Cubs Rumors & News

  • Wood steps up for Hammel in Cubs win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Starter Jason Hammel's third inning cramp turned into an opportunity for Travis Wood and the Chicago Cubs bullpen on Monday. Wood (3-0) rode to the rescue and pitched four perfect innings in relief for a victory as he led the Cubs to a 2-0 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers in..." May 30

  • Cubs beat Phillies for fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- John Lackey had the luxury of early run support on Sunday but still pitched like he was carefully protecting a slim lead. Lackey gave up four hits over seven innings while his teammates supplied ample offensive support as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 for..." May 29

  • The Cubs almost accidentally dumped a cooler of ammonia on David Ross

    SB Nation "David Ross hit his 100th career home run Friday, an obviously special milestone for the Cubs' veteran catcher. His teammates wanted to celebrate by dumping a cooler full of Gatorade on him. They almost screwed up in a pretty big way. " May 29

  • Cubs' Hendricks handcuffs Phillies, 4-1

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks' objective was to keep things simple on Saturday. The Chicago Cubs' right-hander worked efficiently, kept the counts low while pitching a five-hitter, striking out seven and walking none in a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. "I've..." May 28

  • Lester, Ross help Cubs beat Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Batterymates Jon Lester and David Ross combined for big games but in different ways on a rain-plagued Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Lester (5-3) bounced back from two recent poor pitching outings with a strong 6 1/3-inning effort in the Chicago Cubs' 6-2 victory over the..." May 27

  • Cubs' Arrieta struggles, but improves to 9-0

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Jake Arrieta has carried the Chicago Cubs quite a bit since last summer. On Wednesday, his teammates repaid the favor by carrying him through his worst start since last June. Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015, but..." May 25

  • Soler leads onslaught as Cubs drub Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Just like Alfred E. Neuman, the Chicago Cubs had no reason to worry. "We don't hit the panic button when we don't score runs or pitch," pitcher Jason Hammel said. "It's a 162-game season. It's part of the ebb and flow of the season. We're not robots; we can't do it the whole..." May 24

  • Grichuk walkoff homer lifts Cardinals past Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Randal Grichuk swung mightily at Adam Warren's 2-1 slider in the bottom of the ninth and came up empty. Grichuk swung just as hard at the next slider and sent everyone home. Unloading the first walkoff homer of his big league career, Grichuk lifted the St. Louis Cardinals..." May 24

  • Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

    The Outside Corner "When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler..." May 24

  • Victorino comeback bid on hold after Cubs release

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs released veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from his minor league contract Monday. Victorino, 35, never got untracked after suffering a calf strain in spring training." May 23

  • No panic, only small frustration setting in as Cubs drop another series

    ESPN "So you probably want to know what it’s like inside the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse during their first tough stretch of the season. After dropping a 1-0 game to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night, the Cubs have lost two consecutive series. They’re not scoring like they were a couple of weeks ago,..." May 23

  • Bumgarner knocks in lone run as Giants blank Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner is at it again. The Giants left-hander shut out the Cubs for 7 2/3 innings and drove in the only run of the game as San Francisco beat Chicago 1-0 Sunday. "He's special. We've seen it over the years," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner, the..." May 22

  • Cain snaps skid as Giants top Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "Matt Cain's long trudge back finally has a happy ending. The San Francisco right-hander snapped a 15-game winless streak while holding the Chicago Cubs to one run on six hits to lead the Giants to a 5-3 victory on Saturday. After two strong -- if inconclusive earlier starts -- Giants..." May 21

  • Heyward diagnosed with contusion near ribs

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs caught a bit of a break Saturday. The team announced right fielder Jason Heyward will only miss three-to-five days with a contusion near his rib area after crashing into the wall while making a spectacular catch in Friday's game. " May 21

  • Heyward leaves game with torso injury after crashing into wall

    CBS Sports "The Cubs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over the Giants on Friday, but, more importantly, right fielder Jason Heyward had to leave the game with an injury after crashing into the wall. Heyward suffered the injury making a truly great diving catch in the right-center field gap in the very first..." May 21

  • Arrieta earns NL-best eighth win as Cubs defeat Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta admitted he had only his "B" game Friday night. Fortunately for the staff ace, his teammates brought their "A-plus" defense. Arrieta became the National League's first eight-game winner, limiting the San Francisco Giants to four..." May 21

