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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs are on their second closer, and the season is only a week old. The Milwaukee Brewers are missing two key sluggers, and a third is struggling with a neck issue.
This should be quite the opener at Wrigley Field.
Chicago and Milwaukee are dealing with some early challenges heading into the first game of the season at the Cubs' longtime home on Monday.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday that Kyuji Fujikawa would take over as closer after Carlos Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday night's 6-5 loss in Atlanta. Fujikawa finished a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh on opening day, but Chicago had only one other victory on the six-game road trip.
The Cubs lost 5-1 to the Braves in the series finale after Jeff Samardzija set a career high with 13 strikeouts, but gave up four runs and four walks in 5-23 innings.
"We're a better team at home," said Sveum, looking forward to the first game at the cozy neighborhood ballpark. "M...
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Yesterday, Chicago Cubs closer Kyuji Fujikawa might have become the first player in Major League Baseball history to kick a foul ball into his own face. It happened in the fifth inning of Monday afternoon's tilt between the Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers as Chicago outfielder Alfonso Soriano hit a foul ball near the Cubs bullpen. Watch as Fujikawa tries to stop it with his...
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Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa had a bit of bad luck during Monday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers when a foul ball deflected off his foot and hit him in the chin.
It happened in the bottom of the fourth inning as Cubs batter Alfonso Soriano hit a ground ball foul into the Cubs bullpen. Fujikawa tried to make a kick save...
The Chicago Cubs are spending less money and winning fewer games, but it could be a good thing.
Between 2008-2011, the Cubs spent no less than $120m on payroll, excluding special bonuses and players that were called up or acquired mid-season. In the same time period, Cubs losses increased every year (64, 78, 87, and 91, respectively). After ballooning in 2010, the Cubs payroll...
Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol has been pulled from his ninth inning role after his first blown save of the year last night in Atlanta. Kyuji Fujikawa will replace Marmol as the Cubs' fireman, according to reports.
Marmol is actually reportedly taking the demotion well, stating "You can't complain about it. They say it's better for me and for the team. I&...
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum says Carlos Marmol is out as closer and rookie Kyuji Fujikawa will take over the role.
Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves when brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit solo homers in the ninth inning. Sveum made the decision before Sunday's game.
Fujikawa didn't fare much better in a three-run eighth...
It was only a matter of time before the Chicago Cubs made a change. Carlos Marmol has never proven himself capable of handling Major League closer duties. He lost his job early last season only to earn it back. And now, he's lost it again.
Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago says the Cubs stripped Marmol of his closing duties after three outings that resulted in stressful...
The D-Train is either running out of steam, or is just about to leave the station. I’ll choose the later.
Dontrelle Willis is a former 20-game winner, was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, and was one of the most charismatic pitchers the game has ever seen. He had a smile that could light up a room and his excitement could be felt throughout the ballpark.
It is 105 years and counting since the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series and few expect the drought to end this season.
At least their longtime home appears headed for a major upgrade: The team and the city appear to be close to announcing a long-awaited $500 million renovation project for Wrigley Field.
''I think it's going in the right direction,'' Cubs...
Well that didn’t take long, the Cubs were swept for the first time in this young 2013 Season thanks to the Atlanta Braves. Even though it was warmer in Atlanta compared to Pittsburgh, that wasn’t enough to get the Cubs’ bats going. Atlanta had a good combination of great starting pitching, timely hitting and good outing by their bullpen which easily gave them the series sweep...
The Chicago Cubs will most likely have a fairly terrible season, but at least they are already laughing at themselves. The only really good medicine for Cubs fans, myself included, is some good self deprecating humor and a few Old Style’s. During the Cubs 7-4 loss to the Brewers on Monday, reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was sitting in the bully and tried to field a foul ball by kicking...