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5/29/2015 | Cubs search for late-game improvement

The difference between where the Cubs are and where the Royals are was clear in the eighth inning Friday. Kansas City scored three runs in the eighth to snap a 4-4 tie, taking advantage of a leadoff walk issued by Pedro Strop and an error by center fielder Dexter Fowler. Royals reliever Wade Davis then struck out the side in the Chicago eighth, and the Royals went on to win, 8-4.

5/29/2015 | Arrieta serves up three homers to aggressive KC

Jake Arrieta knew the Royals would be aggressive early and tried to groove a fastball past leadoff batter Alcides Escobar. No chance. Escobar hit his second homer of the season off the first pitch of the game Friday, one of three solo home runs off Arrieta, to help the Royals beat the Cubs, 8-4, Friday in the first game of an Interleague series.

5/29/2015 | Ventura, Wada seek run support as series continues

Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada and Royals starter Yordano Ventura both enter Saturday's contest looking for one thing: run support. Both starters enter after their respective offense delivered one run in their last outing.

5/29/2015 | Former Cubs manager Sveum returns with Royals

Dale Sveum was back at Wrigley Field on Friday for the first time since he was dismissed as Cubs manager after the 2013 season, and he said it didn't really feel weird. After all, he feels he's spent more time at the ballpark as a visiting player or coach than as a manager. Now in his second season as the Royals' hitting coach, Sveum is coming off a trip to the World Series last year with the American League champions.

5/29/2015 | Hammel's start pushed back to Sunday's finale

The Cubs have switched their starting pitchers for the remaining two games against the Royals to give Jason Hammel one extra day to heal a cracked fingernail on his right hand. Hammel was originally scheduled to start on Saturday in the second game of the three-game Interleague series, but he will flip with lefty Tsuyoshi Wada. Hammel now will start Sunday in the series finale.

5/29/2015 | Three Royals homer to take opener vs. Cubs

Lorenzo Cain hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the eighth, and Alcides Escobar, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez each smacked solo homers to power the Royals to a 8-4 victory Friday over the Cubs, who were playing their first Interleague series.

5/28/2015 | With command comes success for Hendricks

The Cubs simply want 25-year-old right-hander Kyle Hendricks to continue to pitch as he has since that game against the Padres. Last season, Hendricks went 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA. This year, the Cubs won two of Hendricks' first four starts, but he didn't feel right. After a game against the Cardinals on May 5 when he gave up four runs on six hits over five innings, Hendricks decided it was time for a tune-up.

5/28/2015 | In duel of winter prizes, no topping Scherzer

You've got to beat the best to be the best. Joe Maddon says it all the time, and the chance was right there for the manager and his Cubs during Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Nationals. But let it be known that the belt, as it were, stays with Max Scherzer and the Nats.

5/28/2015 | Maddon says youth behind Cubs' errors

Starlin Castro made two errors on Wednesday and Addison Russell one, but Joe Maddon calls the mistakes "a little bit of a youthful thing."

5/28/2015 | Lester vs. Scherzer anything but ordinary

Jon Lester and Max Scherzer combined for 23 strikeouts on Wednesday, with Scherzer coming out ahead in the win column. Lester made one mistake, giving up a homer to Bryce Harper, and was hurt by an error in the field.

5/27/2015 | Nats take set after Scherzer out-K's Lester

Bryce Harper belted his National League-leading 18th home run and Max Scherzer outdueled Jon Lester on Wednesday night to lead the Nationals to a 3-0 victory over the Cubs and a series win.

5/27/2015 | Theo thinks the kids are all right

The Cubs have three rookies in the lineup -- Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler -- and Theo Epstein likes how the kids are doing so far.

5/27/2015 | Cubs well represented in NL ASG vote

Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro are each second at their respective positions in the first 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results, released on Wednesday.

5/27/2015 | Royals head to Wrigley for first time since '01

The Royals and Cubs open a three-game series on Friday at Wrigley Field -- it's the first trip to Wrigley for the Royals since 2001.

5/27/2015 | NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, leads all NL players in balloting with 1,447,753 total votes.

5/27/2015 | MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

5/27/2015 | Young Addison playing like seasoned veteran

Addison Russell had a feeling that Tuesday was going to be a night for him, and he was right -- delivering the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the Nationals.

5/26/2015 | Bryant wows Wrigley with mammoth home run

Kris Bryant has hit his share of long home runs, and added another on Tuesday to tie the game in the eighth inning of the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Nationals.

5/26/2015 | Scherzer, Lester provide early return on deals

Jon Lester and Max Scherzer were the top two free-agent pitching acquisitions this past offseason, and they will meet on the mound on Wednesday afternoon as the Cubs and Nationals complete a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

5/26/2015 | Lester, Scherzer face off in series finale at Wrigley

Chicago manager Joe Maddon has been around the game for a while in both leagues, but that didn't stop him from calling Nationals starter Max Scherzer's pitching "as good as it gets."

5/26/2015 | Russell delivers game-winner to beat Nats

Addison Russell's walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night.

5/26/2015 | One-run games becoming habit for Cubs

The Cubs have played a lot of one-run games this season, and recently struggled coming out on top in those situations before Tuesday's walk-off victory over the Nationals.

5/26/2015 | Cubs being patient with hot-hitting Baez

Javier Baez has been swinging a hot bat lately down in Triple-A, but the Cubs are not ready to recall the infielder to the Major League club just yet.

5/25/2015 | In Nats, Cubs catch glimpse of own future

Monday was a special day for baseball fans, especially those in Chicago. Despite a 2-1 loss to the Nationals, it marked the first Memorial Day game at Wrigley Field since 2009 that the ballpark was a gathering place for fans looking toward the summer with genuine excitement about their team for both this season and those ahead.

5/25/2015 | Wada escapes jams, lifted due to matchups

Tsuyoshi Wada threw just 5 1/3 innings in his second start of the season, but he was able to limit the damage after allowing a leadoff home run in the Cubs' 2-1 loss to the Nationals on Monday afternoon.

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