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Cubs Aren't Concerned With Dip In Jake Arrieta's Velocity

Sep 20, 2016 4:14 PM

Jake Arrieta has endured an up-and-down season and a loss to the Brewers continued the trend.

Arrieta gave up four hits over six innings, but walked four and surrendered a home run to Ryan Braun.

"I'm not concerned with it," he said. "Just need to find that comfort with the sinker in the strike zone, first pitch. After that, it opens up a lot of doors. We're working on it."

While Arrieta seems focused on his off-speed stuff, Joe Maddon often references his velocity.

"There were a lot of 93s (mph)," Maddon said. "I think he hit 95 once or twice. But he's not complaining of being tired or anything bothering him physically."

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Cubs Clinch First NL Central Title Since 2008

Sep 16, 2016 8:23 AM

The Chicago Cubs became the first Major League team to clinch a division crown when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

The Cubs had a chance to clinch the division with a win, but lost to the Milwaukee Brewers.

"This is just the first step," Joe Maddon said. "I mean, we have much larger baseball fish to fry in our skillet."

It marks the first time the Cubs have won a division title since 2008.

"We've got a lot ahead of us. We really do," Theo Epstein said. "It kind of all boils down to how you perform in October."

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Twins Advancing In Front Office Search

Sep 13, 2016 6:39 AM

The Minnesota Twins have openings to fill in their front office and have already advanced through a large portion of the process.

In conjunction with an executive search firm, the Twins have already nearly wrapped up formulating a list of first-round interview candidates.

Minnesota has formally requested permission to interview Chicago Cubs executive Jason McLeod.

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Twins Looking At Cubs Front Office For Executives

Sep 7, 2016 5:54 PM

The Minnesota Twins are searching for executives and are "looking closely" at some members of the Chicago Cubs front office.

Specifically, the Twins have interest in Jason McLeod and Shiraz Rehman.

It was reported on Tuesday that the Twins are considering former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

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Cubs Plan To Continue With Six-Man Rotation

Sep 4, 2016 10:55 PM

With an eye on October, the Cubs will continue with a six-man rotation this month as lefty Mike Montgomery will remain a starter despite the return of John Lackey from the disabled list.

"Just trying to keep guys fresh for the rest of the year," manager Joe Maddon said before Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants. "It's no more complicated than that."

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Jason Heyward Says 'My Head Is Fine' After Getting Weekend Off

Aug 22, 2016 7:43 AM

Jason Heyward is ready to return to the Chicago Cubs after getting the weekend off.

He's now focused on helping get the Cubs to the World Series.

"At that point no one looks up at what the regular season looks like," Heyward said. "Nobody cares. That's the fortunate thing about playing in October."

After sitting four consecutive days, Heyward will get another chance at the plate as the team takes on the San Diego Padres beginning Monday.

"Numbers aren't going to mean anything to me as an individual," Heyward said. "Wins and losses and what I can do to help this team win is the bottom line. That's it."

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Cubs Place John Lackey, Hector Rondon On DL

Aug 20, 2016 1:20 AM

DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed pitchers John Lackey and Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list Friday, the team announced.

Both underwent MRIs on Thursday, with Lackey's revealing a right shoulder strain and Rondon's revealing right triceps strain, the team said.

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Jonathan Papelbon Continues To Assess Options

Aug 18, 2016 2:06 PM

Jonathan Papelbon remains unsigned as he continues to assess his options as a free agent.

It had been reported that Papelbon would decide on a team by Wednesday night.

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have been linked to Papelbon, while the Texas Rangers aren't going after the right-hander.

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Tommy La Stella Accepts Minor League Assignment

Aug 17, 2016 4:54 PM

Tommy La Stella has agreed to report for his optional assignment and he'll play Wednesday night for the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

La Stella, 27, had previously been weighing whether or not to accept his demotion off of the Major League roster.

 

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Jonathan Papelbon To Pick Team By Wednesday Night

Aug 17, 2016 7:29 AM

Jonathan Papelbon is drawing "strong interest" from multiple clubs and expects to make a decision on his next team by Wednesday night, according to a source.

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have both been linked to Papelbon, who was released by the Washington Nationals.

Papelbon ranks ninth in Major League history with 368 career saves in 12 seasons with the Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and the Nationals.

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Cubs Apologize For Inappropriate Song As Aroldis Chapman Leaves Mound
An employee played Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" after Chapman pitched the ninth inning against the Cardinals.

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Jon Lester Endorses Cubs Potential Acquisition Of Jonathan Papelbon
If the Cubs sign Jonathan Papelbon, former teammate Jon Lester is on board.

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Trevor Cahill To Start For Cubs On Tuesday
Trevor Cahill will become the eighth pitcher to start a game for the Cubs this season.

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Aroldis Chapman Rewarded With Steak Dinner For Three-Pitch Outing
Joe Madden owes Aroldis Chapman a steak dinner after the pitcher needed just three pitches to get three outs in the ninth inning on Thursday night.

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Tommy La Stella Would Rather Retire Than Not Play For Cubs
The Cubs have placed Tommy La Stella on the inactive list as he contemplates retirement.

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Cubs DFA Joe Nathan, Activate Jorge Soler
Veteran reliever Joe Nathan was signed by the Cubs in May.

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Cubs, Angels Agree On Joe Smith Trade
The Angels will receive pitcher Jesus Castillo in the deal.

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Cubs Mulling New Translator For Aroldis Chapman
After a rough start with reporters in Chicago, the Cubs are mulling a new translator for Aroldis Chapman.

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Nationals Were In Mix To Acquire Aroldis Chapman
The Nationals were in the mix to acquire Aroldis Chapman right up until the Yankees completed a deal with the Cubs.

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Hector Rondon OK With Ceding Closer Job To Aroldis Chapman
Hector Rondon is on board with the Cubs acquiring Aroldis Chapman and is willing to pitch in the seventh or eighth inning or "whenever" manager Joe Maddon wants him.

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Cubs Officially Acquire Aroldis Chapman From Yankees
The Yankees received four players in return -- top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, pitcher Adam Warren and Minor League outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.

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Cubs Haven't Discussed Possible Extension With Aroldis Chapman
Reports have indicated that a trade is likely between the Cubs and the Yankees involving the reliever.

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Sources: Yanks Close To Sending Chapman To Cubs For Top Prospect
The Yankees may trade closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for shortstop Gleyber Torres.

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Joe Nathan Joins Cubs, Gets Win On Sunday
Joe Nathan pitched a scoreless sixth inning on Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk, and striking out three Brewers in the Cub's comeback win.

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Reports: Yankees Appear Close To Trading Aroldis Chapman
According to reports, the Nationals, Cubs, Giants, and Indians are among the teams most interested in trading for the services of Aroldis Chapman.

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Cubs Showing Interest In Josh Reddick
Theo Epstein drafted Josh Reddick while serving as general manager of the Red Sox.

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Cubs Acquire Mike Montgomery From M's In Four-Player Deal
Mike Montgomery fills a bullpen need for the Cubs, who have been lacking a left-handed pitcher.

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Yankees Still Covet Kyle Schwarber In Trade With Cubs
It is looking increasingly likely that the Yankees will trade Aroldis Chapman ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Mets Recall Michael Conforto; Send Brandon Nimmo To PCL
Outfielder Michael Conforto will rejoin the Mets at Wrigley Field on Monday.

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Addison Russell 'Rejuvenated' By All-Star Experience
The Cubs endured a grueling stretch heading into the break, but the 22-year-old doesn't mind the additional workload of All-Star week.

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