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8/24/2016 | Contreras keeps stepping up to big league challenges

Willson Contreras passed another test on Wednesday. The Cubs' rookie catcher was behind the plate for the daytime series finale against the Padres after catching the night game on Tuesday.

8/24/2016 | Hendricks battles in 3rd to extend dominance

The key inning on Wednesday was the third for the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks. The Padres had pulled within one after Wil Myers' RBI triple. There was nobody out, and Hendricks had to face San Diego's 3-4-5 hitters.

8/24/2016 | Dodgers welcome Cubs, Ross for 3-game set

The Cubs cruise into Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in a three-game series beginning Friday that will be sentimental for Chicago catcher David Ross and possibly frustrating for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. Los Angeles is sorting out its starting pitching for the series after putting Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the disabled list on Wednesday.

8/24/2016 | Big bats back Hendricks, bring brooms to SD

Kyle Hendricks got a big boost from the offense before he took the mound, thanks to a three-run first, as the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3, on Wednesday at Petco Park to sweep the series and improve to 36 games over .500 for the first time since 1945, when they finished that season at 98-56.

8/24/2016 | Ross set to bid Los Angeles farewell

David Ross will say goodbye to where he started his professional baseball career this weekend.

8/24/2016 | Maddon: Versatility on field helping Baez's bat

Javier Baez has played all four infield positions for the Cubs this season, and he has definitely shined at second base. Shouldn't he be settling down at one spot?

8/24/2016 | Arrieta comes up gold again in Golden State

Jake Arrieta won't get a chance to pitch at Dodger Stadium in the Cubs' upcoming series but on Tuesday night, he showed once again how much he likes the West Coast.

8/24/2016 | Bryant's big night makes USD crowd proud

University of San Diego baseball coach Rich Hill was in the right place at the right time to watch one of his star pupils, Kris Bryant.

8/23/2016 | Russell a Gold Glove SS? Maddon thinks so

Cubs manager Joe Maddon presented Addison Russell with a bottle of wine on Tuesday as a token of appreciation for his play in the series opener. Maddon hopes to give the shortstop a gift later this season if Russell wins a Gold Glove for his defensive play.

8/23/2016 | Hendricks aims to finish Friars with sweep

The Cubs finish off their three-game series against the Padres on Wednesday afternoon by sending their best starter to the mound in Kyle Hendricks. San Diego counters with Paul Clemens.

8/23/2016 | Heyward's defense has made Cubs even stronger

Jason Heyward's first season with the Cubs has been a challenge, as his batting average shows. But don't label it a disappointment before it's over.

8/23/2016 | Russell stays hot, but glovework steals show

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining an elite group, and he's just getting started.

8/23/2016 | Cubs 'ecstatic' as Heyward homers in return

After sitting for three games, Joe Maddon had a simple message for outfielder Jason Heyward, who was back in the Cubs lineup on Monday night.

8/22/2016 | Arrieta seeks rebound, series win in San Diego

The Padres send Christian Friedrich to the mound in their second game vs. the Cubs Tuesday night, while Chicago counters with Jake Arrieta.

8/22/2016 | Zastryzny to get looks as setup for Chapman

Newcomer Rob Zastryzny has impressed manager Joe Maddon so much in his two outings that the lefty is in the mix as one of the Cubs' main setup relievers. Maddon has been testing different pitchers in that role since Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon went on the disabled list.

8/21/2016 | Russell 'at the top of his game' with 2-HR showing

Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story has grabbed plenty of headlines this season for his home run barrage, but 22-year-old Cubs shortstop Addison Russell got in on the fun at Coors Field.

8/21/2016 | Arenado's 2 HRs lead to Rockie day for Cubs

Nolan Arenado's discontent came to a head Saturday night, when he and a hitting confidant argued until finding the cause. Arenado provided the solution Sunday afternoon, when he delivered two three-run homers in the Rockies' 11-4 rout of the National League Central-leading Cubs at Coors Field.

8/21/2016 | No major setback after foul tip off Soler's knee

Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler fouled a ball off his knee in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Rockies, but he should be back to action soon.

8/21/2016 | Lester to cross Petco Park off list vs. Jackson

Cubs starter Jon Lester will cross off Petco Park as the last current Major League park he has pitched at as he matches up Monday against former teammate Edwin Jackson and the Padres.

8/21/2016 | Montgomery impresses in first Cubs start

Filling in for the injured John Lackey, left-hander Mike Montgomery showed he can hold his own in the Cubs' rotation.

8/20/2016 | Bryant hits blast as Cubs sour Hoffman's debut

Kris Bryant hit a 469-foot homer as the Cubs spoiled Rockies rookie Jeff Hoffman's Major League debut -- tagging him for seven runs in four-plus innings -- in a 9-2 victory Saturday night at Coors Field.

8/20/2016 | NL 3B stars face off in Cubs-Rockies finale

Sunday's series finale between the Cubs and Rockies showcases two of the best third basemen in baseball: Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado.

8/20/2016 | Fowler's bat awakens in return to Colorado

Coming into the series against the Rockies, Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler had just three hits in his last 21 at-bats and five hits in his last 30. Perhaps a return to hitter-friendly Coors Field is just what he needed to get back on track.

8/20/2016 | Despite loss, dream debuts for Pena, Zastryzny

Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny pitched scoreless ninth and 10th innings, respectively, in their Major League debuts. Zastryzny escaped a bases-loaded jam against the heart of the Rockies' lineup, and Peña pitched a clean inning with two strikeouts.

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