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Al Yellon

Cubs roster move: Adbert Alzolay activated from injured list, Kyle Ryan optioned

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The righthander is back from his blister issue.

Adbert Alzolay left the game in San Diego June 7 with a blister problem on his right middle finger. He was placed on the injured list the next day.

Today, Alzolay was returned to the 26-man active roster and will start tonight’s game against Cleveland at Wrigley Field.

In a corresponding roster move, Kyle Ryan, who had been recalled Sunday but did not pitch in the game, was optioned to Triple-A Iowa....

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Al Yellon

On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Cleveland series preview

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The Cubs lost a pair in Cleveland last month. Hopefully, this one goes better.

The Cubs got swept in a brief two-game set at Progressive Field in May. As is the case now, the Cubs’ offense disappeared in that series, scoring just three runs.

Will things be different now? Here’s an update on Cleveland from Matt Lyons, managing editor of our SB Nation Cleveland site Covering the Corner.

Considering everything that has gone...

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Al Yellon

Kris Bryant still leads NL third basemen in All-Star voting

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Updated balloting results were released Monday.

Within the last 10 days, Kris Bryant has started five games at third base, after having not played there since April 20.

KB is in a major hitting slump — .114/.188/.114 (5-for-44) over his last 13 games with no extra-base hits — but he continues to lead all NL third basemen in All-Star voting announced Monday.

His balloting lead is significant, as he has 1,033,181 votes, followed by Nolan Arenado of...

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Al Yellon

MLB’s crackdown on foreign substances begins today

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What could possibly go wrong?

Last week, I posted this article with details on MLB’s statement that they would ban any foreign substances on baseball, enforcing MLB rules against such things. Here’s another article from a couple of weeks ago by BCB’s Sara Sanchez on this topic.

Today, Monday, June 21, is the day that MLB umpires are going to begin strictly enforcing the following rules:

Official Baseball Rule 3.01 states that “no player...

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Thomas Smith

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 72

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Cubs beat Marlins 2-0 to avoid sweep

The Cubs‘ starting rotation has been a slowly-developing train wreck for several weeks. Jake Arrieta’s performance fell off of a cliff in late April and has never stabilized. Then there was Trevor Williams’ appendix and then Adbert Alzolay’s blister. Alzolay at least is on his way back and he’s expected to return tonight. The Cubs have tried a few different options to try to stabilize their rotation,...

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Ashley MacLennan

Outside The Confines: A happy baseball story

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Sometimes you just want to smile.

A lot of the conversation about Saturday’s Reds/Padres game was about Joey Votto’s early and energetic ejection, alongside Reds manager David Bell. I would pay good money to know what the umpire said to Votto to rile him up, but the real story was revealed afterward.

As it turns out, the game was the first game for young Reds superfan Abigail, who just happened to be a massive Joey Votto fan. Abigail was clearly...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, June 21

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... clips from the big motion picture of #Cubs and #MLB history.

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a Cubs-centric look at baseball’s long and colorful past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select clips from the big motion picture of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history.

Today in baseball history:

1890 - Silver King pitches the only no-hitter in the history of the Players League in a...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Pelicans snap their losing streak with 6-1 win over Charleston

Jordan Nwogu | Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans snapped a six-game losing streak with a rain-shortened win. The Smokies also won to split a six-game series with Chattanooga.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I spent a chunk of my Father’s Day at my daughter’s piano recital. At least the church it was in was air-conditioned and it was shorter than normal.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were tied with the St. Paul Saints (Twins) 3-3 after four innings when the...

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Al Yellon

Cubs 2, Marlins 0: Pitching, defense and timely hitting

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Patrick Wisdom’s epic at-bat helped key a run-scoring rally, and great pitching shut down the Marlins.

The Cubs came into this game having scored just 14 runs over their last seven games, losing five of those contests.

They didn’t add great offense to that total; Sunday’s game was the eighth straight Cubs game where the team had scored three or fewer runs.

Fortunately, thanks to some great defense, timely hitting and solid pitching for nine innings,...

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Marlins, Sunday 6/20, 1:20 CT

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

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Al Yellon

First pitch thread: Cubs vs. Marlins, Sunday 6/20, 1:20 CT

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Go get ‘em, Alec.

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Al Yellon

Cubs roster moves: Kyle Ryan recalled, Cory Abbott optioned, Robert Stock DFA

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The bullpen merry-go-round continues.

The Cubs have added another lefthander to the bullpen Sunday. Kyle Ryan was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Cory Abbott, who threw 65 pitches Saturday, was optioned to Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ryan, Robert Stock was designated for assignment.

Ryan begins his fourth stint with the Cubs this season and has no record with a 3.38 ERA in three relief appearances, walking two and striking out two. He was...

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Sunday 6/20, 1:20 CT

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One win in this series. Is that too much to ask?

Today's roster move: Here

There’s a chance of storms this afternoon, so here’s the Chicago-area radar to keep handy:

Sunday notes...

ICYMI: Late Saturday, the Brewers defeated the Rockies, so the Cubs open Sunday’s action tied for first place with Milwaukee. Both teams are three games ahead of the Reds, who lost in San Diego, and 3½ ahead of the Cardinals, who were rained out in Atlanta.

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Al Yellon

Cubs vs. Marlins Sunday 6/20 game threads

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Looking for Sunday’s game threads? They are all in this StoryStream.

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Cubs Select Kyle Ryan, Designate Robert Stock

The Cubs announced a trio of roster moves this morning, including the news that left-hander Kyle Ryan’s contract has been selected from Triple-A.  To create roster space for Ryan, righty Cory Abbott was optioned to Triple-A and right-hander Robert Stock was designated for assignment.

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Thomas Smith

2021 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 71

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And you thought Friday night was bad...

I’d like to start out today by wishing everyone out there a happy Father’s Day. Obviously, this is a day to honor all of the fathers of the world for the things that they do. But let’s also thank all of the mothers. For so many reasons, he couldn’t do what he does without you. I think I thought it was trite to say that behind every good man was a good woman until I really had a good woman. And then I...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks’ diminishing returns

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#Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB news.

Here at CUB TRACKS NEWS AND NOTES™, we like to keep things brief on the principle that it makes us appear wise. We don’t always, but we like to.

Gosh that lineup was flat-out awesome, wasn’t it? So good against the winner of the J. D. Pardo lookalike contest, Pablo Lopez. Cubs best get back on their bikes soon. Making the Marlins look like a playoff team isn’t going to help. Adam Duvall happens.

“Hold ‘em on!”...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: ¯/_(?)_/¯

Carlos Sepulveda | Tennessee Smokies

All four teams lost today and Kohl Stewart left with an apparent injury.

I hope Al doesn’t mind me borrowing his headline for the Minor League Wrap, but the symmetry on the front page was too inviting to pass up.

Yeah, everyone in the Cubs system lost today. Also, the Cubs put Pelicans pitcher Sam Thoreson on the 60-day injured list today.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were excommunicated by the St. Paul Saints (Twins), 10-2.

Starter Kohl Stewart left after...

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Al Yellon

Marlins 11, Cubs 1: ¯/_(?)_/¯

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

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The Cubs lost to the Marlins 11-1 Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Discuss.

Oh. You came here for a recap of this game, and I suppose you will have one, after a fashion.

The game was over after Jake Arrieta got the first three hitters to hit ground balls. The first one was a dribbler, beat out for a hit by Jazz Chisholm Jr. After Chisholm stole second (more on that later), Starling Marte hit a ground ball to short....

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Al Yellon

Overflow thread: Cubs vs. Marlins, Saturday 6/19, 1:20 CT

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