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CHICAGO | Cubs family patriarch apologizes for racist emails

CHICAGO (AP) — The patriarch of the family behind the Chicago Cubs has apologized after an online media outlet published emails in which he took part in racist comments and conspiracy theories. Some of the emails Splinter News published Monday featured Joe Ricketts making Islamophobic comments, such as “Islam is a cult and not a … Continue reading CHICAGO | Cubs family patriarch apologizes for racist emails

CHICAGO | Suspended shortstop Russell offered 2019 contract by Cubs

CHICAGO— The Chicago Cubs have offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining his future with the team is not uncertain. Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife. President of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says in a statement Friday the “procedural step” by the Cubs … Continue reading CHICAGO | Suspended shortstop Russell offered 2019 contract by Cubs

LEADING OFF: Kershaw vs Gio and the bullpen as NLCS begins

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday: STARTING OFF Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series against Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez and — more notably — Milwaukee‘s deep bullpen. Josh Hader and the rest of the club’s lights-out relievers have helped the Brewers win 11 straight … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Kershaw vs Gio and the bullpen as NLCS begins

CHICAGO | Rockies, Cubs tied at 1 after 10 in NL wild-card game

CHICAGO — The National League wild-card game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs is tied at 1 in extra innings. Javier Baez hit a tying double for the Cubs off reliever Adam Ottavino in the eighth inning Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Neither team scored in the ninth or 10th. Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland … Continue reading CHICAGO | Rockies, Cubs tied at 1 after 10 in NL wild-card game

The Latest: Dodgers take NL West, Rockies to face Cubs in WC

The Latest on the Major League Baseball’s final day heading into the postseason (all times Eastern): 7:30 p.m. Rookie Walker Buehler tossed one-hit ball into the seventh inning, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy slugged two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to earn a record sixth consecutive NL West title … Continue reading The Latest: Dodgers take NL West, Rockies to face Cubs in WC

The Latest: Yelich strengthening his case for NL MVP

The Latest on the Major League Baseball’s final day heading into the postseason (all times Eastern): 1:52 p.m. Christian Yelich strengthened his case for NL MVP when he slapped an RBI single back up the middle in the NL Central tiebreaker game, giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 1-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the … Continue reading The Latest: Yelich strengthening his case for NL MVP

Tied division leaders all take leads in Game 162

The NL West and NL Central were on track for tiebreaker games when the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers all took leads in Game 162. Any tiebreakers would be one-game matchups Monday. They would be played at Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium, if necessary. The Dodgers and Rockies were both … Continue reading Tied division leaders all take leads in Game 162

MILWAUKEE | Yelich hits 2 HRs, Brewers draw even in NL Central with Cubs

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers moved into a tie for first place in the NL Central with one game remaining in the regular season, getting two homers from MVP candidate Christian Yelich to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on Saturday night and draw even with the Chicago Cubs. Yelich turned on an 0-1 pitch from … Continue reading MILWAUKEE | Yelich hits 2 HRs, Brewers draw even in NL Central with Cubs

CHICAGO | Cubs lose 2-1 to Cards as NL Central race goes to final day

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are going to the final day of the season with a shot at the NL Central championship. Whether they take it outright, blow their big opportunity or have to play a tiebreaker remains unclear. So much uncertainty for a team hoping for another long postseason. The Cubs wasted a solid … Continue reading CHICAGO | Cubs lose 2-1 to Cards as NL Central race goes to final day

CHICAGO | Mikolas goes 8 innings, Cardinals beat Cubs 2-1

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are going into the final day of the season with a shot at the NL Central championship. Whether they take it outright or have to play a tiebreaker remains unclear. They could wind up in a wild-card game after that, too. So many uncertainties for a team hoping for another … Continue reading CHICAGO | Mikolas goes 8 innings, Cardinals beat Cubs 2-1

LEADING OFF: Rockies, Cubs try to improve playoff position

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ROCK ‘EM Colorado has won six in row, boosting its playoff position. The NL West leaders aim for a four-game sweep when they take on the Phillies at Coors Field, having outscored them 34-4 so far in the series. Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.52 ERA) starts for … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Rockies, Cubs try to improve playoff position

CHICAGO | Chicago Cubs clinch 4th straight postseason berth

CHICAGO— The Chicago Cubs have clinched their fourth straight postseason berth, getting into the playoffs when Milwaukee beat St. Louis. The Cubs were still playing Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field on Wednesday when their trip to the playoffs was assured. The Brewers also locked up a playoff spot with their victory. Chicago (91-66) began the night … Continue reading CHICAGO | Chicago Cubs clinch 4th straight postseason berth

CHICAGO | Cubs beat White Sox 8-3, inch closer to NL Central title

CHICAGO — Javier Baez homered and the Chicago Cubs took advantage of huge mistake by Ryan LaMarre, beating the crosstown White Sox 8-3 on Saturday night to increase their lead in the NL Central. Ben Zobrist added two hits and two RBIs as the Cubs moved 2½ games ahead of second-place Milwaukee. Coupled with the … Continue reading CHICAGO | Cubs beat White Sox 8-3, inch closer to NL Central title

WASHINGTON | Cubs come back to beat Nationals 6-4 in 10 innings

WASHINGTON— Pinch-hitter David Bote had an RBI double and scored in the 10th inning as the Chicago Cubs came back to beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Bote, who hit a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cubs a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Cubs come back to beat Nationals 6-4 in 10 innings

