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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Mills, Norwood pitch Iowa past OKC Dodgers

Strong pitching led to wins by Iowa, Tennessee and Eugene.

Yu Darvish is scheduled to start in South Bend on Sunday afternoon.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs ran past the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 4-3 in 11 innings.

Alec Mills turned in a solid start tonight, allowing just two runs on three hits over six innings. Mills gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. He walked two and struck out seven.

James Norwood pitched both extra innings and the only baserunner he allowed (other...

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Saturday 8/18, 6:05 CT

The Cubs appear to be getting on a roll.

I am reminded today of Shawn Estes. Remember him? He was the Cubs’ fifth starter in 2003, and was pretty bad all that year. Like Tyler Chatwood, he walked a lot of hitters and eventually was demoted to the bullpen, where at one point he sat and threw in a game just once in a 20-day period.

And then the Cubs, during the final week of the regular season that year, needed Estes to make an emergency start. It was against the Reds in Cincinnati. Now, the...

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Al Yellon

Cubs face Pirates, seek fourth straight win

If you seek Saturday’s game threads, look no further.

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Al Yellon

A few Saturday afternoon Cubs notes

Some factoids about our favorite team.

It’s a slow Saturday baseball afternoon; all the games affecting the Chicago Cubs, including their own game against the Pirates, will take place this evening.

And so, I thought I’d post a few team notes here, in advance of the game preview at 4 p.m. CT, for you to peruse.

The Cubs look to move 22 games over .500 tonight for the first time since they finished the 2017 season at 92-70. The Cubs’ high-water mark in 2017 was 23 games over .500, one...

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Thomas Smith

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 121

Next verse, same as the last: Cubs win third straight

The Cubs front office has made so many acquisitions through the years in so many ways. They’ve drafted players, they’ve signed international free agents, they’ve made trades, they’ve picked up players off of the waiver wire. Some of those acquisitions have gone very bad. Some of them have been amazing. Many of them were somewhere in the middle. They may have plugged a hole or provided depth or whatever. But this year’s trade...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks’ Hamels time

Yu can’t touch this unless it’s in South Bend, Full-metal Joe, and other bullets

Cubs win!

Final: #Cubs 1, #Pirates 0. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/Ts6uUHeSDJ

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 18, 2018

The Cubs look to be resting their starters before the playoffs, giving them time to heal their various hurts while still remaining competitive. It’s a risky strategy, as it depends on depth, talent, and just plain dumb luck for success...but it’s caused by nagging injuries to those...

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Al Yellon

Cubs 1, Pirates 0: Doubling their pleasure

Pitching, defense and a solo homer. What could be better?

I’d be a lot more concerned about the Cubs’ lack of offense the last two nights if the pitching and defense hadn’t been so outstanding.

For the second straight game, the Cubs got an outstanding outing from their starting pitcher and a solo home run for the only run of the game, resulting in another 1-0 win over the Pirates. A rain delay of an hour and 47 minutes had no impact on the Cubs turning in their third straight win.

This...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Pelicans shut out Buies Creek Astros

Only the Pelicans and the Arizona teams won, but they won with some terrific pitching

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs couldn’t escape from the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 6-4 in 11 innings.

Duane Underwood Jr. started and allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. Underwood walked two, one intentionally, and struck out six. He also hit three batters.

The I-Cubs bullpen did not allow a run until the bottom of the 11th, when Casey Coleman gave up three runs, including a walk-off two-run home run by...

Yardbarker: Chicago Cubs

Cubs place Mike Montgomery on 10-day DL

The Cubs have placed lefty Mike Montgomery on the 10-day disabled list, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune was among those to report on Twitter. He’s said to be experiencing shoulder inflammation.It is not yet clear just how significant an injury Montgomery is dealing with. Clearly, though, it’s a concern with only six weeks of the regular season remaining. He’ll be replaced in the rotation for the time being by Tyler Chatwood, with southpaw Randy Rosario being recalled to take the...

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates preview, Friday 8/17, 6:05 CT

The Cubs go for two in a row over the Bucs.

The possibility exists, again, for rain in the Pittsburgh area tonight.

The radar loop that was apparently broken yesterday has been fixed, so here it is for your reference.

Friday notes:

Thursday’s win was the third 1-0 Cubs victory over the Pirates since the start of last season, all coming in Pittsburgh (also April 25, 2017 and September 6, 2017). The Cubs have won their last five one-run decisions dating to August 3 to move above .500 in...

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Al Yellon

Cubs, Pirates continue 4-game series

Friday’s game threads are all in this StoryStream.

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Al Yellon

Cubs roster move: Mike Montgomery to disabled list, Randy Rosario recalled

And that means a different starter for Saturday’s game.

The Cubs had given Mike Montgomery most of the last 10 days off, save for a one-inning relief appearance during the Nationals series.

And now... he’s going to get some more time off:

#Cubs news from Pittsburgh: Montgomery to DL (left shoulder inflammation). Chatwood to start Saturday. Rosario called up

— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 17, 2018

Montgomery’s one-inning outing against the Nationals was last Saturday,...

Yardbarker: Chicago Cubs

Kris Bryant expects to return in time to impact pennant race

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is getting closer to a return, and he expects to have an impact on this year’s pennant race.Bryant hopes to be back in the Cubs’ lineup by the end of the month, and he expects to be healthy enough to contribute after three or four rehab games.“Just looking at the schedule, I think the amount of games we have left is plenty of time to get ready for hopefully a long playoff run, and hopefully I might be a little more rested than some of my teammates...

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