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  1. 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.

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 2014 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

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

  5. Starlin Castro out 7-10 days with hamstring injury

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Starlin Castro left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and the Cubs shortstop is expected to miss 7-10 days after being diagnosed with a “mild” strain, the team announced. Manager Rick Renteria told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that “it shouldn’t set him back for the regular season,” but realistically any multi-week injury at this point…

  6. Starlin Castro suffers right hamstring strain

    Mar 2, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro suffered a right hamstring strain Sunday in a 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Royals. The strain is being labeled as “mild,” but it could cost Castro around a week of action. Castro sustained the injury while sliding into second base on…

  7. Starlin Castro has $3.6 million seized in a legal dispute

    Dec 19, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that  Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts as the result of a legal dispute with a baseball school in the Dominican Republic. The upshot: the baseball school claims that Castro’s father agreed to give the school a percentage of Castro’s…

  8. Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Add another name to the list, as Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life: The Cubs are making sure shortstop Starlin Castro reports to Spring Training in better shape. The team assigned strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic to…

  9. Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum

    Sep 30, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Dale Sveum seemed to know he was a goner as soon as team president Theo Epstein declined to comment on whether he’d be back for the final season of his contract in 2014 and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Cubs have fired Sveum. Sveum lasted two years with the Cubs, going 61-101…

  10. Dale Sveum says Anthony Rizzo’s season is “not as bad as everybody makes it out to be”

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Anthony Rizzo has been one of the most disappointing aspects of the Cubs’ season, as the 23-year-old first baseman has seen his OPS drop 60 points following a very promising first season in Chicago last year. He’s been particularly bad since June 1, hitting just .214 with 12 homers and a .692 OPS in 100…

  11. Cubs rally late, prevent the Braves from clinching the NL East for at least a little while

    Sep 21, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Travis Wood, Dioner Navarro

    The Braves entered the day with a magic number of one to clinch the NL East and eliminate the Washington Nationals from division title contention. If they could overcome Cubs starter Travis Wood, they could bust out the bubbly at Wrigley, but the Cubs had other ideas. Wood surrendered a run in the fourth on…

  12. Starlin Castro back in Cubs’ lineup Sunday after Saturday benching for botched sac fly

    Aug 18, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Cubs manager Dale Sveum pulled Starlin Castro from Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the rival Cardinals after the shortstop took a lackadaisical approach to a fifth-inning infield fly, allowing a run to score. But Castro is back in action for Sunday’s series finale and Sveum is ready to put the incident behind him. “The way I…

  13. Starlin Castro pulled after his mental error allows a run to score

    Aug 17, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum decided to remove shortstop Starlin Castro from the game after he forgot the number of outs in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Matt Carpenter hit a lazy fly ball to shallow left field where Castro ran it down. As he casually slowed down,…

  14. Travis Wood wants a long-term extension with the Cubs

    Jul 17, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Travis Wood had a 4.22 ERA through his first three seasons, but this season he’s taken a huge step forward with a 2.79 ERA and his first All-Star appearance. And now the 26-year-old left-hander would like to guarantee himself a nice payday while sticking with the Cubs long term. Wood told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com…

  15. Starlin Castro snaps 269-game consecutive starts streak

    Jun 25, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Cal Ripken Jr. can go ahead and pop some bubbly. As noted by MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. It is the first time he’s been absent from Chicago’s order in the last 269 games, which was the longest active consecutive…

  16. Play of the Day: the Mets go back to Little League

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v. New York Mets

    Though they came back in grand fashion against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, the Mets had staked the Cubs to a 3-0 lead in the fifth after a litany of errors reminiscent of a Little League game. With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the fifth against Mets starter Jeremy…

  17. Theo Epstein is unhappy with the Cubs’ OBP

    May 26, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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

    Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has a number of reasons to be unhappy with his 19-30 club, but the one that really sticks out to him is the club’s lagging on-base percentage, which was under .300 prior to this afternoon’s game against the Reds. At .299, their mark was ahead of only the…

  18. Report: Brewers offer rising star Jean Segura a long-term deal

    May 14, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Jean Segura

    With their shortstop’s price tag likely increasing by the day, the Brewers have pitched Jean Segura and agent Joe Klein a long-term deal that could take the 23-year-old through his arbitration years and into free agency. Segura, named the NL’s Player of the Week on Monday, is batting .368/.412/.588 with six homers and 13 steals…

  19. Dale Sveum gets a vote of confidence from Cubs GM

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    April isn’t even over yet and Cubs manager Dale Sveum is already getting the dreaded public vote of confidence from general manager Jed Hoyer. With the Cubs off to a 6-13 start and Sveum making odd comments about possibly sending Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo to the minors Hoyer told reporters: “He’s got our full…

  20. Dale Sveum suggests that Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo could be sent to Triple-A Iowa

    Apr 21, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has the story: Could the Cubs send Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo back to the minors for more grooming? It doesn’t seem possible considering their status as part of the core of the rebuild, not to mention the seven-year contract extension Castro received last year. But before Sunday’s finale…

  21. Cubs blow ninth-inning lead then rally to beat Giants

    Apr 12, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Chicago Cubs

    Starlin Castro homered in the fifth and played hero in the ninth, delivering a game-winning double as the Cubs avoided what would have been an ugly loss and defeated the Giants 4-3. The Giants scored all three of their runs off new Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa in the ninth, taking Matt Cain off the hook…

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

    Apr 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres

    Had tickets to the Columbus Clippers-Indianapolis Indians game. Daisuke Matsuzaka was scheduled to start. Then it rained and they canceled the game. I have mixed feelings about it all because, on the one hand, baseball. On the other hand I dodged the Matsuzaka bullet. Oh well. Dodgers 3, Padres 2: FISTICUFFSMANSHIP!  Zack Greinke hit Carlos…

  23. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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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 2013 season. Up next: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is Theo Epstein pushing the Cubs any closer to contention? He most definitely is,…

  24. Starlin Castro rejoins Cubs lineup after hamstring injury

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Out since February 27 with a hamstring injury, shortstop Starlin Castro is back in the Cubs’ lineup today. Castro ended up missing two weeks, including about 10 days after an MRI exam showed what the Cubs called “minor” hamstring inflammation. Castro has been very durable since being called up as a 20-year-old in May of…

  25. MRI on Starlin Castro shows minor hamstring inflammation

    Mar 2, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Starlin Castro tweaked his left hamstring Wednesday and still felt bad enough yesterday that the Cubs sent him for an MRI exam, with the results showing what the team called “minor” inflammation. Manager Dale Sveum doesn’t seem very worried, telling Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: It showed a little something. They said if you…

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