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Chicago Sun-Times Sep 27, 2014

Disappointed Starlin Castro looking forward to 2015

MILWAUKEE — Shortstop Starlin Castro didn’t want to accept it. Instead, he continued to spend hours a day on therapy for his injured left ankle this week, even after being told his chance to return was over. ‘‘It’s tough. It’s really tough,’’ said Castro, who tried for three weeks to defy the doctor’s prognosis for the high ankle sprain he suffered Sept. 2. ‘‘But I’m not going to frustrate myself. I’m not going to try to think about this...

Cubs' brimming potential brought a disturbing strikeout trend in 2014

MILWAUKEE -- Unless the Houston Astros set a record for strikeouts in a single game on Sunday -- they’re 29 behind -- the Chicago Cubs will finish the season with the most K's in baseball. If you think it's unfair to compare the Cubs to an American League team, since the pitcher doesn't bat as often in the AL, the Cubs are even further ahead of the next National League team, the Miami Marlins, whom they lead by 56 strikeouts. The strikeout total is one of the big narratives for the Cubs offense this season after it struck out 16 more times in a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on...

Rapid Reaction: Brewers 2, Cubs 1

MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Saturday night. Here's a quick look at the game. How it happened: Anthony Rizzo drove in the game's first run with a double in the second inning, but that's all the scoring the Cubs would see off Brewers starter Wily Peralta. He went seven innings striking out 13, a career high. He stranded Arismendy Alcantara at third base as the tying run in the seventh when he struck out Ryan Kalish and Logan Watkins to end the inning.

Game Blog: Brewers, Cubs scoreless in the third inning

The Milwaukee Brewers try once again to record their fifth winning season in the last eight tonight against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.

Starlin Castro to be ready for 2015

MILWAUKEE -- If the Chicago Cubs were in the playoff hunt right now, shortstop Starlin Castro says he would be playing, not still rehabbing an injury. Never one to sit out a game -- let alone three weeks -- the Cubs and Castro aren’t taking any chances with his sprained ankle that ended his season weeks ago. “It wouldn’t make sense to play in 1-2 games,” he said Saturday before the Cubs played the Brewers. “We don’t need it.

Mike Olt to work in the outfield

MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs aren't giving up on Mike Olt, but they might change their strategy with him after the 26-year-old struggled through much of his first year with the club. Cubs president Theo Epstein said the team will talk with Olt about learning the corner outfield positions this winter as well as continuing to work at first and third base. "He's always a threat against left-handed pitching, so he can be a guy that covers the four corners and mashes left-handed pitching," Epstein said before the Cubs played the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
Chicago Sun-Times Sep 27, 2014

Cubs learn rule, beat Brewers for third consecutive win

MILWAUKEE — Don’t tell Rick Renteria these games don’t mean anything. The Cubs manager was ejected for the sixth time this season while arguing with second-base umpire Jeff Nelson after a ground ball to third went for an infield hit a split second after Nelson called a balk during the Cubs’ 6-4 victory Friday night. Luis Valbuena came up with Carlos Gomez’s hot shot to third but had no play at first because Anthony Rizzo — reacting to Nelson’s call —...
Chicago Sun-Times Sep 27, 2014

Theo Epstein: TV deal is ‘paradigm shifter’ in Cubs’ revenue stream

MILWAUKEE — The machinery and heavy lifting was already well underway at Wrigley Field by the time Cubs president Theo ­Epstein and manager Rick ­Renteria finished nearly all of their player exit interviews Friday afternoon in Milwaukee — just ahead of the final series. The Cubs’ baseball department turned the calendar to 2015 about the time it traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 4, and the business side is starting to catch up, with ballpark...
Northwest Herald Sep 27, 2014

Coghlan helps Cubs beat Brewers

MILWAUKEE – Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff homer in the first, and Javier Baez had his second career three-hit game, leading the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 6, Brewers 4

MILWAUKEE – The Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Friday night. Here’s a quick look at the game. How it happened: The Cubs never trailed as they scored runs in every other inning until the ninth starting with a leadoff home run by Chris Coghlan on the game’s second pitch. Jean Segura tied the game in the bottom of the second with a long ball but the Cubs retook the lead in the top of the next inning when Javier Baez and Jorge Soler drove in runs.

Epstein on Baez: 'He's a fighter'

MILWAUKEE – He might be struggling through his first call-up to the major leagues, but the Chicago Cubs are hardly down on infielder Javier Baez. No one likes seeing 90 strikeouts in fewer than 50 career games, but what the Cubs do like is his attitude and fight. Baez will get every chance to take what he’s learning this season and start to turn things around next. “In some ways it’s gone as expected,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said Friday afternoon.

Game blog: Brewers vs. Cubs

The Brewers have been eliminated from the playoffs but they still have three games against the Cubs at Miller Park that count and manager Ron Roenicke said Friday afternoon everyone would like to finish on a positive note after the long slide that killed the team's chances.

Epstein: Renteria to return for 2015

MILWAUKEE – A year ago this month, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein opened the door for the possibility of then-manager Dale Sveum being dismissed after the season. The Cubs did indeed fire Sveum, but there’s no such talk this year about his replacement, Rick Renteria. Before the Cubs played the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, Epstein was asked if Renteria would be back next season. “Yeah, absolutely,” he responded.

Podcast: One-on-one with Jake Arrieta

ESPNChicago's Jesse Rogers talks with Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta about his breakout season and what he plans on doing for an encore next year. Arrieta went 10-5 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 25 starts. Click here for more audio from ESPN Chicago.

Brewers open season-ending series against Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers put the 2014 season to rest beginning this weekend, as they finish out with a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park.

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