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Chicago Cubs News: Quick change for Almora; Rizzo coming

The change for the Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora and Ian Happ has been swift. And while Anthony Rizzo has been absent so far, he isn’t always going to be. It seemed set in stone. The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ was playing well and had earned the centerfielder’s job. Albert Almora, on the other hand, was […] Chicago Cubs News: Quick change for Almora; Rizzo coming - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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After a Week Away from Cubs Baseball, Here Are Some Thoughts on Javy, Almora, Bryant, and Schwarber

I leave the country for a week, really only five days, and the Cubs look like a completely different team when I get back. As easy as it might be to attribute some of the changes to my absence, that’d be giving me just a smidge more credit than I really merit. The opposite is … The post After a Week Away from Cubs Baseball, Here Are Some Thoughts on Javy, Almora, Bryant, and Schwarber appeared first on Cubs Insider.

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Al Yellon

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Indians series preview

The last time the Cubs were in Cleveland, really good things happened.

Oh, great: More possible issues with bad weather for this series. Eventually, it will be warm and dry this spring and summer. Right? Right?

This is the first meeting between these two teams in meaningful games since a certain series in October and November 2016, so I asked Matt Lyons, managing editor of our SB Nation Indians site Let’s Go Tribe, to update us on his team.

Cubs fans might remember the Indians from a...

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The Rundown: Trip to Cleveland Rekindles Great Memories, Cardinals and Cubs Scouting Rays, Cubs To Honor 20th Ann’y of 20K

November 2, 2016. Game 7 of the World Series. The Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in a game many consider one of the greatest Game 7s of all time. Tonight the Cubs return to Cleveland for a game that will obviously rekindle emotions for both teams. The Indians are second in the majors with a … The post The Rundown: Trip to Cleveland Rekindles Great Memories, Cardinals and Cubs Scouting Rays, Cubs To Honor 20th Ann’y of 20K appeared first on Cubs Insider.

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks cats’ hats

Don’t be shellfish, Gordo gets busy, more pummeling iron with lasers, and other bullets

Good bye, Blue Monday.

Last time through the Turn-Style (1), Cub Tracks came up short. But Albert Almora Jr didn’t, and Javier Baez came up big as well. I’m enjoying some leftover meatloaf at present — quite literally as I’m watching Sunday’s game again while I compile this link aggregation, and I had meatloaf for dinner then (2).

My feline friends have joined me. They like watching the...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Baez continues to power Smokies

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. And sometimes it rains.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were shut out by the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals), 3-0.

Cubs starter Alec Mills gave up three runs in the top of the first inning and no one else scored the rest of the game. Mills went seven innings and allowed seven hits, including a two-run home run in the first. Mills struck out three and did not walk anyone.

Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4.

The loss drops Iowa to a Pacific Coast League-worst...

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Chicago Cubs: How quickly things have changed for Almora and Happ

Albert Almora had a terrible Spring Training. Coupled with Ian Happ’s fantastic spring, it seemed that Almora had lost the starting center field job and was going to be on the outside looking in for playing time. The flexibility of the Chicago Cubs position players has been talked about at length. But I’ve also noticed […] Chicago Cubs: How quickly things have changed for Almora and Happ - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Finding October (Episode 59): The Weather, Javy Baez, and Other Ramblings

http://traffic.libsyn.com/findingoctober/FINDING_OCT_59.mp3 Drew rambles for 20 minutes about Javier Baez, the dumb weather affecting our precious baseball, and maybe other things? It’s hard to say. The post Finding October (Episode 59): The Weather, Javy Baez, and Other Ramblings appeared first on Cubs Insider.

