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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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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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Addison Russell makes spectacular catch vs. Pirates

The Chicago Cubs are red hot. They haven't lost since re-opening the bleachers on Monday night vs. the New York Mets, as they are 6-0 this week. The Cubs are hitting and playing fantastic defense with their young stars. One of those stars, Addison Russell, has flashed his leather a few times this season. But Saturday's play in the fifth inning might just be his best of the year. Check out Russell making a g ...

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Navarro’s sac fly sinks Pirates 4-3 in extras for series win

This could have ended the way we’re used to seeing it: a blown save and a loss. The Cubs still did in fact blow it in the top of the ninth, but redeemed themselves in the bottom of the eleventh to raise the W. The heroes: Dioner Navarro and extras pitcher Matt Guerrier. The inning began with promise as Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano hit back-to-back base hits off of Pittsburgh’s Bryan Morris. Russell Mar ...

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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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Everything was beautiful except for bats, Liriano shut out Cubs 2-0 in Bucs opener

Summer sun and great starting pitching, but rather a quiet day behind the plate. The Cubs made it on base several times but squandered their chances, going 0 for 5 with RISP, in an afternoon pitcher’s duel. Francisco Liriano had Chicago hitless through four until Travis Wood singled to left. None the less they had opportunities in the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth innings due to five free passes, ...

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Lincoln Earns 1st ML Win as Bucs Drop Cubs Again

Pirates 2, Cubs 0 Chicago -- Pirates Prized Rookie Brad Lincoln (1-2) earned his first Major League win with 7 stellar shutout innings against the hapless Cub bats. For the sixth time in 11 tries the Cubs have scored one run or less and dropped their fourth series in a row. Andrew Cashner (0-3) suffered his 3rd loss in relief in a week as once again the Cubs defense failed again. Aramis Ramirez's fielding e ...

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Soriano’s Two Blasts Lift Cubs

Cubs 3, Pirates 1 Chicago -- Alfonso Soriano provided all the offense Ted Lilly (3-6) with two solo home runs off Pirates starter Jeff Karstens (2-3). It was Soriano's second multi-homer game of the season. Lilly stifled the Pirates going 7 innings allowing just a solo home run to Ryan Doumit in the 5th. Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect 9th for his 14th save of the season. Koyie Hill added a pair of doubles ...

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Cubs Bats Fail Again, Waste Quality Start from Wells

Pirates 2, Cubs 1 Chicago -- On a touching night to honor Cub legend Ron Santo's 50 years in baseball the Cubs left 7 on base and lost to the Pirates for the 8th time in 10 tries this season. Paul Malhom (5-6) handcuffed the Cubs for 8 innings allowing just one run on 7 hits. Randy Wells held the Pirates to just one over 6 innings allowing only 3 hits. Andrew Cashner suffered his second loss in 3 days after ...

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