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Cubs' Rick Renteria not giving up on Jose Veras

The next time the Cubs find themselves in a save situation, it will be interesting to see who gets the call in the bullpen. Jose Veras was demoted from the closer role after a poor start, but manager Rick Renteria continues to express support for the struggling right-hander. "I still think we have a lot of guys in our pen that certainly can be managed through those particular...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs prospect Javier Baez back in Triple-A lineup

Just one week after landing on the Triple-A disabled list due to a sore left ankle, Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez made it back into the lineup on Easter Sunday. He served as the designated hitter but should return to his position at shortstop within a few days. Good news from @IowaCubs Javier Baez is back in lineup and DH today. Has been sidelined with sore left ankleâ€...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo in Sunday's lineup

When Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came out of Saturday's game with back spams, neither he nor his manager, Rick Renteria, was certain if Rizzo would play on Sunday. Now we know the answer. Rizzo is in the Cubs lineup as of 45 minutes before game time on Sunday. MLB Lineups posted the Cubs' batting order.4/20 @Cubs lineup vs CIN Bonifacio CF Sweeney LF Rizzo...
Via Sports Injury Alert
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Justin Grimm, Setup Man

When Justin Grimm came over from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade last year, his profile seemed straightforward. Three pitches: fastball, curveball, and changeup. There was nothing remarkable about any of them. The fastball sat around 92-93, and he was starting to mix in a sinker. His minor league numbers were OK. In limited major-league appearances, his peripherals were around...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Renteria’s talk pays dividends in Cubs’ victory over Reds

Asked whether he had a meeting with his team after an uninspired loss to the Reds on Friday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria half-denied, half-sidestepped the question. By players’ accounts Saturday, it was more of a one-way conversation. Meetings generally are participatory. This one was a lesson on intensity, focus and approach. “When Ricky talks and shows emotion, it means something...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Edwin Jackson’s Getting a Bad Narrative

What would you call a pitcher with a 3.79 fielder independent pitching (FIP), a 51.3% ground ball rate, a home run to fly ball ratio of 9.9%, and an fWAR of 2.0? My guess is you wouldn’t immediately call him the 2013 version of Edwin Jackson.  But it was.  We all know about the 18 losses (Don’t get me started on pitcher W-L record), the 4.98 ERA, and the meltdown innings where...
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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (back spasms) pulled from game

Due to back spasms, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not come on to the field for the 8th inning of today's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Olt moved from third base to first base and Luis Valbuena came in to play third as the Cubs won the game 8-4. According to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com, Rizzo said his back tightened up on him after making a stretch...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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Chicago Cubs to draft Carlos Rondon with their first pick

We’re only a month and a half away from the Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft and the lovable losers from the North Side of Chicago have the number four overall pick. There’s no doubt that the Cubs need to select a pitcher with their first round pick. It doesn’t matter if it’s a starting pitcher or a relief arm, they need all the help that they can get. Now...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-18-14

Iowa Cubs Chris Valaika was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts and Logan Watkins was 1-1. That’s all the hits this team got. Maybe the Chicago Cubs offense is finally beginning to show in the minors. They’re all ready! Tsuyoshi Wada threw 8 very good innings. He allowed just 3 hits and a run (a home run). He walked 1 and struck out 5. Marcus Hatley would have gotten the save in the 9th if...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds hope to stay hot in Chicago, looking for fourth straight win

Wrigley Field appears to be the ideal place for the Cincinnati Reds to continue their current surge. Looking for a fourth straight victory overall, the Reds can continue their dominance in Chicago by handing the Cubs a sixth consecutive defeat Saturday. Alfredo Simon allowed a run over six innings and Ryan Ludwick had two hits as Cincinnati (7-9) won 4-1 at Chicago on Friday to extend...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta 'one start away' from return to Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are in last place in the National League Central division as expected, but do not blame the starting pitching. Cubs starters have a very respectable ERA of 3.77 as play ends on April 18, and they soon could get a boost. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that pitcher Jake Arrieta "may be one start away from getting back to the big leagues."Arrieta is...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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Alfredo Simon leads Reds over reeling Cubs 4-1

CHICAGO (AP) -- Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Friday for their 16th win in their last 17 games at Wrigley Field. Making his third start, Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss. Simon is in the rotation while Mat Latos recovers from elbow and knee injuries. Jonathan...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs to wear unique throwbacks at Wrigley Field

The Kansas City Diamondbacks? The Arizona KC Feds? No, the Diamondbacks aren't moving or changing their name. But they will be wearing some unusual throwbacks on April 23 against the Cubs. As part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, the Cubs wanted to recreate the scene of the stadium's first game, played on April 23, 1914. To that end, the Cubs will...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: 4/12 – 4/17

