Found July 30, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
The Chicago Cubs are 14-9 in July and they've now won four of their last six against the Pirates and Cardinals. The Pirates have played a week full of bad baseball after finishing up their sweep of the Miami Marlins eight days ago. With the trade deadline coming tomorrow and the Reds waiting on the other end of this series in Wrigley, I think that the "trap" potential for the Pirates in this series is absolutely through the roof. The Pirates need at least two wins in this series, and that's far from a foregone conclusion the way things have gone for both clubs lately.The series kicks off tonight with Erik Bedard looking for some revenge for his 11-strikeout walk last week. He'll face journeyman Justin Germano, who just made his Cub debut last week after starting the year with the Red Sox. He is not very good. First pitch is at 8:05.

Guy has scoreboard marriage proposal fail

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...

Should the Dodgers try to include Soriano in a Dempster deal?

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. While Soriano...

Tuesday Ryan Dempster rumors: Rangers and Dodgers pursuing Ryan Dempster

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...

Cubs Hitting Streak Continues

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 two...

Rangers get Cubs ace Ryan Dempster

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

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...

Dodgers Trade Deadline Coverage: Ryan Dempster

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...

Braves acquire Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm from the Cubs

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...

Chicago Cubs Shedding Payroll Before the Deadline

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...

Pirates Notebook: Bedard Is the Latest Starter to Struggle; Cruz Working His Way Back

After seeing James McDonald’s post All-Star break struggles continue on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed the Erik Bedard that — after some adjustments — has been dominant his first two starts in the second half of the season on the mound in Chicago on Monday. And over the first three innings, it looked like the Pirates would get the start they needed. Bedard struck out...
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