Rizzo drives in six as Cubs snap D-backs' streak

Rizzo drives in six as Cubs snap D-backs' streak

PHOENIX -- Anthony Rizzo belted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to power the Cubs to a 9-6 win over the D-backs on Saturday night at Chase Field.

Rizzo went 2-for-5 with six RBIs. He hit a three-run double in the fifth before delivering the game-winning homer off D-backs reliever Enrique Burgos in the ninth. The six RBIs tied a career high for Rizzo, who also drove in a half dozen runs on Sept. 16, 2012, against the Pirates.

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Maddon sticking with struggling Rondon

Cubs closer has had rough month, but has support of manager

Maddon sticking with struggling Rondon

PHOENIX -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon may use a different pitcher as the closer Saturday, but it has nothing to do with a lack of support for Hector Rondon.

Rondon blew his third save Friday, giving up a game-tying, two-run homer to the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt with two outs in the 10th inning. Arizona eventually won the game, 5-4, in 13 innings. Rondon was upset not just about Goldschmidt's homer but also A.J. Pollock's double, which set up the home run.

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Bryant's clutch RBI goes for naught in 13-inning loss

Bryant's clutch RBI goes for naught in 13-inning loss

PHOENIX -- Nick Ahmed's one-out single to left scored Tuffy Gosewisch to give the D-backs a 5-4 walk-off win over the Cubs in 13 innings Friday night at Chase Field.

The win was the fifth in a row for the D-backs, who got a one-out double by Gosewisch before Ahmed came through off Chicago reliever Zac Rosscup. The D-backs used eight relievers in the game, while the Cubs used seven in the longest game of the season for them.

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Lake's bunt ends Cubs' RISP drought

Fourth-inning hit ends skid at 31 straight at-bats

Lake's bunt ends Cubs' RISP drought

PHOENIX -- It had been a week since the Cubs got a hit with a runner in scoring position, but Junior Lake ended that in the fourth inning Friday night.

The Cubs began their game against the D-backs 0-for-27 over the last five games with RISP. The last player to deliver was Matt Szczur, who hit a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning May 15 against the Pirates.

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Lester's futility at plate ties record for pitcher

Cubs ace also gets no-decision in 13-inning loss to D-backs

Lester's futility at plate ties record for pitcher

PHOENIX -- Jon Lester didn't get a win or a hit Friday night, but at least he's no longer trying to impress his new teammates.

The Cubs lefty did not get a decision Friday night in a 5-4, 13-inning loss at Chase Field.

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Rondon continues May struggles in rough 10th

Cubs closer gives up two-out double and tying homer

Rondon continues May struggles in rough 10th

PHOENIX -- Cubs closer Hector Rondon had good velocity, and got ahead of two batters with two outs in the 10th inning, but his location was off, and it cost him.

The Cubs led, 4-2, with two outs in the 10th when Rondon served up a two-out double to A.J. Pollock, then a two-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt which tied the game. Both hits came when the Cubs pitcher got ahead in the count. The D-backs went on to win, 5-4, in 13 innings.

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Montero unfamiliar with being visitor at Chase

Cubs catcher at former home field for first time in regular season

Montero unfamiliar with being visitor at Chase

PHOENIX -- Cubs catcher Miguel Montero got to sleep in his own bed Thursday night for the first time since Spring Training, but the former D-back found himself in unfamiliar surroundings in the visitors' clubhouse at Chase Field.

Montero was signed by the D-backs as a non-drafted free agent in 2001 and spent parts of eight seasons with Arizona before being dealt to the Cubs in December for a pair of Minor League pitchers.

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Hendricks gets first win in emphatic fashion

Yields only five hits, fans seven in first complete game and shutout

Hendricks gets first win in emphatic fashion

SAN DIEGO -- No one needed a celebratory postgame beer shower more than Kyle Hendricks, who was finally able to party with his teammates on Thursday.

The young Cubs right-hander threw his first complete game and shutout, holding the Padres to five singles in a 3-0 victory at Petco Park.

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Bryant makes himself at home in San Diego

Cubs' top prospect belts two-run blast in first inning of series finale

Bryant makes himself at home in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant didn't play at Petco Park during his three years at the University of San Diego, but the Cubs' top prospect looked right at home Thursday night when he hit his fifth home run of the season.

