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Joe Maddon Confused By 'Out Of Base Path' Call On Javier Baez

May 23, 2016 6:53 AM

Joe Maddon didn't understand why Javier Baez was called out for running out of the baseline in the eighth inning of the Chicago Cubs' 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.

"I really don't understand the call at all," Maddon said. "I really don't."

"The point is he didn't really get way out there."

Baez bunted toward first base and the ball was picked up by Madison Bumgarner, who went to tag him but missed as Baez moved from the infield grass onto the dirt in foul territory, eventually sliding to the ground and touching first base. Umpire Dana DeMuth called him out of the base path.

"I go way back with Dana," Maddon said. "It was not an egregious move on Javier's part by any means. I was really surprised by the call."

MLB Rule 7.08 states "a runner's base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely."

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Heyward To Miss 3-5 Days With Rib, Hip Contusion

May 22, 2016 3:16 AM

The Cubs escaped some bad news with outfielder Jason Heyward on Saturday, when they learned that he has a contusion near his right rib and hip, an injury that will keep him out of action for just three-to-five days.

"I think that's a reasonable thing," Heyward said after learning his MRI didn't reveal serious damage. "I'm feeling a lot better today than last night. Take it one day at a time."

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Jason Heyward Injures Right Torso

May 21, 2016 1:20 AM

Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward left Friday's game against the Giants in the first inning after making a diving catch in the deepest part of AT&T Park.

The Cubs said Heyward was being evaluated for an injury to his right torso and abdominal area.

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Joe Nathan Signs With Cubs

May 17, 2016 4:16 PM

The Chicago Cubs have signed veteran reliever Joe Nathan to a Major League contract.

The club has placed Nathan on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

Nathan underwent the surgery last April.

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Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75

May 15, 2016 2:43 PM

Former major league pitcher Sammy Ellis, who became an All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in 1965, has died. He was 75.

The funeral home handling the arrangements said Ellis died Friday in Temple Terrace, Florida. It didn't provide details on his death.

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Pirates Upset By Jake Arrietta's HBP

May 15, 2016 1:33 AM

This season's games between the Cubs and Pirates haven't been as competitive as many thought, but the rivalry has remained heated nonetheless.

For the second time in as many series, both benches were warned Saturday after each side hit a batter.

Some Pirates thought Cubs starter Jake Arrieta's fourth-inning pitch, which hit Jung Ho Kang, was intentional, though the Cubs vehemently denied it.

Both sides agreed that Pirates starter Jeff Locke's sixth-inning fastball, which nicked catcher Miguel Montero, wasn't intentional.

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Jason Heyward Confident He'll Rebound From Slump

May 12, 2016 7:06 AM

Jason Heyward admitted he's feeling the pressure of signing a huge contract with the Chicago Cubs, but says he's confident he'll rebound from his current slump.

"You could say it's a little bit of all of the above, but at the same time I think I was right around doing the same thing same time last year," Heyward said. "It happens. I've been a slow starter. I've done that before and bounced back and no one is thinking about April and May."

Heyward had a hit and a walk Wednesday, but is batting just .212 this season. He leads the Cubs with 14 strikeouts with men on base. He also hasn't yet homered in 2016.

"Timing wise is off," Heyward said. "If you're not on time, then you're not going to make the best decisions or get the most results out of your at-bats."

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Jake Arrieta Says He Won't Give Cubs Hometown Discount

May 11, 2016 6:22 PM

Jake Arrieta has hinted that he's worth more than the $175 million Stephen Strasburg received and that he won't give the Chicago Cubs a hometown discount.

"I'll let you judge that," Arrieta told reporters about what he believes his market to be. "Just look at the numbers."

Strasburg received a seven-year extension from the Washington Nationals, but Arrieta's numbers over three seasons with the Cubs have been better.

"That's why starting pitching is so valuable," Arrieta said. "There's not many guys that can pitch at the top of the rotation floating around the league."

Arrieta, whose ERA is a measly 0.92 over his past 27 starts, is making $10.7 million and has one year left of arbitration before he can become a free agent after the 2017 season.

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Harper Sets Record By Reaching Base 7 Times Without Official At-Bat

May 9, 2016 1:10 AM

Nationals star Bryce Harper set a Major League Baseball record on Sunday in a 13-inning loss to the Cubs by reaching base seven times without an official at-bat, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.

