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Cubs seem open to Javy Baez remaining at shortstop

The Chicago Cubs seem open to the possibility of having Javy Baez remain at shortstop if and when Addison Russell returns from suspension. Russell is completing a 40-game suspension for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. While he’s been out, Baez has played shortstop and Ben Zobrist and Daniel Descalso have mostly played second. Russell exclusively played shortstop for the Cubs the past three seasons, though he split time between there and second base in 2015. Baez mostly...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Addison Russell returns to Iowa in I-Cubs win

Addison Russell returned from suspension and scored twice. The Pelicans walk it off. South Bend outsluggs Lansing.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs silenced the Nashville Sounds (Rangers), 6-4.

It was a strong start for Matt Swarmer, who collected his second win of the year by allowing just one run on two hits over six innings. The one run scored on a Willie Calhoun home run. Swarmer struck out six and walked one.

Carl Edwards Jr. came off the injured list and pitched a perfect eighth inning,...

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers preview, Wednesday 4/24, 7:05 CT

The Cubs go for two straight over the visitors from L.A. and three in a row overall.

Wednesday notes:

The Cubs enter tonight’s game with a plus-22 run differential, the third-best in the N.L. behind the Cardinals (+30) and Dodgers (+24). Cole Hamels has a 1.61 ERA (16 earned runs in 90? innings) in 13 career starts at Wrigley Field. That’s the lowest ERA for any pitcher with at least a dozen career starts at Wrigley, percentage points ahead of Sal Maglie, who went 8-1 with a 1.61 ERA in...

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Al Yellon

Cubs, Dodgers continue 3-game series

Looking for Wednesday’s game threads? You have come to the right place.

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Al Yellon

Cubs roster move: David Bote returns from paternity list, Alec Mills to Iowa

The Cubs infielder has returned.

Congratulations to Cubs infielder David Bote and his wife Rachel on the birth of their third child, a boy named Sullivan.

Wednesday afternoon, the Cubs announced that Bote was returning to the Cubs’ active roster.

Alec Mills, who was recalled Sunday but has not appeared in a game so far this year, was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa. Randy Rosario, who was sent down when Mills was recalled but returned to the 25-man roster when Bote went on paternity leave,...

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Al Yellon

Where will Addison Russell play when he returns?

It’s not as simple as saying “shortstop.” The Cubs infielder begins a rehab assignment Wednesday evening.

News item (from Tuesday):

I can confirm Addison Russell is joining the Iowa #Cubs tomorrow.

— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) April 23, 2019

Addison Russell’s suspension, which totaled 40 games, included the final 12 games of the 2018 regular season. With the April 14 snowout, the Cubs will have played 28 games through the end of the series at Seattle next week.

Thus when the Cubs...

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Thomas Smith

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 21

Cubs win 7-2 for sixth win in seven games

If we’re being honest with ourselves, I think everyone among us was at least a little bit concerned when the Cubs started 1-6. I mean, it’s really hard to watch your team lose six straight games and not be at least a little nervous. Two or three games in a row? Every team experiences that multiple times every year. Four or five? Eh, that starts to get a little unusual. But six or more? You are talking about the kind of losing streak that a good...

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Al Yellon

Cubs 7, Dodgers 2: Jose Quintana does it again

The Cubs lefty shut down a hot-hitting Dodgers team.

Several times over the last couple of weeks, I’ve written words to the effect that the Cubs got “solid starting pitching, timely hitting and good bullpen work” in posting a victory.

I could get used to doing that. They did it again Tuesday night against the Dodgers: Another excellent outing from Jose Quintana, key hits by several Cubs, and relief work by Kyle Ryan that shut things down after Steve Cishek let L.A. briefly think they...

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Josh Timmers

MLB Bullets is cooler than you are

The injured list is getting crowded. The Rays are surprising everyone and they did it their way. Are the Padres baseball’s next dynasty?

Good morning. The Rays are like the Velvet Underground. Maybe only 8,000 people have seen them, but every one went out and founded their own baseball team.

The Cubs are back above .500 for the first time since Opening Day.

I often refer to the injured list as “the butcher’s bill,” which is a colorful term from military history that refers to the...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, April 24

Aged ‘beef’, Rajah hits three, Lee hit the balls over the Walls, and other stories

... as always on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I bring a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that I’ve chosen as illustrative of the scenes, from The Society for American...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Smokies win but Nico Hoerner exits after HBP

The Smokies romp past the Lookouts, but the team holds their breath after Nico Hoerner was hit by a pitch.

Let me get the bad news out of the way. Tonight in Tennessee, Nico Hoerner was hit with a pitch and left the game. The Smokies are saying that the ball hit him in the forearm, which is good news as compared to being hit in the wrist, which is what it looked like on video. But we don’t have a report on its severity and we likely won’t until sometime on Wednesday. I will say that...

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers preview, Tuesday 4/23, 7:05 CT

The Dodgers are hot right now. Can the Cubs cool them off?

Notes for a Tuesday evening:

After starting the season with three wins in their first 10 games, the Cubs have won seven of their last 10 games. The only other years the Cubs started a season with three or fewer wins in their first 10 games only to win at least seven of their next 10 games were 1892 (2-8, 7-3) and 1972 (2-8, 7-3). (H/T: Elias) Cubs pitching has been outstanding recently. They have posted a 1.73 ERA (19 earned runs...

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