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Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a double as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-2 on Thursday.

The Brewers were up 2-0 when Rizzo delivered his big blow in the eighth. The Cubs then added two runs in the ninth as insurance. Rizzo has homered in back-to-back games, so maybe his lengthy slump is coming to an end. He had just one homer in five weeks prior to yesterday.
Jul 31 - 1:28 AM

Hector Rondon recorded his second save in two days Thursday with a perfect ninth against the Brewers.

It looks like the closing gig is Rondon's again, which begs the question of why he was ever lifted from the spot in the first place. He could be a top-10 closer the rest of the way.
Jul 31 - 1:25 AM

Kris Bryant is not in Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

He's just getting a day off. Chris Coghlan will fill in at third base and bat third.
Jul 30 - 4:01 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs are "aggressively trying to include Starlin Castro in any deal."

It's notable that Addison Russell started at shortstop on Wednesday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said earlier this week that Castro would not be traded, but that's not a promise he can keep. The 25-year-old is batting just .237/.271/.305 in 406 plate appearances this season and his defense at shortstop has deteriorated. There's been talk of interest from the Padres.
Jul 30 - 2:32 PM

Miguel Montero has a checkup with a hand specialist Thursday in Chicago.

Montero has been hitting and catching at the Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona and he's hoping to be cleared for more activities Thursday after his exam. The veteran catcher has been on the disabled list since July 12 with a sprained left thumb. He is trending toward a mid-August return.
Jul 29 - 5:49 PM

Jon Lester limited the Rockies to two runs over eight innings Wednesday in the Cubs' 3-2 victory.

Lester struck out 14 and walked just one in the dominant outing on a hot, sunny day at Wrigley Field. The left-hander has been on a roll for the last couple of months, now boasting a 3.26 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 136/32 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 total innings. He will get the Pirates on the road next time out.
Jul 29 - 5:07 PM

Hector Rondon notched picked up his 13th save of the season Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies.

Rondon walked one but struck out two of the four batters he faced in a mostly clean ninth frame. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday evening that Rondon could reclaim closer duties at some point, and it looks like we may already be headed in that direction. Maddon had been using a ninth-inning committee.
Jul 29 - 5:04 PM

Anthony Rizzo cranked a two-run homer in the Cubs' win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

It was his first home run since July 7. Rizzo has been in an offensive rut, but he still owns a shiny .279/.393/.500 batting line on the season. And he's now up to 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 99 games.
Jul 29 - 5:02 PM

Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez blasted two home runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

it was his first game back in Triple-A after missing close to two months with a broken finger. Tuesday marked Baez's third multi-homer game of 2015. He's dominated the minor leagues this season, hitting .325 across 157 at-bats while posting a stellar .399 on base percentage. The 22-year-old has come up in trade rumors and could be dealt ahead of Friday's deadline. Starlin Castro, the Cubs' current shortstop, could also be available.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 29 - 4:27 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have discussed Javier Baez with the Cubs.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported on Monday that they've also talked to the Cubs about Starlin Castro as they look for a long-term solution at shortstop. The Cubs are interested in a few of the Padres' starters, namely Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner, so the two sides could be a match. Baez has spent all season at Triple-A Iowa, batting .317/.387/.572 with 10 homers over 38 games in an injury-shortened campaign.
Jul 29 - 2:39 PM

Cubs designated OF Mike Baxter for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Rowen. Baxter has hit .246/.348/.263 in 46 games with the big club this season.
Jul 29 - 12:13 PM

Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

It's a day off for the struggling Castro. Addison Russell has slid over to handle shortstop, while Jonathan Herrera is getting a start at second base.
Jul 29 - 11:15 AM

Jorge Soler is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day off. Chris Coghlan has shifted over to right field in Soler's place.
Jul 29 - 11:14 AM

Kyle Schwarber is making his first major league start in left field Wednesday.

Schwarber's bat has been too good to keep out of the lineup, so the Cubs are doing what they can to keep him in there on days he doesn't catch. The youngster is hitting .352/.426/.593 with three homers over 18 games with the Cubs.
Jul 29 - 11:13 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Ben Rowen from Triple-A Iowa.

Rowen boasts a 1.93 ERA in 34 relief appearances in the minors this season. The side-armer should serve as a matchup guy versus righties.
Jul 29 - 11:09 AM


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