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Dodgers Send Rubber, Dirt To Arrieta Following No-Hitter

Sep 2, 2015 3:21 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent a few mementos to Jake Arrieta after he tossed a no-hitter against the club on Sunday night.

"Really nice gesture," the Chicago Cubs starter said of the Dodgers. "They sent a bucket of dirt from the mound, and they dug up the pitching rubber, which weighed 60 pounds. That's something I'll cherish as much or more than anything I've been given throughout the process."

Arrieta allowed just two baserunners, one on a walk and another on an error.

The Dodgers also sent authenticated game-used baseballs from the no-hitter, which Arrieta says he'll give out to family and friends.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Trade Austin Jackson To Cubs

Aug 31, 2015 9:22 PM

The Chicago Cubs will acquire Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners.

Jackson cleared trade waivers and the Cubs can place him on their postseason roster because he was acquired before Sept. 1.

Seattle will receive a player to be named later and a $211,000 international signing slot. Chicago will receive some cash to offset what is left on Jackson's $7.7 million salary.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Could Jake Arrieta Win NL Cy Young?

Aug 31, 2015 7:00 AM

The National League Cy Young conversation has largely been limited to teammates Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw since the All-Star break, but Jake Arrieta's no-hitter on Sunday night may help him earn consideration.

Arrieta went 6-0 with a 0.43 ERA and allowed just 19 hits in 42⅓ innings pitched in August.

The Chicago Cubs starter has a higher ERA than Greinke's 1.61 at 2.11, but rates better than Kershaw (2.24) entering Monday's action. Wins and losses have been dismissed by many in favor of newer statistics, but Arrieta leads all of baseball with 17 wins.

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award, Stats

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Cubs Have 'Pajama Party' On Flight Home

Aug 31, 2015 1:56 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "pajama party" for the team's flight home may not be the biggest thing to happen Sunday after Jake Arrieta no-hitter, but it's still a good thing.

"It works both ways," Maddon said Sunday afternoon. "If you win it's even better, and if you've lost it's kind of like, 'let's put this behind us and move on.' I see it as a win-win-win. It's about keeping the group together. It's about having fun as a group."

Rookie Kris Bryant and his girlfriend spent time online looking for the right pajama or onesie. He went with a one-piece Ninja Turtle pajama, which was folded up in his locker stall while other players came dressed in their pajamas as they arrived at Dodgers Stadium for Sunday's game.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Against Dodgers

Aug 31, 2015 1:42 AM

Jake Arrieta pitched his first career no-hitter, the second no-hitter against the Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Cubs to a 2-0 win Sunday night, according to an report.

Arrieta was lights-out on the mound, striking out a season-high 12.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Yasiel Puig Back On DL With Hamstring Strain

Aug 29, 2015 2:04 AM

Yet again it is a hamstring strain keeping Yasiel Puig out of the Dodgers' lineup and on the disabled list.

The team placed its right fielder on the DL prior to Friday's win over the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. 

Puig missed 39 games early in the season with a left hamstring strain, and he had already missed three games during the recent road trip because of this right hamstring strain.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Acquire Fernando Rodney From M's

Aug 27, 2015 7:49 PM

The Cubs acquired struggling right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced on Thursday after their to the Giants.

Rodney, 38, pitched for Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay in 2012 and 2013. He went 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and 16 saves in 54 appearances for the Mariners this season before being designated for assignment last Sunday.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Peavy, Posey Lead Giants To Win Over Cubs

Aug 27, 2015 1:23 AM

Buster Posey followed Brandon Belt's leadoff triple in the sixth with a go-ahead double, Jake Peavy won for the second time in six starts, and the Giants beat the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to stop Chicago's six-game winning streak.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Maddon Believes This Could Be The Year For The Cubs

Aug 25, 2015 1:11 AM

Even before his team's latest win, a ninth-inning, walk-off home run by Kris Bryant on Monday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon believed this could finally be the year for his storied franchise.

Is it possible the Cubs can win the World Series?

"Of course, of course it is," he told the Waddle & Silvy show on ESPN Radio on Monday morning.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Place Jason Motte, Jorge Soler On DL

Aug 24, 2015 3:30 PM

For the most part, the Cubs have experienced good health this season, but they were dealt a double blow on Monday when right-hander Jason Motte (right shoulder strain) and outfielder Jorge Soler (left oblique strain) were placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Both were expected to fill key roles down the stretch as the Cubs try to secure their first playoff spot since 2008.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Send Playoff Ticket Info To Season-Ticket Holders
The Cubs sent out playoff ticket invoices to season-ticket holders on Thursday.

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Cubs To Sign Trevor Cahill
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Dexter Fowler Clears Revocable Waivers
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Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
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Utley Seeks Playing-Time Assurance To Waive No-Trade
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Lester Has Developed New Pitch With Cubs
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Telephone Threat Prompts Police To Evacuate Wrigley Field
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Starlin Castro Hesitant to Change Positions
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Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees Could Pursue Chase Utley
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Jed Hoyer Expects August Trades To Be Tougher Than Usual
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Cubs Re-Sign Clayton Richard
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Blue Jays Claim Ben Rowen From Cubs
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Dan Haren 'Probably' Retiring After 2015 Season
Dan Haren considered retiring last offseason after being traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins.

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Cubs To Acquire Dan Haren From Marlins
The Marlins will receive two Minor League players in the deal.

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Cubs, Red Sox Discussing Carlos Carrasco With Indians
Carlos Carrasco is signed through 2018.

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Cubs, Mariners Discussing Unknown Players
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Cubs Aggressively Shopping Starlin Castro
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