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If the Cubs’ hitters are hiding something from the rest of baseball, it can’t be much. That was clear when the roster was assembled. But if the offense has potential, the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Reds on Friday at Wrigley Field didn’t do much to inspire hope that it will be realized any time soon. The Cubs snapped their scoreless drought at 24 innings on Luis Valbuena’s RBI single in the seventh, but they still have scored only two runs in their last 32 innings and have lost five in a row. And there’s no promise that things are … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:15:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs drop fifth in row with 4-1 loss to Reds ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak, but a mistake-filled game against the Reds at Wrigley Field Friday netted them a 4-1 loss. The Cubs have now lost five straight. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ There was a time — and not too long ago — Cubs were destination ]]> Lead story image

Alfonso Soriano spent much of his time in the Yankees’ clubhouse early Wednesday talking about his losing seasons with the Cubs and the trade to New York. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:36:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs shut out in doubleheader for first time since 1962 ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK – The iconic Cubs made a rare appearance in the Bronx against the storied Yankees, and earned a place in franchise history. They would have rather had a win – a run, even. Instead, they were shut out in both ends of a doubleheader for the first time in 52 years, losing 3-0 in the opener to the guy they spent their off-season pursuing, Masahiro Tanaka, and losing the nightcap 2-0 to Michael Pineda and three relievers. It was the first time the Cubs went scoreless for an entire doubleheader since the Cardinals beat them 4-0 and 8-0 … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tanaka proves his worth with 10-K performance over Cubs ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Now we know why Cubs manager Rick Renteria went out of his way to try to learn Japanese over the winter. Why Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer committed every available dime in their offseason budget to make the six-year, $120 million offer that fell a year and $35 million short. Why Masahiro Tanaka was the right pitcher at the right time for what the Cubs want to do. And, maybe, why failing to land him could delay their competitive timeline for years. “He certainly confirmed to us what we thought of him during the scouting process,” GM … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:59:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Soriano not sure what happened after ’08 ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Alfonso Soriano misses the city and his old friends. But there’s little about the way the last few years of scaled-down baseball went that he misses from his nearly seven years as a Cub. “Yeah, that’s the worst part of Chicago,” he said of the deconstructed rosters and constant losing that prompted him to use mind tricks to convince himself the team could contend. “At my age, I just want to win. I don’t want to be a part of the future. I want to be a part of the present. And with the Yankees, it’s all … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:14:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ 4 Cubs who could be wearing Yankees uniforms ]]> Lead story image

GORDON WITTENMYER: Five years ago, Jeff Samardzija was a rookie reliever when the Cubs helped christen the new Yankee Stadium with an exhibition series at the end of spring training. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jason Hammel focusing on hitters, not Yankees’ Tanaka ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Through his first two starts, Jason Hammel has done more than anyone could have reasonably expected when he signed that one-year, $6 million deal just before spring training started. At 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA, he has half the Cubs’ victories and is second only to Jeff Samardzija in ERA (among starters) and innings per start. Not bad for a guy who had his entire offseason held up by the celebrity free-agent pitcher he’ll face at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. “Every free agent was [in a holding pattern],” said Hammel, who talked to the Cubs early in … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:05:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rain postpones Cubs-Yankees game Tuesday ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK – Coming off their ninth consecutive series loss, dating to last year, maybe the Cubs could use Tuesday’s rainout more than most, especially coming off back-to-back losses against the rival Cardinals over the weekend. So no one was complaining when rain all day Tuesday and a worse forecast for Tuesday night forced the postponement of the opener of the quick two-game series against the New York Yankees before the teams even arrived at Yankee Stadium. Not until Wednesday, at least. That’s when the series will be played in its entirety as a split doubleheader, with game times of … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:05:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Cubs teammates are eager to say hi to Alfonso Soriano ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — A lot of these Cubs in New York for this two-game interleague series with the Yankees have never played in the Bronx, much less the new, sixth-year Yankee Stadium. But almost everywhere they look Tuesday and Wednesday, they will see reminders of what they might have been — and used to be. From the free-agent pitcher they committed an offseason to chasing, without getting him. To the manager the business-side ­execs claimed they could land, without getting him. To the outfielder who remains the highest-paid player on the Cubs’ books this year — the last big-money, star-power … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:23:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Where Cards mine gold, Cubs find failure ]]> Lead story image

MARK POTASH: There’s a faction of Cub loyalists that considers Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer flim-flam men whose baseball judgment is not nearly as keen as they would like us to believe. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:33:07 -0500