Jon Lester not wasting his opportunities with postseason around the corner

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Lester tosses six-scoreless innings in the Cubs’ X-X victory against the Pirates on Monday. Every start from here on out is an opportunity for veteran left-hander Jon Lester. Unlike the Cubs’ postseason runs from 2015-18 when Lester was the workhorse of the rotation, those duties now fall on the shoulders of […]

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Jon Lester keeps things close as Cubs walk-off Indians in 10 innings

AP Photo/Mark Black Lester allowed two runs in five innings in the Cubs’ 3-2 victory. Javy Baez delivered the game-winning single with two outs and two strikes. Starting pitcher Jon Lester felt like he figured something out before his last start against the Brewers, and those corrections in his mechanics allowed him to throw six […]

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Dane Dunning, James McCann carry White Sox to 8-1 victory over Pirates

Dane Dunning pitched six innings of scoreless ball in the White Sox’ victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh Wednesday. (AP) | AP Photos Dane Dunning pitched six-plus innings of scoreless ball, catcher James McCann homered twice, and the White Sox rebounded from a bad loss with an 8-1 victory. Rookie right-hander Dane Dunning pitched six-plus […]

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Kyle Hendricks comes through in a big way as Cubs salvage series against the Cardinals

AP Photo/Paul Beaty Hendricks tosses eight innings and allows one earned run in Cubs’ 5-1 victory over the Cardinals on Monday. Sets franchise record by going 38 consecutive starts with two walks or fewer. It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to call Monday’s game against the Cardinals the Cubs’ biggest of the shortened season and dropping a […]

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Andrew Heaney pitches a gem as Angels spoil Mike Clevinger’s Padres debut

Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits over seven innings and the Angels defeated San Diego 2-0 on Thursday, spoiling Mike Clevinger’s debut with the Padres. With most of the attention focused on Clevinger, who was acquired in a multiplayer deal with Cleveland before Monday’s trade deadline, it was Heaney (3-2) who ended up pitching a […]

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Yu Darvish wins sixth consecutive start as Cubs top Reds in Game 1 of doubleheader

AP Photo/Aaron Doster Darvish lowered his ERA to 1.47 after tossing six scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 3-0 victory over the Reds in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader. If there were any lingering doubts about Yu Darvish being the best starting pitcher in the National League, they were emphatically put to rest Saturday. In a battle […]

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Did Patrick Sandoval tip his pitches? Angels starter struggles vs. Astros

If the first inning was a breeze for Patrick Sandoval on Monday night, then the next two innings were like the storm lurking in the Gulf of Mexico that could threaten the Angels in Houston this week: a hurricane. The Angels left-hander needed only five pitches to retire the first three Astros, getting George Springer […]

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Yu know it! Darvish adds to Cy Young resume as he dominates the White Sox

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images Darvish struck out 10 over seven innings in the Cubs’ 2-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday. Few would argue that right-hander Yu Darvish is the Cubs’ best starter. He’s showing he’s also one of the best in baseball. Darvish has picked up where he left off during the […]

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Long balls bite Kyle Hendricks and Cubs again as Jose Abreu’s three-homer night lifts White Sox

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Hendricks allowed two home runs in 5 1/3 innings in the Cubs’ 7-4 loss to the White Sox on Saturday. Kyle Hendricks saw what the White Sox’ lineup could do after it slugged six home runs in the Cubs’ 10-1 loss Friday. The Cubs’ ace was able to keep the […]

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Is Craig Kimbrel returning to form? Latest results suggest he might be.

AP Photo/David Banks Kimbrel has throw three consecutive scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking just one. The right-hander’s fastball has reached 98 MPH in those outings. Did Craig Kimbrel ever doubt he could be “the guy” again? His answer is simple, “Absolutely not.” Kimbrel hasn’t hid from the fact that he’s struggled to start […]

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Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon homer again, but Angels fall to A’s

The Oakland Athletics turned the first four innings of Wednesday’s game into a long-drive contest, teeing off on Angels right-hander Griffin Canning with three tape-measure blasts to power their way to an 8-4 victory in Angel Stadium. Matt Olson hit a 454-foot solo homer into a tunnel in the right-center-field bleachers in the first inning, […]

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Tyler Chatwood roughed up in K.C. as Royals rout Cubs 13-2

Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images Chatwood allowed eight runs and 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings. It was the first time this season a Cubs starter didn’t make it to the fourth inning. Like much of the Cubs’ rotation, right-hander Tyler Chatwood hadn’t gone through much adversity in 2020. He had looked sharp in his […]

