9/28/2016 | Jaso's cycle leads Pirates past Arrieta, Cubs
Nearly a year ago, Jake Arrieta crushed the Pirates' postseason hopes before they could truly begin, tossing a shutout in the Cubs' National League Wild Card Game victory. On Wednesday night, John Jaso led Pittsburgh's recent revenge tour against the Cubs right-hander, hitting for the first cycle in PNC Park history as the Bucs scored seven runs off Arrieta in an 8-4 win.
9/28/2016 | Coghlan day to day with mild left ankle sprain
Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan left Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Pirates in the fifth inning with a mild left ankle sprain suffered when he crashed into the left-field wall. The Cubs wanted to see how he responded overnight, and Coghlan was not expected to play Thursday.
9/28/2016 | Nova aims to finish strong in Bucs' finale vs. Cubs
The Pirates will play their final home game of the season on Thursday, closing a four-game series against the Cubs, and it will be interesting to see if it's the last time Ivan Nova pitches for Pittsburgh. The Cubs will have a "bullpen day" and let rookie Rob Zastryzny start it off.
9/28/2016 | Soler expected to rejoin Cubs in Cincinnati
Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, sidelined because of soreness on his right side, is expected to rejoin the team in Cincinnati this weekend for the final regular-season series. His status will affect how the Cubs finalize their roster for the National League Division Series, which begins Oct. 7.
9/28/2016 | Epstein, Cubs agree to 5-year extension
The Cubs and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein have agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.
9/28/2016 | Lackey's solid start a tuneup for October
John Lackey might have reached 200 innings this season if he hadn't been on the disabled list because of tightness in his right shoulder. The Cubs right-hander expects to make up the difference next month.
9/27/2016 | Coghlan leads vs. Bucs as Cubs keep cruising
Realistically, the Cubs have little left to play for this week. With a 100-win season and the best record in the Majors secured, their sights are now set on the month to come. But still, the Cubs continued their roll into October on Tuesday night at PNC Park, beating the Pirates, 6-4, for their third straight win.
9/27/2016 | Second MRI on Soler's side shows no damage
Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler remained in Chicago to undergo a second MRI on his right side, which did not reveal any damage. Soler could rejoin the team in Cincinnati for the final regular-season series.
9/27/2016 | Bryant: Reaching 100 RBIs 'tremendous' relief
The Cubs' Kris Bryant was relieved on Tuesday. After finishing last season with 99 RBIs, he got his 100th -- as well as No. 101 -- when he hit a two-run homer on Monday night against the Pirates.
9/27/2016 | Arrieta faces Taillon in last regular-season start
It seems fitting that Jake Arrieta would make his final regular-season start in one of his favorite ballparks. On Wednesday, Arrieta will start for the Cubs in the third game of their four-game series against the Pirates, who have seen plenty of the right-hander. Jameson Taillon will start for the Pirates in the finale of his rookie season.
9/27/2016 | Bryant brings unmatched value with versatility
The Cubs' run to the National League Central crown began on April 4, with Kris Bryant at third base. It concluded with Chicago's first division title in eight years on September 15, with Bryant at third base. In between, Bryant played more than 300 innings in left field, nearly 100 more in right, 43 at first base, and he sprinkled in cameos at shortstop and center field.
9/26/2016 | Maddon impressed with Hendricks' confidence
After the fourth inning, Cubs manager Joe Maddon walked over to Kyle Hendricks in the dugout at PNC Park. Hendricks thought the manager might be peeved because the pitcher didn't score on Kris Bryant's single that inning. Instead, Maddon wanted to know what Dartmouth's mascot was.
9/26/2016 | Bryant blasts 2-run HR, passes 100 RBIs
In Monday's 12-2 win over the Pirates, Kris Bryant reached the century mark, hitting his 39th home run, a two-run shot, to raise his season total to 101 RBIs with the Cubs.
9/26/2016 | Cubs leaning toward 11 pitchers in postseason
Among the discussions the Cubs have had regarding the postseason roster is whether to carry 11 or 12 pitchers. Manager Joe Maddon said they are leaning toward having 11 pitchers and 14 position players, which was the breakdown last year in the postseason.
9/26/2016 | Cubs, fans give Ross an epic send-off
Sunday was the Cubs' final home regular-season game, and Jon Lester wanted to make sure that his batterymate, who is retiring once they're done in the postseason, got a proper send-off. You couldn't script it any better. David Ross hit a solo homer, his 10th, to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 3-1, and notch their 99th win. And he was greeted by standing ovations before every at-bat.
9/26/2016 | Cubs turn to Hendricks with 100th win in reach
With home-field advantage locked up through the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will begin the final week of their regular season -- and their last week of postseason preparation -- Monday night at PNC Park against the Pirates one win shy of 100 after defeating the Cardinals in their Wrigley Field finale on Sunday.
9/25/2016 | Zastryzny to start Thursday's bullpen day
Cubs rookie Rob Zastryzny will make his first Major League start on Thursday in the club's series finale against the Pirates at PNC Park. The Cubs, who have clinched the No. 1 seed in the National League, want to give the rest of the rotation a breather heading into the postseason and had scheduled Thursday as a bullpen day. Zastryzny, 24, will get things started.
9/25/2016 | Soler, Chapman among Cubs rocked by Fernandez's death
Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler played with Jose Fernandez when they were 11-12 years old and growing up in Cuba. They stayed in touch when both became big leaguers, and saw each other in the offseason in Miami. On Sunday, Soler woke up to the news that his friend was killed in a boating accident in Miami.
9/24/2016 | One outing won't determine postseason rotation
Hammel, who took the 10-4 loss on Saturday in an abbreviated start at Wrigley Field, may find himself as the odd man out when manager Joe Maddon sets the rotation for the National League Division Series. But the Cubs' manager said "the greater body of work" matters more than one poor start.
9/24/2016 | Cubs host Cards in final home regular-season tilt
Before preparations begin for the postseason, Wrigley Field will play host to one final regular-season game with Sunday's nationally televised matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals. It will be the division rivals' last scheduled meeting of the season, but perhaps also a prelude for what might come in October.
9/24/2016 | Maddon thrilled with possibility of 100-win season
The Cubs secured home-field advantage through the National League Championship Series after the Pirates' walk-off victory over the Nationals on Friday night. That was one of manager Joe Maddon's goals for the season. The other is to reach 100 wins.
9/23/2016 | Cubs secure home field for NLDS, NLCS
The Cubs have sat atop the National League standings for much of the season, and on Friday that status became official.
9/23/2016 | 'Grandpa Rossy' surprised with pregame tribute
David Ross is the ringleader on the Cubs, and he prides himself on knowing everything that's going on, but the veteran catcher was totally surprised on Friday when teammates honored him pregame as part of a year-long retirement ceremony.
9/23/2016 | Paired with Montero, Arrieta finds his groove
Before Friday afternoon's contest at Wrigley Field, Miguel Montero asked Jake Arrieta to "pick up the tempo." Arrieta executed, striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.
9/23/2016 | Jimenez, Clifton honored with Minor League Awards
Eloy Jimenez, the Cubs' organization's Minor League Player of the Year, and Trevor Clifton, 21, the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, were honored pregame on Friday at Wrigley Field.
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