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Three Up, Three Down: Castro, Samardzija the good; Lester, Danks the ugly

Two weeks in, neither Chicago baseball club has hit their stride – yet, anyway. White Sox pitching has been bad with a team ERA among the league’s lowest and a lineup that isn’t quite ready to bail them out on the regular. The Cubs were playing well enough to boast the fact they had not yet lost a series this season… until they lost on Sunday to the Padres after blowing their another lead late in the game. ...

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Chicago Baseball Round-Up: Opening Week worries

Let’s overreact to the first week of baseball! The White Sox are 2-4 and scuffled plenty in Kansas City, but started pulling it together over the weekend, winning their last two games against Minnesota. The Cubs are steady, swinging and missing more than they’d like but their pitching staff has yet to yield more than five runs in a game and it’s allowed their bats to play catch-up. So, a quick round-up of l ...

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Chicago White Sox acquire Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson

The Chicago White Sox were the biggest winners on day 1 of the Winter Meetings in San Diego. The Sox acquired starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland A's for infielder Marcus Semien, pitcher Chris Bassitt and a player to be named later according to reports. But the Sox weren't done yet. They also signed free agent reliever David Robertson to a 4-year deal worth $46 million. Robertson will help boo ...

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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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