5/24/2016 | Cubs' 15-hit attack polishes Hammel's gem
Any chance the Cardinals had of rolling over momentum from their series-opening walk-off win evaporated before they could send their first batter to the plate on Tuesday, as the Cubs opened the night with a six-run first and then cruised to a 12-3 victory that evened the three-game set at Busch Stadium.
5/24/2016 | Maddon confident Rizzo will get through funk
"He'll get through it, we'll get through it," Joe Maddon said of Anthony Rizzo's recent struggles. "He'll come out on the other side with a vengeance. I like that he's still out there smiling, he's a kid playing this game, and I love that. He enjoys the day. Believe me, he'll put up huge numbers by the end of the season."
5/24/2016 | Heyward deemed ready, back in Cubs' lineup
Jason Heyward still has some soreness on his right side, but he was good enough to play on Tuesday and was back in the Cubs' lineup for the first time since he crashed into the center-field wall in San Francisco's AT&T Park on Friday.
5/24/2016 | Hammel, Wacha square off with something to prove
Tuesday night's matchup between the Cardinals and Cubs will feature two starters, Jason Hammel and Michael Wacha, who face an uphill climb after their last outings.
5/24/2016 | Cubs not worried after 3rd straight loss
"We need to play better," John Lackey said after the Cubs fell to the Cardinals on Monday for their third straight loss. "'Worry,' I think, is a strong word. We're doing OK."
5/24/2016 | Maturing Zobrist playing with youthful vigor
Ben Zobrist notched his fifth three-hit game of the season on Monday in the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. He's reached safely in each of his last 29 starts, and has hit safely in 30 of 40 games.
5/23/2016 | Grichuk's 1st walk-off HR closes Central gap
With a walk-off home run by Randal Grichuk, the Cardinals completed a 4-3, come-from-behind win on Monday to carve into the Cubs' lead in the National League Central. The victory, which came in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium, pulled the Cardinals to within six games of the Cubs, the closest they've been since the second day of May.
5/23/2016 | Lilly to represent Cubs at 2016 Draft
Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly will represent the team at the MLB Draft, to be held June 9-11. The Cubs do not have a pick until No. 104, in the third round.
5/23/2016 | Heyward encouraged after taking BP
Jason Heyward took batting practice on Monday for the first time since crashing into the wall at AT&T Park, and said he would like to play sometime during the three-game series against the Cardinals.
5/23/2016 | Cubs release veteran outfielder Victorino
The Cubs feel outfielder Shane Victorino is Major League-ready, but they don't have a spot for him, so he was released on Monday. Victorino signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs in Spring Training but was bothered by a strained left calf. He eventually joined Triple-A Iowa and batted .233 in nine games with five RBIs.
5/23/2016 | Legends set to welcome stars of the future at 2016 MLB Draft
Major League Baseball announced the annual list of club reps for the 2016 MLB Draft on Monday, and as usual it is a star-studded gathering from the past that will man the phones and help welcome the future on the first night of selections.
5/23/2016 | Bullpen of the Week: Cubs' Wood does it all
This week marked the toughest of the 2016 calendar so far for the Chicago Cubs, as the team went just 2-4 to mark their first losing week of the season. But while the Cubs' lineup has struggled lately to produce, the team's relievers have kept them in ballgames. Beginning Tuesday, five of Chicago's past six games have been decided by two runs or less. Those efforts by the Cubs' bullpen solidified their status as Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford.
5/22/2016 | Maddon not concerned about 'bad moment'
The Chicago Cubs still have the best record in baseball despite losing seven of their last 11 games, including Sunday's 1-0 setback to the San Francisco Giants, and two straight on the road for the first time this year. That's the reason Cubs manager Joe Maddon can't be too upset as his team gathers up its belongings and heads to St. Louis for a three-game series against the Cardinals.
5/22/2016 | Reyes among top prospect performers in debut
Alex Reyes did not disappoint in his highly anticipated season and Triple-A debut on Sunday, as the No. 11 overall prospect allowed just two hits (both singles) in four scoreless innings to pace Memphis in an 8-1 win over Fresno.
5/22/2016 | Bumgarner provides own support to best Cubs
Madison Bumgarner dominated Sunday's nationally televised confrontation of National League division leaders, permitting three hits in 7 2/3 innings and doubling home the game's lone run to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs, 1-0.
5/22/2016 | Lackey, Waino matchup set for NL Central rivals
The Cubs will try to right a ship that has veered off course slightly, while the Cardinals look to maneuver within manageable striking distance of first place in the National League Central when the two clubs meet for their second series of the season at 7:15 p.m. CT on Monday at Busch Stadium.
5/22/2016 | Candelario among top prospect performers Saturday
A look at the best performances from top prospects Saturday.
5/22/2016 | Lester's short day a rarity for Cubs' rotation
Jon Lester lasted just 2 2/3 innings in the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the Giants on Saturday, the first time all year a Chicago pitcher failed to go at least five innings.
5/21/2016 | Giants top Cubs thanks to Cain's arm, bat
Continuing to blossom in May, the San Francisco Giants received an all-around effort from Matt Cain as they evened their three-game showdown against the Chicago Cubs with a 5-3 triumph Saturday.
5/21/2016 | Bumgarner seeks fifth straight win in finale vs. Cubs
Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner has won four straight decisions and the Giants have won each of his last five starts. He looks to continue the streak Sunday when he takes the mound in the series finale vs. Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs.
5/21/2016 | Cubs confident Heyward won't be out long
An MRI performed on Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward revealed a contusion on the right side of his rib cage. He's expected to miss three to five days and will not be put on the disabled list.
5/21/2016 | Arrieta's legendary run may be just the beginning
Jake Arrieta has now won his last 19 decisions and the Cubs have been victorious in his last 22 starts dating back to July 25. He has also pitched two no-hitters during that span. But the best may be yet to come.
5/20/2016 | Bryant's big fly more than enough for Arrieta
Friday night's matchup of National League heavyweights became a tag-team affair dominated by the Chicago Cubs, as Jake Arrieta overpowered the San Francisco Giants and Kris Bryant delivered a telling uppercut in an 8-1 victory.
5/20/2016 | Lester, Cain bring solid histories into Cubs-Giants clash
Cubs left-hander Jon Lester ran into a little bad luck his last time out, allowing a run in 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 loss. On Saturday he gets to face a team against which he is undefeated in three starts. Giants right-hander Matt Cain has also pitched in bad luck recently, turning in consecutive solid outings following a dreadful start to the year. He gets to face a team against which he is 5-2 in nine home starts.
5/20/2016 | Strikeout king: Rondon has become one of baseball's best
Among all the big names on the cruising Cubs, the name that never really gets talked about is the former Rule 5 pick who has quietly been having a dominant season at the back of the bullpen: Hector Rondon, who has allowed two earned runs all year.
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