Cubs give Epstein a five-year contract extension

Sep 29, 2016

Cubs give Epstein a five-year contract extension

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts had dinner with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein in Arizona around the start of spring training. If Epstein had any doubt about a contract extension, it ended right there. And on Wednesday, it became official. Chicago announced a five-year ...

Cubs celebrate division title by beating Brewers

Sep 17, 2016

Cubs celebrate division title by beating Brewers

MLB Cubs 5 Brewers 4 Miguel Montero and the Chicago Cubs were going to celebrate no matter what happened in Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. One sweet swing by the veteran catcher turned it into one raucous party. Montero homered in the 10th ...

Hendricks loses no-hitter on HR in ninth

Sep 13, 2016

Hendricks loses no-hitter on HR in ninth

Kyle Hendricks was so good Monday night he even surprised himself. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before giving up Jeremy Hazelbaker’s leadoff home run, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 to close in on the NL ...

Giants' Bumgarner outduels Cubs' Arrieta

Sep 4, 2016

Giants' Bumgarner outduels Cubs' Arrieta

Madison Bumgarner facing Jake Arrieta had an October feel to it, and the San Francisco Giants performed like they belong in the postseason. Bumgarner outpitched Arrieta with 10 strikeouts over six innings, and San Francisco pounced on rare miscues by the Chicago Cubs in ...

Lester gives inspiring start on hill

Sep 3, 2016

Lester gives inspiring start on hill

When Anthony Rizzo found out the eight-year anniversary of him being declared cancer-free fell on the same day fellow cancer survivor Jon Lester was pitching, he told Lester he was going to throw a no-hitter. He came close. Lester pitched 6⅔ innings of no-hit ...

Mariners get best of Chapman, Cubs

Jul 31, 2016

Mariners get best of Chapman, Cubs

Aroldis Chapman’s famous fastball wasn’t good enough to retire Leonys Martin. Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run double off the Cubs’ new closer in the eighth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over Chicago 4-1 Saturday. “We had the right guy up there. We had the ...

Cubs acquire closer Chapman in trade with Yankees

Jul 26, 2016

Cubs acquire closer Chapman in trade with Yankees

Before the Chicago Cubs completed a trade for Aroldis Chapman, owner Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein decided they had to hear from the closer himself about a domestic violence allegation in the offseason. So Ricketts and Epstein asked Major League ...

Familia gets out of jam as Mets defeat Cubs

Jul 20, 2016

Familia gets out of jam as Mets defeat Cubs

Jeurys Familia lost control, but not the lead, and kept the Mets ahead to keep his consecutive save streak intact. New York’s closer escaped a bases-loaded jam with a game-ending double play after Rene Rivera drove in the tiebreaking run with two outs in ...

Rizzo blasts three-run homer to lift Cubs

Jul 19, 2016

Rizzo blasts three-run homer to lift Cubs

Anthony Rizzo kept fouling the ball off, over and over again. When Steven Matz finally blinked, Rizzo capitalized with one mighty swing. Rizzo hit a three-run homer, Jon Lester pitched 7⅔ innings and the Chicago Cubs stopped an eight-game losing streak against the New ...

Darvish Ks nine, takes loss in return to mound

Jul 17, 2016

Darvish Ks nine, takes loss in return to mound

Yu Darvish was pleased with his first start since June 8 after recovering from shoulder discomfort, even though his pitch count quickly rose and he fell short of pitching five innings. Darvish returned from the disabled list to strike out nine but was inefficient ...

Jul 12, 2016

Kawasaki sent back to Triple-A Iowa

Utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki has been sent down to Triple-A Iowa, the Chicago Cubs announced Tuesday. Kawasaki had been promoted two games before the All-Star break for the second time this season. He has played three games in the majors this season and has ...