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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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

Jake Arrieta delivered the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history on Sunday night, beating the Dodgers, 2-0, to continue a magical season for the pitcher -- and possibly his team.

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Maddon has Cubs wear onesies on trip home

Maddon has Cubs wear onesies 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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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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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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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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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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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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Adjustment helps Castro have big game

Cubs infielder, hoping to reclaim everyday role, falls triple shy of cycle

Adjustment helps Castro have big game

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Starlin Castro hit a ball to right field in the eighth inning Tuesday night, he was thinking triple. That's all that was missing after the Cubs shortstop had singled in the third, doubled in the fourth and homered in the sixth.

"Starlin had his best day of the year," manager Joe Maddon said after the Cubs' 8-5 win over the Giants.

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Strop draws smiles for pacing Bryant on HR

Strop draws smiles for pacing Bryant on HR

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pedro Strop was warming up in the bullpen when he heard the "boom" of Kris Bryant's bat in the ninth inning Monday. The Cubs reliever recognized the sound and knew he didn't have to worry about pitching any more that day.

Bryant hit a walk-off solo homer with two outs in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Wrigley Field. Check out the video because it shows Strop sprinting from the bullpen in time to run step for step with Bryant from third to home.

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Cubs mull speed options for postseason

Cubs mull speed options for postseason

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't ready to name which starting pitcher would start the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser but he is thinking ahead to what he wants for his postseason roster. The Cubs signed Quintin Berry and Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League contracts, and both reported to Triple-A Iowa. Both will be considered as extras on the bench for the postseason, specifically as pinch-runner options.

The Cubs could use some speed. Berry, 30, had 35 stolen bases in 106 games at Triple-A Pawtucket this season.

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Jimenez stays hot for Emeralds with first multi-homer game

Cubs No. 13 prospect notches a hit in his sixth straight game for Class A Short Season Eugene

Jimenez stays hot for Emeralds with first multi-homer game

Cubs No. 13 prospect Eloy Jimenez refuses to cool down for Class A Short Season Eugene.

The 18-year-old left fielder went 2-for-4 with two homers (his first career multi-HR game) and three RBIs during Game 1 of a doubleheader against Spokane. The Emeralds prevailed, 5-1, and Jimenez has now collected at least one RBI in seven of his past eight games.

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Bryant comes up clutch again

After homering twice Sunday, third baseman smashes walk-off shot vs. Indians

Bryant comes up clutch again

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant stepped up to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning, his team tied at 1 with Cleveland, but he wasn't thinking about hitting a home run to win the game. Really, he was thinking about hitting a fly ball.

The 23-year old had already flown out once in the game and entered 0-for-3 before his at-bat. This time, Bryant hit the first pitch he saw -- a curveball -- over the wall in right field to give the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Indians on Monday at Wrigley Field.
 

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Bryant's HR gives Cubs walk-off win vs. Tribe

Bryant's HR gives Cubs walk-off win vs. Tribe

CHICAGO -- On a day where both starters dazzled, Kris Bryant stole the show with a two-out, walk-off home run in the ninth inning as the Cubs defeated the Indians, 2-1, on Monday at Wrigley Field. Monday's game was a makeup of a game scheduled for June 15 that was postponed because of inclement weather.

It was the rookie third baseman's second career walk-off home run, pushing the Cubs 6 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco for the second Wild Card spot. Chicago picked up its 12th walk-off win of the season as it moved to a Major League best 20-4 since July 29.

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Kluber-Lester battle lives up to hype

Both aces notch strong outing, including Cubs' starter's 11-pitch at-bat

Kluber-Lester battle lives up to hype

CHICAGO -- Corey Kluber's focus is singular on the day he pitches. The ace of the Indians' rotation narrows his concern to each hitter who steps into the batter's box, and he doesn't bother to pay much attention to who is opposite him on the mound.

In the Indians' 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Monday afternoon, though, Kluber found himself in unique circumstances as an American League pitcher. In the third inning, Chicago left-hander Jon Lester -- proving to be a formidable foe on the hill for the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner -- was also giving Kluber a battle from the batter's box.

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