Cubs outlast Mets, break through for win in 11

Cubs outlast Mets, break through for win in 11

NEW YORK -- It took 11 innings, multiple scoring chances (and nearly as many mistakes) before someone finally crossed home plate. That someone wound up being the Cubs, who waited until the 11th inning of their 2-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday before eking across the game's first runs.

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Lester's crisp outing encouraging for Cubs

Lester's crisp outing encouraging for Cubs

NEW YORK -- Maybe the Mets were just what Jon Lester needed to get back on track.

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Maddon: 'No question' Rizzo is #ASGWorthy

Maddon: 'No question' Rizzo is #ASGWorthy

NEW YORK -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo appears near the top of the National League in seemingly every positive statistical category -- except votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. So with voting for the All-Star starters ending Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT, Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to bat Wednesday for his slugging first baseman.

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Mets' squeeze try vs. Cubs turns bizarre

Mets' squeeze try vs. Cubs turns bizarre

NEW YORK -- Desperate to score runs, the Mets' struggle to do so turned ugly in the eighth inning of their 2-0, 11-inning loss to the Cubs on Wednesday, despite a controversial call working in their favor.

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Arrieta, deGrom meet as Cubs vie for Citi sweep

Arrieta, deGrom meet as Cubs vie for Citi sweep

NEW YORK -- They might draw less attention than others in their respective rotations, but Jake Arrieta and Jacob deGrom have been aces for their clubs this season. They'll square off in the finale of a three-game series between the Cubs and Mets on Thursday in Citi Field.

Arrieta holds a 7-5 record and a 2.94 ERA this season, holding down the top end of the Cubs' rotation while Jon Lester works through his transition to the National League. Since joining the Cubs in 2013, Arrieta has pitched to a 2.85 ERA.

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Resting Russell, Bryant part of Cubs' plan

Resting Russell, Bryant part of Cubs' plan

NEW YORK -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon held second baseman Addison Russell out of the starting lineup Wednesday to provide the scuffling rookie with some time to rest his mind. But as the season progresses, Maddon said he plans on sitting Russell more often to preserve the youngster's body. He said off-days for Russell will be common and necessary, given his inexperience with the Major League workload.

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Rizzo's slide will make you believe in magic

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Rizzo's slide will make you believe in magic

The throw beat him to third base. Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy had the ball almost a full second before he started his slide. He was out. There's no way Anthony Rizzo would be safe on this double-steal on Wednesday night. Right? RIGHT?? Wrong.

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Hendricks leads way as Cubs blank Mets

Hendricks leads way as Cubs blank Mets

NEW YORK -- The Cubs evidently didn't need to increase their offensive output very much to end their losing streak, as one run was enough in their 1-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Mets remained punchless themselves despite the return of infielder Daniel Murphy.

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Things the Cubs might do to augment pitching

Things the Cubs might do to augment pitching

NEW YORK -- Joe Maddon hatched the idea on the bus ride to the airport. A phone call was placed, and, voila! A magician appeared in the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field on Tuesday afternoon.

"We're always trying to create some magic around here," Maddon explained to reporters, "so why not bring a magician in?"

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Pregame nap helps Szczur awaken Cubs

Pregame nap helps Szczur awaken Cubs

NEW YORK -- "Do you believe in magic?" That was the question blasting from manager Joe Maddon's office speakers -- in the form of The Lovin' Spoonful's 1965 hit -- after the Cubs needed just one trick to snap out of their recent offensive slumber enough to record a 1-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field.

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Resurgence of Hendricks a boon to Cubs

Resurgence of Hendricks a boon to Cubs

NEW YORK -- While much of the national attention has been focused on the Cubs' touted position-player prospects -- Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell -- Kyle Hendricks was having a lot of success last season as a rookie starter.

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Magic touch? Maddon keeps things light

Magic touch? Maddon keeps things light

NEW YORK -- Turns out baseball magic is more than just a cliché. On Monday when the Cubs arrived in New York, manager Joe Maddon turned myth into reality by bringing in an actual magician to perform for his struggling club.

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Cubs duo to compete in Pan American Games

Cubs duo to compete in Pan American Games

NEW YORK -- Two prospects will represent the Cubs' organization at the 17th Pan American Games, to be played in Ontario, Canada, from July 10-19.

