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Here are a few more features of  players from the lower level of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system. Dillon Maples:  RH pitcher Maples’ performance for Boise the last couple of weeks is further evidence that as much as we try to figure out the game of baseball, the more confounding it proves to be.  Former major league pitcher Steve Blass won 69 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1969 and 1972, making the All-Star game that year.  He also pitched two complete games in the 1971 World Series.  In 1973, Blass inexplicably lost the ability to command his pitches and walked 84 batters in 88.2 innings and compiled an ERA of 9.83.  After spending two more season laboring with errant control in the minors, Blass retired in 1975, giving rise in baseball lexicon to the term “Steve Blass Disease” to explain a player’s sudden inability to make an accurate throw that he has made thousands of times before.  Rick Ankiel’s pitching career with the St. Louis Cardinals fell prey to Steve B

Chicago Cubs prospects Albert Almora, Kris Bryant showing promise

In continuing our overview of the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, last week we profiled several players on the rosters of the Iowa Cubs, Tennessee Smokies and Daytona Cubs.  Today, we evaluate a handful of prospects playing for the Cubs’ lower tier minor league teams of Kane County, Boise and Arizona.  Kane County: Albert Almora:  CF Almora, 19,  carries the distinction...

Cubs' Navarro, Neal leave game

Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro and left fielder Thomas Neal both left in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Phillies with injuries. Neal left first when he appeared to hurt his right arm trying to throw out John Mayberry Jr. at second base. Neal instantly grabbed his throwing arm and was down for several minutes before he walked off the field. Junior Lake...

Video: Dioner Navarro smashes Hanley Ramirez's bat after Ramirez places it at his feet

Your browser does not support iframes.Don't expect Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro and Los Angeles Dodgers third basemen Hanley Ramirez to arrange a lunch date anytime soon.Ramirez was none too happy about receiving a high and tight fastball during Sunday's game at Wrigley Field. So, when Ramirez walked on the very next pitch, he disrespectfully placed his bat in between...

Cubs' Luis Valbuena hits DL with oblique injury

The Chicago Cubs have placed third baseman Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique muscle, according to Manny Randhawa of To replace Valbuena on the roster, the Cubs promoted infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A. Manager Dale Sveum told reporters that Valbuena began experiencing discomfort in his side last week. The pain arose again...

Cubs claim OF Thomas Neal off waivers

The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday. Neal 25 was playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders New York’s Triple-A affiliate. Neal appeared in four games this season for the Yankees getting two hits in 11 at-bats. He played in nine games for the Cleveland Indians in 2012 after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants...

Chase Utley Barrels Into Dioner Navarro in Nasty Home Plate Collision, Sends Cubs Catcher to Hospital (GIF)

Chase Utley has had a busy day. After reportedly agreeing to a two-year, $27 million contract extension with the Phillies Wednesday night, the second baseman crashed into Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro during the seventh inning in a nasty collision at the plate. Navarro managed to hang on to the ball and Utley was thrown out on the play, but the Cubs catcher was tended to by...

Cubs Claim Thomas Neal Off Waivers

Carrie Muskat reports that the Cubs have claimerd 25-year old RH Hitting LF-RF-1B Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees. Neal had been Designated for Assignment by the Yankees last Friday to make on their 40-man roster for OF Curtis Granderson, who was reinastated from the 60-day DL. Tags: Cubs Roster MovesThomas NealRafael DolisRead more about Cubs Claim Thomas Neal Off Waivers

Cubs 5, Phillies 2

Donnie Murphy hit a tiebreaking three-run shot in the ninth inning for his second homer of the game, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Murphy drove a 3-1 pitch from Justin De Fratus deep into the left field seats for his third homer in two games. He also had a solo shot in the third. Luis Garcia (0-1) set up Murphy's winning...

Phillies Fall to Cubs, 5-2

Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro got carted off after a collision with Chase Utley. (PHOTO: AP) The big news of the night was the Chase Utley extension. He didn’t start the game, but nearly finished it in the seventh when he, as the go-ahead run–was thrown out at home after a collision with Dioner Navarro. The Phillies never got that go-ahead run in, and a three run home run in the...

Cubs claim OF Thomas Neal on waivers

The Cubs continue to add players through the waiver wire as outfielder Thomas Neal was claimed from the Yankees. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Rafael Dolis was placed on the 60-day DL with a right forearm strain.

Cubs-Phillies Preview

The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies are scuffling, but the Cubs have experienced some success on the road recently. Chicago will seek a season-high fourth straight win away from home Tuesday night, and Edwin Jackson will try to help with another strong outing. The Cubs (49-62) have lost seven of eight and were held scoreless in their final 23 innings of a four-game set against...

Series Preview- Who Cares?

Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Phillies Pitching Match-Ups: Tuesday, 7:05 - The Winning Pitcher 1 vs. Who CaresWednesday, 7:05 - The Winning Pitcher 2 vs. Who CaresThursday, 1:05 - The Winning Pitcher 3 vs. Who CaresCubs Bats:R - Better than the PhilliesAVG - Better than the PhilliesOPS - Bettter than the PhilliesIt doesn't matter who is in the Cubs lineup this series, they will...
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