"I'm glad [Bryant] was able to come through for the hometown crowd -- that was nice," manager Joe Maddon said after his club's 3-0 win vs. the Padres.

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Complete command: Hendricks twirls gem

Complete command: Hendricks twirls gem

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Kyle Hendricks threw his first career complete game and shutout Thursday as the Cubs defeated the Padres, 3-0, before a crowd of 30,021 at Petco Park.

"When you pitch like that, you'll win a lot of baseball games," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He was in command of himself, in command of the game. It was really fun to watch."

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Garlin's fandom for Cubs knows no bounds

Garlin's fandom for Cubs knows no bounds

SAN DIEGO -- Comedian Jeff Garlin sat in on Joe Maddon's pregame media session, and he revealed that catcher David Ross is under-used, new T-shirts are coming that say the actor is the Cubs' manager's best friend and he still has a grudge against Steve Garvey.

Asked what he thinks of the Cubs' bullpen, Garlin quipped: "I think the same thing Joe thinks."

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Kris Bryant did Kris Bryant things to beat Padres

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Kris Bryant did Kris Bryant things to beat Padres

Kris Bryant started the 2015 season at Triple-A, ostensibly because he needed to work on his glove at the hot corner. Well, he's playing home games on the North Side, now and that glove is coming along nicely, though he didn't need it to show off his skills on Thursday.

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Credit Wada with a fine start to his season

Lefty fans 9, finds credit card on walk to dugout

Credit Wada with a fine start to his season

SAN DIEGO -- As Tsuyoshi Wada walked off the mound after the third inning, he stopped to pick up a credit card that was on the grass in foul territory. The left-hander didn't recognize the name on it and gave it to a security guard.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't see what happened.

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Cubs bullpen seals the deal with brilliant display

Cubs bullpen seals the deal with brilliant display

SAN DIEGO -- At the beginning of the season, the Cubs bullpen was expected to be a strength, and on Wednesday night, it was. Five pitchers combined to shut down the Padres over 4 1/3 innings and help preserve the Cubs' 3-2 win.

"I think the bullpen is going to be fine," catcher Miguel Montero said. "The guys know they haven't thrown the ball the way they want to throw. We know they're pretty good, and sometimes they try a little bit too hard. They try too hard to manufacture the extra strikeouts. That's when you have to back off a little bit and say, 'Let me try a little bit less and let me concentrate on making a good pitch and not a nasty pitch.'"

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Cubs hold off Padres for 12th one-run victory

Cubs hold off Padres for 12th one-run victory

SAN DIEGO -- Tsuyoshi Wada struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday, and Kris Bryant knocked in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Cubs edged the Padres, 3-2, at Petco Park.

For the Cubs (22-17), Dexter Fowler and Bryant drove in runs in the fifth off Padres pitcher Tyson Ross (2-4), who allowed three runs in seven innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. Bryant, who singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to nine games, now has 15 RBIs in his last 16 games.

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Tsuyoshi Wada hid a credit card in his hat

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Tsuyoshi Wada hid a credit card in his hat

Ever wondered how baseball players make online purchases in the middle of games? I mean, how can someone wait for three hours or so when there's a flash sale on dog mullet wigs? (Sadly, a real thing.)

Well, wonder no more: They simply hide a credit card under their cap. Just watch Tsuyoshi Wada as he walks off the field after the third inning on Wednesday night and ... whoops. Secret's out. 

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Maddon's advice for Baez: 'Stay ready'

Cubs skipper pleased with current infield, but knows prospect's time will come

Maddon's advice for Baez: 'Stay ready'

SAN DIEGO -- During Spring Training, Cubs manager Joe Maddon raved about Javier Baez's defense at second base. After seeing his infield make three errors on Tuesday, could the team use Baez?

"Javy can make any defense better," Maddon said Wednesday. "I talked about that in camp -- I thought he was one of the finest young infielders I've seen, but I'm not displeased with anybody out there right now. Sometimes you just have to wait your opportunity, your turn.

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Defensive miscues loom large in loss to Padres

Defensive miscues loom large in loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant overthrew Anthony Rizzo at first base. Starlin Castro muffed a ground ball that he normally catches. Addison Russell was aggressive but couldn't catch a fly ball in shallow center.

