Cubs set team HR record, clobber Pirates 14-1
CHICAGO (AP) — All of a sudden, the Chicago Cubs are locked in at the plate and looking like a confident, playoff-bound team again.
Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among...
Hendricks expected to start for Chicago against Seattle
Seattle Mariners (58-80, fifth in the AL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (73-63, second in the AL Central)
Chicago; Monday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Justus Sheffield (0-1, 7.94...
Caratini hits 2 HRs off deGrom, Cubs beat Mets 4-1 for sweep
NEW YORK (AP) — Night after night, Victor Caratini and the Chicago Cubs kept finding ways to beat the New York Mets.
Rendon leads Nationals past Cubs 7-5 for 5th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez thinks Anthony Rendon should win all the awards.
"I'll make a case for him right now, yeah," a chuckling Martinez said. "MVP, Gold...
Happ’s slam leads Quintana, Cubs over Athletics 10-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ and José Quintana are both locked-in right now, and that's good news for the Chicago Cubs.
Happ hit his second career grand slam, Quintana tossed two-hit ball through...
Cubs sign catcher Jonathan Lucroy to plug gap behind plate.
CHICAGO (AP) — Manager Joe Maddon says the Chicago Cubs have signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
The 33-year-old Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Angels last Friday, then cleared...
Báez, bullpen lead streaking Cubs over Padres 6-5
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...
Cubs edge Pirates 4-3 on Heyward’s hit, Bryant’s baserunning
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant rescued the Chicago Cubs with a clutch swing and some nifty baserunning.
Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two out in the eighth inning,...
Chicago opens 3-game series at home against Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates (44-45, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (47-43, first in the NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Chris Archer (3-6, 5.49...
Caratini helps rally Cubs past Cardinals 9-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Victor Caratini and Chicago Cubs rallied from an early deficit and extended their mastery over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Chicago Cubs activated backup catcher Victor Caratini off the injury list for the final game of their series against the Reds.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed Victor Caratini on the 10-day injured list on Friday with a broken bone in his left hand, sidelining the backup catcher for four to six weeks.
Quintana strikes out 11 in 7 innings, Cubs beat Pirates 2-0
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs were in need of a strong outing by a starter, and Jose Quintana delivered.
The left-hander struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball as Chicago blanked the...
Cubs snap skid behind Heyward’s 2 HRs, Hamels’ 6 innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have never seen this side of Jason Heyward.
The way this season has been going, they were due for a pleasant surprise.
Quintana pitches Cubs past Brewers 3-0, take 2-game lead
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana dazzled all night long.
The Chicago Cubs had the right guy on the mound for a big game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Quintana pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Victor Caratini drove in two runs and the Cubs beat the Brewers 3-0 on Tuesday to regain their two-game lead in the NL Central.
Cubs star Rizzo leaves game with injured right foot
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a bruised right foot.
The injury occurred when Rizzo fouled a ball off his foot in the third inning while batting against Milwaukee starter Wade Miley. Rizzo stayed in the game until being replaced on a double-switch in the sixth. Victor Caratini took over at first.
The NL Central-leading Cubs said X-rays on Rizzo's foot were negative.
Heyward helps Cubs beat Cardinals 9-6 in return from break
CHICAGO (AP) — The All-Star break is over. It's right about now when the Chicago Cubs usually take off.
Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs, Ian Happ belted a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 on Thursday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
Cubs capitalize, bounce back from tough loss to beat Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jose Quintana told Kyle Hendricks he would do all he could to follow him with another strong start by the Cubs rotation.
This is exactly what manager Joe Maddon hoped to see: the pitching getting on a little roll and hitters doing their part as the second half nears.
Victor Caratini hit an RBI double during a decisive seventh inning, helping Chicago back Quintana in a close game and beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Cubs call up C Chris Gimenez, send Victor Caratini to minors
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have selected the contract of catcher Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned catcher Victor Caratini to the farm club.
To make room for Gimenez on their roster, the Cubs designated infielder Efren Navarro for assignment.
