Found September 01, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Devoted Cubs fans have yet to turn on their struggling team at Wrigley Field where they are a National League-worst 26-42 at home even after Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Phillies. "We have great fans and right now probably have some understanding fans" manager Dale Sveum said. An announced crowd of 36410 saw the Cubs win for just the fourth time in their last 21 games at the so-called Friendly Confines. Yet fans have yet to let loose with massive booing or negative chants. "They love to support us" said Cubs starter Chris Rusin who went five innings and wound up with a no-decision. "They always want us to play hard and that's what we try to do." The Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning when Starlin Castro led off with his eighth homer of the season his first in a month. "It was a fastball in the middle and I hammered it" Castro said of the 410-foot blast to center field. Then Cubs fans held their breath as relievers Carlos...

Chicago Cubs hang two losses on Sandberg’s Phillies

Starlin Castro hopes to continue a nice streak of hitting the young shortstop has been enjoying. Friday was a happy return for Ryne Sandberg who managed the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.  However, the Chicago Cubs rallied back to take the final two games of the series to ruin Sandberg’s managerial debut at the ballpark where he manned second as...

Chicago Cubs have some tough decisions to make

Anthony Rizzo must show progress in order for Dale Sveum to continue to manage the Cubs. The Chicago Cubs have some tough decisions to make after the 2013 decision comes to an end for the rebuilding franchise. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is under club control until 2015, according to ESPN, but with long-term contracts given to young talents such as Anthony Rizzo and Starlin...

Wrigley Field Ivy Theft Thwarted

According to a Chicago Tribune report, two Pennsylvania men were arrested early Sunday morning trying to steal ivy from the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field home.  Aspiring horticulturists perhaps? Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, were charged with misdemeanor trespassing when they were arrested at Wrigley about 3:45 a.m., police said. Team security spotted them on closed-circuit...

Chicago Cubs prospects: Candy Man sweetens fans’ hopes

We continue with our final batch of 2013 profiles of Chicago Cubs’ prospects with two apiece from the Kane County Cougars and the Daytona Cubs.  Despite a league worst regular season record of 54-80 with one game remaining in the regular season, the Cougars still have some intriguing prospects.  Daytona has produced a regular season record of 75-51 and a second half mark...

Saturday funnies: an animated study of Junior Lake's swing.

Man.Junior Lake swings hard.

Arrieta shuts down Phils in Cubs' 7-1 win

Jake Arrieta allowed three hits and a run while pitching into the seventh inning and catcher Welington Castillo drove in two runs to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Sunday. Arrieta (2-1) retired eight of the first nine batters he faced. Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, Arrieta has been inconsistent in his four starts since joining the rotation...

Chicago Cubs: Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena return as rosters expand

Sunday marked the first day of baseball’s annual roster expansion, where teams can increase the number of guys on their major league roster to 40 players. With the minor league playoffs yet to get under way, it isn’t that common to see a minimal amount of call ups at the beginning of the month. Though few moves were made, the Chicago Cubs did see some changes to their big league...

Mistake sends Wood, Cubs to 4-3 loss to Miami

Travis Wood knows all about pitchers who can swing the bat. After all, the left-hander is batting a respectable .246 with three homers this year for the Chicago Cubs. He just plain made a mistake against Henderson Alvarez on Monday, and his fellow pitcher made him pay for it. Alvarez hit a three-run homer on Wood's first pitch to him in the second inning, leading the Miami...

Cubs prospects: Leal, Rogers, others thriving at lower levels

With the minor league regular season ending on Labor Day, over the next few days, we will complete our season-long profiles of Chicago Cubs’ prospects from each of their six minor league affiliates, starting with two apiece from the Arizona Rookie League and the Boise Hawks of the short-season Northwest League.  Next week, we will unveil our first annual Sportsbank Cubs minor...

Catching up with the Cubs

I suppose I should apologize for the lack of activity on our blog lately.  You know how we don’t actually get paid for this and how our real lives get in the way, but for my job, if you know what it is, it’s a hell of a lot more important than you.  That doesn’t mean you people suck, it just means I have my priorities straight and I want to change the world rather than be...

Marlins-Cubs Preview

Although he took his share of lumps and tough luck in August, the Chicago Cubs' Travis Wood wrapped up the month with one of his most impressive outings of the season. Facing the lowest-scoring offense in baseball might help him open September in similar fashion. Wood looks to guide the Cubs to three straight home wins for the first time in almost two months Monday when they...

Phils Drop Middle Game To Cubs

Cliff Lee wasn’t on his game today. (Photo: AP) Well, you can’t win ‘em all. Or even most of them if you’re the 2013 Phillies. They dropped another game today, losing to the Cubs 4-3. It’s the 74th time they’ve lost this season. Methinks they’ll be finishing below .500. In a game where neither starting pitcher was able to make it beyond the fifth inning, the two teams...
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