After slow starts in the first week for all but the Cougars (who remained red hot) most of the system has started to pick it up and win some games.  Just don’t look at Daytona.  The biggest headline of the week was the Javier Baez sprained ankle, which sent a collective chill through the fan base.  Other notes include Albert Almora‘s first High A home run and Kris Bryantâ...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierce Johnson Wows 'em at Riverview, But A's Rally to Edge Cubs

The Athletics rallied for two runs in the top of the 7th inning and edged the Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Tags: Cubs Extended Spring TrainingPierce JohnsonJoel PineiroJosh ConwayJorge Soler
Via Cub Reporter
3 days ago  |  Discuss

El Paso Chihuahuas introduce tough and rough new mascot

When the Chicago Cubs introduced kid-friendly "Clark the Cub" in January, it received some pretty harsh criticism. It would probably be wise not to mess with the El Paso Chihuahuas' new mascot. On Monday, the San Diego Padres' Triple-A affiliate unveiled "Chico" on ESPN 600AM. But this chihuahua doesn't look cute and cuddly or would ever be seen in...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Bad, Exactly, Are The Cubs?

It has been a long, long time since I watched a day/night double header where the Yankees shut out the opponent in both games.It is immaterial that I recognized not a single name from the Cubs line-up.  I understand they are committed to a re-building program.  Good for them.A win is a win, right?  They all count.But think about this, for a moment;  The Cubs' pitching staff...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-16-14

Guy insulted me once, I pissed in his gas tank, car never drove straight again. Iowa Cubs Alright, Matt Szczur was 0-4. I’m tired of writing of that so unless otherwise noted, Matt Szczur was 0-4. Arismendy Alcantara said he was tired of not hitting and hit. He was 3-5 with a double and triple. He scored twice, drove in 2 and struck out once. Chris Coghlan was 2-4 with a double...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs fan nearly causes Bartman-like incident for Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano (GIFs)

Despite a Chicago Cubs fan’s best — or worst — efforts, New York Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano somehow managed to snag a foul popup during the sixth inning in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader after chasing it down near where the left field line and the seats almost meet in Yankee Stadium. What makes […] The post Cubs fan nearly causes Bartman-like incident...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hits actual meatballs (VIDEO)

MLB Fan Cave There isn’t a good hitter who has ever played baseball who wanted to crush an opposing pitcher’s meatball.  Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had the opportunity to crush some when MLB Fan Cave served up meatballs smothered in marinara to Rizzo in a shopping center parking lot. We have received word that Prince Fielder actually the Fan Cave’s first choice, but...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs fan tries to recreate “Bartman moment” at Yankee Stadium

Chicago Cubs fans seem to be oblivious to rules and etiquette when it comes to foul balls down the left field line.  If it’s your own team and in the stands, don’t touch it.  If it’s the other team and on the field, you should probably not give the ump a chance to call interference.  This Cubs fan, apparently not learning the Bartman lesson, seems to fall in the same trap...
Via Reading Between The Seams
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Junior Lake: The Next Carlos Gomez?

Junior Lake is an enigma for Cubs’ fans.  Some of us think he’s a waste of a roster spot, merely holding a place for the big four prospects to come up and displace him in short order.  Some of us saw him produce last season in the second half and dream on all of the potential he has.  The rest of us just want to know what the guy is going to be. How about Carlos Gomez?  Or...
Via World Series Dreaming
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Burks Bases-Loaded Triple Sparks Cubs to Victory at Diablo Park

Charcer Burks belted a bases loaded triple to ignite a four-run 2nd and later reached base on a walk and an HBP and scored two runs, and Adonis Paula went 3-3 with three singles and two runs scored, leading the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Angels in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe.      Tags: Cubs...
Via Cub Reporter
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka dominates Cubs with 10 Ks in Yankees win

Masahiro Tanaka was able to put his early-inning trouble behind him in a dominant outing against the Cubs in a 3-0 win on Wednesday in the first game of a split doubleheader in The Bronx. The right-hander overmatched Chicago’s feeble lineup, allowing just a bunt single to Junior Lake in the second inning until the seventh, when Anthony Rizzo bunted against the shift for another...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Anthony Rizzo takes batting practice with REAL meatballs!

The team over at MLB Fan Cave came up with a wonderful idea – have Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo take batting practice with actual meatballs. Donning an apron, Rizzo went through with it and demolished every meatball that came his way. Check out the hilarious (and messy) clip below! The post WATCH: Anthony Rizzo takes batting practice with REAL meatballs! appeared first on...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

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