Bryant scores on wild romp around bases

Bryant scores on wild romp around bases

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant showed he can hustle in the seventh.

With two on and two outs in the seventh and the Cubs tied at 1 with the Pirates, Bryant lofted a double to the base of the outfield wall in left-center field. Both runs scored and Bryant advanced to third on the throw home.

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Russell moved from SS to 2B at Triple-A Iowa

'It's just a matter of expanding his infield horizons,' says Maddon

Russell moved from SS to 2B at Triple-A Iowa

PITTSBURGH -- Addison Russell, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, has moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa, part of the team's effort to have players be more versatile and also to possibly put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues.

Cubs second basemen are batting a combined .135 (5-for-37) entering Monday, which was lowest in the National League. Russell was batting .318 at Iowa.

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Star prospect Bryant stars in commercial

Star prospect Bryant stars in commercial

PITTSBURGH -- Kris Bryant wasn't quite sure what to do when the goat he was paired with for a commercial wanted to run around, and he also needed some guidance on how to milk a cow.

"I had no clue what I was doing," Bryant said Monday. "They had an umbrella over [the goat] because it was raining. The goat wanted to run around. It was hard to keep him by my side. I've never been around them -- I'm not a farm boy, I'm a city boy."

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Cubs Charities Diamond Project launched for 2015

PITTSBURGH -- Monday marked the launch of the 2015 Cubs Charities Diamond Project, aimed at improving the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields or indoor training facilities.

Last year, Cubs Charities introduced the Diamond Project and awarded more than $330,000 to seven projects across Chicago.

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Fan OK after being struck by foul into net

PITTSBURGH -- A fan injured on a foul ball into the protective net behind home plate during the second inning of Monday night's Cubs-Pirates game was alert and gave a "thumbs up" to nearby fans as she was taken for medical care.

Play was halted for about 20 minutes after Chicago's Starlin Castro fouled back a pitch from A.J. Burnett into the netting during the second inning. The net flexed with the impact of the ball, which then struck the fan in the head area as she stood with her back to the field. She fell and immediately was tended to by ballpark and medical crews.

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Lester gets out at first -- by throwing entire glove

Happy to make 'weird' play, lefty feels he's improving on mound

Lester gets out at first -- by throwing entire glove

CHICAGO -- Jon Lester called the play one of those "weird" occurrences in baseball.

After he fielded a Clint Barmes grounder to the mound in the second inning, Lester tried to grab the baseball as he looked to second base for a potential double play. But the ball became stuck in the Cubs pitcher's glove. So, Lester heaved the entire glove -- with ball still inside -- at first baseman Anthony Rizzo to get the out. Rizzo dropped his own glove to catch Lester's.

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Cubs fall short, drop series to Padres

Cubs fall short, drop series to Padres

CHICAGO -- Yangervis Solarte's two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Padres some breathing room on Sunday in their 5-2 victory over the Cubs before a crowd of 29,113 at Wrigley Field.

San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Cashner hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 12 innings.

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Bryant celebrates first Majors hit, looks forward to other milestones

Third baseman proud of how he bounced back, hopes to continue contributing

Bryant celebrates first Majors hit, looks forward to other milestones

CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant celebrated his first Major League hit and RBI by eating dinner with his family on Saturday night.

He was able to enjoy both personal milestones and a Cubs' 7-6 victory over the Padres.

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Cubs walk off on Starlin's single in 11th

Cubs walk off on Starlin's single in 11th

Starlin Castro knocked in the game-winning run in the 11th inning with a bases-loaded single on Saturday as the Cubs edged the Padres, 7-6, before a crowd of 33,958 at Wrigley Field.

"Last year and the year before, we lost a lot of games like that," Castro said. "We played a lot of extra-inning games and lost. We play more than nine and we keep fighting and try to win."