Cubs welcome stolen-base specialist Gore to expanded roster

The 5-foot-7 speedster has resurfaced with the Chicago Cubs, who purchased his contract from Triple-A Iowa when rosters expanded Saturday. Like the Royals previously, the Cubs will have a chance to turn Gore loose on the bases. The 27-year-old outfielder has played in 50 games in his major league career. He has 11 at-bats, zero … Continue reading Cubs welcome stolen-base specialist Gore to expanded roster

PHILADELPHIA | Kapler says pitchers allowed to use cheat sheets

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler says he has been informed pitchers are allowed to use the type of cheat sheets that umpire Joe West confiscated from reliever Austin Davis on Saturday night. Kapler made his remarks before Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs. Kapler and Davis said the left-hander was using the card … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Kapler says pitchers allowed to use cheat sheets

PHILADELPHIA | Umpire confiscates Phillies pitcher’s cheat sheet

PHILADELPHIA— Pitchers can’t have a cheat sheet — at least for now. Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Umpire confiscates Phillies pitcher’s cheat sheet

CHICAGO | Frazier hits grand slam, drives in 5 as Mets pound Cubs 10-3

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs were pounding out lopsided victories and squeezing out tight games while putting together their longest winning streak of the season. Todd Frazier brought it to a screeching halt. Even so, the Cubs weren’t complaining. Frazier hit a grand slam and drove in a season-high five runs to lead the New … Continue reading CHICAGO | Frazier hits grand slam, drives in 5 as Mets pound Cubs 10-3

CHICAGO | Zobrist hits RBI single in 11th, Cubs beat Mets 2-1

CHICAGO  — The Chicago Cubs keep rolling along, whether they’re running away with lopsided victories or squeezing out tight ones like this. Ben Zobrist hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the 11th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets and their season-high seventh straight win on Wednesday in … Continue reading CHICAGO | Zobrist hits RBI single in 11th, Cubs beat Mets 2-1

CHICAGO | Bote homers as Cubs beat Reds 3-2 in 10 innings

CHICAGO — While David Bote is learning about the major leagues, baseball is learning about the rookie, too. Like be really, really careful when he steps to the plate in a big spot. Bote struck again on Friday, connecting in the 10th inning for another game-ending home run that sent the Chicago Cubs over the … Continue reading CHICAGO | Bote homers as Cubs beat Reds 3-2 in 10 innings

WASHINGTON | Nats throw in towel, trade Murphy to Cubs, Adams to Cards

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have traded second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals, essentially throwing in the towel on a disappointing season. The third-place Nationals announced the moves Tuesday before beginning a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite a roster that boasts … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Nats throw in towel, trade Murphy to Cubs, Adams to Cards

CHICAGO | Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson unlikely to return this season

CHICAGO  — The Milwaukee Brewers are casting doubt on Jimmy Nelson’s chances of returning this season. Nelson had shoulder surgery in September after he got hurt diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. It was a tough conclusion to a breakout year for the right-hander, who went 12-6 with a 3.49 … Continue reading CHICAGO | Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson unlikely to return this season

LOUIS  | Hendricks helps Cubs down Cardinals 5-2

LOUIS  — Kyle Hendricks struck out eight over seven sharp innings, Ben Zobrist had four hits and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Sunday night to salvage the finale of their weekend series. Hendricks (7-9) retired his last 17 batters, settling into a nice little groove after Marcell Ozuna’s two-run homer … Continue reading LOUIS  | Hendricks helps Cubs down Cardinals 5-2

LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: FIRED-UP COLE Cole Hamels goes from last place to first place when he joins the Chicago Cubs during this weekend’s series at St. Louis. The Cubs got the left-hander Friday, trading pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named to Texas. Hamels … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks

CHICAGO | Cubs get LHP Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery will help Cole Hamels return to form. The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander and cash from the Texas Rangers on Friday for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. Hamels is in the midst of perhaps the … Continue reading CHICAGO | Cubs get LHP Cole Hamels in trade with Rangers

Dodgers land All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from Orioles

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, getting the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night. The Orioles received five prospects in the deal: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, righty Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera. Machado, a 26-year-old power hitter … Continue reading Dodgers land All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from Orioles

ST LOUIS  | St. Louis stunner: Cards fire Matheny with club near .500

St Louis Cardinals stunningly fire Mike Matheny ST LOUIS, MO  — The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t accustomed to stretches of mediocrity, and certainly not to reports of clubhouse unrest. The prospect of a third straight year without a postseason berth has spelled the end for manager Mike Matheny. Matheny was stunningly fired Saturday night following … Continue reading ST LOUIS  | St. Louis stunner: Cards fire Matheny with club near .500

LEADING OFF: Braves hitting way to top, Gray on the rebound

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday: HITTING BRAVES Among the many things the Atlanta Braves have done right on their way to leading the National League East this season, they’ve been getting hits. The Braves began their series against fellow division leader Milwaukee on Thursday night with three of the top four … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Braves hitting way to top, Gray on the rebound

CHICAGO | Cubs pound out 20 hits, beat Twins 14-9 at scorching Wrigley

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday’s sweltering conditions at Wrigley Field were the worst he’s experienced during a major league game. The Minnesota Twins were in no position to disagree. Minnesota’s Eddie Rosario, Bobby Wilson and Max Kepler all left early because of heat illness on a scorching afternoon, and the Cubs … Continue reading CHICAGO | Cubs pound out 20 hits, beat Twins 14-9 at scorching Wrigley