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The games threads this year, for as long as we do them anyway, are going to be abbreviated compared to the past. Stephen Strasburg gets the ball for the Nationals and Ryan Dempster gets his 2nd consecutive opening day start. Let's hope it goes better than the last one. Opening Day hasn't gone well for [...]

Cubs start season on left foot

Ryan Dempster threw 7.2 impressive innings today as the Cubs beat the Cubs. I imagine the Cubs will be beating themselves a lot this season so they're just getting us used to it right away. Dempster allowed only 2 hits, but 1 of those was a ball that Jeff Baker didn't feel like bending over [...]

Will The Cubs Resemble Hoyer’s Padres?

Those of us who follow the Cubs a little too closely know by and large what to expect from the 2012 version: mediocrity will hold sway. Bountiful and unabated mediocrity. The question that has kept us on the edge of our seats over the past roughly five months is: “how will the new front office [...]

Cubs 6th Best Since 2007 In Free Agent Signings

Matt Swartz has published a very interesting article about buidling an organization. I've said for several years now the idea that the Cubs under Hendry just handed out contracts like candy was ridiculous. Yes, there were some bad contracts. Name one GM who has been around for a decade without some bad free agent contracts. [...]

Foul ball lands directly in cup of beer

During Thursday's Opening Day MLB game at Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart hit a foul ball behind the third-base dugout that landed directly in a fan's cup of beer, resulting in a big splash. Not clear from the video which lucky fan was the owner of the cup of beer, but all of the nearby fans became unlucky victims of the giant splash. MLB/WGN Video...

Here's John Lannan during Syracuse Chiefs pregame introductions

There's poor John Lannan being introduced to the crowd at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse before the AAA Chiefs home opener (in 1978 Chiefs throwback jersey) this afternoon, right around the same time his former teammates were being introduced at Wrigley. You can only wonder what was running through Lannan's head as he hopped up the dugout steps to take his place along...

Cubs select Lopez from Triple-A

The Chicago Cubs have selected veteran right-hander Rodrigo Lopez's contract from Triple-A Iowa and outrighted infielder Luis Valbuena to the minor league club. The Cubs announced the moves before Saturday's game against Washington. Lopez made 16 starts and 26 appearances for Chicago last season, going 6-6 with a 4.42 ERA. He agreed to a minor-league deal in the winter...

Lannan asks for trade. Hey, Davey never said anything about John being Rizzo's guy.

Washington Nationals starter John Lannan walks into the dugout after getting pulled against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington, June 20, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)   Seems like only last week Davey Johnson was declaring "John's my guy." Note that Davey...

Game 1 Recap - So Yeah, That Happened

I can't really afford the time to pour into these game recaps as I'd really like, so I'll just comment briefly on the bigger WTF moments. Today, the honor goes to Kerry Wood and Dale Sveum in the 8th. Granted, I got called to a meeting just as Wood was imploding, but let's take at the play-by-play. - K. Wood relieved R. Dempster- I. Desmond stole second- R. Zimmerman...

Cubs have interest in John Lannan

Nationals starter John Lannan, who didn't make the team's Opening Day roster and was demoted to AAA Syracuse to start the year, has demanded a trade after not making the roster. One team that apparently has interest is the Chicago Cubs, but my major question about the Cubs interest in Lannan is "why?" The Cubs have a solid, albeit unspectacular, rotation consisting...

Random Opening Day Thoughts

This current roster couldn't even bring a smile to an easily excitable child. If you look at the lineup we'll see most frequently it's a little depressing. Darwin Barney. Bryan LaHair. Ian Stewart. Marlon Byrd. David DeJesus. Some of them have some value, but who is going to watch a game to see those guys [...]

Desi Does It

Nationals 2, Cubs 1: Walkfest in the 8th to tie it; Ian Desmond delivers game winning single in 9th to win it (3-5 day for Desi). Brad Lidge does a pretty good Drew Storen impression to nail down the win. Strasburg more than good enough to win in his first Opening Day start: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 5 K, 82-58 pitches-strikes, 7-4 groundouts-strikeouts. Hey, what do you...

Bill Murray Runs Bases, Throws First Pitch at Cubs Season Opener (Video)

The great Bill Murray was on hand to throw out the first pitch of the Chicago Cubs' season opener against the Nationals on Thursday. In his usual form, the Wilmette, Ill., native added some humor to the day's festivities when he ran the bases at Wrigley Field and dramatically slid into home. Check it out in the video below.

Strasburg pitches Nats past Cubs

Stephen Strasburg could hardly wait for this one. His first opener, at Wrigley Field for the first time. ''Just to think about all the Hall of Famers who have played's an honor,'' he said. It's even better on days like this. Strasburg dominated the Cubs for seven innings, and Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth on a windy Thursday...

For openers: Strasburg, Scully, flamingos, Fielder

Stephen Strasburg on the mound at Wrigley Field, pink flamingos in center field at Miami. Vin Scully at the microphone, Prince Fielder in Motown. Young and old, fresh and familiar, baseball is set to start all across America. A week after Ichiro Suzuki, Yoenis Cespedes and the rest of Athletics and Mariners began in Tokyo, everyone else gets a turn at opening day. Justin Verlander...
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