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Cubs Giving Kris Bryant Time In Center

Apr 23, 2015 4:22 PM

The Chicago Cubs called up Kris Bryant last Friday and played him at third base, but this week he has gotten time in center field.

Bryant started in center on Thursday after subbing for Dexter Fowler, who is dealing with a right groin injury, a day earlier. With a hole in the outfield, Bryant told Joe Maddon said he preferred to play center than either of the corner spots.

"That's the position he's most comfortable with in the outfield," Maddon said.

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Addison Russell Goes Hitless In Debut

Apr 22, 2015 7:26 AM

Addison Russell started in his first Major League game with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

The infielder went 0-for-5, but the Cubs came from behind to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8.

"It's awesome," Russell said. "It's a great thing to be part of."

Russell struck out three times, but hit the ball hard while lining out in his final at-bat.

"It gives a little more confidence going into tomorrow," Russell said. "I just had to get the first one [game] out of the way."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Source: Cubs To Promote Addison Russell

Apr 21, 2015 8:14 AM

The Chicago Cubs will call up Addison Russell on Tuesday, according to a source.

To make room for the infielder, Arismendy Alcantara will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Russell, 21, was acquired by the Cubs from the Oakland Athletics last July 4 for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel after Oakland took him with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft.

He has primarily been a shortstop but moved over to second base recently in preparation for a promotion to the Major Leagues.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Fan 'Alert' After Being Struck By Foul Ball At PNC Park

Apr 21, 2015 8:03 AM

Monday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park was delayed 23 minutes when a fan was hit by a foul ball.

The woman was taken off on a stretcher from the seats behind home plate.

The Pirates said the fan was alert when she was wheeled out. She was finding her seat with her back to the field of play as Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled a ball straight back. The ball hit the netting as well as the side of the woman's head.

She immediately put her hand to her head and collapsed to the ground.

"She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a 'thumbs up' gesture to nearby fans," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Injury

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Lester Tosses Glove To First To Get Out

Apr 20, 2015 8:01 AM

Jon Lester, who has famously had issues throwing to first base, solved his issues by tossing his entire glove to get an out.

Clint Barmes of the San Diego Padres hit a comebacker to Lester on Sunday in the second inning. Lester caught the ball and ran towards first base before tossing his entire glove, ball attached, to Anthony Rizzo.

The left-hander has a history of poor throws to first base on pickoff attempts, committing an error on one in his last outing Monday when he airmailed Rizzo.

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Cubs Outlast Padres; Bryant Plays Like Top Prospect

Apr 19, 2015 1:02 AM

Kris Bryant got a standing ovation for his first major league hit and reached base five times Saturday in a 7-6, 11-inning win over the Padres.

A day after Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his big league debut, he was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and three walks.

"You're always looking for good at-bats and being a good decision-maker. He was that today," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Kris Bryant Not Discouraged With Debut

Apr 18, 2015 2:02 AM

Kris Bryant appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut at Wrigley Field.

The prized prospect of the Cubs struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields and then grounded out in a key spot Friday during a 5-4 loss to the Padres.

"Sure, I could have done a little better," Bryant said. "There's two sides to the ball. I felt I did well on defense."

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Kris Bryant Ready To Make An Impact In Chicago

Apr 17, 2015 7:31 AM

The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant to the Major Leagues on Friday.

The Cubs delayed his Major League debut a few weeks to delay his service time and ensure another season of club control.

Chicago's third baseman are hitting just .148, the lowest in baseball, with a .493 OPS this season.

Bryant accumulated 648 at-bats at the Triple-A level, hitting .327/.426/.667 with 55 home runs and 152 RBIs.

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Cubs Used Team Approach To Draft Bryant

Apr 15, 2015 8:55 PM

The Chicago Cubs went against conventional wisdom when they drafted Kris Bryant in 2013.

Chicago was expected to take one of the two best college pitchers available with the second overall pick, but Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting Jason McLeod went off course by taking the third baseman.