  • Addison Russell is emerging into an elite shortstop

    Beyond The Boxscore "The historical start of the Chicago Cubs has seen no shortage of contributors. From Anthony Rizzo all the way down to David Ross, it's certainly been a delicious treat to watch this team early on in the season (provided you're not a fan that resides in either the greater Pittsburgh or St. Louis..." May 21

  • Ross not averse to managing once playing days end

    The Score "David Ross isn't in the majors because of his bat. A career .228 hitter, the Chicago Cubs catcher probably isn't in the majors because of his defense, either. As a 39-year-old who will hit free agency in 2017, there isn't much to be desired from Ross the player. Ross the manager, on the..." May 19

  • Cubs rally, defeat Brewers in 13 innings

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- At some point during the 13-inning marathon playing out in front of them, the announced crowd of 31,212 at Miller Park had to wonder if either the Chicago Cubs or Milwaukee Brewers even wanted to win the game. The Cubs stranded 14 runners while Milwaukee left eight on base, but..." May 19

  • The Cubs are Winning and Keeping things Light

    Vice Sports "Walk into the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse before a game, and it's clear that there is no set routine for the best team in baseball. Some guys are there early, waiting to talk to reporters. Others are out on the field. But whatever the Cubs' players choose to do in their pregame routine, they can take..." May 19

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Brewers' Anderson toys with no-no in win over Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- If somebody said a Milwaukee Brewers-Chicago Cubs game featured a perfect game through five innings, a no-hitter seven and a shutout into the ninth, the safe assumption would have put the Cubs firmly in the driver's seat. But in baseball, expectation and reality rarely go..." May 17

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Cubs sign 6-time All-Star Joe Nathan

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs bought some low-risk insurance Tuesday by signing six-time American League All-Star closer Joe Nathan to a major league contract. Nathan, 41, is in the final stages of recovering from his second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, according to a source. The expectation is..." May 17

  • Gerrit Cole says he doesn't think Cubs are best team in baseball

    Sporting News "Gerrit Cole turned in his best performance of the season Sunday to help the Pirates beat the Cubs 2-1 in Chicago to avoid a sweep. Most of the attention was on Cubs starter Jon Lester after he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. But Lester ran into trouble in that inning and Cole..." May 16

  • Kang, Cole lead Pirates to first win vs. Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has the utmost faith in using closer Mark Melancon even as his strategy almost backfired on Sunday. Melancon had to deal with runners at first and third and gave a run on a sacrifice fly with one out, then closed out the Chicago Cubs as the..." May 15

  • Locke accuses Arrieta of throwing at Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's chosen walk-up song in the sixth inning Saturday was Taylor Swift's “Bad Blood,” also an appropriate theme for the continuing drama in the rivalry with the Pirates. Two pitches after Francisco Cervelli's two-run single briefly gave the Pirates a lead over the..." May 15

  • Cubs activate Miguel Montero from disabled list

    ESPN "Cubs catcher Miguel Montero was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday while outfielder Ryan Kalish was designated for assignment as manager Joe Maddon has elected to carry three catchers. Montero had been sidelined by lower back tightness. "It gives us freedom to do things in..." May 14

  • Cubs power way past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs combined the long ball with pitcher Jason Hammel's effective fastball as they pulled out of a two-game slump on Friday. Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and David Ross all homered as the Cubs (26-8) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 in the opener of a three-game weekend..." May 13

  • John Lackey Is Exactly What's Wrong With Baseball

    The Big Lead "John Lackey has had a great career renaissance over the past few years. This season with the Chicago Cubs, he has had a really nice start going 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA in seven appearances. But on Wednesday night, the 37-year-old showed why he’s exactly what’s wrong with baseball right now. Lackey..." May 13

  • Pomeranz, Padres blank Cubs, sweep doubleheader

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Christian Bethancourt's steady work handling four San Diego Padres pitchers was impressive enough Wednesday night. The 24-year-old backup catcher didn't stop there, though. Bethancourt, playing in his 11th game of the season, also supplied the game's lone run with a towering..." May 12

  • Chicago Cubs' record start makes near-record profits for MLB betting

    Covers.com "The 2016 Chicago Cubs have etched their name in the MLB record books after jumping out to a 25-6 mark in their first 31 games of the season – the best start to the schedule since 1984. And with that success, the Cubbies also brought Windy City bettors a windfall of +14.78 units on the moneylines...." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Cubs edge Padres for eighth win in row