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Falling into ‘bad habits’ may be behind Craig Kimbrel’s rough start in 2020

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast Cubs’ closer has allowed six earned runs in just 1 2⁄3 innings this season. “It’s no secret that I’ve struggled my first couple outings,” Kimbrel said. What’s wrong with Craig Kimbrel? That’s the $45-million question people have wondered about as the Cubs actively try to fix their struggling closer and get […]

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Nick Madrigal gets four hits as White Sox sweep Royals

AP Photos Dylan Cease pitched six innings of two-run ball as the Sox extended their winning streak to four games. So much for worry over that 0-for-8 start. Second baseman Nick Madrigal, called up for his major league debut Friday, put two rough offensive days behind him and rapped four consecutive singles in the White […]

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Kyle Hendricks roughed up in 12-7 loss to the Reds

AP Photo/Aaron Doster Hendricks allows six earned runs over 4 1⁄3 innings. Cubs right-hander now has a career 6.57 ERA at Great American Ballpark. By Russell Dorsey CINCINNATI – It was going to be difficult for Kyle Hendricks to duplicate his success from Opening Day, and after two solid starts by Cubs pitchers, the Reds […]

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White Sox break scoreless tie with 4 runs in 9th, avoid series sweep against Indians

Getty Lucas Giolito pitched six scoreless innings for the White Sox CLEVELAND — Lucas Giolito gave the White Sox what they desperately needed. The White Sox’ stymied offense did, too, but not until the ninth inning. Four runs were worth the wait. Giolito pitched six innings of scoreless, four-hit ball, and Yasmani Grandal and Eloy […]

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Cubs’ rotation continues to be bright spot early in the season

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images Right-hander Alec Mills tossed six innings of two-hit ball in the Cubs’ 8-5 victory against the Reds. The starting rotation has a 1.80 ERA through five games. CINCINNATI — The starting rotation was the Cubs’ second-biggest question mark — behind the bullpen — coming into the season. After five games, […]

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Tyler Chatwood dazzles, Ks 8 in season debut

AP Photo/David Banks The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings before allowing his first hit. Tyler Chatwood joked with manager David Ross that he shouldn’t have let Kyle Hendricks finish the game on Opening Day, because the outing would be hard to match. While Chatwood’s performance in the Cubs’ 9-1 win over the Brewers wasn’t a […]

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Yu Darvish’s first start of 2020 yields mixed results

AP Photo/Paul Beaty Darvish worked four innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out five. The Cubs right-hander hopes to finish his pitches better in his next start. It wasn’t Yu Darvish’s best and it wasn’t his worst, but the Cubs’ No. 2 starter’s first outing of 2020 yielded mixed results. Darvish labored through four […]

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Clayton Kershaw thinks he will be back in Dodgers’ rotation soon

Clayton Kershaw spent a few innings Thursday in the left-field bleachers, then the weight room, the Dodgers’ empty clubhouse, and back in the outfield. He appeared repeatedly on the game’s television broadcast, racing around in a Hankook Tire commercial and slipping into shoes for a Skechers ad. On opening day, the Dodgers’ scheduled No. 1 […]

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Lester has strong showing in Cubs’ final exhibition game

Getty Cubs’ southpaw strikes out four over 4 1⁄3 innings against Twins on Wednesday The Cubs have been adamant about taking things slow with veteran left-hander Jon Lester during summer camp and if Wednesday’s performance is any indication, it’s served him well. Lester carved up the Twins’ ‘A’ lineup in the last exhibition game before […]

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Cubs’ Jon Lester throws well — to home plate, that is — in intrasquad scrimmage debut

Jon Lester threw an encouraging couple of innings. | Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images The lefty struck out Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber in a 1-2-3 first inning. Then he struck out Jason Heyward and David Bote in what should’ve been a 1-2-3 second inning. Jon Lester looked like his old self Sunday at […]

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Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber will DH if need be, but he’d rather be in left field ‘going 110%’

Schwarber wants to play nine innings a day. If it’s merely four at-bats instead, he’ll handle it. | Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images Schwarber may be more dancing bear than Gold Glover in left field, but the man has his pride. Not to mention a deeply held belief that he can work on any weakness […]

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SoCal’s Eddie Mathews hits grand slam to send I-5 APBA Series to a decisive Game 7

The Southern California All-Stars rallied to force extra innings, then defeated Northern California 7-3 in Game 6 thanks to a grand slam by Eddie Mathews in the top of the 10th to send the I-5 Golden Greats Series to a decisive Game 7. The I-5 Series between players who grew up in Southern California vs. […]

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