Gimenez joined the Cubs on Saturday before their game with the San Francisco Giants. The 35-year-old signed a minor league contract with Chicago in the offseason after a combined nine seasons with five major league teams.
Bryant scores go-ahead run in 8th, Cubs beat Marlins 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant showed he can help win games with his legs as well as his booming bat.
Bryant hustled home with two late runs, sliding in safely on Victor Caratini's grounder to the right side in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Caratini wound up with the winning RBI, a few innings after the Cubs catcher got into a heated situation at home plate with Miami's Derek Dietrich.
Arcia’s game-ending single lifts Brewers over Cubs 5-4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Orlando Arcia faced an uncommon defensive alignment when he came to the plate with the game on the line in the ninth inning and a chance to help the struggling Milwaukee Brewers pull off a win over their heated division rival.
Against a five-man infield, Arcia flared an opposite-field single to right with one out, lifting the Brewers over Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Friday night.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners are hopeful Felix Hernandez will miss only one spring training start due to a bruised right forearm sustained when hit by a line drive.
Seattle manager Scott Servais said Thursday that Hernandez still has some swelling in his arm and the team hopes the injury is just a minor setback.
"He's anxious, but you do have to let it run its course a little bit," Servais said.
Hernandez hurting but Mariners fortunate no major injury
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — During a spring training that's been filled with small nagging injuries, the Seattle Mariners believe they caught a fortunate break after Felix Hernandez took a line drive off his right arm.
Hernandez said Tuesday he is still very sore a day after a liner off the bat of the Chicago Cubs' Victor Caratini hit Hernandez in the right forearm.
The injury happened in Hernandez's first spring training start and left the right-hander feeling pain he's rarely felt in his career.
Spring training roundup: Mariners ace Hernandez hit by liner
This was not how Felix Hernandez hoped to start spring training.
Slowed by injuries last year, the Seattle ace was struck in his pitching arm by a line drive Monday and left his exhibition debut early.
The Mariners said a precautionary X-ray of his right forearm was negative. Hernandez was listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Mariners ace Hernandez hit in pitching arm; X-ray negative
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was hit in his pitching arm by a line drive Monday and forced to leave his spring training debut.
The Mariners said a precautionary X-ray of his right forearm was negative.
Hernandez was listed as day-to-day. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
The 31-year-old star, slowed by injuries last year, was struck by a liner from Victor Caratini of the Chicago Cubs.
Cubs activate RHP Grimm from 10-day DL
CHICAGO (AP) — Dillon Maples called his father last year and told him he was thinking about quitting baseball for good.
This time, he called to say he was headed for the majors.
Maples was promoted to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, adding another chapter to a whirlwind year for the right-hander. He began this season with Class A Myrtle Beach, but he put up good numbers and quickly climbed through Chicago's minor league system — all the way to the World Series champions.
C Rene Rivera joins Cubs, gets start against Blue Jays
CHICAGO (AP) — Rene Rivera got right down to business on his first day with the Chicago Cubs.
The veteran catcher joined the Cubs on Sunday and started their 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. He singled in his first plate appearance in the third and scored on Albert Almora Jr.'s three-run double.
"I'm ready any time they need me," Rivera said before his successful debut.
The 34-year-old Rivera also drew raves from starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks for his work behind the plate.
Cubs claim C Rivera off waivers from New York Mets
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have claimed veteran catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the New York Mets.
The 34-year-old Rivera is known for his defensive skills. He has thrown out 10 of 31 runners attempting to steal this season. He is batting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games.
Arrieta tops D-backs 7-2; Cubs reopen 1-game NL Central lead
PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Arrieta is cruising along quite nicely. Same for Kris Bryant.
Arrieta won consecutive starts for the first time since early April, Javier Baez and Ian Happ hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 on Sunday.
Caratini connects on 1st career HR, Cubs beat Brewers 4-2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two levels up at Miller Park, two Chicago Cubs fans held up a "W'' banner to signify another win for the one of the hottest teams in the majors since the All-Star break.
The Cubs are rolling with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching Monday, having surged into first place over the last two weeks thanks to effective starting pitching and just enough timely hitting.