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8/27/2016 | Hammel not happy with early hook

Jason Hammel was not happy about being pulled after 39 pitches over 2 1/3 innings on Saturday. It didn't even count as a start, the Cubs right-hander said. And after the game, which the Cubs lost, 3-2, to the Dodgers, he met with manager Joe Maddon.

8/27/2016 | Dodgers chase Hammel early, reward Urias

Starter Julio Urias recovered from a shaky beginning and fellow rookie Corey Seager slugged a record-breaking home run Saturday as the Dodgers held on to edge the Cubs, 3-2, in a battle of first-place teams.

8/27/2016 | Rookie Stewart faces veteran Lester in LA

Dodgers rookie Brock Stewart will make the third start of his unlikely career Sunday, and the challenge could be his greatest yet: facing off against Jon Lester and the Cubs.

8/27/2016 | Set for onesie trip, Arrieta has no-no flashbacks

Sunday will be the Cubs' second "onesie" trip, in which players will be allowed to wear their pajamas on the flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. Last year's pajama party followed Jake Arrieta's first career no-hitter, but that was a night game.

8/27/2016 | Montgomery takes pride in keeping Cubs in game

When the Dodgers' Josh Reddick lined a ball off Mike Montgomery's right leg on Friday night, it definitely hurt. But the Cubs left-hander wasn't going to show it.

8/27/2016 | Bryant inspired by 'great teammate' Heyward

If it weren't for Kris Bryant's first homer, Jason Heyward's extra effort in the ninth wouldn't have meant as much. And if it weren't for Bryant's second blast in the 10th, the Cubs would've lost the series opener against the Dodgers.

8/27/2016 | McKenzie, Borucki among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts.

8/27/2016 | Bryant's 2nd blast lifts Cubs past LA in 10th

Kris Bryant made yet another addition to his MVP case as he hit home runs in the eighth and 10th innings to power a 6-4, comeback win for the Cubs over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

8/26/2016 | With big lead, Maddon emphasizes extra rest

What does a double-digit lead in the standings do for the Cubs? It gives the players a chance to sleep in.

8/26/2016 | Ross, Maddon enjoy Scully's company in LA

David Ross got his brownies and joined Cubs manager Joe Maddon for a private audience with legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully on Friday.

8/25/2016 | Confidence, consistency key to Russell's success

Defensively, Addison Russell leads all National League shortstops in zone rating (.873), and is seventh in fielding percentage (.978), making 10 errors in 113 starts. It's almost impossible to count how many times his defensive wizardry has been featured in postgame highlights.

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.

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