Jake Show: Arrieta no-hits Dodgers in LA

Jake Show: Arrieta no-hits Dodgers in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Seven times in his final 18 starts of 2014, Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but it wasn't until Sunday night against the Dodgers that the Cubs right-hander finished the job. And it was deja vu for the Dodgers.

Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter to win his Major League-leading 17th game, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer to power the Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers, snapping a four-game Chicago losing streak. Arrieta struck out 12 in his 14th consecutive quality start and finished the month of August with a perfect 6-0 mark.

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Maddon has Cubs wear pajamas on trip home

Maddon has Cubs wear pajamas on trip home

LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant found a Ninja Turtle onesie. Addison Russell has a bright green one. Starlin Castro was wearing a Mario Bros. pajama top and pants that match his son's. Dexter Fowler had a matching navy print top and bottom. A few players found camouflage-colored fleece onesies.

It's all part of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "onesies" trip home. Players were encouraged to wear onesies or pajamas on the overnight flight from Los Angeles to Chicago Sunday night, and Maddon guessed he had 100 percent participation. Naturally, Maddon is prepared, too.

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No-hit Arrieta 'pitching on another level'

No-hit Arrieta 'pitching on another level'

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Arrieta remembers his grandfather telling him about watching Nolan Ryan throw one of his no-hitters.

"That's something he'll always remember and relish and really be grateful that he was a part of," Arrieta said.

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Arrieta adds NL Player of Week after no-no

Arrieta adds NL Player of Week after no-no

Jake Arrieta just had one spectacular week.

The Cubs right-hander, who fired his first career no-hitter on Sunday night, was named the National League's Player of the Week on Monday, after going 2-0 with an MLB-high 20 strikeouts from Aug. 23-30. He also didn't allow an earned run over 15 innings.

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Phil Rogers

No-hitter cements Arrieta's status among elite

No-hitter cements Arrieta's status among elite

They've got the biggest payroll in baseball history, acquired through so many complicated financial transactions that it's difficult to even add it all up. The total is somewhere around $315 million, and on Sunday night, that allowed the Dodgers to load their lineup with seven All-Stars, including three hitters who were in Cincinnati for this year's All-Star Game.

Those seven hitters, with more than 100 World Series at-bats among them, all batted left-handed in a lineup that had been put together carefully. Enrique Hernandez, who hit eighth, and pitcher Alex Wood were the only right-handed hitters.

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Jim Callis

Pair of Cubs on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015

Pair of Cubs on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the 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.

A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.

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Castro: No doubt error ruling in no-no correct

Castro: No doubt error ruling in no-no correct

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Arrieta took the end of his no-hitter on Sunday night into his own hands. His fastball touching 96 mph, his breaking balls snapping under the Dodgers' bats, the Cubs right-hander struck out the side in the ninth inning as the sun set on Chavez Ravine.

But for one key moment in the third inning of Arrieta's 2-0 masterpiece, everything depended on the official scorer. With one out, Kiké Hernandez smoked a slider from Arrieta straight at Starlin Castro at second base. The short-hop ate up Castro, and Hernandez reached safely.

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Hendricks, Cubs set for series opener against Reds

Hendricks, Cubs set for series opener against Reds

When the Reds visit the Cubs for the start of a three-game series that begins on Monday at Wrigley Field, it will feature offenses that have struggled of late.

Despite the Reds' deep slide in the National League Central and six shutout losses in the month of August, Joey Votto has stood out brightly. Votto entered Sunday having reached safely in 18-straight games and lead the Majors in average, on-base percentage and OPS since the All-Star break.

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Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Arrieta reigns supreme

Cubs righty fires sixth no-hitter of 2015; Encarnacion caps monster weekend of might

Stats of the Day: Arrieta reigns supreme

Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues this past weekend ...

• On Sunday evening at Dodger Stadium, Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta fired the sixth no-hitter of the 2015 season, fanning 12 and walking one. Arrieta is the 14th Cub to toss a no-hitter, and the first since Carlos Zambrano in 2008. Over the previous half-century, the other Cubbies to toss one: Ken Holtzman (1969, '71), Burt Hooton ('72) and Milt Pappas ('72).

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Did you know? Arrieta's no-hitter

Facts and figures from historic night for Cubs righty

Did you know? Arrieta's no-hitter

It was a special night for Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Sunday, as the right-hander completed a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory at Dodger Stadium. It also was an all-too-familiar outcome for the Dodgers, who found themselves on the losing end of such a feat for the second time this month.

