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Josh Timmers

MLB Bullets sleeps well in Seattle

The Mariners, Braves and Phillies are off to great starts. Edwin Jackson is about to tie a MLB record. The Padres needed some alternative transportation.

Boy, I sure am glad MLB takes a break for the World Cup. The fact that the Cubs didn’t play this past weekend meant that I could watch soccer and go to my daughter’s recital and not miss anything.

Are the Mariners for real this year? In the sense that the Mariners exist, they are definitely for real. But David Schoenfield argues that...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, June 25

Both sides now, Sauer balls, and other stories

A Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline.

Today in baseball history:

1924 - Pirates left-hander Emil Yde’s double ties the score in the ninth inning. Five innings later, the Pittsburgh reliever’s triple in the 14th frame beats the Cubs at Forbes Field, 8-7. (1)

Box score. Yde was born in Great Lakes, IL, and collected 4.3 WAR over a 5 year career in which he won 49 games and lost 25. He was nominated for an...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: South Bend scores 10 runs, bats mostly silent elsewhere

I thought I would be miserable going to my daughter’s piano recital rather than watching baseball today. Turns out, I made the right call.

Yu Darvish will make a rehab assignment start in South Bend on Monday.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were shut out by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies), 2-0. It was the second straight game that Iowa was shut out and the eighth time this season.

Don’t blame starter Kyle Ryan, who got the loss after he gave up a third-inning solo home run to Quintin...

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Joe Maddon has hilarious quote after Cubs get swept

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon certainly has a unique way of doing things. We’ve seen this for years, yet every once in a while he offers something new that once again illustrates how he dances to his own beat.On Sunday, the Cubs blew a huge lead late in their game against the Cincinnati Reds. Crazy enough, the Reds’ comeback began when a relief pitcher hit a pinch-hit home run in the fifth inning, down 5-0 at the time.With that loss, Chicago suffered the first four-game sweep at the...

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Al Yellon

Reds 8, Cubs 6: The Great American Ball Park disaster

This game was going along quite well. And then, suddenly, it wasn’t.

Remember yesterday? When I said that loss was the most dispiriting of the year?

I’m about ready to take that all back. In hindsight, sometimes blowouts are easier to take than something like Sunday’s 8-6 loss to the Reds, especially since the Cubs were cruising in this one with Mike Montgomery’s outstanding pitching and a five-run inning with a couple of key extra-base hits and that five-run lead going into the...

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Yu Darvish nearing return to Cubs' rotation

Right-hander Yu Darvish, out since May 23 with triceps tendinitis, is nearing a return to the Cubs’ rotation. Darvish will make a Single-A rehab start Monday and could head back to the majors thereafter, per Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. It’s not yet clear whether he’d bounce Mike Montgomery from the team’s rotation, as the lefty has performed well as a starter in Darvish’s absence and caught the attention of the Cubs’ front office in the process. Should Chicago choose to...

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What a difference one year makes for Kyle Schwarber

On June 22, 2017, amidst a dreadful slump, the Chicago Cubs sent Kyle Schwarber to Iowa. One year later, he’s painting a very different picture. During his time in Triple-A, Kyle Schwarber regrouped – mentally and physically. When he returned to the Chicago Cubs on July 6, he put up drastically improved numbers. After a […] Chicago Cubs: What a difference one year makes for Kyle Schwarber - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs’ Yu Darvish set for rehab assignment

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish is inching closer to a return to action after a month of being sidelined.Darvish, who has been battling triceps tendinitis, will make his first rehab start on Monday, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s not clear how many rehab starts the Cubs will want Darvish making, and they may ultimately play it by ear.Initial fears that Darvish might not be back until after the All-Star break appear to have been unfounded, though we’ll see...

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Looking for positives in this series from hell

Over the past three days, the Chicago Cubs have seen few positives. Losses, injuries and sloppy play have soured feelings real fast. But, there’s still time. Chicago Cubs fans felt their heart get torn out of their chests Saturday afternoon. Why, you ask? Cincinnati Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam off Brian Duensing. […] Chicago Cubs: Looking for positives in this series from hell - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Sunday 6/24, 12:10 CT

The Cubs need a win to avoid being swept.

ICYMI:

Mike Montgomery to start today for the Cubs as Tyler Chatwood’s wife is in labor.

— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 24, 2018

All best wishes to Tyler Chatwood and his wife on their upcoming arrival.

Now, how about some positive things about the Cubs leading into today’s game?

Despite recent offensive struggles, the Cubs still rank second in the N.L. at 4.77 runs per game. Despite recent pitching struggles, the Cubs still rank second...

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Al Yellon

Cubs wrap series with Reds

Sunday’s game threads are all in this StoryStream.

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Chicago Cubs Lineup: Almora Leads Off, Happ at 3B, Bryant Sits, Montgomery Laboring on Mound

Kris Bryant is sitting for a second straight game as he gets a mental rest from a recent skid. Albert Almora Jr. is leading off, followed by Jason Heyward and Javy Baez. Anthony Rizzo cleans up, Wilson Contreras hits fifth, and Kyle Schwarber continues to be the everyday left fielder. Ian Happ will be playing on the dirt in place of Bryant, which has the potential to be interesting. Addison Russell bats eighth and plays short. Tyler Chatwood was originally scheduled to take the bump in this...

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Bryant sits 2nd straight day with sore shoulder

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for a second straight day against the Reds on Sunday as he deals with soreness in left shoulder.

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Thomas Smith

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 74

Blame it on the rain and everything is going to be all right.

There is an old baseball saying that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. The Cubs had to turn to a Triple-A pitcher yesterday because of a rain out last Monday. The Cubs had no available pitcher to start the game. That left the options at Luke Farrell who is vaguely stretched out as a starter or one of the actual current Triple-A starters in Iowa. The Cubs elected to go with Farrell and Farrell was not the guy to swing...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks does the robot

I wouldn’t want to be like you and other bullets

Final: #Reds 11, #Cubs 2. pic.twitter.com/DoXckeADco

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 23, 2018

If you’re on the ledge, just go ahead and jump. Please. Do the rest of us that favor. I turned the game off for the first time this year when Anthony DeSclafani hit that long ball. The writing was on the wall, as easily read as the writing in Annihilation. But... Maybe the Cubs can win the Sunday get-out-of-town game behind Tyler Chatwood. They...

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Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora Jr. is playing like an All-Star

He may not be on the National League ballot for the midsummer classic, but Albert Almora Jr. has been playing like an All-Star all year for the Chicago Cubs. Despite not putting up a flashy stat line–Almora has just two home runs and 20 runs batted in thus far–the 24-year-old center fielder has been the catalyst for a Cubs offense that ranks third in the N.L. in runs and first in on base percentage. For his part, Almora ranks sixth in the majors with a .318 batting average, while his 38...

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