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Chicago Cubs: Let’s talk about Fernando Rodney

And because Jason Motte got hurt and Rafael Soriano fizzled (and got hurt), Fernando Rodney is the latest "I-used-to-be-awesome-but-now-I'm-kind-of-not" pitcher to be signed by the Chicago Cubs in hopes of aiding the bullpen down the stretch. The question, as it is for all trades of this nature, is whether or not the 38-year-old Rodney has anything left. Rodney's 2015 numbers suggest he does not. In 54 appe ...

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Chicago Cubs: Rotation questions continue to linger into September

No matter which way you cut the proverbial pie, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper perhaps said it best: the position the Cubs currently find themselves in is "enviable." They're situated 5 1/2 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card, even finding themselves in striking distance of the wild card-leading Pittsburgh Pirates (and miracle-run distance of the division leading St. Louis ...

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Chicago Cubs land on Sports Illustrated cover

The Chicago Cubs are the hottest team in baseball as they have won 20 of their last 24 games and currently hold the second NL Wild Card spot by 6.5 games over the San Francisco Giants. Now the Cubs are finally getting some national attention as they have landed on the regional Sports Illustrated cover this week: https://twitter.com/SInow/status/636199322321862656 The cover comes from Monday's win vs. the Cl ...

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Chicago Cubs: Jorge Soler and Jason Motte to DL; Tommy La Stella called up

And just like that, half the Chicago Cubs roster is hurt. Not really, but on a day that saw the Cubs sweep away the Atlanta Braves for their fourth --fourth!-- four-game series sweep of the season, there was little report of anything negative out of the North Side beyond groin tightness for shortstop Addison Russell --resulting in a "day-to-day" diagnosis. It turns out Russell's injury was the least concern ...

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Chicago ranks third among U.S. cities for jerseys

ESPN's Uni-Watch blog, described as the "obsessive study of athletics aesthetics", released its ranking of the best dressed cities according to professional sports jerseys. The site named the top 20 cities that have at least three professional sports teams. Only two cities beat out Chicago: Boston and Pittsburgh as the Windy City finished third on the list. Here's one of the factors for the list: In order t ...

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Anthony Rizzo makes spectacular play in stands

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo just made one of the best defensive plays you will see all season long. During the 6th inning of Wednesday's game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, Rizzo leaped up on the brick ledge in foul territory to grab a foul ball. As Rizzo made the catch he landed in the stands: Your browser does not support iframes. https://vine.co/v/edd6gruLHEB At first the umpire ruled it a foul ...

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VIDEO: Anthony Rizzo, Theo Epstein sing Karaoke at Lincoln Park bar

The Chicago Cubs are feeling good after a four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants which propelled them to a 3 1/2 game lead in the NL Wild Card race. They are feeling so good that it lead to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein hitting up a bar in Lincoln Park to do some karaoke. Rizzo and Epstein joined Bartstool Chicago's Dan Katz and DJ Donte the Don (fil ...

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Sans Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs sweep away San Francisco Giants

When I wrote this piece on Starlin Castro last week, on how his historical performances indicate that he was poised for a surprise turnaround across the final two months of the season, I wrote with the thinking that he'd be playing at all. Since Thursday, he hasn't been. And the Chicago Cubs haven't lost. With their nail-biting fourth straight win over the world champion San Francisco Giants, the Cubs have ...

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Wrigley Field evacuated after Cubs-Giants game

UPDATE: The bomb threat was a hoax. Following Sunday's Chicago Cubs win over the San Francisco Giants, Wrigley Field had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat at the stadium. Media members in the press box had to be evacuated and later on police confirmed it was a bomb threat: https://twitter.com/jon_greenberg/status/630512509053747200 https://twitter.com/BruceMiles2112/status/630514540111728641 https://twit ...

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Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro set to turn things around. History says so.

When a 2-for-5 performance becomes headline worthy, things have gone horribly, horribly wrong. Things have gone horribly, horribly wrong for Starlin Castro in 2015. But then you already knew that. Enter August 4, 2015. Castro is batting a head-scratching .236/.270/.301; Chicago Cubs fans everywhere begin to call louder and louder for his removal --everything from potential waiver claims, to just simply remo ...

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