Three errors, and all three led to unearned runs to help the Padres beat the Cubs, 4-3, on Tuesday. Chicago's streak of errorless games was snapped at eight.

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Hammel's gem, Coghlan's 2 HRs not enough

Hammel's gem, Coghlan's 2 HRs not enough

SAN DIEGO -- Derek Norris' two-run double in the eighth inning Tuesday helped the Padres rally for a 4-3 victory over the Cubs before a crowd of 25,917 at Petco Park.

Norris' hit came with one out against Pedro Strop after the Padres had put runners on the corners via an error and a bunt single.

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Former USD star Bryant returns to San Diego

Former USD star Bryant returns to San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Look how far Kris Bryant has come since he faced James Shields in his Major League debut on April 17. In that game at Wrigley Field, Bryant struck out three times against the Padres' right-hander.

"Obviously, my first game against him wasn't how you draw it up, but I learned from it," Bryant said prior to his rematch at Petco Park. "It was good to see a pitcher like that my first game. He's an awesome pitcher."

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Cubs prospects involved in outfield collision

Double-A Tennessee's Almora, Rademacher both left field under own power

Cubs prospects involved in outfield collision

A pair of Cubs outfield prospects were involved in a scary outfield collision in Double-A Tennessee's afternoon game on Wednesday, though both players seemed to avoid serious injury.

Albert Almora, the Cubs' No. 5-ranked prospect, was sprinting over from center field when he collided full speed with left fielder Bijan Rademacher, the club's No. 29 prospect. The duo remained on the ground for several minutes while trainers tended to each, before they eventually walked off the field on their own power.

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Cubs add Wada, Lake and Baxter in shakeup

Left-hander activated from DL; outfielders promoted from Triple-A Iowa

Cubs add Wada, Lake and Baxter in shakeup

SAN DIEGO -- Tsuyoshi Wada, Junior Lake and Mike Baxter joined the Cubs on Tuesday, part of a series of roster moves.

Wada, who replaces Phil Coke on the roster, was activated from the disabled list and will make his first start Wednesday against the Padres, taking Travis Wood's spot in the rotation. The left-handed reliever Coke was designated for assignment after posting a 6.30 ERA in 16 games with the Cubs, giving up seven earned runs on 14 hits and three walks over 10 innings. The Cubs had signed the lefty to a Minor League contract on March 5.

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Cubs deal Castillo to Mariners for Medina

Cubs deal Castillo to Mariners for Medina

SAN DIEGO -- Miguel Montero said he and David Ross have to be careful now that the Cubs are down to two catchers.

"We just have to make sure we don't get thrown out of the game now," Montero said, laughing.

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Bryant finds big-city living to his liking

Cubs rookie resides in downtown Chicago during season

Bryant finds big-city living to his liking

If you think Kris Bryant likes Wrigley Field, then you should see his other friendly confines.

The Cubs' rookie third baseman resides in a lofty place high above Wacker Drive and the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, and when Bryant is home, he can seemingly see forever. Bryant gazes through floor-to-ceiling windows at the Willis Tower, Trump Tower and Lake Michigan, taking in the sweeping cityscape views. There is even a rooftop oasis fitting for a Cub, a place to grill, lounge in private cabanas and hang out with friends.

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Extra bases: Date set for doubleheader vs. Reds

Extra bases: Date set for doubleheader vs. Reds

SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs will play a make-up day/night doubleheader against the Reds on July 22 at Great American Ball Park. The extra game makes up for the April 25 game, which was postponed because of rain.

The first game will begin at 12:35 p.m. ET, and the second game will start at 6:10 p.m. ET.

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Grateful Bryant reunites with college coaches

Third baseman visits USD before Cubs' three-game set against Padres

Grateful Bryant reunites with college coaches

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant planned to return to college on Monday. He'll drive by the classrooms where he studied finance, stop at Fowler Field where he starred for the University of San Diego and enjoy some of his favorite eats, including a drive-through Mexican restaurant.

Before the Cubs open a three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park on Tuesday, the rookie third baseman decided to take advantage of an off-day to visit the USD campus, baseball coach Rich Hill and his staff.

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