Albert Almora, an outfielder, and Dan Vogelbach, a first baseman, were named to the United States team to be managed by Jim Tracy.

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Motte: Cubs have Cardinals' unwavering spirit

After playing in St. Louis during title run, reliever said Chicago can similarly roll with punches

Motte: Cubs have Cardinals' unwavering spirit

CHICAGO -- Jason Motte knows all about how tough St. Louis is, having worn Cardinal red from 2008-14, but he said there's no secret formula to the Redbirds' success. The reliever also said the Cubs are showing signs of the same resilience.

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Rizzo among Cubs needing All-Star support

Rizzo among Cubs needing All-Star support

CHICAGO -- Rookie Kris Bryant was third, Starlin Castro fourth and Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero both fifth at their respective position in the latest 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, released Monday.

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Hammel: Location after delay was issue

Hammel: Location after delay was issue

ST. LOUIS -- Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel played catch in the tunnel, rode the stationary bike, and probably played a few video games during the lengthy one-hour, 43-minute rain delay in the middle of the second inning Sunday night against the Cardinals. That wasn't the problem.

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Schwarber on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Schwarber on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Cease returns to mound after Tommy John

11 months after surgery, Cubs No. 18 prospect looks to regain his mechanics

Cease returns to mound after Tommy John

TEMPE, Ariz. -- No draft pick is a sure thing, but when the Cubs selected Dylan Cease in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft they were taking a bigger gamble than most.

"I'm really grateful," Cease, the Cubs No. 18 prospect, said. "It was a big chance on their part. I'm very happy that they did."

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Cubs can't solve Cards in series finale

Cubs can't solve Cards in series finale

ST. LOUIS -- After weathering two hours and 29 minutes' worth of rain delays, the Cardinals ran their winning streak to six by finishing off a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 4-1 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday night. The Cubs, who fell 11 1/2 games behind the National League Central leaders, have dropped five straight.

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Maddon: Cubs need 'mojo' back on offense

Maddon: Cubs need 'mojo' back on offense

ST. LOUIS -- Joe Maddon predicted this would happen. In Spring Training, the Cubs' manager said his team would endure a long losing stretch during the season, and on Sunday, it reached five games with a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals.

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Wada to DL; Ramirez activated, added to 'pen

Wada to DL; Ramirez activated, added to 'pen

ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs placed Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to June 23, with left deltoid inflammation, and activated right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez from the DL.

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Soler to begin rehab assignment with Iowa

Soler to begin rehab assignment with Iowa

ST. LOUIS -- Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle since June 3, will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa.

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Motte unites Cubs, Cards to help K cancer

Motte unites Cubs, Cards to help K cancer

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and Cubs are rivals on the field, but at Sunday morning's St. Louis Cornhole Challenge, they were teammates in the fight against cancer thanks to the efforts of former Cardinal and current Cubs reliever Jason Motte and his wife, Caitlin.

Before reporting to Busch Stadium for the series finale, several players from both teams and a throng of fans comprising 158 cornhole teams packed Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University to raise money for the Jason Motte Foundation and the league-wide effort to "strike out cancer."

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Strop feels better after Costas' apology

Strop feels better after Costas' apology

ST. LOUIS -- MLB Network broadcaster Bob Costas met with Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop on Sunday to apologize for comments he made during Friday's telecast, and the reliever says the incident is water under the bridge.

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Roach's once-promising start unravels quickly

Fourth-inning single by Wacha off Cubs starter's glove shifts game's momentum

Roach's once-promising start unravels quickly

ST. LOUIS -- Donn Roach was as advertised, a ground-ball pitcher who kept the Cardinals from hitting any home runs. Unfortunately for the Cubs right-hander, the one mistake he made was on defense.

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Bats remain cold as Cubs drop fourth straight

Bats remain cold as Cubs drop fourth straight

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals extended their winning streak to five and became the first team since the 2005 World Series champion White Sox to win 50 of its first 74 games by rolling over the Cubs, 8-1, in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium on Saturday night. St. Louis became just the 18th team in the past 50 years to win 50 of its first 74.

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Cubs poised to activate Ramirez for 'pen help

Through with rehab stint, righty slated to join club for Sunday's series finale

Cubs poised to activate Ramirez for 'pen help

ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs' bullpen will get some reinforcement for Sunday night's series finale against the Cardinals when right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez joins the club.

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