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Bryant drives in run on first career hit

Top prospect singles to center off Ross to tie ballgame

Bryant drives in run on first career hit

CHICAGO -- After a whirlwind Major League debut, Kris Bryant looked more comfortable in his second game with the Cubs.

He didn't strike out either.

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Montero clubs pair of homers to help lead Cubs

Montero clubs pair of homers to help lead Cubs

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have several young, talented players who garner significant attention.

The veterans help keep them in line. At the not-so-old age of 31, catcher Miguel Montero is one of those older players who guides the youngsters.

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Castro, Olt impressed by Bryant's debut

Rookie's early displays on defense have teammates talking

Castro, Olt impressed by Bryant's debut

CHICAGO -- Count Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and third baseman Mike Olt among those impressed with Kris Bryant's Major League debut.

Now that most of the hoopla has subsided, they expect the 23-year-old third baseman to be able to relax a little and succeed.

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Phil Rogers

Bryant's versatility presents Cubs with many options

Bryant's versatility presents Cubs with many options

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant begins his career as a third baseman. He's likely to end it as an outfielder.

But what is really fascinating to consider is this: Could he spend much of it as an almost one-of-a-kind weapon -- a cleanup hitter who is strong enough in the field to move with ease between third base and the corner-outfield spots, allowing manager Joe Maddon tremendous flexibility?

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Saturday's hero catches foul ball in her beer

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Saturday's hero catches foul ball in her beer

There are some who bring baseball gloves to the ballgame, hoping that the addition of some leather and padding will help them make a great play on a foul ball or home run.

Others are a little more ingenious. Like this Cubs fan at Saturday's game against the Padres. Armed simply with a cup of beer, she managed to both snag the lucky souvenir, and as befits such a prize, she ritualistically chugged the sudsy beverage in celebration. 

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Olt may be in cast for up to four weeks

Olt may be in cast for up to four weeks

CHICAGO -- Cubs third baseman Mike Olt wore a blue cast on his right arm that extended from his hand over his elbow while he was in the clubhouse Saturday morning.

Olt said the long cast prevents him from twisting his arm. He expects to wear the cast for about 3-4 weeks for the hairline fracture in his right wrist. The Cubs placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, retroactive to Wednesday, and promoted their top prospect Kris Bryant from Triple-A Iowa.

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Bryant stars defensively in hitless MLB debut

Cubs phenom goes down swinging in first three at-bats, finishes 0-for-4 in loss

Bryant stars defensively in hitless MLB debut

CHICAGO -- If Friday's debut proved anything, it's that Kris Bryant can handle third base but wasn't quite ready for James Shields' changeup.

Promoted from Triple-A Iowa, Bryant didn't hit a home run in every at-bat, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The No. 2 prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, admitted he was anxious in his first big league game, which Chicago lost, 5-4, to the Padres.

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Bryant sharp on D in debut, but 'pen can't contain Padres

Bryant sharp on D in debut, but 'pen can't contain Padres

CHICAGO -- In a game that featured the highly anticipated Major League debut of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, San Diego's Wil Myers stole the show with a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning as the Padres topped the Cubs, 5-4, on Friday afternoon before a crowd of 32,138 at Wrigley Field.

Bryant, promoted Friday from Triple-A Iowa, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The third baseman started a double play and possibly saved a run by snagging a line drive with a runner on first base in the fifth inning. Bryant also grounded out to end the seventh with two on. More >

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Anthony Castrovince

Bryant's debut in line with superstars past, present

Bryant's debut in line with superstars past, present

We waited 12 long and lonely days for Kris Bryant to make an offensive impact at the Major League level and, well, the wait continues. Though he made some nice plays in the field, Bryant took an 0-for-4 at the plate in his big league debut on Friday vs. the Padres, striking out three times and leaving five on base.

But Bryant need not feel bad about himself at the moment. For one, there's his own personal history to remember. In 2013, he went 0-for-3 with three errors in his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League, and 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his Class A debut mere days later.