Here's a look at some facts and figures from Arrieta's game to remember.

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Arrieta's teammates 'proud,' 'excited' for righty

Arrieta's teammates 'proud,' 'excited' for righty

LOS ANGELES -- After Jake Arrieta struck out Chase Utley to complete his first career no-hitter, he had just a second to hug his catcher Miguel Montero before being mobbed by a wave of teammates on the infield grass as the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 2-0, on Sunday night.

"He was outstanding. I told him I'm proud of him," Montero said. "He worked his butt off and he works harder than anyone in the game. That's his reward right there. Hopefully more to come."

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A look back at Cubs' no-hitter history

A look back at Cubs' no-hitter history

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ESPN's Mendoza makes history, then calls it

ESPN's Mendoza makes history, then calls it

History seems to be following Jessica Mendoza around.

Mendoza had already become the first female broadcaster to call a Major League Baseball game on ESPN when she did it last Monday night for D-backs vs. Cardinals. Then, during her debut alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk for the Sunday night game between the Cubs and Dodgers, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter.

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Maddon: Ross' return will be good for Lester

Maddon: Ross' return will be good for Lester

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs are eager to have David Ross back behind the plate with Jon Lester, especially after some minor miscommunication between the pitcher and catcher Miguel Montero on Saturday.

"We were trying to mouth or say things from the dugout, and that doesn't work," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who went to the mound in the fourth inning to help Montero understand what they wanted. "I just wanted to make sure there was no confusion."

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Lester undone by four-run seventh inning

Lester undone by four-run seventh inning

LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the lead with a two-run single in the seventh inning for Los Angeles' fifth straight win in a 5-2 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night. The win pushed the Dodgers' lead in the NL West to 3 1/2 games over the Giants while the Cubs kept their Wild Card lead at 4 1/2 games.

Trailing, 2-1, to start the seventh, the Dodgers put four runs on the board off Cubs starter Jon Lester. Los Angeles started the inning with four straight hits, headlined by Ethier's go-ahead single, which took Lester out of the game. Adrian Gonzalez added an RBI single later in the inning for insurance. Lester (8-10) lasted six-plus innings, allowing eight hits and five runs.

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Lester, Montero get signals crossed in loss

Cubs catcher not accustomed to pitcher's signs

Lester, Montero get signals crossed in loss

LOS ANGELES -- For the third time this season, Miguel Montero caught Jon Lester, and apparently the catcher wasn't quite up to date on what David Ross does to keep baserunners in check against the Cubs pitcher.

Lester adjusts the timing of his delivery to try to throw baserunners off. In the fourth inning of the Cubs' 5-2 loss, the Dodgers had two on and one out and Lester had fallen behind to A.J. Ellis, 2-0. That's when Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to the mound.

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Baez likely to be in first wave of callups

Cubs infielder could join the Major League club on Tuesday

Baez likely to be in first wave of callups

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs will likely call up infielder Javier Baez on Tuesday when Major League teams can expand their rosters. Baez was batting .316 in 67 games at Triple-A Iowa.

"I would say he's probably sooner rather than later, probably a first-wave kind of guy, because there's a lot things he can do to help you win right now," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Baez, who missed the first month following the death of his sister, and was sidelined for another month because of a finger injury.

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Cubs run up against Kershaw gem

Cubs run up against Kershaw gem

LOS ANGELES -- On the night Vin Scully announced he will return to the broadcast booth next season, Clayton Kershaw struck out 14 and the Dodgers put up a three-run sixth inning to beat the Cubs, 4-1, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete a 15-K night for Dodgers pitchers.

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Cubs get schooled, appreciate the lesson

Maddon says there's no shame in falling to ace in tough stretch

Cubs get schooled, appreciate the lesson

LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs dubbed this "Cy Young Week" because of whom they've had to face. It also could be prep week for the playoffs.

One day after the Giants' Madison Bumgarner struck out 12 in a win in San Francisco, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw fanned 14 in the Cubs' 4-1 loss Friday night.

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Maddon honored to meet with Scully

Cubs manager goes over notes with legendary Dodgers broadcaster

Maddon honored to meet with Scully

LOS ANGELES -- When Vin Scully calls, Joe Maddon not only listens, but makes the trek from the clubhouse to the press box to meet with the Dodgers' legendary broadcaster.

