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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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Cubs Season Preview: Starting Pitching

Before I started on the season previews, I wrote an article on the outlook of the Cubs rotation. Since that covered almost everything, this will just provide updates as well as a new prediction on the rotation. Scott Baker- Baker was the Cubs first signing of the off season, and he is a low risk, high reward pitcher, the type that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer love to gamble on. Baker put together a few nice y ...

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An Early Look at the Cubs Starting Rotation

By Jacob Janower  ChiCitySports.com Cubs Writer Opening Day is still a few months away, but the Cubs seem to be done making roster moves that involve their starting rotation. They currently have seven pitchers capable of starting, and I examined them, as well as their chances of making the rotation.                   Scott Baker- Baker was the Cubs first signing of the off season, and he is a low risk, high ...

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Jeff Samardzija Shows a Pulse

  Jeff Samardzija has been a victim of reputation his entire baseball career. It was reputation that garnered him a $10MM contract big league coming out of Notre Dame, a deal Baseball America compared to Mark Prior's draft deal, who was considered the best college pitching prospect ever before some dude named Stephen Strasburg showed up. No doubt, Samardzija had talent coming out of Notre Dame, however ...

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Dempster wants Quade to manage in 2011

After the Cubs rode Alfonso Soriano's bat to another win over the San Diego Padres, a couple of players decided to speak up for Mike Quade. Ryan Dempster and Marlon Byrd were both quoted as saying they want Quade to come back and be the full time manager in 2011. From The USA Today "He's been very upfront, very honest with all of us," pitcherRyan Dempster said after notching his 15th win. "He's been tremend ...

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