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jon Lester admitted he didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, and the Chicago Cubs' bullpen collectively struggled, too. However, the Cubs' bats were quick to pick up the slack as Chicago held on for an 8-7 victory over the San Diego Padres. The victory was eighth straight for..." May 11

  • Cubs-Padres rained out; DH on Wednesday

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Ben Zobrist's outsized contributions in the Chicago Cubs' last seven games helped him land National League co-player of the week honors on Monday. The Cubs second baseman topped the major leagues with 15 RBIs as baseball's winningest team went 7-0. He also tied for second among..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Jake Arrieta: Worth more than Strasburg, won't give discount to Cubs

    ESPN "Reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta on Wednesday hinted that he's worth more than the $175 million deal given to Stephen Strasburg and said he's not ready to give a hometown discount to stay with the Chicago Cubs. "I'll let you judge that," Arrieta told reporters Wednesday morning about..." May 11

  • Theo Epstein trying to downplay hype caused by Cubs’ red-hot start

    Sportress of Blogitude "Cubs president Theo Epstein, however, isn’t buying into the hype, correctly pointing out that there’s plenty of season remaining and countless things have to go right simply for the Cubs to continue their torrid stretch of baseball, let alone win it all. “We’re thrilled with the start that..." May 11

  • UPDATE: the guy who said he bet his life savings on the Cubs faked the ticket

    Hardball Talk "UPDATE: Dang it, it’s a fake. Turns out it’s an altered ticket, per ESPN’s gambling expert. Stand down. But continue to read Hunter S. Thompson quotes. He had his moments. 3:57PM: Hunter S. Thompson once said that it’s important to know that losing comes with the territory when it comes to the..." May 11

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Chicago man bets life savings on Cubs to win the World Series

    CBS Sports "The Cubs are, by no small margin, the best team in baseball this season. They're 24-6 overall, and are one of only 10 teams in history to win 24 of their first 30 games. Five of those nine teams went on to win the World Series. According to Net One Sports, a Chicago man named Don Majewski feels..." May 10

  • Red-hot Cubs complete sweep of Nats

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta wasn't his usual dominant self. It didn't matter. The red-hot Chicago Cubs rallied in the seventh and won the game in the 13th on Javier Baez's home run to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Sunday. The Cubs swept the four-game series and extended their..." May 08

  • Russell sparks Cubs past Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It almost doesn't matter who Joe Maddon calls on to start or sub these days, the Chicago Cubs just keep on winning. The Cubs improved to 23-6 -- their best 29-game start since 1907 -- with Saturday's 8-5 victory over the Washington Nationals. "The vibe within the group is..." May 07

  • White Sox exec: World Series showdown with Cubs would be 'civil war'

    The Score "As two of the best teams in baseball through the first month, there's a good chance that Chicago's White Sox and Cubs will both reach the playoffs. And if both teams were to face off in the World Series, one White Sox executive believes the matchup would be more fierce than New York's own..." May 06

  • Hendricks sharp as Cubs improve to 21-6

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon had nothing but raves as starter Kyle Hendricks collected his first victory in nearly a month Thursday. Hendricks (2-2) allowed two hits in six shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 in the opener of a four-game series between National..." May 06

  • What the Cubs think of Bryce Harper's fun campaign

    ESPN Chicago "You might be surprised but when it comes to fist pumps and bat flips, 62-year-old Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his mild-mannered NL Rookie of the Year don't have a real problem with it. We know how Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper feels about the concept -- he's outspoken about it --..." May 05

  • Clayton Kershaw has been even better than Jake Arrieta during historic streak

    Sporting News "My original intent for this column was to lend context to Jake Arrieta’s recent stretch of dominant performances. If you’ve watched MLB Network or ESPN the past couple days, you’ve probably seen the number that jumps off the television screen. In his past 26 regular-season starts, dating back..." May 05

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Arrieta's record-setting win helps Cubs shut down Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Keeping his emotions under control has helped Jake Arrieta become arguably the best pitcher in the major leagues. So it wasn't surprising that he took setting a Chicago Cubs' franchise record in stride. Arrieta pitched seven scoreless innings to extend his regular-season..." May 03

  • Cubs Szczur to DL

    MLB.com "Matt Szczur was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a mild right hamstring strain and Ryan Kalish called up from Triple-A Iowa. Szczur was injured during a double steal attempt Monday night in the fifth inning. He was on third base when David Ross, who was on first, broke for..." May 03