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Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney hit three-run homers and the Chicago Cubs routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-4 Monday night in their highest-scoring game of the season.
Starlin Castro added a two-run shot and reached base four times as the Cubs won for the 11th time in their last 13 games at Wrigley Field.
Rizzo's shot off Erik Bedard (5-12) keyed a nine-run fifth inning, Chicago's biggest burst of the year. On Sunday, his 10th-inning homer beat St. Louis.
Rizzo leads all NL rookies with a .330 average, eight homers and 20 RBIs since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa on June 26.
Justin Germano (1-1) gave up two runs over five innings for his first win since Aug. 28, 2007, when he beat Arizona while with San Diego.
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I feel for this poor guy after watching the below video. Greg, went to Wrigley Field on Monday night and was planning on proposing to his girlfriend during the game via a message on the scoreboard saying, “Erica, will you marry me?” In classic Cubs fashion, the message did scroll across the scoreboard as he had planned, but unfortunately his girlfriend had left to use the restroom...
With the Dodgers and Cubs still cahtting about Ryan Dempster, another name has fallen into the deal: highly paid Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Soriano is involved in the talks between the Cubs and Dodgers along with Dempster, and this would be a huge move if the Cubs were able to package him and his massive contract with Dempster, and get him out of Wrigley.
Here's the running list of Ryan Dempster rumors leading up to the trade deadline:
– Ryan Dempster is still a Cub, but things could change today even though there's no deal close yet. Sources close to David Kaplan of CSNChicago confirmed him that the Dodgers, Yankees and Rangers are after Dempster and that the right hander will accept a deal to any one of them. Jon Heyman...
Everyone knows the Chicago Cubs own the most embarrassing streak in pro sports — 104 years without a championship and counting. But it is not until nights like Tuesday that we are reminded the Cubs also own the coolest streak in pro sports — 7,441 consecutive games with a hit and counting.
That streak looked to be in jeopardy as Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter...
The Texas Rangers won the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes, acquiring the Chicago Cubs ace for two minor leaguers moments before Tuesday's trade deadline.
The AL West leaders fortified their rotation for the stretch run, sending infielder Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks to Chicago.
Dempster, who had power to block deals, had refused to approve a trade to Atlanta last...
Rangers land Ryan Dempster
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2012
Will add more about Ryan Dempster once it's officially official.
The Texas Rangers have acquired pitcher Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, beating out both the Dodgers and Yankees for the highly coveted starter.
The Rangers sent third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks to Cubs for Dempster. Both are at Class A.
The Rangers were talking to the Cubs about pitcher Matt Garza and Dempster to the end, trying to get one or the...
Last night Geovany Soto was traded to the Texas Rangers for Jake Brigham. Brigham is a 24 year old right handed pitcher who has spent each of 2011 and 2012 for AA Frisco. His ERA over 2 seasons has basically been 4.5 and his FIP not much better. His FIP sits at 4.58 this year, his second time through the league.
Brigham was drafted in the 6th round by the Rangers and thanks to...
Jayson Stark tweets that a Victorino trade would also mean Soriano won’t be attached to any Dempster trade to LA. They preferred Victorino all along anyway.
David Kaplan is reporting that the Dodgers remain very much in play for Dempster. However, nothing is close at this time.
Jon Heyman tweets that contrary to reports the Yankees are no longer in on Dempster.
In hopes of keeping...
The Atlanta Braves have acquired Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm from the Cubs, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Johnson was pulled from the Cubs game tonight and was seen shaking hands and exchanging hugs in the dugout.
Johnson was hitting .307/.361/.452 in 180 plate appearances this year while logging time at all three outfield positions. Johnson has hit 3 home runs and has...
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer officially began the hard work of shedding payroll before the deadline by consummating two trades during last night’s game. Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto were seen hugging teammates in the middle of the game, but they weren’t the most important pieces to go last night. The Cubs finally swung a deal with the Atlanta Braves after the Ryan...
I was getting ready for bed last night when all these trades happened and I assumed I'd make it to bed at my bedtime. Then I saw Arodys Vizcaino's name surface as one of the two players the Cubs were getting in return for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm. At that point I knew I was going to be up past my bedtime.
I had figured when we first heard of these players leaving,...