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Starlin Castro named Cubs All-Star; Rizzo final vote contestant

Starlin Castro will currently be the only Chicago Cub to be in Minnesota for the 2014 MLB All-Star game next week. Castro was named to the roster as a backup shortstop. This is Castro's third All-Star selection in his young career. Castro is hitting .287 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI's on the season. Castro will represent the Cubs, but he will have a former teammate there to be honored as well. Just a a few ...

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BREAKING: Cubs trade Samardzija, Hammel to Oakland

The Cubs have traded two starting pitchers to the Oakland Athletics for a load of prospects. Ken Rosenthal reports the Cubs have sent starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's for shortstop Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinley and pitcher Dan Straily. Russell is the A's top prospect and was ranked as high as #3 overall by rankings. He should be the Cubs top prospect as soon as he joins the ...

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Report: Chicago Cubs, Jeff Samardzija discussing long-term deal

The rumors have been swirling about the Cubs fielding offers for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the team appears ready to trade him. But a new report out today from Gordon Wittenmyer suggests the Cubs have different plans for the pitcher. Wittenmyer reports the Cubs have began talks with Samardzija about a multiyear extension. The reported offer from the Cubs is five-years and a higher offer than the p ...

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Reports: Cubs already discussing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel trades

The Cubs will once again be sellers at this years trade deadline and we all know the one name that is popping up in those rumors. But another name has also been discussed, and it's another starting pitcher. Multiple reports out today are indicating the Cubs have already discussed trade offers for both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Reports from newspapers and beat writers surfaced today and I expect the ...

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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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Is Samardzija an Ace?

Ace. Untouchable. Centerpiece. All words used to describe Jeff Samardzija. However, it is the general consensus among baseball minds as a whole that Samardzija has not lived up to those billings this season. He started off strong, posting a 3.35 ERA in April and a 2.31 ERA in May, yet in June his ERA was at 4.20 and it got progressively worse after that. In July his ERA was 5.28 and it is at an atrocious 9. ...

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Capuano, Dodgers break franchise road record in 3-0 shutout of Cubs

The Los Angeles Dodgers are winning, everywhere. The visiting club earned their 13th straight road victory today against the beloved Cubbies who recorded their 6th loss of their last 7.  Since the break the streaking Dodgers have found many ways to break the 89-year old record but today it was very much due to their arms. Chris Capuano spearheaded the mission against Chicago’s bats today, allowing just 6 hi ...

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Liriano lays it on Cubs, lose to blazing Bucs 6-2

Francisco Liriano kept the Pirates hot and in business Friday when he handed the Cubs nine complete innings of dominant baseball. The league’s best came to Chicago and surely enough Liriano picked up where he left off. It was his second career complete game in his career and second complete game in the Windy City. He finished one back in 2011 while pitching for the Twins against the White Sox at U.S. Cellul ...

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Ryan Sweeney Pushes the Cubs to Victory

  The Cubs were successful in taking two out of three from the Astros this weekend.   CHICAGO- While most Cubs fans were hoping that Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Alfonso Soriano would finally get the job done, it was Ryan Sweeney who caught everyone's attention today. In the Cubs 14-6 victory over the Houston Astros, Sweeney went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, six runs batted in and sc ...

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Samardzija leads Cubs to win in crosstown opener

The Cubs (20-30) edged out the White Sox (24-25) 7-0 with solid pitching and a team batting effort. The two Chicago teams met on the south side for the first game in a four game Crosstown Classic series. Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija (3-6, 2.85 ERA) simply dominated in the win. The White Sox only put together two hits against the Cubs' hard-throwing right-hander, and he only allowed one scoring chance for th ...

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