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Cubs Place Chris Denorfia On DL

May 5, 2015 7:38 AM

The Chicago Cubs will place Chris Denorfia on the disabled list after he left Monday night's game with a pulled hamstring.

"I hit second a little awkwardly, and when I got back up to sprinting speed, I felt a little something," Denorfia said.

Denorfia was rounding second and heading to third when the injury occurred. He began the season on the disabled list with the same ailment.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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Sources: Cubs Have Touched Base With Phillies On Hamels

Apr 30, 2015 3:31 PM

The Chicago Cubs have continued to touch base with the Philadelphia Phillies regarding Cole Hamels, according to Major League sources.

In addition to the Cubs, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are also believed to be in the market for a starter.

Chicago is winning, which may make them more aggressive on the trade market as the midseason approaches.

"You're always thinking about that stuff," said Jed Hoyer, pointing out it's still too early to think too specifically. "You're at a stage where a two- or three-game winning streak or losing streak really changes your outlook in a hurry.

"But certainly we're hopeful that we're in that position. And we're obviously going to prepare as if that's the case."

The Cubs entered play on Thursday at 12-8 and two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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MLB Finds Cubs Didn't Tamper With Maddon

Apr 29, 2015 3:37 PM

Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation into whether or not the Chicago Cubs tampering with Joe Maddon when hiring him this offseason. He was under contract with the Tampa Bay Rays until days before news of his hiring broke.

The following release was issued on Wednesday afternoon:

Major League Baseball has concluded its tampering investigation regarding Joe Maddon’s departure from the Tampa Bay Rays and his subsequent hiring as manager of the Chicago Cubs.  The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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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.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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
Kris Bryant was 2-for-3, with a pair of singles and three walks on Saturday.

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Kris Bryant Not Discouraged With Debut
Cubs prospect Kris Bryant struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields on Friday at Wrigley Field.

ESPN.com

Kris Bryant Ready To Make An Impact In Chicago
The Cubs delayed his Major League debut a few weeks to delay his service time and ensure another season of club control.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Cubs Used Team Approach To Draft Bryant
The Cubs went against conventional wisdom when they drafted Kris Bryant in 2013.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Cubs Still Being Investigating For Tampering With Maddon
Major League Baseball is still investigating whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon when they hired him away from the Rays nearly six months ago.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

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.

MLB

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

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