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Cubs lose 6th straight, watch Cards clinch

Darvish's gem slips away in ninth; Chicago falls back in WC race
@MLBastian
an hour ago

CHICAGO -- A considerable amount of dirt was caked across the right side of Yu Darvish's silver name plate above his clubhouse locker. It was the result of an anger-fueled heave of his muddy spikes in the moments following Sunday's gut-wrenching loss to the Cardinals. As Darvish spoke to reporters

Bryant exits with ankle injury; X-rays negative

@MLBastian
6:14 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- It was a familiar scene at Wrigley Field. A player helped to his feet and a teammate throwing an arm around his shoulder for support. The slow walk back to the dugout as the crowd noise softens at the sight of a star player being helped off the

Zo: 'It's the big leagues of the big leagues'

Veteran reflective before final home game at Wrigley Field
@MLBastian
2:06 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- Ben Zobrist planned on soaking in every moment that came with Sunday's game at Wrigley Field. The veteran has been a key member of one of the greatest eras of Cubs baseball, and he took the field against the Cardinals knowing it might be his last home game

Kemp hits go-ahead homer after 'striking out'

@MLBastian
September 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- After swinging through a pitch, pinch-hitter Tony Kemp began walking back to the Cubs' dugout during Saturday afternoon's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. What looked like a critical strikeout, however, soon turned into a second chance with Chicago's playoff hopes hanging by a thread. In

Castellanos is just 10th player ever to hit 58 2Bs

@MLBastian
September 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- Cubs outfielder Nicholas Castellanos is approaching a milestone that has not been achieved in the Major Leagues in more than eight decades. In the first inning of Saturday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals, Castellanos drove a pitch from Cardinals righty Dakota Hudson deep into Wrigley Field's right-center-field gap

Here is MLB's All-Second Half team

@castrovince
September 21, 2019

Because an All-Star Game staged in the winter months would be odd and unsettling, the Midsummer Classic we know and love is a celebration of a half-baked season. You get to the game mostly on the might of numbers not yet fully formed. That means the second-half surgers -- the

Cubs are aware every game left is a 'must-win'

@MLBastian
September 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have ample experience when it comes to must-win games. That is why manager Joe Maddon rarely bites when asked if a tilt in the regular season meets that description. When Maddon and Chicago faced three straight elimination games in the World Series three years ago, those

Báez can't rescue Cubs in pinch-hit appearance

@MLBastian
September 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- With the knowledge that Javier Báez was finally available as a pinch-hitter, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was waiting for the right time to tell his star shortstop to grab a bat and head to the batter's box. The moment finally arrived in the ninth inning on Saturday. Báez

Missed chances send Cubs to 4th straight loss

@MLBastian
September 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- The run will be in the runs. That has been a constant refrain from Cubs manager Joe Maddon throughout this season -- the meaning being that Chicago's rise up the standings will come when the offense finds a consistently high level of performance. The Cubs have been waiting

Here is every MLB team's best rookie in 2019

11:36 PM CDT

It has been an incredible season for rookie talent, with first-year players across the Majors hitting the ground running after making the jump to baseball's highest level. According to MLB.com's 30 beat writers, here is every team's most valuable rookie in 2019. (Players' 2019 seasonal ages listed.)

Rizzo's return not enough as Cubs lose WC hold

Chicago falls out of playoff picture for first time since April 30
@MLBastian
September 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- The announcement was a part of the usual pregame routine, so the Wrigley Field crowd did not stir much when the reading of the Cubs' starting lineup began. It was not until the words sunk in that the fans began to react in an uproar of approval at

30 AFL sleeper prospects -- 1 for each team

@wboor and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

The Arizona Fall League annually showcases many of baseball's top prospects. Gleyber Torres, Ronald Acuña and Keston Hiura have won the last three MVP awards as a prelude to big league success, and other recent participants include Cody Bellinger, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles. • Arizona Fall League rosters

Kimbrel stumbles in first action off injured list

@MLBastian
September 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' bullpen has been the best in baseball during the month of September to this point. And now the group has its anchor back, though his re-entry was a little rocky. Prior to Thursday's key series opener against the Cardinals, the Cubs activated closer Craig Kimbrel from

Ranking 12 of the best Trade Deadline deals

@RichardJustice
September 19, 2019

We would never declare a Trade Deadline winner until the very last out of the World Series. So these rankings are, well, preliminary. However, let’s just say that if the Cubs want to start clearing some trophy space, they’d get no argument from us. There are Trade Deadline acquisitions, and

A rare Cubs-Cards race comes down to the wire

With series starting Thursday, a look at some past pennant chases
@williamfleitch
September 18, 2019

Starting Thursday night at Wrigley Field, the Cardinals and the Cubs, those two perpetual rivals of the Midwest, will play seven games over the next 11 days that will determine the National League Central, the NL Wild Card and maybe just the futures of both franchises. The Cardinals haven’t made

Pipeline names Cubs Prospects of the Year

@MLBastian
September 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- It seemed fitting that Robel Garcia's first start in the Major Leagues came on Independence Day. This was the dream -- to play baseball on its biggest stage -- but it was so much more than that for Garcia. This was the end of a long road, and

Here's the Cards-Cubs season series, so far

@MLBastian
September 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- Entering this season, the expectation was that the National League Central would be a tight race until the waning days of September. The division has certainly not disappointed in that regard, and things could be decided by the seven remaining games between the rival Cardinals and Cubs. The

Garrett sprints off to avoid beef with Schwarber

@Russ_Dorsey1
September 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- Amir Garrett is no stranger to confrontations. But he did his best to avoid another against Kyle Schwarber during the Reds’ 3-2 win over the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Following a big strikeout of the Cubs' left fielder in the ninth inning, Garrett pumped his fist

Cubs miss key men, can't retake WC lead

@MLBastian
September 18, 2019

CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber stopped in his tracks and pointed to the way to the Wrigley Field's visitors' dugout. The Cubs slugger took exception to the celebration of Reds reliever Amir Garrett, who yelled and flexed after striking Schwarber out in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. Right now, the

2017 Draftee tosses 3 hitless innings in AFL

11:56 PM CDT

Seven Cubs prospects are playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Catcher Miguel Amaya (No. 2, MLB No. 91), shortstop Zack Short (No. 9), right-hander Erich Uelmen (No. 24), right-hander Scott Effross, left-hander Jordan Minch, right-hander Keegan Thompson and first baseman Jared Young.

Final 11 days will make or break these clubs

Indians, Cardinals among clubs with challenging home stretch
@AndrewSimonMLB
September 19, 2019

The postseason chase has reached its most critical stage. With a little more than a week remaining in the regular season, the time has come for contenders to finish strong and punch their tickets to October baseball. For some, the road looks a bit more difficult. That’s because of the

Darvish sets K's record; Cubs lose WC lead

@MLBastian
September 18, 2019

CHICAGO -- The main explanation given for Yu Darvish's turnaround this season has been a newfound comfort level. After a turbulent debut campaign with the Cubs last year, the pitcher is finally comfortable in the clubhouse, with his teammates, coaches and manager. He is comfortable in the city of Chicago

Top prospects underway in Arizona Fall League

@JonathanMayo
September 19, 2019

For nearly three decades, the Arizona Fall League has had a very simple mission: Help finish the development process by getting Minor League prospects ready for the big leagues. That process began again on Wednesday night as the 28th season of the AFL got underway with games in Glendale, Mesa