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Aces wild: Top of rotation saving Chicago Cubs magical season

We Chicago Cubs fans have the slight propensity to go absolutely bonkers at just about everything. Two wins in row? "World. Series." Two losses in a row? "They'll probably never win another game in my lifetime." It's fun, but tiring doesn't begin to describe it. The 2015 Cubs have been beyond fun. I would be willing to bet that there are countless Cubs fans who would describe 2015 as the most fun they've ev ...

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Chicago Cubs: One road trip to rule them all

If the Chicago Cubs have any real thoughts of making a run at the NL Central division title --a long shot on a good day-- then it has to start today (Labor Day) when they open up a three-game series in St. Louis against the rival Cardinals, who just lost two-of-three to the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, meaning they aren't due to lose again until about October 1. The Cubs have their work cut out for them. Now ...

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Chicago Cubs: Five questions for the stretch run

Were it not for the gross uncertainty that a one-game wildcard playoff presents, the excitement around the 2015 Chicago Cubs would be astronomically higher. For as excited as Cubdom is over the explosive 76-57 record, there seems to be a slight hesitation to that excitement --a hesitation fueled by the uneasy thought that no matter how magical this run may be, it could all end, at the hands of the Pittsburg ...

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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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