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6/29/2015 | Cease returns to mound after Tommy John

No draft pick is a sure thing, but when the Cubs selected Dylan Cease in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft they were taking a bigger gamble than most.

6/29/2015 | Rizzo among Cubs needing All-Star support

Rookie Kris Bryant was third, Starlin Castro fourth and Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero both fifth at their respective positions in the latest 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, released Monday.

6/29/2015 | Twins trio, led by Sano, on Prospect Team of Week

A trio of Twins, led by Miguel Sano, highlights the Prospect Team of the Week for June 22-28. Among the week's other top performers was Astros top prospect Carlos Correa, who continued to impress at the big league level.

6/29/2015 | Motte: Cubs have Cardinals' unwavering spirit

Jason Motte knows all about how tough St. Louis is, having worn Cardinal red from 2008-14, but he said there's no secret formula to their success. The reliever also said the Cubs are showing signs of the same resiliency.

6/29/2015 | Maddon: Cubs need 'mojo' back on offense

Joe Maddon predicted this would happen. In Spring Training, the Cubs manager said his team would endure a long losing stretch during the season, and on Sunday, it reached five games with a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals.

6/29/2015 | Hammel: Location after delay was issue

Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel played catch in the tunnel, rode the stationary bike, and probably played a few video games during the lengthy one-hour, 43-minute rain delay in the middle of the second inning Sunday night against the Cardinals. That wasn't the problem.

6/28/2015 | Wada to DL; Ramirez activated, added to 'pen

The Cubs placed Tsuyoshi Wada on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to June 23, with left deltoid inflammation, and activated right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez from the DL.

6/28/2015 | Soler to begin rehab assignment with Iowa

Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle since June 3, will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa.

6/28/2015 | Motte unites Cubs, Cards to help K cancer

The Cardinals and Cubs are rivals on the field, but at Sunday morning's St. Louis Cornhole Challenge, they were teammates in the fight against cancer thanks to the efforts of former Cardinal and current Cubs reliever Jason Motte and his wife, Caitlin.

6/28/2015 | Strop feels better after Costas' apology

MLB Network broadcaster Bob Costas met with Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop on Sunday to apologize for comments he made during Friday's telecast, and the reliever says the incident is water under the bridge.

6/28/2015 | Sweep me in St. Louis: Cards roll past Cubs

After weathering two hours and 29 minutes' worth of rain delays, the Cardinals ran their winning streak to six by finishing off a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 4-1 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday night. The Cubs, who fell 11 1/2 games behind the National League Central leaders, have dropped five straight.

6/28/2015 | Roach's once-promising start unravels quickly

Donn Roach was as advertised, a ground-ball pitcher who kept the Cardinals from hitting any home runs. Unfortunately for the Cubs right-hander, the one mistake he made was on defense.

6/27/2015 | Cubs poised to activate Ramirez for 'pen help

The Cubs' bullpen will get some reinforcement for Sunday night's series finale against the Cardinals when right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez joins the club.

6/27/2015 | Soler to begin rehab stint in coming week

Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler, on the disabled list since June 3 with a sprained left ankle, will begin a rehab assignment this week, manager Joe Maddon said. The time off may benefit the outfielder, too.

6/27/2015 | Rotation depth atop Cubs' Deadline wish list

When the Cubs needed a spot starter for Saturday's game against the Cardinals, they called up right-hander Donn Roach from Triple-A Iowa. But there isn't much more depth, and finding some additional starting pitching is definitely a need, general manager Jed Hoyer said.

6/27/2015 | Martinez seeks Cards' second straight sweep

In search of a sixth straight win, the Cardinals will close their three-game series with the Cubs at Busch Stadium on Sunday night at 7:05 CT. St. Louis righty Carlos Martinez will be seeking redemption for a start against Chicago in May that stands as his worst outing in an otherwise stellar season.

6/27/2015 | Baxter's eventful night ends with errant throw

Mike Baxter tied a career high with three hits, including a game-tying RBI single in the fourth, and he dove into the stands to catch a foul ball along the right-field line. But Baxter's throwing error in the 10th led to the Cardinals' walk-off 3-2 win Friday over the Cubs, who missed several opportunities in the National League Central showdown.

6/27/2015 | Arrieta solid for Cubs in unfriendly confines

Busch Stadium is not a friendly place for any opposing team, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon feels his team can win there. It just couldn't on Friday in a 3-2, 10-inning loss. The Cubs are now 1-4 at Busch Stadium this season.

6/26/2015 | Roach to make first Cubs start vs. Wacha, Cards

Donn Roach will make the second start of his career and his first for the Cubs when he makes a spot start against the Cardinals on Saturday night in a contest between National League Central rivals at Busch Stadium, broadcast on FOX and featuring Statcast technology.

6/26/2015 | Cubs call up Roach to start in place of Wada

Donn Roach will make his first big league start since May 18, 2014, when he takes the mound Saturday for the Cubs in place of lefty Tsuyoshi Wada, who is still bothered by some cramping in his left shoulder.

6/26/2015 | Bryant back and feeling better after illness

Kris Bryant was back in the Cubs' lineup and feeling better in Friday night's 3-2 loss in St. Louis. He went 1-for-4 with a sac fly, and was caught stealing after sliding past the bag in the fifth inning.

6/26/2015 | Cards down rival Cubs on walk-off error

Peter Bourjos beat an errant throw home from Cubs right fielder Mike Baxter, who had been pulled in as a fifth infielder, to lift the Cardinals to their sixth walk-off win of the season. The 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd on Friday night at Busch Stadium pushed the Cardinals' winning streak to four.

6/26/2015 | Schwarber records first two hits for Iowa Cubs

Thursday was a big day for Kyle Schwarber. The Triple-A Iowa slugger was named to the 2015 All-Star Futures Game and then played the hero in a doubleheader against Omaha.

6/25/2015 | How Jake Arrieta became an ace

Jake Arrieta came up to the majors with a reputation for a big fastball, but he didn't find success until he put it aside to focus on his secondary pitches. With elite-level spin, he's become one of the best pitchers in the game.

6/25/2015 | Lester frustrated, but not with home-plate ump

Jon Lester struggled with his fastball command in the Cubs' 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday, and he said his exchange with home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher didn't have anything to do with the strike zone.

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