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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Lester set for first road start in six weeks

Lester set for first road start in six weeks

No offense to Mat Latos, but the Cubs will be very happy to face him Saturday. The Dodgers right-hander has a 7-3 record and 2.76 ERA against Chicago, but it'll be the first game in which the Cubs get a little breather after facing two Cy Young winners and a World Series MVP.

"You get [Jake] Peavy, then you go [Madison] Bumgarner, then you go [Clayton] Kershaw, and so we went from American Legion week to Cy Young week, all in a couple days," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "What do you do? You try to pitch better than they do on a certain night."

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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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Fowler day to day; Bryant makes 1st RF start

Cubs outfielder sore after bearing brunt of multiple foul balls, questionable for LA series

Fowler day to day; Bryant makes 1st RF start

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler said he may borrow catcher Miguel Montero's gear to protect himself in his next at-bat. In three games over three days, Fowler has taken a foul ball off his right hand, his left elbow and his right shin, and he did not start Thursday in the Cubs' 9-1 loss to the Giants.

X-rays of Fowler's shin on Wednesday were negative, and his status for the upcoming series against the Dodgers is questionable.

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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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Cubs place Motte, Soler on disabled list

La Stella, Rosscup recalled in corresponding moves

Cubs place Motte, Soler on disabled list

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' push for the postseason will be more difficult after right fielder Jorge Soler and reliever Jason Motte were both placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, Soler with a left oblique strain and Motte with a right shoulder strain.

Infielder Tommy La Stella and reliever Zac Rosscup were recalled from Triple-A Iowa in corresponding moves. La Stella started in Monday's 2-1 win over the Indians at second base and went 0-for-3.

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Fowler bringing power while embracing leadoff

Veteran center fielder hits first of team's five homers, sets tone for rest of club

Fowler bringing power while embracing leadoff

CHICAGO -- Every time Dexter Fowler gets ready to bat, Cubs manager Joe Maddon stops him to say the same thing, to provide a gentle reminder: "You go, we go."

And in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Braves, when Fowler began the game with a leadoff home run, his team wasted little time following suit, just as his manager had explained to him.

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Cubs' 5-HR game completes sweep of Braves

Cubs' 5-HR game completes sweep of Braves

CHICAGO -- Four Cubs homered -- including two from Kris Bryant -- while Jason Hammel allowed two runs across 6 1/3 innings as Chicago defeated the Braves, 9-3, on Sunday at Wrigley Field to complete the series sweep. It marks the fourth sweep for the Cubs this season, the first time they have accomplished such a feat since 1945.

Dexter Fowler, Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero all went long off Atlanta starter Matt Wisler, who allowed seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. The Cubs totaled 12 home runs while completing a four-game sweep of the Braves for the first time since 1968.

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Fan struck by ball at Wrigley transported to hospital

Fan struck by ball at Wrigley transported to hospital

CHICAGO -- A fan was struck by a foul ball during the Cubs' 9-3 win over the Braves on Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs said the fan was conscious and transported to a local hospital for further examination.

Sitting just beyond the camera well on the first-base side of the field, the fan was struck by a line drive off rookie Kyle Schwarber's bat.

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Maddon enjoys consistency with few off-days

Although little time to rest toward end of regular season, manager wants to focus on the day

Maddon enjoys consistency with few off-days

CHICAGO -- Manager Joe Maddon calls this part of the year, the one after the Trade Deadline and before rosters expand, the one players have to "fight through." But the Cubs aren't getting much relief as they make that push to the end of the regular season.

Over the course of the next month, Chicago receives just two days off as it makes up games from earlier in the season. But that doesn't worry Maddon any more than it would in May or June, he says. In fact, he has the opposite feeling.

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Back-to-back HRs lift Cubs to third straight win

Back-to-back HRs lift Cubs to third straight win

CHICAGO -- Miguel Montero and Jorge Soler greeted their former teammate Edwin Jackson by opening the eighth inning with back-to-back home runs, giving the Cubs a 9-7 comeback win over the Braves on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs moved five games in front of the Giants in the race to claim the National League's second Wild Card spot with their 28th comeback win of the season. After falling behind, 7-3, in the fifth inning, they steadily cut the deficit before Addison Russell tied it on a solo homer that was reviewed by the umpires. The Cubs produced the decisive blasts in the eighth at the expense of Jackson, the veteran right-hander that they released just after the All-Star break.

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Russell's controversial game-tying HR looms large

Umpires' call stands after replay showed ball hitting fan above wall

Russell's controversial game-tying HR looms large

CHICAGO -- Addison Russell knew the wind had been blowing out at Wrigley Field since the Braves had come to town on Thursday. So when he hit a ball off Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry into center field in Saturday's 9-7 win against Atlanta, he knew it had a chance of landing in the stands.

He couldn't have predicted how close a call it would be, though, when a fan appeared to interfere with the ball as it headed toward the bleachers. But following a Crew Chief replay review, he was awarded a home run that proved crucial to the win.

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Motte racking up wins out of the bullpen

Right-hander leads Majors with eight victories in relief

Motte racking up wins out of the bullpen

CHICAGO -- You wouldn't blame Jason Motte for savoring his 8-1 record after picking up the win against the Braves, or for giving his teammates in the rotation a hard time. After all, he leads the Majors in relief victories.

His teammate, starter Kyle Hendricks, noted Motte was "yelling about it" on Friday, but that isn't accurate, the reliever says. Because whenever he comes in and whatever his record is, Motte hasn't changed his approach on the mound.

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