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Valley Bay News:
The Oakland A’s finished off their dominance of teams from the National league Central on Monday with a 1-0 win in a pitcher’s duel over the Chicago Cubs.
The A’s finished off the NL Central by going 6-2 against the Cincinnati Reds (2-0), St. Louis Cardinals (2-1) and the Cubs (2-1).
The Cubs’ Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69) went six strong innings and allowed three hits and zero runs.
A’s pitcher Dan Straily was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to make the start for Oakland on Sunday.
Straily made a good case to stick around for a while as he logged his fifth win (5-2, 4.52) of the season and was masterful doing so with seven strong innings allowing one hit with six strikeouts.
The A’s received all the scoring they would need in the bottom of the seventh. It wasn’t pretty, but it secured the win for the A’s.
The newly acquired Matt Guerrier took the ball in the top of the seventh for the Cubs after the solid start by Wood.
Guerrier gave up a single to Chris Young after inducing a pop-up
BEST OF MAXIM
The Cubs have been very active for the last two days in the 2013 IFA market. They have clearly prioritized the acquisition of a number of top-level players and made moves to facilitate signing those players. I think it's likely that those moves are not done yet, despite the relative quiet on the rumor mill at this point.
Gleyber Torres (ss)
First, a quick recap of July 3:
Iowa saw 4 home runs: Junior Lake, Brad Nelson, Ty Wright, and the Iowa first from Jae-Hoon Ha. That was enough to seal the 6-5 win.
Christian Villanueva and Justin Bour each had a home run and AJ Morris dominated for a 3-1 victory.
Javier Baez went 1-3 with a walk, but was the only real bright spot (besides 5 scoreless from Matt Loosen) in a 5-1 loss...
Phil Rogers tweeted out a Sulia link, which I normally avoid on principle, but Bleacher Nation Brett insisted was interesting, so I clicked it.
Brett was right.
Phil is claiming the Cubs don't really give a damn that they are over their allotted pool money already and that they aren't necessarily done signing international guys.
The three most attractive guys still out there...
Baseball America's international free agency guru Ben Badler was on the Baseball America Podcast today, where he discussed many of the issues we've been debating around these parts related to the Cubs' sticky situation. It was a very informative interview, so I have transcribed extensively. To date, Badler has correctly predicted the signing team for 20 of the...
It's safe to say that it's been a disappointing season for Starlin Castro. 82 games into the season, Castro's -1.4 fWAR makes Jeff Francoeur look like a valuable major league player (J.C. Bradbury nods approvingly). What is so different this year? MB posited to me a few weeks ago that pitchers have been pitching differently to him this year, and the numbers seem to bear...
Chicago Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic exited yesterday’s
game after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. The team is listing Bogusevic, who said the ailment began on
Wednesday, as day to day.
The injury occurred a night before Independence Day in the ninth
inning of the Cubs’ contest. During that frame, Bogusevic said...
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The Red Sox are currently in trade talks with the Cubs over Matt Garza, according to CSNNE. His appeal to the Red Sox? He pitched in the AL East with Tampa for 3 years, posting a 34-31 record in 95 appearances and a 3.86 ERA in 592 1/3 innings during that span, according to CSNNE. This season, he has made 9 starts for the Cubs, with a 4-1 record...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed third basemen Ian Stewart to a minor league deal.
Stewart, a first round pick by Colorado in 2003, was just released by the Chicago Cubs last week after he was suspended for negative comments about his status with the team.
Stewart, 28, saw no time in the majors this season was hitting only .168/.286/.372 at Triple A Iowa.
Over Stewarts last two...
Has starting pitcher Matt Garza pitched his last game for the Chicago Cubs? ESPN's Buster Onley thinks that is possible. Olney tweeted Thursday that Garza may now be the best pitcher available after his dominating performance over the Oakland Athletics on July 3.
A dream scenario has developed for the Cubs: Matt Garza is now far and away the best starter available, and he...
In games decided by one run it takes just one mistake to change the outcome. In the Fourth of July game against the A’s, the Cubs came close to scoring a run in the fourth inning with Starlin Castro on second base. Alfonso Soriano hit a solid single into the outfield, and Castro was thrown out at the plate. That should be the end of it, but instead there seems to be controversy...
The Chicago Cubs' offense seemed to be coming around, but it was shut out for the first time in nearly a month in the team's most recent contest.
It hasn't been able to score off Francisco Liriano, either.
The left-hander looks to continue his solid run this season by helping the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Cubs for the sixth time in seven tries Friday at Wrigley...
It sounds like Theo Epstein has been in contact with his former team.
The Red Sox are among the teams “actively talking” to the Cubs about pitcher Matt Garza, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Cubs reportedly are also talking to the Rangers, Blue Jays, Indians and Dodgers, and they might be having discussions with the Orioles and a couple of teams in the NL West as well...
Bartolo Colon had won his previous eight starts, however Wednesday night was a different story for the AL pitcher of the month for June.
Matt Garza out-dueled Colon, keeping the A’s hitters off balance all evening, and the Chicago Cubs came up with enough timely hitting to beat the A’s 3-1.
“It was a good match up, two pretty good pitchers obviously. We just had a tough time...
Tonight at 7:05 p.m., Bartolo Colon (11-2 , 2.79 ERA) takes the mound for the A’s, as the club hosts the Chicago Cubs for just the second time ever in Oakland. After the game, fans will be invited to sit on the outfield grass for the first of four fireworks nights at the O.co Coliseum in 2013.
Colon was 5-0 with a 1.75 ERA in June, and has been named the American League Pitcher...
Hey everyone, I’m Kid 20 K, the newest contributor to this fine blog, but before I get deeper into my opinions on the Cubs, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I’m 20 years old, turning 21 in just over a week, and am about to be a senior at Eastern Illinois University where I’m majoring in broadcast journalism with a double minor in Communication Studies and Kinesiology...