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Phil Rogers

For Bryant, momentous day bigger than results

For Bryant, momentous day bigger than results

CHICAGO -- Forget the small stuff. The details were minutia, the final result a footnote on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Records will show that the Padres beat the Cubs, 5-4, with Kris Bryant having such an inauspicious debut that Padres manager Bud Black intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to pitch to him with a seventh-inning lead on the line, but this was Bryant's day from the time he woke up in New Orleans until the minute he went to bed in Chicago.

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Maddon's first Cubs ejection comes after key homer

Myers gives Padres lead after controversial ball call could have ended inning

Maddon's first Cubs ejection comes after key homer

CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon received his first ejection as the Cubs' manager on Friday afternoon. He was in no mood to continue complaining after the game.

Maddon and the club believed home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook should have called a third strike on Wil Myers in the seventh inning. On the next pitch from reliever Brian Schlitter, Myers hit a three-run home run to give the Padres the lead in their 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

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Bryant's former team believes in his success

Bryant's former team believes in his success

DES MOINES -- Triple-A Iowa played its home opener Friday night, and the hot topic was the one player who wasn't there. 

Kris Bryant began the season in Iowa, but Friday he made his big league debut for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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Hendricks gets call for Cubs against Padres at Wrigley

Hendricks gets call for Cubs against Padres at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- If making his first start in the cozy confines of Wrigley Field seemed daunting, Tyson Ross didn't show it. Ross struck out 11 and allowed one run in six innings in a Padres' 13-3 victory over the Cubs on July 24, which was the only time last season he reached double digits in strikeouts on his way to striking out a career-high 195 batters.

Ross, the Padres' No. 2 starter, will see a much better lineup on Saturday when he faces Chicago, especially with rookie third baseman Kris Bryant in the big leagues. The Cubs purchased his contract from Triple-A Iowa before Friday's 5-4 loss.

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Bryant callup not 'scripted,' comes from position need

Olt's right wrist fracture left hole at third, so Cubs turned to top prospect

Bryant callup not 'scripted,' comes from position need

CHICAGO -- Mike Olt's unfortunate break prompted the Cubs to promote top prospect Kris Bryant sooner than they had planned.

Olt was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right wrist, which he sustained when he was hit by a pitch last Saturday in Colorado, and Chicago found itself shorthanded at third base. Enter Bryant.

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The future is now: Bryant makes big league debut

Cubs' top prospect replaces injured Olt, bats cleanup in debut

The future is now: Bryant makes big league debut

CHICAGO -- Fans eager to see Kris Bryant at Wrigley Field will get their chance on Friday. As reported on Thursday, MLB's No. 2 prospect was promoted on Friday, and not just because his much discussed service-time hurdle has been cleared. The Cubs need a third baseman.

Mike Olt, who was hit on the right wrist by a pitch on Saturday in Denver, saw a hand specialist on Thursday and has a hairline fracture that will sideline him for a minimum of three weeks, according to a Major League source.

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Bryant, family emotional before big league debut

Cubs' top prospect's parents make trip to Wrigley Field after callup

Bryant, family emotional before big league debut

CHICAGO -- Mike Bryant was in the batting cage at his Las Vegas home, trying to teach an 11-year-old left-hander how to hit, when he got the phone call he'd been waiting for. Son Kris was going to the big leagues.

Kris Bryant had actually called his mother, Susie, first with the news, and she relayed it.

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Cubs shake up roster in addition to Bryant callup

Ramirez, Olt placed on disabled list as Chicago activates Denorfia

Cubs shake up roster in addition to Bryant callup

CHICAGO -- Besides promoting top prospect Kris Bryant to the Majors, the Cubs made a flurry of other roster moves on Friday.

Chicago placed reliever Neil Ramirez (right shoulder inflammation) and third baseman Mike Olt (hairline fracture in right wrist) on the 15-day disabled list, activated outfielder Chris Denorfia from the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of Bryant.

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