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Addison Russell hospitalized Sunday due to allergic reaction

Addison Russell was briefly hospitalized Sunday night after suffering an allergic reaction, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Russell, 24, suffered an

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Sara’s Snapshots: Albert Almora Jr. is a wizard

There was a defensive clinic put on in center at Coors Field

The Cubs offense showed up in Colorado, particularly for games one and three which contributed to the Cubs winning the series. Over the course of the series the Cubs outscored the Rockies 27-12. However, it’s worth noting that even with that offensive surge the Cubs likely would have dropped this series without an incredible defensive display from Albert Almora Jr. in center field. So this snapshot is devoted to spectacular...

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Chicago Cubs: A slow start for Anthony Rizzo means danger for league

 With the first month of the 2018 campaign coming to a close, the Chicago Cubs are a game above .500. Despite the record and a few struggling bats, this offense has started to pick up as of late. Danger, Major League Baseball. That little opener was for those who are currently enjoying or have enjoyed […] Chicago Cubs: A slow start for Anthony Rizzo means danger for league - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez swinging more than ever in 2018

Off to the best start of his career, the Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez is walking more, striking out less and causing a lot of damage against offspeed pitches. With his three-RBI effort in Sunday’s finale against Colorado, Javier Baez is currently on-pace for 196 runs batted in this season. He’s tied for the league lead […] Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez swinging more than ever in 2018 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Alex Van Zante

Cubs Stock Market Report: Week 4

As you might imagine, Javy Baez is up. Way up.

Must-Buy Stocks:

Jon Lester: Lester had a superb outing against the Cardinals, pitching six innings, giving up one unearned run, and striking out seven. Lester also had a solid day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt to boot. Lester leads the rotation with a 3.10 ERA.

Javier Baez: Two weeks, two appearances as a must-buy stock for Javy. Baez had an incredible week at the plate, going 12-for-25, with three doubles, three home...

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Is Albert Almora Jr. the answer for Cubs at leadoff?

Can Albert Almora Jr. fill the Dexter Fowler-sized hole atop the Cubs lineup? Almora and Co. are set for a quick two-game series in Cleveland beginning

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Thomas Smith

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 19

Sunday’s game had a rocky start and a wild finish

For the second weekend in a row, the Cubs were involved in a wild game. The game Sunday started out with Kris Bryant getting hit in the head with a pitch. Both of the Cubs hitting coaches were ejected in the aftermath of that. There was an on field squabble between Javier Baez and DJ LeMahieu over sign stealing. The Cubs jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Jason Heyward lost a couple of battles with the sun. And of course the game ended on an...

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Joe Maddon on Cubs return to Cleveland: It will be fun to walk those steps

The Chicago Cubs return to Cleveland for the first time since their World Series win in 2016 on Tuesday and manager Joe Maddon thinks it will be fun to walk those steps and relive the memories of a wild Game 7.

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Chicago Cubs News: Cubs get the win, but Bryant hit in face

The Chicago Cubs pulled out a 9-7 win to sneak away with the series. But Kris Bryant was hit in the face in the 1st inning and would have to leave the game. The Chicago Cubs lost Kris Bryant on an up and in heater in the first inning that got away from German Marquez. […] Chicago Cubs News: Cubs get the win, but Bryant hit in face - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

Here’s how the new Wrigley Field dugouts compare to the old ones

It’s subtle, but here you can see just how far the dugouts have moved.

Last year, when the Cubs moved the bullpens from the field to underneath the bleachers, I wrote this article with an image slider showing the difference in the ballpark, especially the smaller amount of foul territory.

Here’s the slider from a year ago. The first photo was taken September 22, 2016, the second April 16, 2017.

You can see the much smaller amount of foul territory clearly in the two photos.

This year,...

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Al Yellon

WGN-TV, you have real problems with your scorebox

And the production values weren’t great, either.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote this article about the scoreboxes used by both WGN-TV and NBC Sports Chicago on their Cubs broadcasts, and how they both needed to make some tweaks.

NBC Sports Chicago did make the change I noted, which was switching “CHC” to “CUBS” in the box, as they had done in previous years.

WGN... I hate to say this to the station that has carried Cubs games for 70 years, but man, you guys have messed your...

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