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NEW YORK — By now, anybody who follows the Cubs has heard the front office’s vow to aggressively pursue pitching over the next two winters to catch up to the quality of young Cubs hitters believed to be coming down the pipeline. But the idea of signing a big-shot pitcher such as All-Star lefty Jon Lester makes it easy to forget the other big need the Cubs’ top execs have identified: a veteran every-day player to help ease the pressure and transition of all the young guys expected to be on the 2015 roster. General manager Jed Hoyer said again … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:21:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs all wet, win 2-0 after four-plus-hour rain delay ]]> Lead story image

Leave it to the Cubs to have a rain delay that winds up on Deadspin. As Tuesday night slipped into Wednesday morning at Wrigley Field, the Cubs remained stuck on the fifth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants, more than two hours after the passing storm that started all the havoc. A delayed call for the tarp by umpire crew chief Hunter Wendelstedt and an ensuing series of tarp snafus by the grounds crew — forced to scramble in an increasingly heavy downpour — turned a passing shower into a perfect storm and a classic Cubbie Occurrence. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:21:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ K’s come with the territory for Cubs’ young sluggers ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Get used to it. The Cubs struck out 11 times again Monday in New York, most of them against a guy who pitched in relief the day before and was ­making an emergency start for a late scratch. In fact, that’s their average over their last 11 games, covering three series. Whew. That’s a lot of outdoor air conditioning. But then there also was this: Anthony Rizzo followed a first-inning strikeout with a slump-busting day that included a go-ahead home run in the eighth. And after another multi-strikeout start to his day, rookie Javy Baez crushed the … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:20:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Renteria says Cubs won’t shut down pitcher Jake Arrieta ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — A day after blindsiding his best pitcher by suggesting to the media that right-hander Jake Arrieta might be shut down before the end of the season, Cubs manager Rick Renteria reversed course. ‘‘We have no plans to shut him down,’’ Renteria said Monday. ‘‘That’s something we’re not considering.’’ Renteria said he wasn’t sure why his comments Sunday were interpreted as suggesting a possible shutdown. ‘‘I don’t recall being asked if he was being shut down,’’ he said. ‘‘Maybe I’m wrong.’’ Renteria first was asked generally about the late-season status of Arrieta, who opened the season on the … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:20:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Starlin Castro a favorite of N.Y. media, fans ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — With all the hype surrounding super prospect Javy Baez’s first two weeks in the majors and all the angst over super-duper prospect Kris Bryant’s left big toe, it might be easy to forget the Cubs actually have a three-time All-Star already plugged into the long-term plans. “I don’t forget that he’s here,” manager Rick Renteria said of shortstop Starlin Castro. Neither have New York Mets fans and media, who got a couple more reasons to fawn over the object of their baseball desires Sunday in the Cubs’ 2-1 victory over the Mets that snapped a three-game losing … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:19:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kris Bryant injury not serious; Cubs can exhale ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — The best news for the Cubs Sunday wasn’t about the victory over the New York Mets, but rather the MRI results of the left big toe of star prospect Kris Bryant. The team says results showed no structural damage and that the slugging third baseman has only a bad bruise, and his playing status will be evaluated daily. Bryant, the top-ranked prospect in some rankings, aggravated an injury Saturday he suffered earlier in the week when fouling a ball off his foot. He was forced to leave Saturday’s game after the second inning, and inconclusive X-rays Saturday … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:41:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs might give Jake Arrieta a precautionary shutdown ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Could the Cubs’ theater of the absurd escalate to the point of taking their best pitcher out of circulation down the stretch to give young guys tryouts? Cubs manager Rick Renteria seemed to suggest as much before Sunday’s game when asked about the status over the final weeks of right-hander Jake Arrieta — who opened the season on the disabled list because of shoulder soreness. “We’re all cognizant of the fact that it’s getting later into the season and we’re still monitoring everybody and trying to make sure we don’t put them in any peril,” Renteria said … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:19:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Starlin Castro’s HR in 9th lifts Cubs over Mets 2-1 ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven smooth innings. He left with a 1-0 lead following Luis Valbuena’s run-scoring single in the fourth. Slumping slugger Curtis Granderson tied it with a two-out RBI single off winner Pedro Strop (2-4) in the eighth, snapping skids of 0 for 17 and 1 for 29. A diving catch by rookie center fielder Arismendy Alcantara moments earlier prevented more … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:42:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs fans go into tizzy when hot prospect Kris Bryant hurts foot in Iowa ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — The Cubs unveiled a new pitcher Saturday, a right-hander hoping to exploit a change of scenery to take a step toward becoming part of the Cubs’ long-term pitching plans. Yet, somehow, everything about Saturday night in New York still seemed to be about what was going on with minor-league hitters 1,000 miles away in Des Moines, Iowa. In fact, when top prospect Kris Bryant of Class AAA Iowa limped to the clubhouse in the top of the third inning in Des Moines — about the same time Dan Straily lost the strike zone in the sixth inning … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:36:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Carlos Villanueva: Players have no fear of new commissioner ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — The election of Rob Manfred as baseball’s next commissioner isn’t going to help the Cubs much in resolving their problems with the rooftop owners. But if the Cubs are right about where they are in their rebuilding process, they could become one of the bigger beneficiaries of White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s failure this week to pull off a labor-hawk coup and install Red Sox chairman Tom Werner as Bud Selig’s replacement. That’s because Manfred, baseball’s top labor executive during the last two decades of labor peace, was the likeliest candidate to keep a handful of festering … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:33:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs send down struggling OF Junior Lake ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — For those who weren’t sure earlier this week when the Cubs held bunting drills and pitchers’ fielding practice, it should be clear by now that 2015 spring training has begun in earnest. Recently acquired right-hander Dan Straily joined the roster for a show-me spot start Saturday at Citi Field — with struggling outfielder Junior Lake optioned to Class AAA Iowa for the rest of the month to make room. General manager Jed Hoyer said the front office might “try to do something creative” in a couple of weeks to open up more starts in the rotation down … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 02:12:45 -0500