Rizzo Beats the Shift, Samardzija Looking for a Win and Other Cubs News and Notes

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. Rizzo was on board for Starlin Castro’s two-run homer and scored the Cubs’ third run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Junior Lake. Teams have been using the exaggerated shift on Rizzo, basically leaving the entire […]

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Rambling About the Cubs While Wrigley Welcomes May

Hello again, everybody. The archrivals and hated neighbors join in on the Party of the Century the next five days and will try to ruin the festivities. While the Cubs will honor the decade of the 20’s this weekend, both visiting clubs will try to roar through town with a Vaudevillian splash. And now that […]

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Cubs Ramblings as Wrigley Celebrates a Milestone

Hello again, everybody. There was much ado about something this week at Wrigley as the Cubs hosted a team that is supposedly worse than them. The series got off to a good start, but things turned sour quickly and a big ole birthday cake ended up in the dumpster. So, on that random note, let’s […]

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Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 03/31/14

Opening Day – Game One: Cubs (0-0) vs. Pirates (0-0) Game Time – 12:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV, ESPN – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844 Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh Jeff Samardzija (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Francisco Liriano (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) Chicago Cubs Baseball is on the Air! It’s Opening Day! Rick […]

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Cubs Roster Coming into Focus with the End of Spring Training in Sight

The Cubs inched closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster after the Rangers claimed Donnie Murphy off waivers, George Kottaras was released, John Baker was named the team’s backup catcher and the announcement was made Eli Whiteside would start the season in Iowa. The Spring Training roster officially stands at 32 players and the 40-man […]

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Jake Arrieta Completes Simulated Game, Likely to Miss First Two Weeks of the Season

Jake Arrieta completed a simulated game and faced hitters Sunday for the first time this spring. Chris Bosio and Rick Sutcliffe were two of the four coaches on hand Sunday to watch Arrieta, along with one of the Cubs’ trainers. Arrieta reportedly threw 24 pitches during BP with his fastball in the low-90s (90-92 mph) […]

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Cubs Reassign Kyle Hendricks to Minor League Camp

A day after tossing three innings of shutout ball against the Dodgers, the Cubs reassigned RHP Kyle Hendricks to minor league camp. The Cubs announced the spring roster move Saturday. With Hendricks no longer in big league camp, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 53 players. Kyle Hendricks made three Cactus League starts and […]

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Samardzija Gets the Opening Day Nod and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs made it official Friday. Jeff Samardzija will get the ball on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Unless something happens before the first game of the season, Samardzija will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. And thanks to the schedule makers, Samardzija will become the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at […]

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Still Buzzing about the Olt and Baez Blasts and Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt and Javier Baez picked the right time to make the Peoria Sports Complex look rather small. Olt and Baez launched three home runs late Wednesday night that traveled close to 1200 feet combined. As Len Kasper said during the broadcast, the ball does not travel as well at night in the Cactus League […]

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Jackson’s Communication Breakdown and Other Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Edwin Jackson didn’t exactly go about things the right way Friday when he decided he would only throw fastballs in his second Cactus League start against the Indians. Jackson did not let his manager or pitching coach in on his plan. And it does not sound like Rick Renteria is too happy with Edwin Jackson. […]

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