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Chicago Cubs Preview: Starlin Castro needs to have a big year

The Cubs head into this season with great talent at the shortstop position. Starlin Castro looks to be the starter on opening da, but top Cubs prospect Javier Baez could be waiting in the wings if Castro struggles. We have all heard of the core pieces for the Cubs future. Now it's only a matter of time before they get here and the Cubs have to figure out where to play them. One of those stars is Baez who co ...

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Chicago Cubs and Justin Ruggiano Have Avoided Arbitration

The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have avoided arbitration with outfielder Justin Ruggiano. After not being able to come to come to an agreement before hand, the Cubs and Ruggiano agreed on 2 million for the 2014 season. Ruggiano was asking for 2.45 million and the Cubs were offering 1.6 million. The Cubs acquired Ruggiano at the Winter Meetings in exchange for outfielder Brian Bogusevic and he is ...

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Mark Prior and What Could Have Been

  As fans we tend to forget how unforgiving the game of baseball can be amongst it’s players. In some cases, guys with tremendous talent can have their careers ripped away in an instant due to various circumstances. Unfortunately for others, players may be subjected to a slow, painful career death. A death that can be considered shortcoming. Sadly, this was the case for former Cubs phenom Mark Prior. M ...

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Padres finally out-duel Cubs 3-2 in 15

  By all definitions, it was a duel. On the mound, the starters and bullpens went pitch for pitch. Behind the plate, well let’s just fast forward 13 innings. At the top of that wild inning facing Brad Boxberger, the Cubs squeezed out the first run of the game when first basemen Jesus Guzman chose to throw a ground ball home in an attempt to get Darnell McDonald. In the process, his throw hit Nate Schie ...

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Cubs endure delay and extras, come up short 5-4 against Nats

Apparently a two-hour rain delay wasn’t ample time for the Cubs Thursday. They felt the need to stretch it even longer, 13 innings to be exact, before they decided to call it quits. After the storm clouds parted, Ryan Zimmerman started things off for Washington when he homered to right-center in the 1st. Stephen Strasburg helped himself an inning later when he hit an RBI single to center to plate Tyler Moor ...

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Schierholtz and Shark attack to crush Nats 11-1 in series opener

If only every game played out as perfectly as Monday night's did. The Cubs put on quite a show in the series opener against Jordan Zimmermann and the Washington Nationals. Nate Schierholtz, Donnie Murphy and Dioner Navarro swung away while Jeff Samardzija pitched his second complete game of the season. Schierholtz began with a bang in the 1st when he knocked one out to right to plate Junior Lake and Navarro ...

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Despite another losing season, ‘this’ losing feels different

Remember your first roller coaster? The harness swings overhead and latches chest high. An attendant walks by and asks you to remove your hat. You oblige, tossing your sunglasses and hat to the deck. People snicker.   “Man, I hope this is fun as the last one!” “I can’t believe your father dragged me on this thing... I’m going to be sick.” “GO FASTER! WOOOOOOO!!!!!” “That theme park in Florida has WAY b ...

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Cubs Alliance Enhances Already Great Cougars Game Experience

I was in attendance at the Kane County Cougars (the single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs located in Geneva, Illinois) game Saturday night at Fifth-Third Bank Ballpark as the Cougars fell to the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels (Twins affiliate) 6-0. Even though the Cougars fell to Kernels, the game was a victory to the Cougars staff and to all the fans who were there. There were many attractions at the game th ...

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The Cubs Offense Goes Dark As They Get Swept By The Dodgers

  The Dodgers celebrate after their victory today.   CHICAGO- The Dodgers didn't need Yasiel Puig today, they also didn't too much from their offense as one run on just two hits were enough to get the job done. The problem is that the Cubs were shutout for the second consecutive day. They haven't scored a run since Friday and have only scored six total runs in this series. The Cubs pitching staff ...

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The Cubs Look To Salvage Their Series With The Dodgers

  The Cubs are warming up before today's game.   CHICAGO- After a surprising west coast road trip a week and a half ago, the Cubs have fallen on hard times since returning home. They have lost six of their last seven and find themselves struggling to score runs again. Not helping matters is the fact that they have had to deal with Major League Baseball's hottest team. Enter the L.A. Dodgers, a tea ...

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