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RICK TELANDER: Why do we always pile on the Cubs with criticism? I believe it’s because they’re so pile-on-able. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:30:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs win ‘Tarpgate’ game, but fall in nightcap 5-3 ]]>

It took another seven-plus hours Thursday – including nearly two more hours of rain delay – but the Cubs finally completed a victory they thought they’d already won Tuesday, then finished a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants with a 5-3 loss in a regularly scheduled “nightcap.” If it seemed like a day of firsts for the Cubs, that’s because it was – including: — Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson’s first trip to the disabled list in a decade-long career. After admitting soreness after Wednesday’s 2 1/3-inning start, the struggling right-hander was placed on the DL with a lat strain; … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs cut grounds crew’s hours to avoid paying health benefits — sources ]]> Lead story image

GORDON WITTENMYER: Thanks a lot, Obama. Add the Affordable Care Act – or, specifically, the big-business Cubs’ response to it – to the causes behind Tuesday night’s tarp fiasco and rare successful protest by the San Francisco Giants. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:30:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs place sore Edwin Jackson on DL ]]> Lead story image

It might have looked like adding injury to insult when the Cubs placed struggling, $52 million pitcher Edwin Jackson on the disabled list Thursday with a lat strain. But Jackson remains confident he can return stronger and better from soreness that has plagued him for weeks until finally admitting the issue to the medical staff Wednesday night. While fans on Twitter reacted with apparently bitter satisfaction over Jackson’s departure from the rotation under any circumstances, the veteran right-hander and one-time All-Star accepted responsibility for the disappointment his performance has been nearly halfway through his four-year contract. “I’ve never been one … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:30:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Staffing issue may have been responsible for Cubs ‘tarp gate’ ]]> Lead story image

A staffing decision by the Cubs’ stadium operations might have made as big a difference as any “mechanical’’ issue in creating the tarp-related mess Tuesday night that led to the historic decision Wednesday to uphold the San Francisco Giants’ challenge of what was originally ruled a rain-shortened Cubs victory. Sources said the Cubs ordered grounds-crew staffing reductions this week to cover recent “overages” in hours by the crew. The crew’s failure to quickly cover the field with the tarp during a sudden heavy shower in the fifth inning Tuesday night — and spillage while removing it — created unplayable field … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:23:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Veteran mentor is high on Cubs’ shopping list ]]> Lead story image

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 20:40:56 -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