Found July 24, 2012 on This Is Getting Old:
    First Pitch:  7:05 PM EST Where To Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, CSN   Paul Maholm, LHP (30) Well. Well. Well. We meet again. Judging by some of the trade rumors out there we may at least get acquainted in a much deeper way. Again. I wouldn’t mind bringing Maholm back. He is better [...]

Soler Attacks Scoreboard with Laser at HoHoKam Park

Jorge Soler drove-in three runs with an infield single and a two-run home run, Ben Carhart blasted a three-run homer, and Shawon Dunston Jr doubled, tripled, and walked, and scored three runs, leading the AZL Cubs to a 9-2 thrashing of the AZL Indians in Arizona League action this evening at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.  box score Soler played RF and hit clean-up tonight, and went...

Duke Welker Placed on Indianapolis DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Duke Welker on the Indianapolis disabled list per a team press release. Welker was placed on the DL with right-forearm tightness. In 21 appearances with Indianapolis, Welker posted a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings, with a 24:17 K/BB ratio. His walks were up from his time in Altoona, when he posted a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings, along with...

The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by STATS Inc

Iowa Josh Vitters hit his 2nd HR in two days and is now sporting a .868 OPS. Beef Castle also hit a HR off former Cub and longtime personal favorite Angel Guzman. Chris Volstad was super ****** as always giving up 9 hits and 5 ER in 5 IP. Smokies Game 1 This game went well into extra's with the Smokies knocking out future Cub…err Dodger prospect Zach Lee before the 4th inning...

The Departed – Grossman, Owens, Cain

In yet another paradigm shift in this bizarro-world Pirate universe we now live in, the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night from the Astros for three Pirate prospects — Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain.  In our recent mid-season update, we had those three ranked 7th, 9th, and 20th, respectively. For Tim’s “First Pitch” piece tonight, he will be...

Morales’ Homer Gives Indians A Come-From-Behind Win

Indianapolis Indians  7,  Toledo Mud Hens  6 (Box)   Jose Morales hit the game-winning home run. A 3-run homer by C Jose Morales in the 8th inning gave the Indians the lead, and eventually the win, to defeat the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio tonight.  The two teams combined for 25 hits, with 14 of them coming off the Indians’ bats.  LF Starling Marte...

Sources: Dempster prefers to be in LA

Chicago Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster does not want to be traded to the Atlanta Braves, according to major-league sources. At least not right now. Dempster, as a player with 10 years of major-league service, the last five with the same team, has the right to block a trade to the Braves. The pitcher instead wants to be sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were unable to reach...

Prospect Watch: McPherson Strikes Out Eight; Polanco, Curry, Santos Bring the Power

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-3, 4.71) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.27) - DNP 3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.284) - 2-for-6, 2B, 3 K 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...

Chicago Cubs Dress Up Like Super Mario Bros. (Photo)

Theo Epstein's first season in Chicago hasn't exactly gone the way Cubs fans hoped. That's not stopping Epstein's group from having a little fun, though. Some members of the Cubbies decided to play dress-up recently, much to the delight of the Twitterverse. Their costumes consisted of random Super Mario Bros. characters -- awesome mustaches and all. The Cubs probably...

Pirates Trade For Wandy Rodriguez

As you’ve probably heard the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for LHP Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros.  The Pirates sent the Astros LHP Rudy Owens, LHP Colton Cain, and OF Robbie Grossman.  They will also receive $12 million dollars in cash, depending on if Wandy exercises his 2014 player option. Personally, I like the trade. [...]

The Cubs Can't Win. And They Don't Want To.

The Cubs are an albatross. Hilarious in their eternal quest for greatness, committed to less than excellence. The Cubs, after 2012, will now have gone 104 seasons without hoisting a championship trophy above their collective heads. A staggering run of futility continually perpetuated to be something that actually will be overcome. Exhibit A.Trouble is, they can’t win. They won’t...

Game 95 Live Chat: Pirates vs. Cubs

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Game 96 Live Chat: Pirates vs Cubs

Today's must-read Andrew McCutchen link

Dom Cosentino tackles Andrew McCutchen's awesomeness in a long piece at Deadspin today. Dom was kind enough to quote/link my piece about 'Cutch from the All-Star break a couple of times, and the story that he opens with about McCutchen during last year's playoffs is absolutely fantastic. It's definitely worth your time to check out the whole thing.

Pirates eye trade deadline

Closing in on the July 31 trading deadline, the Pirates had yet to make a single significant move toward bolstering their playoff fortunes. And to hear GM Neal Huntington Sunday, it would be easy to think one will never come.

Game 95 Live Chat: Pirates vs Cubs

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