Found July 05, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
In my story about Anthony Rizzo last week, I alluded to a personal rough patch that I've been going through. I got a lot of nice messages from readers, colleagues, and friends. Believe me, it was much appreciated. The downturn largely kept me from the ballpark during June. Part of the reason for that was an incident just as I was falling into my funk, after a White Sox game in which Phil Humber was hammered and appeared to be in danger of losing his rotation spot. (He subsequently ended up on the disabled list.) After the game, the media hovered around Humber's locker waiting to grill him about his struggles. I wasn't in the best frame of mind that day and really just wanted to get a couple quotes and clear out of there. I always feel like the devil himself in those situations, when I'm part of a mob forcing someone to talk about painful subjects when there hasn't even been time to reflect. As happens often, the circle of media around his locker was so dens...

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Anthony Rizzo is becoming quite the story already. The 22-year-old Rizzo had his first career four-hit game Friday night as the Cubs held on to beat the New York Mets 8-7 at Citi Field. Included was Rizzo's fourth home run, a three-run shot off Mets lefty Johan Santana in the fifth inning. Even though the stat is not official, Rizzo had his fourth game-winning RBI. Like...

Rizzo HRs, Cubs survive rally to down Mets

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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Advice: Anthony Rizzo, Quentin Berry and Others to Watch

Welcome back to the Waiver Wire Watch! I hope all of you had a fantastic 4th of July as we celebrated our nation’s birthday. I personally attended the Indians game on the 4th of July for the second straight year, and let me tell you that there is nothing like enjoying America’s pastime on the most important day in our nation’s history. Here are this week’s potential pickups...

Cubs 8, Mets 7

Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer and Cubs closer Carlos Marmol caught a line drive and started a game-ending double play that blunted the New York Mets' bid for another ninth-inning comeback, giving Chicago an 8-7 win Friday night. Travis Wood won his fourth straight start while Mets ace Johan Santana was tagged for a career high-tying 13 hits in only 4 2-3 innings. A night...

Braves give up 3 HRs in July 4th loss to Cubs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Bryan LaHair, Jeff Baker and Anthony Rizzo hit home runs and the Chicago Cubs continued their success against Atlanta by beating the Braves 5-1 on Wednesday night. Paul Maholm (6-6) gave up one run on eight hits in six innings. The Cubs have won two of the first three games in the four-game series after winning two of three in Chicago on May 7-9. The Braves, third...
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