From the Wire … Cubs Recall Chris Rusin, Option Brian Schlitter to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday morning and optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Iowa. The roster move should not come as a surprise with the Cubs adding Rusin to the big league roster. Rusin will be available out of the pen for Saturday’s game and should […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/11/14

Game Ten: Cubs (3-6) vs. Cardinals (5-4) Game Time – 7:15pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186, 844 Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 1.29/1.14/3.67) vs. Joe Kelly (1-0, 1.69/1.88/4.55) The Cubs kickoff their five-game, two-city road trip tonight with the first of […]

Cubs Offense Breaks Out and Beats Burnett – Cubs 8, Phillies 3

Game Six – Cubs 8, Phillies 3 WP – Carlos Villanueva (1-2) LP – A.J. Burnett (0-1) Save – None The Cubs used a pair of four-run innings and a solid start by Carlos Villanueva to salvage the finale of the three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs offense matched their season […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 04/06/14

Game Six: Cubs (1-4) vs. Phillies (3-2) Game Time – 1:20pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187, 844 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Carlos Villanueva (0-2, 13.50/3.00/11.47) vs. A.J. Burnett (0-0, 1.50/1.50/3.72) The Cubs will try to salvage the last game of the series with the Phillies […]

Samardzija Rumors, Arrieta Rehabs and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of another low scoring game on Saturday and he is off to a good start to his season. Samardzija has allowed two runs on 11 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts (14 innings). Samardzija threw seven innings of shutout ball on Opening […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 04/04/14

Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Phillies (1-2) Game Time – 1:20pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Travis Wood (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Roberto Hernandez (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) Weather permitting … The Party of the Century begins this afternoon with the Cubs home […]

A Veras Frustrating, Extra Long Loss – Pirates 4, Cubs 3

Game Two – Cubs 3, Pirates 4 – 16 innings WP – Stolmy Pimentel (1-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-2) Save – None The Cubs and Pirates played extra innings for the second straight game after the Cubs battled back and tied the game at two with a pair of runs off the Pirates’ pen […]

Cubs Leave Opening Day in Scoring Position – Pirates 1, Cubs 0

Game One – Cubs 0, Pirates 1 – 10 innings WP – Bryan Morris (1-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-1) Save – None Neil Walker provided the lone highlight of the day for either team with the first walk-off home run of his career. In front of a regular-season record crowd of 39,833 at PNC […]

All But the Bullpen is Set for Opening Day and Other Cubs News

The Cubs all but finalized their Opening Day roster prior to Friday night’s exhibition at Chase Field. Carlos Villanueva was named the Cubs’ fifth starter and Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs needed the flexibility Villanueva can provide early in the season. The team is committed to having Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson […]

Cubs Name Carlos Villanueva Fifth Starter, Chris Rusin Optioned to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have decided to start the season with Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. Villanueva will slot in behind Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. Villanueva’s first start will be on April 6 against the Phillies. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and will begin his season […]