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Addison Russell clobbered a pair of home runs on Friday, leading the Cubs offense in a 14-5 rout over the Diamondbacks.

Russell swatted a solo home run off D'Backs starter Zack Godley in the second inning, increasing the Cubbies early lead to 4-0. He victimized him again in the fourth, this time a two-run homer, putting the Cubs ahead 6-1. He also drew a walk, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. The rookie shortstop is hitting .244/.303/.403 with 12 long balls and 41 RBI.
Sep 4 - 7:02 PM

Jon Lester was blessed with a massive amount of early run support on Friday and cruised to an easy victory against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on five hits over his five frames.

Lester walked two and punched out three on the day. When he checked out, the Cubs held a commanding 14-2 lead, allowing Lester to breathe easy en route to his ninth victory. The southpaw will carry a 3.59 ERA and 1.21 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Sep 4 - 6:57 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs plan to extend Dexter Fowler a qualifying offer this winter.

It backs up a previous report from Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago. The projected qualifying offer this offseason will reportedly be around $15.7-16 million, which might be a tad more than Fowler is worth for one year. However, there's no doubt the 29-year-old would turn it down and seek a multi-year pact. He's had a nice year for the Cubs, batting .255/.351/.427 with 15 homers and 17 steals.
Sep 4 - 1:51 PM

Kyle Schwarber will be sidelined for at least 3-5 days after being diagnosed with a right rib cage strain.

Well, it could have been worse. Schwarber will be re-evaluated in 3-5 days to see how much progress he's made and could return to the lineup at that time. The impressive rookie injured his ribs on a check swing while taking batting practice Wednesday.
Sep 4 - 10:59 AM

Cubs sent RHP James Russell outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Russell has had a miserable season, compiling a 5.29 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 34 innings. He'll continue to provide bullpen depth at Triple-A and could get another chance with the big league club before the regular season ends.
Sep 3 - 7:46 PM

Cubs recalled RHP C.J. Edwards from Triple-A Iowa.

The 24-year-old has posted a terrific 2.87 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 41/17 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He'll provide an extra weapon out of the bullpen for the Cubs in the final month of the season.
Sep 3 - 7:43 PM

Kris Bryant slugged a two-run homer in the Cubs' loss to the Reds on Wednesday in Chicago.

Bryant's two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning tied the game 5-5, but the Reds would answer back in the top of the first on a three-run bomb by Joey Votto. Bryant, 23, is batting .269/.369/.487 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI in his first 123 major league games.
Sep 2 - 5:32 PM

Kyle Schwarber has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup and will undergo an MRI due to right rib soreness.

Schwarber could have hurt himself on a dive Tuesday, as he then felt soreness while taking batting practice Wednesday. The Cubs are saying the MRI is precautionary and they're hoping he'll be ready to go Friday after Thursday's off day. Chris Coghlan is in left field and Austin Jackson in right.
Sep 2 - 1:50 PM

Jorge Soler (oblique) hopes to resume swinging a bat on Friday.

Soler has been sidelined for over a week with a strained left oblique. The outfielder maintains hope of returning to action at some point later this month, but he has no timetable. Chris Coghlan has been starting in right field with Soler out.
Sep 2 - 12:16 PM

Hector Rondon finished Tuesday's 5-4 win versus the Reds with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 25th save.

Rondon needed 12 pitches, getting Todd Frazier to ground out before striking out Ivan De Jesus, Jr. and Eugenio Suarez consecutively to end the game. The right-hander is 25-for-29 in save chances with a 1.53 ERA and a 59/14 K/BB ratio in 59 innings.
Sep 1 - 11:19 PM

Dan Haren got a no-decision in Tuesday's victory over the Reds, giving up two runs in five innings.

Joey Votto slugged a solo home run in the first inning and opposing starter bookended Haren's outing with an RBI single in the fifth. They were two of four hits the right-hander allowed along with a walk and four strikeouts. It was the best performance Haren has had in six starts since joining the Cubs. On the season, including his time with the Marlins, Haren has a 3.89 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 112/32 K/BB ratio over 159 2/3 innings. He'll make a road start against the Cardinals next.
Sep 1 - 11:15 PM

Kyle Schwarber's two-run home run in the seventh inning was the deciding factor in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

The slugger put the Cubs ahead 5-4 when he sent a Burke Badenhop offering over the fence in left-center. Schwarber finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored on the night. He's batting .270/.365/.552 with 13 home runs, 38 RBI, and 41 runs scored in 189 plate appearances in his rookie season.
Sep 1 - 11:10 PM

Cubs sent RHP Brian Schlitter outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Schlitter was designated for assignment last week, but he's cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He has a 5.40 ERA over 78 appearances at the big league level.
Sep 1 - 9:04 PM

Cubs activated C David Ross off the bereavement list.

Ross was excused from the Cubs over the weekend due to a death in family. He's back with them Tuesday.
Sep 1 - 4:58 PM

Cubs designated LHP James Russell for assignment.

Russell was sporting a rough 5.29 ERA through 49 relief appearances this season for the Cubs. He was a casualty of Tuesday's initial round of September callups.
Sep 1 - 4:53 PM


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