,…

  21. MLB.com unveils its Top 100 prospects

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo. We’ll share with you their Top 25: 1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX) 2…

  22. Diamondbacks and Padres have discussed Justin Upton-for-Chase Headley deal

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Justin Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors for a long time now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new one. And it’s pretty juicy. Justin Upton for Chase Headley? The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have…

  23. Rangers in talks with Mets about R.A. Dickey trade, but an extension now seems more likely

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Couple of developments on the R.A. Dickey front. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Rangers “expressed willingness” to include prospect Mike Olt in a trade for the 38-year-old knuckleballer but were told by the Mets front office that it’s going to take more. In related news, Martino writes that the…

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