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Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

Jorge Soler goes deep in first at-bat; Cubs fall 7-5 to Reds

CINCINNATI — Just before touted prospect Jorge Soler made his much-heralded Cubs debut Wednesday, he was told about the home run hit by the Cubs’ other “core” prospect on the roster, Javy Baez, in his celebrated debut three weeks ago. Soler smiled. “Si,” he said. Or maybe it was “see.” It took Soler all of one swing in the majors, on a 2-1 pitch in the second inning, for him to hit his first home run — a 423-foot shot off Mat Latos in the Cubs’...
Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago 3 hours ago

Rapid Reaction: Reds 7, Cubs 5

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Wednesday. Here’s a quick look at the game. How it happened: Luis Valbuena and Jorge Soler gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the second with back-to-back home runs to lead things off. Soler’s solo shot...
Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago 7 hours ago

Jorge Soler excited for opportunity

CINCINNATI -- The player Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein described as having the body of an athlete perhaps more suited to the National Football League donned his jersey with a lineman’s number – 68 – and took the field at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park for his highly-anticipated major...
Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago 1 hour ago

Error-filled tilt made worse by Starlin Castro's baserunning blunder

CINCINNATI -- The Chicago Cubs were already well on their way to putting together one of their less-polished performances in some time before Starlin Castro forgot to run. Javier Baez was on second base in the top of the eighth with nobody out and Chicago trailing the Cincinnati Reds 6-4, when the...
Rotoworld 2 hours ago

Soler swats a homer in his first MLB at-bat - Jorge Soler (OF) Chicago Cubs

Jorge Soler homered in his first major league plate appearance and added an RBI single later, finishing 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs were defeated by the Reds on Wednesday.
KFFL 11 hours ago

Cubs | Anthony Rizzo's injury not serious

Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo's (back) injury isn't believed to be serious, according to manager ...

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Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

Compassionate Renteria on Starlin Castro lapse: ‘I feel bad for him’

CINCINNATI – Cubs manager Rick Renteria defended shortstop Starlin Castro for the kind of mental lapse Wednesday night he was often criticized for earlier in his career but that he seemed to have all but eliminated over the past year. “I feel bad for him,” the manager said. “He’s got a lot on his mind. He knows he should have been there.” Castro lingered at home plate watching his long fly ball to center in the eighth inning – winding up with a long...
Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

Jorge Soler delivers, hits HR in first at-bat, but Cubs lose

CINCINNATI – Just before touted prospect Jorge Soler made his much heralded Cubs debut Wednesday, he was told about the home run the Cubs’ other “core” prospect on the roster, Javy Baez, hit in his own celebrated debut three weeks ago. Soler smiled. “Si,” he said. Or maybe it was “see.” Because it took Soler all of one swing in the majors, on a 2-1 pitch in the second inning, for him to hit his first home run – a 423-foot shot off Mat Latos in the...
Chicago Sun-Times 2 hours ago

Theo Epstein says MLB should take note of JRW’s method

CINCINNATI — Cubs president Theo Epstein, who joined other dignitaries and city officials at a rally honoring the Jackie Robinson West Little League team at Millennium Park on Wednesday, sounded as caught up in the grip of their story as the rest of the city — and called it an “important moment” for professional baseball to heed. “Probably the best thing to happen to the whole city of Chicago this summer — clearly from a baseball standpoint — was put...

Jorge Soler squeezes most out of first at-bat, copies Javier Baez with HR

CINCINNATI -- Jorge Soler was reminded before playing in his first major league game on Wednesday that his good buddy and teammate, second baseman Javier Baez, hit a home run in his MLB debut on Aug. 5. Soler didn’t exactly match Baez, whose homer was a 12th-inning winner in Colorado, but he didn’t wait as long as Baez, either. Soler hit a home run in his first at bat, giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-0 lead in a game they ended up losing to the Cincinnati Reds.

Epstein: Time was right for Jorge Soler

Declaring it is the "right time to bring him up here," Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein says outfield prospect Jorge Soler needs the playing time after an injury-plagued start to his 2014 season. "We've been certain in our minds for a while he was going to be a September call-up," Epstein said Wednesday. "The key to the decision to bring up Soler is he was going to be a call-up for us mainly because he needs the at-bats." The Iowa Cubs aren't looking like a playoff team and their regular season ends on Monday so Soler will get the extra at-bats in the majors.

Theo: JRW 'rallying cry' for inner city baseball

As the city of Chicago celebrated their Little League U.S. champions, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said Wednesday that Jackie Robinson West's success should be a "rallying cry" to bring more inner city kids back to baseball. "At industry meetings and at the Cubs we always get together in boardrooms and suits and sit around and talk about how we can get kids playing baseball again and especially in the inner cities," Epstein said on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000.

Baez making history -- good and bad

After yet another four-strikeout game Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds, there must be some growing concern about Chicago Cubs rookie Javier Baez. Maybe not within the team, but definitely within a portion of the fan base that hasn’t seen a player like this in a long time -- maybe ever. It’s understandable to be confused by what you’re seeing. There’s the prolific home runs -- seven of them so far -- and the many strikeouts.
Columbus Dispatch 21 hours ago

Reds on deck

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Chicago Sun-Times Aug 27, 2014

Cubs ready for Soler power, top Reds 3-0

CINCINNATI — Who knows what the Cubs will have to challenge the rest of the National League next year? But they’re on the verge of finding out quickly, say guys in the clubhouse awaiting the big-league debut of $30 million outfield prospect Jorge Soler on Wednesday. ‘‘You’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,’’ cornerstone first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. ‘‘It’s a smart move to get him up here and get him a solid five weeks to...

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 3 Reds 0

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 on Tuesday night. Here’s a quick look at the game. How it Happened: Before a short rain delay in the first inning, Anthony Rizzo took Johnny Cueto deep to right for his 30th home run of the season. Arismendy Alcantara also went out to right with a man on in the seventh inning to extend the Chicago lead. Travis Wood kept the Reds off-balance all night and gave up just two hits and a walk over six innings.

Series preview: Cubs at Reds

The Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. • Tuesday: Travis Wood (7-11, 4.91 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (15-7, 2.20), 6:10 p.m. • Wednesday: Jacob Turner (4-7, 5.77) vs. Mat Latos (4-3, 2.99), 6:10 p.m. • Thursday: Jake Arrieta (7-4, 2.53) vs. Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 3.00), 11:35 a.m. Castro returns: Shortstop Starlin Castro is back after missing the last five games due to a family tragedy in the Dominican Republic.

Cubs' Russell, Edwards to play in AFL

Pitcher C.J. Edwards and shortstop Addison Russell are among seven players the Chicago Cubs will send to participate in the Arizona Fall League, MLB announced on Tuesday. Both players were limited this summer due to injuries. Russell, 20, is the sixth-rated prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com. He participated in fall ball last season while a member of the Oakland Athletics after being drafted 11th overall in 2012. Russell was sidelined at the beginning of this season with a hamstring injury.

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