Scully returning for 67th season as broadcaster in 2016

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Rodney happy to be reunited with Maddon

Cubs will ease newly acquired reliever into the mix

Rodney happy to be reunited with Maddon

LOS ANGELES -- Fernando Rodney admitted he didn't know many of the Cubs players, but he is familiar with the team. He's just like any other fan in that he has seen the highlights.

"I'm happy to be part of the team," said Rodney, whom the Cubs acquired from the Mariners Thursday for a player to be named or cash considerations. "I think it's a good team. There's a lot of talent. Every time you turn on the TV, you see the Cubs in the highlights. I think it's a good idea to be here and be a part of it."

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Cubs acquire Rodney in deal with Mariners

Rosscup optioned to Triple-A; Schlitter designated for assignment

Cubs acquire Rodney in deal with Mariners

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen mix Thursday, acquiring right-hander Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named or cash considerations. Rodney is expected to join the Cubs on Friday in Los Angeles.

"I was there for that year when he had the best in history," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the right-hander's 2012 season with the Rays, when he compiled an 0.60 ERA in 76 games with 48 saves. "He has the kind of stuff to get out both righties and lefties. I know he had trouble or struggled a bit this year, but I'm eager to see him in person and find out what's going on."

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Relay race: Cubs thwart inside-the-park HR

Russell's strong throw home bails out Denorfia, who thought Aoki's ball went foul on lunging attempt

Relay race: Cubs thwart inside-the-park HR

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon was able to find a bright spot after watching the Giants' Madison Bumgarner strike out 12 over six innings in Chicago's 9-1 loss on Thursday. In the Giants' seventh, the Cubs were able to thwart Nori Aoki, who got a little too adventurous on the bases.

With one out and the Giants leading, 5-1, Aoki lofted a ball to left field, which deflected off Chris Denorfia's glove and into foul territory.

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Haren, Cubs drop rubber game vs. Giants

Haren, Cubs drop rubber game vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner fanned 12 Cubs over six innings and Marlon Byrd drilled a three-run homer to propel San Francisco to a 9-1 victory over Chicago on Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park.

The outcome marked the first time the Cubs lost a series to a National League opponent since they were swept by Philadelphia, July 24-26.

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Lyle Spencer

Cubs have terrific tandem in Bryant, Russell

Left side of infield brings plenty of promise to Chicago's North Side

Cubs have terrific tandem in Bryant, Russell

SAN FRANCISCO -- The best left-side infield in the Majors came together at the non-waiver Trade Deadline when the Blue Jays acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies and put him next to Josh Donaldson, a third baseman with few peers. Toronto has been ablaze ever since.

Looking down the road, it's hard to imagine a more exciting and productive tandem than what the Cubs have with Kris Bryant at third and Addison Russell at shortstop. Those of a certain age in Chicago might see shades of Ron Santo and Ernie Banks, basking in the North Side sun.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs' kids given tough test by veteran Giants

'It's a learning process,' Schwarber says of making adjustments

Cubs' kids given tough test by veteran Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- No matter how well the Cubs have played lately, they weren't going to go undefeated the rest of the season. And Wednesday's game showed how the rookies still have some growing up to do.

The Giants snapped the Cubs' six-game winning streak with a 4-2 win at AT&T Park, only Chicago's fifth loss in the last 26 games.

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Cubs held in check vs. Peavy, win streak snapped

Cubs held in check vs. Peavy, win streak snapped

SAN FRANCISCO -- Depleted in numbers but not in spirit, the San Francisco Giants reverted to their familiar combination for success, featuring plenty of pitching and just enough offense, to outlast the Chicago Cubs, 4-2, in a tense, taut Wednesday night encounter.

The Giants, who lost their previous five games against the Cubs this year, broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of sixth-inning runs off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks as Brandon Belt tripled and Buster Posey and Kelby Tomlinson both laced RBI doubles.

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Three homers back Arrieta to 16th victory

Three homers back Arrieta to 16th victory

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jake Arrieta could be looking ahead and counting how many games he might win this season, but the Cubs right-hander is focused on posting a quality start, and it's paid off.

Arrieta became the first pitcher in the Major Leagues to reach 16 wins and Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero and Starlin Castro each homered to power the Cubs to an 8-5 victory over the Giants on Tuesday night. Chicago now has won 21 of its last 25 games.

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