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Cubs Outlast Padres; Bryant Plays Like Top Preospect

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.

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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."

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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.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

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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

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Lester Makes Pickoff Throw For First Time In Two Years

Apr 14, 2015 7:17 AM

Jon Lester threw to first base on Monday night for the first time since April 30, 2013.

The left-hander is relatively quick to the plate, which has limited base stealers the past two seasons. He has allowed just 28 stolen bases in 37 attempts over that span. However, the St. Louis Cardinals stole three bags in his first start with the Chicago Cubs on April 5.

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

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Six MLB Pitchers Wearing 'Dome' Insert

Apr 13, 2015 1:51 AM

A group of six pitchers that includes White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi has used a Kevlar padding insert in caps this season or in spring training that MLB has not approved, the manufacturer told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday.

Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies, said Noesi and Yankees reliever Esmil Rogers have worn the company's "Dome" insert under official New Era caps in games this season. Four other pitchers he declined to name have also worn them in the last six weeks.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Cubs To Sign James Russell

Apr 8, 2015 4:49 PM

The Chicago Cubs have signed left-hander James Russell.

Russell was released by the Atlanta Braves earlier this spring.

He has spent a majority of his career with the Cubs.

Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

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Cardinals-Cubs Game Postponed

Apr 7, 2015 5:11 PM

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

A makeup date for the postponement has yet to be established.


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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.

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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.


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

'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

Kris Bryant Hits Seventh And Eighth HRs Of The Spring
Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant hit a first-inning home run off Felix Hernandez on Saturday.

Jon Lester Experiencing 'Dead Arm'
Jon Lester remains the Cubs' starter on Opening Day against the Cardinals.

Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig
They have had some of their top pro scouts around the Giants, Padres and Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Boras Has Strong Words For Cubs Regarding Kris Bryant
Scott Boras issued critical comments for how the Cubs have handled the Major League timeline of Kris Bryant.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Jon Lester Sharp In Spring Debut For Cubs
Jon Lester faced the minimum in his spring debut on Friday, in front of 15,331.