Harper matched the major league record for walks in a game with six, most recently done by Jeff Bagwell in 1999. Harper was hit by a pitch the other time he came to the plate.

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Extension Talks Between Cubs, Theo Epstein Are 'Status Quo'

May 3, 2016 8:08 AM

Theo Epstein, who is not under contract with the Chicago Cubs past this season, says contract extension talks with ownership are "status quo."

It doesn't appear as though there have been any snags in talks, but rather the two sides need to make time for serious negotiations.

Tom Ricketts said during spring training he expects to make Epstein the highest-paid team baseball executive in the game.

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Kris Bryant To Have MRI On Right Ankle
Kris Bryant will have a precautionary MRI on his right ankle after he rolled it as he rounded the bases on Thursday as the Cubs defeated the Brewers.

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Jake Arrieta Flattered By Accusations Of PED Use
Jake Arrieta says it's "flattering" that some in the game are questioning whether he has used performance-enhancing drugs to achieve his status among the elite pitchers.

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Fan Joins Cubs On Field To Celebrate Arrieta's No-Hitter
A fan joined the Cubs on the field to celebrate Jake Arrieta's no-hitter on Thursday night in Cincinnati.

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Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Against Reds
The Cubs defeated the Reds 16-0 on Thursday night as Jake Arrieta tossed his second career no-hitter.

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Cardinals Looking Into Policy After Cubs T-Shirt Flap
The Cardinals intend to re-evaluate their "long-standing policy" of disallowing shirts with the word "suck" on them after a controversy this week at Busch Stadium, according to the club's head of

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Kyle Schwarber To Have Surgery This Week
The Cubs already expect him to miss the season with ACL and LCL tears, but an exact recovery timeline remains uncertain.

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Jason Heyward Says He Left Cardinals For Chicago's Locked-Up Core
Visiting Busch Stadium for the first time since he left the Cardinals to sign with the Cubs, Jason Heyward was careful to clarify some of his December comments, which he thinks were misconstrued.

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Cubs, Theo Epstein Haven't Had Extensive Talks
The Cubs expect to agree to a contract extension with Theo Epstein at some point, but so far the talks haven't been extensive.

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Cubs Acquire Giovanni Soto From Indians
Giovanni Soto, 24, was a 24th-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2009.

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Kyle Schwarber Vows To Return 'Bigger, Faster And Stronger'
Kyle Schwarber vowed to return "bigger, faster and stronger" after he tore two ligaments in his left knee in an outfield collision with Cubs teammate Dexter Fowler on Thursday.

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Cubs Lose Schwarber For The Rest Of The Season
Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has full tears to the ACL and LCL in his left knee.

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Chip Hale 'Embarrassed' After Loss To Cubs
The Diamondbacks have struggled to begin the season, including a 14-6 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night.

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Kyle Schwarber Suffers Ankle Sprain During Collision
Dexter Fowler made contact with Kyle Schwarber's legs as the two converged chasing a line drive from Jean Segura of the Diamondbacks in left-center.

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Cubs, Theo Epstein Expect New Deal 'Sometime Soon'
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein have both said recently that a new deal for the club's top executive is getting closer.

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Cubs To Sign Jake Buchanan
Jake Buchanan was released by the Astros earlier Thursday.

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Cubs Release Shane Victorino, Re-Sign Him To Minors Deal
The Cubs released Shane Victorino, Munenori Kawasaki and Manny Parra on Tuesday, and then re-signed all three to Minor League contracts.

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Jeff Samardzija Spoke With Cubs About Possible Reunion
Jeff Samardzija, who signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants, met with Theo Epstein in Chicago early in the offseason about a possible reunion with the Cubs.

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Cubs Game Delayed When Jason Heyward Swarmed, Stung By Bees
Jason Heyward was surrounded by a swarm of bees and stung multiple times during the top of the third inning at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona.

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Jake Arrieta Will Start Cubs' Opener
Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta had left his last spring outing with a blister on his right thumb.

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Shane Victorino Won't Make Cubs' Roster, Mulling Rehab Offer
Joe Maddon announced on Thursday that Shane Victorino won't be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

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