4/29/2016 | Cubs react to Gordon's PED suspension
Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist was caught by surprise when he learned early Friday that fellow second baseman Dee Gordon was guilty of using PEDs.
4/29/2016 | Cubs come alive late to rally over Braves
Anthony Rizzo smacked a tiebreaking RBI single with one out in the eighth inning and Matt Szczur followed with his first career grand slam to lift the Cubs to a 6-1 victory over the Braves on Friday at Wrigley Field. With the win, the Cubs are now 17-5 and off to their best start since the 1907 team was 18-4 in its first 22 games.
4/29/2016 | Patience at plate paying dividends for Cubs
When the Cubs' coaching staff talked about having a better approach at the plate this spring, the players listened. And it's paying off. Chicago already has three games of at least 10 walks, and it leads the Majors in free passes. How different is that from years past? From 2010-15, the Cubs had a total of three 10-walk games.
4/29/2016 | Lackey, Teheran to duel as Cubs host Braves
While the Cubs have not had much reason to complain through this season's first few weeks, the Braves are certainly hoping that the next few months prove to be less frustrating than the first one has been. The Cubs will be attempting to conclude a successful April in fitting fashion on Saturday, when they send John Lackey to the mound to oppose Julio Teheran and the Braves.
4/29/2016 | Taillon, Benintendi among top prospect performers Thursday
With Jameson Taillon's impressive start to the 2016 season, you would never suspect that he hadn't pitched competitively since '13. The Pirates' No. 4 prospect (No. 51 overall) improved to 2-0 on Thursday, firing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Norfolk.
4/28/2016 | Bryant sustains mild ankle sprain on bases
Cubs left fielder Kris Bryant left Thursday's game vs. the Brewers with a mild right ankle sprain. He underwent an MRI as a precaution, and manager Joe Maddon was not certain if Bryant would miss any playing time.
4/28/2016 | Arrieta's home scoreless streak ends at 52 2/3
For the first time in what seems like forever, Jake Arrieta didn't look sharp, yet he still got a win and became the first Cubs pitcher to open a season 5-0 since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux in 2006.
4/28/2016 | Cubs cruise over Brewers behind Arrieta
Johnny Vander Meer's record is safe. Jake Arrieta did not throw another no-hitter and his scoreless-innings streak at home ended, but the right-hander did get the win in the Cubs' 7-2 victory over the Brewers on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
4/28/2016 | Arrieta, Bryant, Maddon earn Esurance Awards
The Cubs received a total of four Esurance MLB Awards. Jake Arrieta won the award for Best Starting Pitcher and Best Breakout Player of 2015. Kris Bryant was honored as Best Rookie, and Joe Maddon as Best Manager.
4/28/2016 | Cubs opt to keep prospect Contreras in Minors
With Miguel Montero going on the disabled list because of lower back stiffness, the Cubs could have promoted Willson Contreras, but manager Joe Maddon said he hoped to see the highly touted prospect later in the season.
4/28/2016 | Lester seeking first Wrigley win as Cubs host Braves
Jon Lester will try for his first win at home this season when the Cubs welcome the Braves on Friday in the first of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Atlanta will counter with right-handed rookie Aaron Blair (0-1, 5.06 ERA).
4/28/2016 | Montero placed on DL; Cubs add Federowicz
Miguel Montero has had back problems before that were so painful he couldn't walk. The Cubs catcher has been bothered by lower back stiffness since the weekend, and on Thursday, he was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday.
4/28/2016 | Bradley, Payano among top prospect performers Wednesday
Bobby Bradley is on a roll right now, and his hot hitting continued on Wednesday.The No. 90 overall prospect helped Class A Advanced Lynchburg to a 12-6 win over Winston-Salem by going 3-for-5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
4/27/2016 | Baez fine with part-time role for Cubs
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has told Javier Baez that someday he'll be in the lineup every day in the big leagues. But right now, Baez has accepted his role as a pinch-hitter and defensive sub.
4/27/2016 | Arrieta's no-no encore set for finale with Brewers
Jake Arrieta's effort to match Johnny Vander Meer and throw a second consecutive no-hitter was delayed by one day because of rain. The right-hander will try again Thursday when the Cubs and Brewers attempt to complete their series at Wrigley Field.
4/27/2016 | Repeat no-no? Arrieta's next chapter today
Jake Arrieta enters today's outing against the Brewers with a streak of 24 consecutive quality starts, including two no-hitters, the second of which came last Thursday at Cincinnati. His numbers during that span are mind-boggling: a 0.86 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP and a .150 opponent average.
4/27/2016 | Weather postpones Arrieta's follow-up act
Wednesday night's game between the Cubs and Brewers was postponed because of inclement weather. No makeup date was set, but Cubs ace Jake Arrieta was pushed back to Thursday.
4/27/2016 | Amazing run differential has Cubs off to scorching start
What does run differential say about the 2016 season? The sample size is small, of course, but the simple answer to that question to date can be summed up in two words: The Cubs.
4/27/2016 | Glasnow among top prospect performers Tuesday
After he struggled in his last start for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow returned to form Tuesday to fire six scoreless innings in a win against Durham.
4/27/2016 | Maddon commends Hendricks for 'getting it'
Kyle Hendricks had thrown 69 pitches over five innings, and expected to go deeper into the game Tuesday night. But Hendricks was lifted in what Joe Maddon called a National League moment. The Cubs right-hander didn't pout or whine about the move, and got kudos from his manager.
4/27/2016 | Quiet confidence aids Russell in big moments
During the Cubs' weekend series in Cincinnati, Addison Russell was hitting the ball hard, but right at defenders. On Tuesday, the shortstop found a perfect spot.
4/26/2016 | Arrieta on PED suspicions: 'I train properly'
A few of Jake Arrieta's teammates have relayed to him that other players suspect the Cubs pitcher is taking PEDs, and that's part of the reason for his success. Arrieta, responding to those suspicions and others raised in an article that appeared in USA Today on Tuesday, said the idea that he's cheating is idiotic.
4/26/2016 | Maddon: Cubs' plate approach yielding results
The Cubs began Tuesday leading the world in run differential, outscoring opponents, 119-51, but it's not because they're outslugging every other Major League team. Manager Joe Maddon said the players are sticking to their game plan.
4/26/2016 | Montero day to day with back stiffness
Cubs catcher Miguel Montero was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers because of a stiff back, and his status was day to day. David Ross started in place of Montero, who was available if needed later in the game.
4/26/2016 | Double-take Jake? Arrieta set for no-hitter encore
Brewers manager Craig Counsell made an interesting comment when looking ahead to his team's Wednesday matchup against Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, who no-hit the Reds in his most recent start.
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