12:32 PM EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
Northwest Herald 9 hours ago

Cubs outlast Giants 2-0 in rain-shortened game

CHICAGO – Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants, 2-0, on Tuesday night in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field.
Chicago Sun-Times 9 hours ago

Cubs all wet, win 2-0 after four-plus-hour rain delay

Leave it to the Cubs to have a rain delay that winds up on Deadspin. As Tuesday night slipped into Wednesday morning at Wrigley Field, the Cubs remained stuck on the fifth...
Sacramento Bee 9 hours ago

Recap: Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco

Anthony Rizzo smacked a two-run homer as the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants, 2-0, in a rain-shortened opener of a three-game set.
San Francisco Chronicle 10 hours ago

Goofiest rain delay ever — SF Giants fall to Cubs 2-0

Chicago — The Giants lost 2-0 Tuesday night in a game that was called after 4 1/2 innings, and they furious with how it was handled by the Cubs. Give the win to Chicago starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada and the save to the Wrigley Field grounds crew, which fouled up covering the infield when rain drenched...
The Cub Reporter 17 hours ago

Cubs New Strategy: Own Everyone

The Cubs seem to be intent to on playing Monopoly with the entirety of future position prospects as rumors from Buster Olney indicate they may be in the lead to acquire Cuban outfielder/infielder Rusney Castillo. Own the entire board and they'll have to come to you and pay overmarket prices for your property. I can't say I gave much credence to the Castillo rumors and I certainly wouldn't be surprised by the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers or mystery team swooping in when all is said and done, but it sure would fit with the philosophy of acquiring assets to build the club. Anyway, you can find some...
Grant Brisbee / McCovey Chronicles 15 hours ago

Giants reportedly 'still in mix' for Rusney Castillo

This is the tweet we were hoping for, unless we realize over the next several years that Castillo isn't good. There's a premium international free agent on the market, and the rich teams are climbing over themselves to offer him money. One of those teams is ... the Giants? Indeed, according to Ken...

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Chicago Sun-Times Aug 18, 2014

K’s come with the territory for Cubs’ young sluggers

NEW YORK — Get used to it. The Cubs struck out 11 times again Monday in New York, most of them against a guy who pitched in relief the day before and was ­making an emergency start for a late scratch. In fact, that’s their average over their last 11 games, covering three series. Whew. That’s a lot of outdoor air conditioning. But then there also was this: Anthony Rizzo followed a first-inning strikeout with a slump-busting day that included a go-ahead home...

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 4, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- The Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, Monday afternoon at Citi Field and matched franchise history in the process. After getting limited to four hits by Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks and two relievers, the Mets (59-67) became the first major league team in a decade to produce four hits or fewer in five straight games. The last team to do it? The 2004 Mets. The Mets’ current streak of hitting futility actually matches the franchise record.
Chicago Sun-Times Aug 17, 2014

Starlin Castro a favorite of N.Y. media, fans

NEW YORK — With all the hype surrounding super prospect Javy Baez’s first two weeks in the majors and all the angst over super-duper prospect Kris Bryant’s left big toe, it might be easy to forget the Cubs actually have a three-time All-Star already plugged into the long-term plans. “I don’t forget that he’s here,” manager Rick Renteria said of shortstop Starlin Castro. Neither have New York Mets fans and media, who got a couple more reasons to fawn...
Chicago Sun-Times Aug 17, 2014

Kris Bryant injury not serious; Cubs can exhale

NEW YORK – The best news of the day for the Cubs had less to do with a victory over the New York Mets on Sunday than it did the MRI results in Iowa on star prospect Kris Bryant’s left big toe. The team says results showed no structural damage and that the slugging third-baseman has only a bad bruise, and will have his playing status evaluated daily. Bryant, the top-ranked prospect in the game in some rankings, aggravated an injury Saturday he suffered earlier in...

Futility continues at plate for Mets

NEW YORK -- Terry Collins resorted to gallows humor when asked after Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs what he is seeing from his offense. “Not much,” Collins dryly said with a laugh. “We’re not swinging very good.” Collins went on to compliment Cubs starter Jake Arrieta’s curveball, but the Mets’ rough showing at the plate has been prolonged. The Mets have not exceeded four hits in any of their past four games.

Bryant day-to-day with foot injury

Chicago Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant has a left foot contusion and is day-to-day after undergoing an MRI on Sunday morning, the team announced after the Cubs' 2-1 win over the New York Mets. Bryant left Saturday’s Triple-A Iowa game against Salt Lake after aggravating an injury he’s reportedly been battling for a few days. Bryant has 40 home runs and 103 RBIs split between Double-A and Triple-A this season. There was speculation he might get called up to the major league in September when rosters expand, but the Cubs say that won’t be the case in his first full professional year.
Chicago Sun-Times Aug 17, 2014

Starlin Castro’s HR in 9th lifts Cubs over Mets 2-1

NEW YORK — Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven smooth innings. He left with a 1-0 lead following Luis Valbuena’s run-scoring single in the fourth. Slumping slugger Curtis Granderson tied it with a two-out RBI single off winner Pedro Strop (2-4) in the eighth, snapping skids of 0 for 17 and 1...

Sunday's Mets-Cubs lineups

NEW YORK -- Here are the lineups for the Mets' 1:10 p.m. game Sunday against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mets Curtis Granderson, rf Juan Lagares, cf Daniel Murphy, 2b Lucas Duda, 1b Eric Campbell, 3b Matt den Dekker, lf Anthony Recker, c Ruben Tejada, ss Rafael Montero, rhp Cubs Jake Arrieta, rhp

Kris Bryant injures toe in Triple-A tilt

Top Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant left Saturday's Triple-A game against Salt Lake with an injury to his left big toe. The X-ray on Bryant's toe proved inconclusive, according to the Cubs. He is slated to have an MRI on Sunday. Bryant has 40 home runs and 103 RBIs split between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He was the No. 2 overall pick in 2013.
Newark Star-Ledger Aug 17, 2014

As Mets enjoy breakout night offensively, 7-3 win over Cubs still not easy

Jon Niese allows three runs in six innings to earn win
Northwest Herald Aug 16, 2014

Flores leads Niese, Mets past Cubs

NEW YORK – Wilmer Flores provided a spark with his bat and glove, leading Jonathon Niese and the New York Mets to a 7-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night.
Chicago Sun-Times Aug 16, 2014

Carlos Villanueva: Players have no fear of new commissioner

NEW YORK — The election of Rob Manfred as baseball’s next commissioner isn’t going to help the Cubs much in resolving their problems with the rooftop owners. But if the Cubs are right about where they are in their rebuilding process, they could become one of the bigger beneficiaries of White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s failure this week to pull off a labor-hawk coup and install Red Sox chairman Tom Werner as Bud Selig’s replacement. That’s because...
New York Post Aug 16, 2014

Wright hurt, Niese falters, but Mets somehow pull one out

The Mets beat the Cubs again, but they’re still looking for the Jon Niese they’re counting on. In a 7-3 win over the Cubs on Saturday, the lefty was cruising...

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