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Scott Baker will make his debut for the Chicago Cubs on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Baker, 31, signed a $5.5 million deal prior to the 2013 season but has not pitched at the big league level yet. Baker Tommy John surgery on his elbow last season but the Cubs were hopeful he would be ready to contribute when the season started. Instead Baker had a series of set backs before beginning a minor league rehab assignment in July. That assignment has not went as well as the Cubs or Baker had hoped as the right hander compiled a 5.46 ERA over 29 2/3 innings of work. Still the Cubs are calling Baker up, if for no other reason then to see how he fares at the big league level. Travis Wood’s next start has been pushed back a day to Monday. Baker spent seven seasons with Minnesota (2005-2011) going 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Cubs' Scott Baker will start on Sunday

Just as the month of September began, Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Baker learned that he likely would not get a chance to pitch for the Major League team in 2013 even after working his way up to more than 80 pitches in his final Minor League rehab start. Now, Baker will get that chance.'s Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat reports that manager Dale Sveum has decided to...

Brewers look for series win at Wrigley Field

After persuading Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum to hand him the ball, Scott Baker is finally ready to take a major league mound for the first time in almost two years. Back from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander makes his Cubs debut Sunday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Baker went 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA in 163 games -- 159 starts -- for Minnesota from 2005-11, then...

Cubs would do well to give Scott Baker September innings

For Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Baker, the 2013 season has not produced much promise. After missing all of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery, Baker and the Cubs had anticipated that he pitch in Wrigley Field by this year's All-Star break. That obviously did not happen. Baker may not pitch at all in 2013 either even though the rosters have expanded for the September stretch...

Lake grand slam helps Cubs to 8-5 victory over Brewers

Incremental progress for the Cubs at this stage of an otherwise lost season is measured by tangible improvement from the young players and stability from the veterans. Climbing out of the National League Central basement along the way wouldn't be a bad thing either. The Cubs received a mixed bag of results Friday beating the Brewers 8-5 at Wrigley Field as rookie outfielder...

Johnny Hellweg looks to build on sucess in Triple A

As they battle to avoid finishing in last place in the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers have their eyes on the future. Jake Arrieta and Johnny Hellweg, who oppose each other Saturday at Wrigley Field, are hoping to be a part of their teams' plans in 2014. Arrieta (2-1, 3.77 ERA) has pitched pretty well for the Cubs since being acquired two months ago, but...

Cubs Owner Doesn’t see Increase in Spending anytime Soon

When you’re 59-80 entering the last month of the MLB regular season, there are a lot of questions regarding the direction of your franchise. The Chicago Cubs haven’t been relevant in a very long time, so changes this off-season might be only natural for fans of the team to expect. But owner Tom Ricketts was talking about the team with  Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times...

Theo Epstein gives Daniel Bard another chance to see if he can throw strikes

From 2009-2011 (during which time Theo Epstein was the Red Sox GM) Daniel Bard was one of the best set up men in baseball.   And then he mysteriously forgot how to find the plate.  Bard failed as a starter for Boston in 2012, then responded terribly to being demoted to AAA. With Pawtucket he walked 29 batters (and hit another 10) in just 32 innings, with an ERA of 7.03.  This...

Illini QB Aaron Bailey: a new favorite Illinois football topic

The talk from Illini Nation around QB Aaron Bailey reminds me of the talk from Chicago Cubs Nation surrounding Javier Baez. Or Albert Almora. Or (insert another Cubs blue chip Minor League prospect’s name here). It’s the same sentiment- accepting that losing, and extreme losing at that, is inevitable in the present. Therefore, instead look to the future and focus on the can...

Hellweg gets first win as Brewers beat Cubs 5-3

Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory and Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Saturday. Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one and pitched around three walks to finally earn his first victory after flourishing in the minors. Brewers relievers Rob Wooten and...

Links of the Day 9/8/13

NFL season is upon us! Last week, 2 men were caught on the field at Wrigley trying to steal the ivy. Finally, someone is punished for stupid uniforms. Scott Baker is actually playing baseball today. SCOREBOARD NCAAF North Dakota State 56, Ferris State 10 – Ferris State is no Kansas Ctate. Minnesota 44, New Mexico State 21 – The Gophers did exactly what they were supposed to in...
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