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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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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor

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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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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor

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Cubs Apologize For Inappropriate Song As Aroldis Chapman Leaves Mound

Aug 15, 2016 3:13 PM

The Chicago Cubs have apologized for a song that was played after Aroldis Chapman left the mound on Sunday.

An employee played Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" after Chapman pitched the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. That employee was fired Monday.

"We apologize for the irresponsible music selection during our game last night," president of baseball operations Crane Kenney said. "The selection of this track showed a lack of judgment and sensitivity to an important issue. We have terminated our relationship with the employee responsible for making the selection and will be implementing stronger controls to review and approve music before public broadcast during our games."

Chapman, who the Cubs acquired from the New York Yankees at the trade deadline, missed the first 29 games of this season under baseball's domestic violence policy.

He was involved in an October incident where he allegedly choked his girlfriend.

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Jon Lester Endorses Cubs Potential Acquisition Of Jonathan Papelbon

Aug 15, 2016 11:52 AM

If the Chicago Cubs sign Jonathan Papelbon, former teammate Jon Lester is on board.

“He is crazy," Lester said of Papelbon, who was his teammate for several seasons with the Boston Red Sox. "But he's no crazier than the rest of us. He just gets a bad rap for what happened in the dugout. Knowing Papelbon, I've always had good things to say about him as a teammate, how he respects the game and how he goes about his business."

The Cubs may have interest in Papelbon after he was released by the Washington Nationals.

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Trevor Cahill To Start For Cubs On Tuesday

Aug 15, 2016 7:09 AM

The Chicago Cubs will start Trevor Cahill in Game 1 of their doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.

Cahill will become the eighth pitcher to start a game for the Cubs this season. He has made six starts for Triple-A Iowa with mixed results as he carries as 4.58 ERA.

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Aroldis Chapman Rewarded With Steak Dinner For Three-Pitch Outing

Aug 12, 2016 6:23 AM

Joe Maddon owes Aroldis Chapman a steak dinner after the pitcher needed just three pitches to get three outs in the ninth inning on Thursday night.

"When you're in the minor leagues, you actually give a pitcher a steak dinner for a four-pitch inning," Maddon explained. "He got it in three, so I have to make it a really good steak dinner."

The Chicago Cubs went on to win 4-3 over the St. Louis Cardinals in 11 innings. Chapman was the fifth Major League pitcher to throw a three-pitch inning this season.

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Tommy La Stella Would Rather Retire Than Not Play For Cubs

Aug 10, 2016 2:54 PM

The Chicago Cubs have placed Tommy La Stella on the inactive list as he contemplates retirement.

La Stella, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 29, has said the Cubs are the only team he wants to play for as his priorities have changed over the last season.

"I'm a baseball player by profession. My identity is not tied up in that," La Stella said.

"That's not who I am as a person. I don't need to make every life move centered around my profession, because that's not who I am. I kind of disassociated with that identity. It felt a lot better to me going out there playing because that's what I felt in me, not because I felt obligated to do it. It was a lot more enjoyable this year."

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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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Jake Arrieta Leaning Toward Sitting Out All-Star Game
Jake Arrieta is leaning toward resting up for the second half and not pitching in Tuesday's All-Star Game, according to Scott Boras.

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A's Ryan Madson Drawing Trade Interest
A number of teams, including the Blue Jays, Nationals, and Cubs, are looking for bullpen help.

San Francisco Chronicle

Syndergaard, Cespedes, Fowler Scratched From All-Star Game
Drew Pomeranz. Starling Marte, and Jay Bruce have been added to the NL All-Star Game roster.

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Jason Hammel Exits Start With Cramping In Hand
Jason Hammel exited his start against the Braves in the sixth inning on Thursday with cramping in his right hand.

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Fan Injured After Falling From Wrigley Bleachers
A fan apparently tried to jump from the bleachers at Wrigley Field when he slipped and landed face first on the warning track during a rain delay.

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