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  • Reader Q&A: Mark Gonzales' Cubs mailbag

    Reader Q&A: Mark Gonzales' Cubs mailbag
    What happens when Javier Baez comes up? Does Starlin Castro get traded? -- Hank, Rock Island There are many considerations. Assuming Castro rebounds and Baez earns a major league promotion, I believe Baez would move to second or third base. If Darwin...
  • Ninth-inning homer, failed bunt sink Marlins

    Ninth-inning homer, failed bunt sink Marlins
    MIAMI — Put this Marlins loss on Juan Pierre, he's willing to take it. The Marlins had embattled Cubs closer Carlos Marmol on the ropes Thursday, working men onto first and second with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. Down 4-3, thanks to...
  • Cubs position analysis: Hole at the hot corner

    Cubs position analysis: Hole at the hot corner
    The Cubs couldn’t find a way to replace Aramis Ramirez at third base this year, and have to go back to the drawing board in 2013. They tried Ian Stewart, Luis Valbuena and Josh Vitters for the most part, with Joe Mather filling in occasionally, and...
  • Both Cubs and Red Sox in struggling mode

    Both Cubs and Red Sox in struggling mode
    You think Dale Sveum and the Cubs have problems? Based on the level of angst mixed with the clubhouse oxygen, as well as the urgency to wring out every possible victory while improving with both the lineup and the starting rotation, the situation...
  • Valbuena again at third base for Cubs vs. Red Sox

    Valbuena again at third base for Cubs vs. Red Sox
    Red Sox fans gathered early outside Wrigley Field Friday, perhaps hoping to invade the park much like Tigers fans did the day before. Cubs' officials were still watering the outfield grass Friday morning, hoping to re-grow grass that was browned from...
  • Valbuena only lefty hitter in Cubs' lineup

    Valbuena only lefty hitter in Cubs' lineup
    Luis Valbuena is the only left-handed hitter in the Cubs lineup Saturday against Boston southpaw Jon Lester. The rest of  the lineup bats from the right side, including Reed Johnson in right field, Jeff Baker at first base, Joe Mather in center field and...
  • Cubs use right-hand lineup trying to beat a lefty

    Cubs use right-hand lineup trying to beat a lefty
    The Cubs start Sunday 3-14 against left-handed starting pitchers and they see another one in the Red Sox's Franklin Morales. Cubs' manager Dale Sveum used his right-handed lineup, like he did in Friday's loss to Jon Lester. The only lefty swinger is Luis...
  • Unbalanced schedule favors White Sox

    Unbalanced schedule favors White Sox
    Can a playoff team vote an opponent a playoff share? Can it tip the schedule maker? We might find out this season if the White Sox edge the Indians for the American League Central title or finish just ahead of the Orioles for one of the two wild-card...
  • Cubs win a game big, but maybe lose a big deal

    Cubs win a game big, but maybe lose a big deal
    The crosstown blog for people who don’t have all day to read blogs: The Cubs placed Ryan Dempster on the disabled list because of tightness in his right trade value. I assume that Dempster’s injury and Monday’s night’s outing...
  • Cubs use four lefties against Houston southpaw

    Cubs use four lefties against Houston southpaw
    Cubs manager Dale Sveum penciled four lefty-swinging batters against Houston southpawJ.A. Happ on Saturday David DeJesus will lead off, Anthony Rizzo will bat third, Bryan LaHair fifth and Luis Valbuena eighth as the Cubs try to improve on a 4-17...
  • Reader Q&A: Paul Sullivan's Cubs mailbag

    Reader Q&A: Paul Sullivan's Cubs mailbag
    Theo Epstein didn't dismantle the Red Sox. Why is he destroying the Cubs? Why is Tom Ricketts letting him do it? The Yankees, a team that actually has "sustained success," have never been dismantled. Perhaps Tom Ricketts should take George Steinbrenner as...
  • Cubs stack lineup vs. D'backs lefty

    Cubs stack lineup vs. D'backs lefty
    Reed Johnson gets the start in center field and Jeff Baker in right, as the Cubs use their right-handed lineup Saturday against Diamondbacks lefty Joe Saunders at Wrigley Field. Manager Dale Sveum penciled in only two left-handed batters, Anthony Rizzo...