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4/23/2015 | Maddon wants starters to have extended outings

Joe Maddon doesn't want to put any pressure on Jon Lester, but the Cubs could sure use a complete game from the left-hander on Friday night.


4/23/2015 | Polanco's third hit caps Pirates' comeback vs. Cubs

Gregory Polanco hit an RBI double in a three-run sixth inning and a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh to lift the Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Thursday, and split the four-game series.


4/23/2015 | Maddon appreciates players stepping up for any role

Third baseman Kris Bryant played center field, catcher Welington Castillo nearly switched to third base, and pitcher Travis Wood, always eager to pinch-hit, was one run away from playing the outfield.


4/23/2015 | Lester makes first road start as Cubs face Leake, Reds

The Reds wrapped up their 10-game road trip by taking three of four from Milwaukee at Miller Park to finish 4-6. They return home for a pair of three-game series, beginning with the Cubs on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET/6:10 p.m. CT.


4/23/2015 | Denorfia leaps into highlight reel with catch

If Chris Denorfia was tired from Wednesday's late game, he didn't show it in the first inning of Thursday's game against the Pirates.


4/23/2015 | Comfortable at third, Bryant makes first start in center

Kris Bryant is well aware of the super talented center fielders who have played the game such as Willie Mays and Andrew McCutchen.


4/23/2015 | Lester not worried he's yet to post win with Cubs

Jon Lester hasn't been at his best during the month of April in the past, so the left-hander isn't too concerned that he has yet to win in his first three starts with the Cubs.


4/23/2015 | Russell notches first big league hit

After his Major League debut on Tuesday, Addison Russell said he was eager to get his first hit so he could relax. The Cubs' rookie infielder did just that in his first at-bat Wednesday.


4/22/2015 | Fowler day to day with tightness in right groin

Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler was pulled from Wednesday's game after two innings as a precautionary measure because of tightness in his right groin that he felt after a first-inning infield hit.


4/22/2015 | Jackson earning Maddon's trust out of bullpen

Edwin Jackson, moved from the rotation to the bullpen this season, has done well enough that he will be used in tougher situations in games, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday.


4/22/2015 | Arrieta dishes on bands, beards and more in Twitter Q&A

He's not a U2 fan, he likes Michael Jordan over LeBron James, he doesn't like cats but does like baked Doritos on a turkey sandwich and orange juice with pulp. He puts both ketchup and mustard on his hot dog and says he's hit 175,002 home runs in his entire baseball career. The Cubs' Jake Arrieta spent a lot of time Wednesday on Twitter answering queries about everything and anything.


4/22/2015 | Cubs, Bucs to wrap up set with matinee

The Pirates and Cubs wrap up their four-game series with a matinee at PNC Park on Thursday. The Cubs have won two of the first three games. Jeff Locke, who is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, will start for the Pirates. The Cubs will counter with right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who has a 6.10 ERA and no decisions through his first two outings.




4/22/2015 | Castro displays Cubs' no-quit attitude in win

Last year, the Cubs were 0-79 when trailing in the ninth inning. In the first eight games this season, they've already won four games in their last at-bat, including Tuesday's 9-8 come-from-behind win over the Pirates.


4/21/2015 | Russell's callup shows Cubs mean business

A week ago, Russell was still a full-time shortstop whose Major League path appeared blocked. Now, he's a big leaguer. Things can change in a hurry in this game. Just ask a Cubs team that has quickly become legit.


4/21/2015 | Bucs looks to bounce back as Cubs aim to roll on

The Pirates won't have to scramble to come up with a scouting report on another Cubs prospect. As of now, no one else is expected to be promoted from Chicago's Minor League system. Instead, the two National League Central rivals will duke it out at PNC Park in Game 3 of this four-game series, the first of six series between the two.


4/21/2015 | Castro's four RBIs lead Cubs in win over Bucs

Starlin Castro drove in four runs, two on a game-tying single in the ninth, and Welington Castillo's infield bouncer brought in the winning run Tuesday as the Cubs stormed back for a 9-8 win over the Pirates.


4/21/2015 | Russell undaunted in first Majors game at second

How many games had Addison Russell played at second base prior to Tuesday's Major League debut? Five. The 21-year-old infielder handled his first big league assignment well, and the highlight came when he charged to get the Pirates' Jung Ho Kang's ball in the sixth and made a play even though Russell was blocked by a runner.


4/21/2015 | Maddon confident Russell can handle Majors

The Cubs considered how Addison Russell was hitting, how he performed this spring, how the big league team needed help at second base. But manager Joe Maddon looked at another element of Russell's game.


4/21/2015 | Alcantara optioned as Russell called up

Infielder Arismendy Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the Cubs roster for Addison Russell on Tuesday.


4/21/2015 | Confident Starlin playing aggressive shortstop

There's a reason the Cubs' Starlin Castro is playing better shortstop. He doesn't want to be a "joke" anymore.


4/21/2015 | Arrieta notches 500th K in 100th start

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta struck out seven Monday night to raise his career K total to 500 in a 5-2 win over the Pirates.


4/21/2015 | Russell set to make MLB debut vs. Pirates

The Pirates were the only team in the Majors to not face a left-handed starter, and that will change Tuesday when Chicago lefty Travis Wood gets the start. Francisco Liriano will start for Pittsburgh.


4/21/2015 | What to expect: Russell gets callup to Cubs

The Cubs promoted third baseman Kris Bryant on Friday, and now it's Addison Russell's turn, as he'll join the Cubs on Tuesday and is expected to start at second base against the Pirates.


4/20/2015 | Bryant scores on wild romp around bases

Cubs third baseman and MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect Kris Bryant hit a two-run double and scored on the same play to open up a 4-1 lead over the Pirates on Monday night at PNC Park.




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