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Recap: Chicago Cubs vs. LA Angels

By The Sports Network, 5 days 6 hours ago
Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Albert Pujols smacked a three-run homer among his two hits, four RBI and two runs scored as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-4 in spring training action. Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Angels. Starter Jered Weaver struck out eight and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 5 1/3...

Rounding Third: Bryant needs to be patient

By The Sports Network, 1 week 6 days ago
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - A lot of people think the Chicago Cubs are poised for their first playoff appearance since 2008. And if the Cubs do go from a last-place NL Central finish in 2014 to a postseason spot this year, super prospect Kris Bryant may be right in the middle of it. Just don't bet on him being in the thick of things from the start. To nobody's surprise...

Recap: Oakland vs. Chicago Cubs

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta struck out three in four innings to help the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. Arrieta gave up four hits and an unearned run for the Cubs, who received three hits and a run scored from Tommy La Stella. Dexter Fowler added a pair of hits and an RBI. Max Muncy had three hits, including a two-run homer for the A's. He...

Recap: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 4 days ago
Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Clint Frazier hit a three-run home run, Yan Gomes added a solo shot and the Cleveland Indians were a 7-4 winner over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Mike Aviles went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Indians, who got six strikeouts in 4 1/2 one-run innings from starter T.J. House. Matt Szczur hit his second home run of the spring for Chicago. Tsuyoshi Wada only...

Chicago Cubs 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 6 days ago
After three years of rebuilding the farm system at the expense of the major league roster — and big-league results — the Cubs are back in the hunt for the first time in team president Theo Epstein’s regime. Not “all in,” not “selling out” for 2015, says Epstein, who makes clear the focus is still on a sustained competitive window. But several players...

Recap: Oakland vs. Chicago Cubs

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 6 days ago
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta struck out three in four innings to help the Chicago Cubs to a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. Arrieta gave up four hits and an unearned run for the Cubs, who received three hits and a run scored from Tommy La Stella. Dexter Fowler added a pair of hits and an RBI. Max Muncy had three hits, including a two-run homer for the A's. He...

Joe Maddon's Arrival Signals Next Step in Chicago Cubs' Resurgence

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 3 days ago
The characters in that long-running Windy City disaster known as the Chicago Cubs’ World Series Disappointment are well known to all baseball fans. There is the Billy Goat. And Bartman. The Miracle Mets. Leon Durham and his “Gatorade glove,” not to mention a supporting cast both great (Ernie Banks) and small (Ernie Broglio, part of the infamous Lou Brock trade), all of whom...

Manny, Youkilis join Cubs as consultants

By The Sports Network, 1 month 5 days ago
Mesa, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - On the day position players had to report to spring training, the Chicago Cubs announced the hiring of Manny Ramirez as a hitting consultant and Kevin Youkilis as a scouting and player development consultant. Both players have ties to Cubs president of baseball operation Theo Epstein, who was general manager of the Boston Red Sox when both players were there....

Ranking the Best and Worst MLB Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 1 month 5 days ago
Brand equity. Brand awareness. Brand image. These are all economic terms that overlap, exist in a nebulous world and don’t directly impact the bean counters.  As the media world has grown over the last half century, so has the understanding of concepts like advertising, marketing and, of course, branding. So things like tag lines — “I’m loving it” or...

Cubs avoid arbitration with Strop

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop to a one-year contract worth $2.525 million on Thursday to avoid arbitration, according to the team's official website. Strop, 29, had a 2.21 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 61 innings out of Chicago's bullpen in 2014. In 96 innings with the Cubs since a 2013 trade from Baltimore, Strop has a 2.44 ERA and 113...