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Choking up part of Kyle Schwarber's recent resurgence for Cubs

Kyle Schwarber's recent surge has improved his chances of playing more regularly, and that could begin in Thursday night's series opener against the Brewers. Schwarber is batting .253 with 16 home runs in 56 games since his return from Triple-A Iowa on July 6. Following the example of Anthony Rizzo

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-21 00:42:00

Cubs' Rene Rivera raising money for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Cubs catcher Rene Rivera took to Twitter in an effort to help raise money for his native Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday. One-hundred percent of the territory is without power and, according to published reports, it could be for months. Rivera linked to a gofundme p

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-21 19:13:00

Possibility of postseason three-peat has Cubs in uncharted territory

There is nothing magic about a magic number. It is simply math, although math is not as simple as it once was. Little-known fact: The only true magic number is 1729, and why that is so is too tedious to explain. Take my word and Wikipedia's for it. In the case of the Cubs, their magic number is a da

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-22 14:45:00

Wade Davis is the big-game hunter Cubs need now - and maybe in the future

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The origin story of Wade Davis transforming into a dominant closer goes back several years ago and involves a black bear on Canadian hunting grounds about 90 minutes outside of Toronto. This is the rare animal that didn't make the video tribute the Tampa Bay Rays cut for Cubs

CSN CHICAGO - 2017-09-21 16:50:23

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Previewing Cubs-Brewers NL Central showdown

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Hub Arkush (670 the Score/Pro Football Weekly), Phil Rogers (MLB.com) and Jordan Cornette (ESPN 1000) join Luke Stuckmeyer on the panel. Jake Arrieta returns for the big NL Central showdown. Len Kasper joins the guys from Milwaukee for a preview. Plus, who shou

CSN CHICAGO - 2017-09-22 00:05:02

Chicago Cubs News: Lester struggles as win streak is snapped

Things had been rolling along nicely for the Chicago Cubs. The seven-game win streak seemed in good hands with Jon Lester taking the mound. But then, baseball happened. Lester struggled, unable to put anyone away. Two failed pickoff throws didn't seem to help matters much, but the offense was shut d

CUBBIESCRIB.COM - 2017-09-21 09:00:41

Cubs insist Jon Lester is healthy and his recent problems are fixable

General manager Jed Hoyerhas watched left-hander Jon Lester evolution as a Red Sox rookie throwing 97 mph in 2006 to a more polished starter with four effective pitches. But after a string of inconsistent outings that included a short one Wednesday night, Hoyer and other Cubs staffers can only hope

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-22 01:13:00

St. Louis Cardinals: Mike Matheny should not get this much hatred

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 10: Manager Mike Matheny #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals catches during warm-ups in between innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on September 10, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) My views on Mike Matheny are a lot softer

REDBIRDRANTS.COM - 2017-09-21 21:00:33

Cubs rally sends Brewers fan Kato Kaelin into Twitter hysterics

The Cubs' 5-3 rally against the Brewers Thursday night did more than improve their magic number to 6, it also got under the skin of one of the Brewers' most famous fans: Milwaukee native Kato Kaelin. With Jon Jay on base in the 10th inning, Kris Bryant hit the go-ahead two-run home run off Brewers r

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-22 12:27:00

2017's Traded Prospects Who Will Burn Their Former Team Most

2017's Traded Prospects Who Will Burn Their Former Team Most 0 of 8 Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press You've got to give something to get something. That's a truism in life, and it's no less true when it comes to MLB trades. Still, every year clubs surrender prospects in deadline deals and wind

BLEACHER REPORT - 2017-09-22 05:55:10

MLB Thursday scores, highlights, updates, news: Cubs rally for big win over Brewers

Thursday brought an 11-game slate of MLB action, much of it carrying playoff implications. Let's dig in ... Final scores Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4 (box score) Cleveland Indians 4, Los Angeles Angels 1 (box score) Baltimore Orioles 3, Tampa Bay Rays 1 (box score) Kansa

CBS SPORTS - 2017-09-22 04:33:00

Baseball Capsules

MILWAUKEE (AP) Javier Baez grounded a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Chicago Cubs widened their NL Central lead over Milwaukee, beating the Brewers 5-3 Thursday night. The Cubs now are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers after winn

FOX SPORTS - 2017-09-22 04:35:45

Rays, Snell end Cubs' 7-game winning streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Their seven-game winning streak is over and the Chicago Cubs are still being challenged for the NL Central lead with 11 games left in the season. Blake Snell gave up two hits in seven shutout innings and the Tampa Bay Rays ended the Cubs' season-best winning streak 8-1 on

NY DAILY NEWS - 2017-09-21 02:26:16

Jake Arrieta all but set to rejoin Cubs rotation Thursday in Milwaukee

After throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session with no pain, Jake Arrieta is ready to rejoin the Cubs rotation Thursday night in Milwaukee. "The idea is just to see how I bounce back and respond," Arrieta said Tuesday. "And I anticipate feeling very good, and the plan is to be out there Thursday." If Arr

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-20 00:48:00

Series preview: Cubs at Brewers

Thursday: 7:10 p.m., CSN+. RH Jake Arrieta (14-9, 3.48) vs. Zach Davies (17-9, 3.89). Friday: 6:35 p.m., WGN-9. RH John Lackey (11-11, 4.62) vs. RH Brandon Woodruff (2-2, 3.28). Saturday: 12:05 p.m., FOX-32. RH Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.22) vs. LH Brent Suter (3-2, 3.41). Sunday: 1:10 p.m., ABC-7. LH J

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-20 23:44:00

Stolen base lead a priority for Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo took great joy in June when he succeeded as the Chicago Cubs' leadoff batter while Ben Zobrist was recovering from a wrist injury. Now Rizzo hopes to gain bragging rights in another category - stolen bases. Until Javier Baez stole his 10th base Tuesday night, Rizzo had sole possession

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-20 19:02:00

Kris Bryant, Albert Almora Jr. return to Cubs lineup vs. Rays

The Chicago Cubs will try to stretch their season-high winning streak to eight games Wednesday night with the return of slugger Kris Bryant. Bryant was given a rest Tuesday night as the Cubs beat Tampa Bay 2-1. Bryant is batting .385 with two home runs, nine runs and eight RBIs in his past six games

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-20 18:54:00

LEADING OFF: Cubs on a roll; Yankees try to gain on Red Sox

EYE ON THE PRIZE With the playoffs right around the corner, the World Series champion Cubs are riding their longest winning streak of the season. They have a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL Central over Milwaukee and will go for their eighth straight victory when veteran lefty Jon Lester faces Tampa Ba

FOX SPORTS - 2017-09-20 04:35:35

Are Cubs lining up Jake Arrieta to start Game 1 vs. Nationals?

"I'm not even anywhere near that," manager Joe Maddon said during Tuesday's pregame media session with the Chicago media, immediately shifting his focus back to the decisions he would have to make that night - how hard to push catcher Willson Contreras coming off the disabled list, what the Cubs wou

CSN CHICAGO - 2017-09-20 01:25:23

Cubs have no second thoughts: It's Addison Russell at short, Javier Baez at 2B

The question for the Cubs never was "2B or not 2B?" That's because they already had the answer. Addison Russell, who returned from the disabled list Saturday, is their shortstop, not their second baseman. Period. Javier Baez is their second baseman, not their shortstop, even though he started 40 gam

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-09-19 00:27:00