Bryant is the No. 2 ranked prospect in baseball and could make his Major League debut as early as Friday.

McLeod admits that there were major questions about Bryant's "hit tool." Bryant was "on the outside looking in" because of that in regards to Chicago using the No. 2 pick on him.

A San Diego native, McLeod has known San Diego coach Rich Hill forever, and Hill did everything he could to sell Bryant's potential.

"Rich Hill's going to shoot straight with me," McLeod said. "He couldn't speak more highly of a player and a person you would potentially bring into an organization, in terms of a teammate, the work ethic, all of those things."

McLeod also leaned on a series of scouts, who became sold on Bryant as his college career progressed.

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Cubs Still Being Investigating For Tampering With Maddon

Apr 14, 2015 7:30 AM

Major League Baseball is still investigating whether the Chicago Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon when they hired him away from the Tampa Bay Rays nearly six months ago.

Rob Manfred said Monday that despite his goal and "fervent hope" to have it wrapped up by Opening Day, the probe "remains ongoing," though it should be concluded "fairly soon."

The commissioner noted that investigations don't always have predictable timelines as "things happen that need to be pursued."

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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Lester Makes Pickoff Throw For First Time In Two Years
Jon Lester's throw to first on Monday night was errant, suggesting teams may test him more often and that he had a reason not to throw anywhere but home plate over the last two years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Six MLB Pitchers Wearing 'Dome' Insert
White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi has used a Kevlar padding insert in caps this season or in spring training.

ESPN.com

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Cubs To Sign James Russell
James Russell was released by the Braves earlier this spring.

Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

Cardinals-Cubs Game Postponed
Tuesday night's game between the Cardinals and Cubs has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening.

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Padres Looking For Upgrade At Shortstop
The Padres have been very active under new general manager A.J. Preller and aren't done, according to rival executives.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Restroom Shortage Frustrates Fans At Wrigley Field
There was a shortage of working bathrooms at Wrigley Field on Sunday night, which created long lines at the functional facilities throughout the ballpark.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Demotion Leaves Kris Bryant 'Hungrier Than Ever'
The prospect spoke for the first time since the Cubs announced that he wouldn't begin the 2015 season with the Major League club.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Lester Throws 84 Pitches, Ready For Opener
After he missed a spring start earlier this month due to a fatigued arm, leading to some concern about his availability to begin the season.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Las Vegas Takes More Bets On Cubs Than Any Other Team
The number of bets on the Cubs more than doubles any other team in the MGM's World Series futures pool.

David Purdum/ESPN

MLBPA Issues Statement On Bryant, Promotions
Sending Kris Bryant to the Minor Leagues for a few weeks to begin the 2015 season will allow the Cubs to control him for an additional year, delaying his free agency.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Kris Bryant To Begin Season In Minors
The Cubs have reassigned Kris Bryant to their Minor League camp.

ESPN

Epstein Not Sure Bryant Is Ready To Begin Season With Cubs
Kris Bryant has a .406 batting average with nine home runs this spring.

ESPN.com

'Dead Arm' Not An Issue For Lester
Jon Lester, who missed a Cactus League start on Saturday because of a "dead arm," is no longer dealing with any issues.

Mike Bauman/MLB

Bryant To See Action In Left Field For Cubs
Kris Bryant has played third base and was the designated hitter while limited because of fatigue in his right shoulder in Cactus League games this spring.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Lester May Be On Pitch Count In Opener
Jon Lester could be "restricted" on Opening Day for the Cubs as he continues to build his pitch count up after missing a recent spring start due to arm fatigue.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Lester Confident He's On Track After Bullpen Session
Jon Lester, scratched from his last start because of a tired arm, threw a bullpen session on Monday.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Maddon Has 'Epiphany' About Makeup Of Cubs Roster
Joe Maddon says he had an "epiphany" about the makeup of the final roster for the Cubs to begin the 2015 season.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Cubs Could Play Kris Bryant In Outfield
Kris Bryant has played well at third base this spring and now the Cubs will most likely give him some time in the outfield.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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