CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Anderson got more excited as the names started rolling in.
Yasmani Grandal behind the plate, and Gio González and Dallas Keuchel for the rotation. Edwin Encarnación for...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old right-hander will earn $5.25 million next...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their bullpen Tuesday, agreeing to a $6 million, one-year contract with free-agent reliever Steve Cishek.
Chicago Cubs (84-77, third in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (90-71, first in the NL Central)
Chicago Cubs (77-67, second in the NL Central) vs. San Diego Padres (67-77, fourth in the NL West)
San Diego; Wednesday, 10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Cole Hamels (7-6, 3.95...
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With the Chicago Cubs playing a five-man infield, Manuel Margot was looking for a pitch up in the strike zone that he could elevate.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have activated reliever Steve Cishek from the 10-day injured list.
The 33-year-old Cishek was sidelined by left hip inflammation. The right-hander is 3-5 with...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the 10-day injured list Monday and announced All-Star catcher Willson Contreras will be sidelined for four weeks with a right...
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Báez tagged the San Diego Padres in all sorts of ways.
The Chicago Cubs star hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, then made a nifty play with his glove in the ninth inning...
Cincinnati Reds (43-49, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (51-44, first in the NL Central)
Chicago; Wednesday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Sonny Gray (5-5, 3.42 ERA,...
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber wasn't thinking home run when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night.
Cincinnati Reds (43-48, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (50-44, first in the NL Central)
Chicago; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (5-4, 4.26...
Chicago Cubs (37-28, second in the NL Central) vs. Colorado Rockies (34-31, second in the NL West)
Denver; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.77 ERA,...
Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel finally have jobs, and each also has a chance to affect the playoff race in the National League.
It was no surprise they both ended up with contenders....
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks doesn't believe he was sharp on Sunday night.
The Cardinals might beg to differ.
Hendricks tossed one-run ball over seven innings to continue his...
Cincinnati Reds (23-27, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (29-20, first in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tyler Mahle (1-5, 3.51 ERA,...
CHICAGO (AP) — Eugenio Suárez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Cubs reliever Steve Cishek, rallying the Cincinnati Reds past Chicago 6-5 on Friday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Steve Cishek missed with his pitch location. Eugenio Suárez didn't miss with his swing.
Suárez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Cishek, one of the Cubs' more...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs had watched most of their five-run lead against the Washington Nationals dissipate by the time Steve Cishek entered Sunday night's game in the seventh...
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a strained right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow...
CHICAGO (AP) — After seven dominant innings from Jon Lester, the Chicago Cubs turned to a closer-by-committee due to their loss of Pedro Strop.
Lester allowed two hits over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts, Willson Contreras hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Saturday to maintain their NL Central lead.
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
The Cubs will try a closer-by-committee approach down the stretch after learning Pedro Strop is out for the rest of the regular season because of a strained left hamstring. Strop, who had posted 11 saves since closer Brandon Morrow went on the disabled list in July, hurt himself trying to beat out a double-play grounder this week.
CHICAGO (AP) — It looks like the back end of the Chicago Cubs' bullpen will be a big question mark down the stretch.
Pedro Strop will miss the rest of the regular season with a left hamstring strain, leaving the NL Central leaders with a closer-by-committee approach as they try to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals.
The team announced the injury after Strop underwent an MRI on Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals outlasted the weather and the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night — and early Sunday.
Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Nationals rallied past the Cubs 6-5 to sweep a doubleheader delayed more than 3½ hours by rain.
Max Scherzer pitched a complete game and Washington took advantage of the sloppy Cubs for a 10-3 victory in the opener. By the end of a long night, Chicago's lead in the NL Central was down to 2½ games over Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich drove in the winning run with the bases loaded in the ninth after beating a throw from third to avoid a double play, and the Milwaukee Brewers opened an important three-game series with the Chicago Cubs with a 4-3 win Monday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera provided the pop the Philadelphia Phillies expected when they acquired him last month.
Cabrera's solo home run with one out in the 10th lifted the Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in a game played through steady rain.
Cabrera connected off Steve Cishek (4-2), driving an opposite-field shot to left-center to help the Phillies pull within two games of Atlanta in the NL East. The Braves lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh.
CHICAGO (AP) — With the wind blowing out on a warm Saturday at Wrigley Field, the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs appeared to be headed for a wild finish.
Then Chicago's bullpen took over.
Steve Cishek, Brandon Kintzler and Pedro Strop combined for 3 1/3 perfect innings in relief of Kyle Hendricks, and the Cubs held off the Padres for a 5-4 win.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is willing to loosen the regulations for the color of players' spikes.
Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek wore black spikes in May despite a warning from Major League Baseball of violating a regulation requiring that at least 51 percent of the exterior of a player's shoes be the club's designated primary shoe color. For the Cubs, that color is blue.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, and the Cubs took advantage of a first-inning slip by center fielder Starling Marte in a 2-0 victory Saturday over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago's 11th win in 13 games.
Lester (7-2) allowed a two-out triple in the third to Austin Meadows, then retired Starling Marte on a groundout. Lester struck out five and walked two in seven innings, improving to 5-1 in his past six starts.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist was joined by Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek in wearing black spikes on Monday despite a warning from Major League Baseball that he was in violation of the sport's uniform regulations.
Zobrist posted a letter from MLB on Instagram on Saturday that cited him for violating regulations requiring at least 51 percent of the exterior of a player's shoes be the club's designated primary shoe color. For the Cubs, that color is blue.
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez committed a costly error, and Kris Bryant booted a ball in the sixth inning. The Chicago Cubs bounced into a pair of double plays and managed just six hits.
It was still good enough. The pitching made it work — again.
Jon Lester grinded his way into the sixth inning, continuing an impressive stretch for Chicago's rotation and helping the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Monday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.
Capsules of National League Central teams, listed in order of finish last year:
2017: 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS.
Manager: Joe Maddon (fourth season).
He's Here: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly, C Chris Gimenez.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Morrow has pitched in just about every role during his 11 seasons in the majors.
Except as a full-time closer for a championship contender.
That will change this year, as Morrow is expected to fill the spot for the Chicago Cubs. He is the most prominent addition to a revamped bullpen that saw the departures of Wade Davis, last year's closer, and Hector Rondon, who held the role in 2015 and part of the World Series-winning season of 2016.
A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: Joe Maddon (fourth season).
2017: 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS.
Training Town: Mesa, Arizona.
Park: Sloan Park.
First Workout: Feb. 14/19.
He's Here: RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, bringing back Brian Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract.
Duensing returns to Chicago after signing a one-year deal with the Cubs last winter. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 appearances last season.
A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because it is pending a physical.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finalized their $13 million, two-year contract with side-arming reliever Steve Cishek.
The 31-year-old right-hander gets $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons under the agreement announced Saturday. His 2019 salary could escalate by up to $1 million: $250,000 each for 30, 40, 45 and 50 games as a pitcher next year.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says side-arming reliever Steve Cishek and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year contract.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced.