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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Jim Callis

Cubs trio highlights Prospect Team of the Week

Bryant, Schwarber, Vogelbach earn honors with combined eight homers and 20 RBIs

Cubs trio highlights 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.

In his first month with the Cubs, Kris Bryant has done nothing but add to the belief that he'll become a superstar. Despite missing Chicago's first eight games in an apparent attempt to leverage his service time, he leads the team with 24 RBIs and 24 walks in 29 games while batting a cool .291/.426/.476.

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Phil Rogers

10 things we've learned about the Cubs

10 things we've learned about the Cubs

CHICAGO -- The message on the dry-erase board on the wall of the Cubs' clubhouse Sunday morning spoke volumes about Joe Maddon and the club's new era. It read: Cage open -- 11 a.m.

Even if a slumping hitter wanted to get to the ballpark at the crack of daylight -- as slumping hitters often do -- he might as well sleep in, because there wouldn't be anyone there to throw him batting practice. So players took their time getting to the workplace for the afternoon game against the Pirates, some arriving barely two hours before Jake Arrieta's first pitch.

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Wada to make 2015 debut Wednesday

Lefty 1-3 at Triple-A Iowa, slated to start against Padres

Wada to make 2015 debut Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will join the Cubs' starting rotation and make his season debut Wednesday against the Padres while Travis Wood has moved to the bullpen.

Manager Joe Maddon made the announcement after the Cubs' 3-0 loss to the Pirates on Sunday. Wada has been rehabbing with Triple-A Iowa for a mild left groin strain after going on the disabled list March 27.

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Cubs expected to DFA Coke among moves

Wada to replace bullpen-bound Wood in rotation; club to option Schlitter, recall Lake

Cubs expected to DFA Coke among moves

SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs will adjust the rotation, the bullpen and the bench on Tuesday, with one of the moves being to designate left-handed reliever Phil Coke for assignment.

Coke had a 6.30 ERA in 16 games with the Cubs, giving up seven earned runs on 14 hits and three walks over 10 innings. Left-handers were batting .304 off Coke, while right-handed hitters were batting .389. The Cubs had signed the lefty to a Minor League contract on March 7.

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Cubs get outdueled as streak ends

Cubs get outdueled as streak ends

CHICAGO -- A.J. Burnett is not about to climb off the magic carpet carrying him to the end of his line.

Continuing to sparkle in what he has said would be his final season, Burnett went the first seven innings Sunday as the Pirates avoided a sweep by the Cubs with a 3-0 victory at Wrigley Field. The loss snapped the Cubs' six-game winning streak, their longest since 2011.

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Schwarber swats two homers at Double-A Tennessee

Cubs' 2014 first-round pick raises average to .340, has nine long balls in 32 games

Schwarber swats two homers at Double-A Tennessee

Cubs No. 4 prospect (No. 48 overall) Kyle Schwarber moved into a tie for the Southern League home run lead with a two-homer game for Double-A Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.

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Cubs deciding on relief role for Wood

After earning his first career save, former starter ready to help team wherever it needs him

Cubs deciding on relief role for Wood

CHICAGO -- Travis Wood took his move to the Cubs' bullpen in stride.

He was in good spirits, even though he didn't collect the baseball from his first career save on Saturday. Wood pitched a 1-2-3 ninth in his first relief appearance since 2011 in a 4-1 victory over the Pirates.

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