Cubs unable to back Quintana in opener vs. Sox

    Jose Quintana probably felt right at home on Friday at the ballpark he called home for 5 1/2 seasons. The problem is the Cubs didn’t give the lefty any run support, which was a recurring theme whenever Quintana pitched for the White Sox. Kevan Smith hi…

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    ‘Baseball intellect’ sets Baez apart

    Javier Baez’s intelligence on the field may be hard for some MVP voters to measure. All you have to do is watch the Cubs standout to see how he takes on the role of quarterback in the infield, directing everyone — and it doesn’t matter if he’s startin…

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    Bryant isn’t holding back on in-game swings

    Kris Bryant missed all of August because of a sore left shoulder and has changed the way he practices in hopes of not aggravating it. On Monday, he hit his first home run since July 21, and it looked like one of his swings from before he went on the di…

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    Prospect Alzolay preparing for ’19 during rehab

    It was 100 degrees at the Cubs’ complex early Monday when Adbert Alzolay played catch. If the season had gone the way the right-hander wanted, he would’ve been preparing for the Cubs’ series opener against the D-backs at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

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    De La Rosa, Happ save the day, lead still 1 1/2

    Ian Happ’s three-run homer in the seventh inning provided the decisive blow on Friday night during the Cubs’ win against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Chicago starter Cole Hamels held Cincinnati to two runs over his 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven, and…

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    Javy’s crafty bunt caps big day in 10-inning win

    Javier Baez drove in the go-ahead run on a bunt, one of three hits and three RBIs to help the Cubs to a 10-inning victory over the Nationals. Baez also blasted his 31st homer and doubled in a run for the first-place Cubs, who moved 1 1/2 games ahead of…

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    Every team’s single-season saves leader

    Edwin Diaz’s chase for history is in its final weeks. The Mariners have 18 games left to play in the regular season. Diaz has 54 saves — eight shy of the Major League single-season record of 62, set by the Angels’ Francisco Rodriguez in 2008.

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    Q-Crew rematch set for MLB Network Showcase

    Jose Quintana (12-9, 4.14 ERA) will start the second game of the Cubs’ NL Central showdown against Jhoulys Chacin (14-6, 3.59) and the Brewers at 7 CT tonight in the MLB Network Showcase Game. Quintana is 6-3 with a 4.88 ERA at Wrigley Field. This will…

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    Lester to open showdown vs. Brewers

    Left-hander Jon Lester (15-5, 3.53 ERA) has been slotted to start Monday’s opener of a crucial three-game series against the Brewers at 7:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Lester last took the mound on Friday, but he threw only 14 pitches over an inning bef…

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