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7/29/2015 | At home with Cubs, Lester set for stretch run

Jon Lester doesn't forget July 31. It's his son Hudson's birthday. It's also the day Lester was traded from the Red Sox, which had been the only team he'd played for, to the Athletics a year ago. "Last year made for an interesting birthday," Lester said after a dominant performance in the Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday.

7/29/2015 | Schwarber adjusting to life in the outfield

Kyle Schwarber had a different perspective in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Instead of being behind the plate, he was in left field, making his first start in the outfield for the Cubs.

7/29/2015 | Ramirez to DL in flurry of moves for Cubs

Neil Ramirez sneezed on Sunday and felt a sharp pain on his left side. The right-hander now is on the disabled list because of what's being described as abdominal soreness, which he felt warming up Tuesday night.

7/29/2015 | Amid rumors, day off, Castro meets with Maddon

Starlin Castro, puzzled after being pulled from a game in a double switch, met with Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who assured the shortstop that he wasn't being traded.

7/29/2015 | Scouting profile: Kyle Schwarber

One look at Kyle Schwarber screams "catcher."

7/29/2015 | Lester K's 14 as Cubs spoil Reyes' Rox debut

Jon Lester struck out a season-high 14 batters across eight innings as the Cubs defeated the Rockies on Wednesday, 3-2, to take two of three games in the series at Wrigley Field. Lester became the first Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior in 2004 to throw 14 strikeouts.

7/29/2015 | Rockies face big test in veteran Lester

The Rockies' offense has been successful since the All-Star break, as well as in the first game without Troy Tulowitzki, but Colorado will be tested when Cubs starter Jon Lester takes the mound for Wednesday's finale of the three-game series.

7/28/2015 | Rox bat around in 1st, hold on to top Cubs

DJ LeMahieu had three hits, including an RBI double and a triple, and Nolan Arenado smacked a two-run double to power the Rockies to a 7-2 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night and even the series at one win apiece.

7/28/2015 | Maddon OK if Cubs don't make any deals

The Cubs are third in the National League Wild Card race. What if they don't make a deal by Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline? Manager Joe Maddon is OK with that.

7/28/2015 | Cubs host kids as part of PLAY campaign

Cubs athletic trainers, in conjunction with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and Major League Baseball charities, hosted the children at Wrigley Field as part of the PLAY campaign -- Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth.

7/28/2015 | Bryant 'wakes up' Cubs with dramatic blast

During Saturday's game against the Phillies' Cole Hamels, the Cubs' Kris Bryant hit two long fly balls that reached the warning track. Hamels finished with a no-hitter. But on Monday, Bryant got payback.

7/27/2015 | Beeler gets call to start for Cubs in middle game vs. Rockies

A pair of spot starters will go Tuesday at Wrigley Field, with the Cubs calling up righty Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa and the Rockies giving the ball to lefty reliever Yohan Flande.

7/27/2015 | Bryant hits walk-off blast to beat Rockies

Kris Bryant belted a two-run walk-off homer with two outs in the ninth Monday night to power the Cubs to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies, who had scored four runs in their half of the inning.

7/27/2015 | Castro's extra work pays off in wild win

About five hours before first pitch Monday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon, hitting coach John Mallee and Starlin Castro were in the batting cage, trying to find a way to get the shortstop back on track. Castro entered Monday's game against the Rockies batting .139 in July.

7/27/2015 | Epstein's focus unchanged despite tough stretch

Getting swept by the Phillies and falling further back in the Wild Card standings hasn't changed how Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein approaches Friday's Trade Deadline.

7/27/2015 | Younger Games: 25-and-unders dominating

Here are our Top 25-and-Unders, our ranking of the top 25 players age 25 and younger. All players who were 25 and under as of July 1, 2015 -- their age-25 season or younger -- were eligible for votes, and the list was selected by a panel of and MLB Network analysts, including two former Major League general managers (Dan O'Dowd and Jim Duquette).

7/26/2015 | Optimistic Maddon riding out rough stretch

After Chicago was swept by the last-place Phillies on Sunday, the Giants have jumped ahead in the Wild Card standings. Fans may be panicking, but not manager Joe Maddon.

7/26/2015 | Ross pitches perfect ninth, homers for Cubs

For the second time this season, David Ross threw a perfect inning of relief, this one in the ninth inning of the Cubs' 11-5 loss to the Phillies. But this time, Ross added a home run in the same frame.

7/26/2015 | Cubs welcome Rockies for series at Wrigley

The season was still young when the Cubs and Rockies last met, not even a full week in when Chicago took two of three. Now, midway through the season, Colorado sits near the bottom of the National League while the Cubs are contending for a postseason berth as they begin a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Monday.

7/26/2015 | Maddon: Sluggers need to get back on track

Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo were unable to take advantage of the All-Star break and rest, and it's showing in their batting averages, which have been dipping.

7/26/2015 | Cubs shake off no-no, treat it like normal loss

Chicago manager Joe Maddon didn't plan on any pregame pep talk prior to Sunday's game after the Cubs were no-hit by Cole Hamels on Saturday, and rookie Kris Bryant said there isn't "any difference between that and any other loss."

7/26/2015 | Phillies put on offensive show in Nola's first W

Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard each hit two-run homers and Domonic Brown had four RBIs to back Aaron Nola, who picked up his first big league win in his second career start as the Phillies romped, 11-5, over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Chicago hit three homers in the loss.

7/25/2015 | Maddon, Cubs impressed by 'special' Hamels

Cole Hamels took his game to a new level Saturday, throwing a no-hitter in the Phillies' 5-0 victory over the Cubs. The Cubs had gone 7,920 games and 49 full seasons without being no-hit, both the longest stretches in Major League history.

7/25/2015 | Maddon will keep basing closer on matchups

Jason Motte has recorded five of the Cubs' past eight saves, but he's not the team's closer. Manager Joe Maddon says he will continue to go with matchups in save situations.

7/25/2015 | Young Cubs can look to experienced Coghlan

Cubs rookies Kris Bryant and Addison Russell have most likely never dealt with the struggles the two are going through this month. If they need any advice, all they need to do is talk to teammate Chris Coghlan.

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