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Dan Haren confirmed Sunday that he plans to retire after the 2015 season is over.

Haren probably isn't going to have a postseason roster spot, but he'll stay ready if the Cubs need an emergency arm. Once the Cubs are done with their run, the 35-year-old right-hander will hang it up for good. He posted a 3.60 ERA in 187 1/3 innings this season between the Marlins and Cubs and will finish with a 3.75 career ERA in 2,419 2/3 total major league frames.
Source: ESPN Chicago
Oct 5 - 11:24 AM

Anthony Rizzo lined a two-run single to right field in the first inning on Sunday, leading the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers.

It also put Rizzo over the 100-RBI plateau for the first time in his career. The 26-year-old slugger had an extremely impressive season at the dish, slashing .278/.387/.512 with 31 homers, 101 RBI and 17 stolen bases. A five-category monster, he'll be selected in the top two rounds of nearly all fantasy drafts next spring.
Oct 4 - 6:25 PM

Dan Haren delivered an impressive performance in Sunday's victory over the Brewers, scattering just three hits over six innings of one-run ball.

In a game that the Cubs needed to win to keep their hope of home field advantage alive for the Wild Card game, Haren came through big. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day was an RBI double off the bat of Shane Robinson in the third inning. He finishes the season 11-9 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 132/38 K/BB ratio over 187 1/3 innings.
Oct 4 - 6:21 PM

Dexter Fowler is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

It's a simple day off. Austin Jackson will cover center field in the regular season finale.
Oct 4 - 11:14 AM

Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. The Cubs have Chris Denorfia and Chris Coghlan at the corner outfield spots.
Oct 4 - 11:13 AM

Hector Rondon notched his 30th save of the season in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Brewers, tossing a perfect ninth inning to preserve the tight victory.

Rondon entered in the ninth with the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 advantage, but he made sure there weren't any nervous moments. He recorded the first out via a strikeout of Jason Rogers, then finished out the game with two ground outs. This season, the 27-year-old closer is 30-for-34 in save chances with a 1.67 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio in 70 innings.
Oct 3 - 10:16 PM

Kyle Hendricks was superb in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Brewers, tossing six innings of one-hit, shutout ball.

Hendricks struck out eight without walking a batter. The only Brewer to manage a hit with the 25-year-old right-hander on the mound was Martin Maldonado, and even that was just a measly single. Otherwise, nothing doing for the Brew Crew. Working behind Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in the Cub rotation, Hendricks finishes out the regular season with a 3.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 167/43 K/BB ratio across 180 innings.
Oct 3 - 10:06 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a two-run single and three total RBI in Friday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

Nice game for Rizzo, who repeatedly burned Brewers starter Ariel Pena on Friday. He smacked a solo home run in the fourth inning and followed it up with a two-run single one frame later. For the season, the Cubs' star is hitting .279/.389/.516 with 31 homers, 99 RBI and 17 steals.
Oct 3 - 12:08 AM

Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Friday's win over the Brewers.

Castro worked an RBI double in the seventh to account for his solitary run driven in on Friday. This season, he's hitting .269/.299/.380 with 11 homers, 69 RBI and 52 runs scored. He posted a strong September and looks to be carrying that over to baseball's most important month.
Oct 3 - 12:04 AM

Making his final start of the regular season against the Brewers on Friday, Jake Arrieta tossed six innings of shutout ball in the 6-1 victory.

Arrieta finishes off a Cy Young-caliber 2015 campaign with a fitting shutout. He struck out seven Brewers without walking a batter, allowing just two hits on the evening. He had thrown just 72 pitches after six innings, but the team's clearly trying to preserve him for a possible postseason run. We'll see if a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio across 229 innings will be enough to earn the 29-year-old right-hander the NL Cy Young, or if it will be snatched from his grasp by either Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke .
Oct 2 - 11:52 PM

Austin Jackson went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run, a walk and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Reds.

Jackson opened the scoring in the contest when he hit a three-run homer off Reds starter Jake Lamb in the third inning. It was his first home run since joining the Cubs at the end of August. In 65 at-bats with his new team, he's picked up 15 hits, with over half of them going for extra bases. He's also driven in eight runs in his last two games. The 28-year-old outfielder must feel like he's won the lottery now that he's escaped a nowhere-bound Mariners club.
Oct 1 - 4:24 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday afternoon's win over the Reds.

Rizzo drove in his lone run of the game via a ground rule double against Reds starter Jake Lamb in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old slugger is hitting .277/.387/.511 with 30 homers, 96 RBI and 17 steals this season. His previous season-best for steals was six in 2013, a mark that he's comfortably obliterated during the current campaign.
Oct 1 - 4:18 PM

Jason Hammel didn't allow a run during Thursday afternoon's win over the Reds, tossing five shutout frames.

Hammel scattered five hits and struck out five without walking a batter over his five innings of work. With the strong (if relatively brief) outing, he finishes out his 2015 regular season campaign holding a 3.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 172/40 K/BB ratio over 170 2/3 innings. The postseason awaits.
Oct 1 - 3:49 PM

Kyle Schwarber is starting at catcher in the Cubs' series finale Thursday against the Reds.

It's his first start behind the plate since August 31. Schwarber, who's been playing primarily in left field, will bat seventh Thursday versus Reds lefty John Lamb.
Oct 1 - 9:42 AM

Kris Bryant is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Reds.

Javier Baez will start at third base and hit sixth against Reds left-hander John Lamb. Chicago is locked into the National League Wild Card Game with the Pirates, so we'd expect some more days off for Cubs regulars.
Oct 1 - 9:40 AM

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