Justin Grimm, Setup Man

When Justin Grimm came over from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade last year, his profile seemed straightforward. Three pitches: fastball, curveball, and changeup. There was nothing remarkable about any of them. The fastball sat around 92-93, and he was starting to mix in a sinker. His minor league numbers were OK. In limited major-league appearances, his peripherals were around...
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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (back spasms) pulled from game

Due to back spasms, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not come on to the field for the 8th inning of today's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Olt moved from third base to first base and Luis Valbuena came in to play third as the Cubs won the game 8-4. According to Doug Padilla of, Rizzo said his back tightened up on him after making a stretch...
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Chicago Cubs to draft Carlos Rondon with their first pick

We’re only a month and a half away from the Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft and the lovable losers from the North Side of Chicago have the number four overall pick. There’s no doubt that the Cubs need to select a pitcher with their first round pick. It doesn’t matter if it’s a starting pitcher or a relief arm, they need all the help that they can get. Now...
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Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-18-14

Iowa Cubs Chris Valaika was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts and Logan Watkins was 1-1. That’s all the hits this team got. Maybe the Chicago Cubs offense is finally beginning to show in the minors. They’re all ready! Tsuyoshi Wada threw 8 very good innings. He allowed just 3 hits and a run (a home run). He walked 1 and struck out 5. Marcus Hatley would have gotten the save in the 9th if...
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Jake Arrieta 'one start away' from return to Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are in last place in the National League Central division as expected, but do not blame the starting pitching. Cubs starters have a very respectable ERA of 3.77 as play ends on April 18, and they soon could get a boost.'s Carrie Muskat reports that pitcher Jake Arrieta "may be one start away from getting back to the big leagues."Arrieta is...
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D-backs to wear unique throwbacks at Wrigley Field

The Kansas City Diamondbacks? The Arizona KC Feds? No, the Diamondbacks aren't moving or changing their name. But they will be wearing some unusual throwbacks on April 23 against the Cubs. As part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, the Cubs wanted to recreate the scene of the stadium's first game, played on April 23, 1914. To that end, the Cubs will...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pierce Johnson Wows 'em at Riverview, But A's Rally to Edge Cubs

The Athletics rallied for two runs in the top of the 7th inning and edged the Cubs 2-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ. Tags: Cubs Extended Spring TrainingPierce JohnsonJoel PineiroJosh ConwayJorge Soler
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Cubs fan nearly causes Bartman-like incident for Yankees’ Alfonso Soriano (GIFs)

Despite a Chicago Cubs fan’s best — or worst — efforts, New York Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano somehow managed to snag a foul popup during the sixth inning in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader after chasing it down near where the left field line and the seats almost meet in Yankee Stadium. What makes […] The post Cubs fan nearly causes Bartman-like incident...
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Chicago Cubs fan tries to recreate “Bartman moment” at Yankee Stadium

Chicago Cubs fans seem to be oblivious to rules and etiquette when it comes to foul balls down the left field line.  If it’s your own team and in the stands, don’t touch it.  If it’s the other team and on the field, you should probably not give the ump a chance to call interference.  This Cubs fan, apparently not learning the Bartman lesson, seems to fall in the same trap...
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Burks Bases-Loaded Triple Sparks Cubs to Victory at Diablo Park

Charcer Burks belted a bases loaded triple to ignite a four-run 2nd and later reached base on a walk and an HBP and scored two runs, and Adonis Paula went 3-3 with three singles and two runs scored, leading the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Angels in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe.      Tags: Cubs...
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Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo Takes Batting Practice With Meatballs

That’s one tasty meatball! Chicago Cubs first-baseman Anthony Rizzo decided baseballs were too easy to hone his hand eye coordination, so the slugger sought out something smaller. Rizzo who has family ties to the Sicilian town of Ciminna went back to his roots crushing tasty meatballs instead of taking the traditional batting practice. The forecast for today’s Cubs game is...
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Cubs & Snakes Split a Pair at Riverview Park

Rony Rodriguez and Eloy Jimenez belted back-to-back RBI doubles, Ricardo Marcano followed with an RBI single, and Tyler Alamo capped the inning with a two-run home run over the LF fence, as the Cubs plated five runs in the 5th en route to a 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Field #5, and Cesar Carrasco doubled twice and reached base on an error and scored three runs, and Dane...
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Chicago Cubs Top Prospect Struggling

Chicago Cubs top prospect Javy Baez is headed to the 7-day disabled list after spraining his ankle Friday night.  It wasn’t like he was sliding into home plate to score the winning run, either.  Baez messed up his ankle during pregame fielding practice. Baez has had a rough start to his 2014 season.  Last week Baez was ejected from a game and also go into it with a teammate...
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How the Chicago Cubs will make the playoffs

The Chicago Cubs have not been to the postseason since 2008. It seems to be expected that they will not make it again this year. However, one can’t exactly say they aren’t capable of being a surprise team. The Milwaukee Brewers have won nine in a row and own the best record in baseball. Few, if any, could’ve seen that coming. It remains to be seen if Milwaukee can keep its...
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Chicago Cubs: The unthinkable option would be the wrong one

The Wrigley Field rooftop owners want the view, the Chicago Cubs want the renovations. The Cubs have had discussions with the city about adding a 650-square-foot Wrigley Field sign  that could potentially block the view from the rooftops. As a kid, there was that word your parents told you not to say. And if you said it, you’d have to put a quarter in the jar. Well, the organization...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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