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GEORGE CASTLE: Ventura still on learning curve through September collapse

GEORGE CASTLE: Ventura still on learning curve through September collapse

Just like his large cadre of rookie pitchers, Robin Ventura experienced growth during 2012.

October 04, 2012 5:45 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Is ‘Shark’ a Cubs leader? Teammate says probably

Turns out Andre Dawson wasn’t talking out of unlit regions.

September 19, 2012 10:00 pm
Jackson, Vitters make debuts in Cubs' 7-6 loss

Jackson, Vitters make debuts in Cubs' 7-6 loss

LOS ANGELES | Top draft picks Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters got a typical Cubs' welcome to the major leagues: Chicago blew three leads and lost 7-6 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

August 05, 2012 7:00 pm

Mather can't hang on as Cubs lose to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES | Joe Mather was playing at Dodger Stadium for the first time in his career, and his timing couldn't have been worse — in more ways than one.

August 05, 2012 1:01 am
Youkilis hits 2 HRs, but Sox fall to Angels in 10

Youkilis hits 2 HRs, but Sox fall to Angels in 10

CHICAGO | Despite another huge game from Kevin Youkilis, the White Sox failed to pull this one out.

August 04, 2012 11:45 pm
Cubs lose to Billingsley, Dodgers

Cubs lose to Billingsley, Dodgers

LOS ANGELES | Now that the non-waiver trading deadline has passed, one thing is certain for the Cubs: The final two months of the season are going to seem interminably long.

August 03, 2012 11:45 pm
Pirates' Burnett nearly no-hits Cubs

Pirates' Burnett nearly no-hits Cubs

CHICAGO | All the Cubs could do was give credit to A.J. Burnett. Considering he nearly pitched a no-hitter against them, what choice was there?

July 31, 2012 10:00 pm
Rizzo's HR in 10th lifts Cubs over Cards

Rizzo's HR in 10th lifts Cubs over Cards

CHICAGO | Anthony Rizzo checked off another milestone as he continues to live up to the hype.

July 29, 2012 6:00 pm

Johnson's bunt in 7th pushes Cubs past Cardinals

CHICAGO | Reed Johnson saw only one pitch in the game, and that was all he needed to have a big impact with a little hit.

July 28, 2012 6:00 pm
5-Wood: Travis allows 5 HRs in Cubs' loss to Cards

5-Wood: Travis allows 5 HRs in Cubs' loss to Cards

CHICAGO | Travis Wood was consistent.

July 27, 2012 6:30 pm
Cardinals punish Cubs' pen in romp

Cardinals punish Cubs' pen in romp

ST. LOUIS | Matt Garza made such an early exit, there was speculation in the stands and on the Internet that he'd had been traded.

July 21, 2012 9:45 pm
Cardinals end Dempster's run

Cardinals end Dempster's run

ST. LOUIS | The next time he starts, Ryan Dempster could be wearing a different uniform. Still, he joked that when the phone rings, he's not worried it's the Cubs telling him he's been traded.

July 20, 2012 10:00 pm
Wood struggles as Marlins beat Cubs

Wood struggles as Marlins beat Cubs

CHICAGO | Travis Wood was sailing along. Then, in a flash, that changed.

July 17, 2012 10:00 pm
Barney powers Cubs' sweep

Barney powers Cubs' sweep

CHICAGO | The starting rotation is on a roll and the question is whether the Cubs can keep it going.

July 15, 2012 6:00 pm

Dempster extends shutout streak to 33 innings as Cubs win

CHICAGO | As Ryan Dempster keeps extending his shutout streak, the question remains: Will the streak continue with the Cubs?

July 14, 2012 5:45 pm
Soriano powers Cubs past Arizona

Soriano powers Cubs past Arizona

CHICAGO | After four days off and then a nearly four-hour rain delay, Alfonso Soriano came out swinging.

July 13, 2012 8:00 pm
Samardzija's 2nd straight strong start not enough

Samardzija's 2nd straight strong start not enough

NEW YORK | If he could take back a pitch or two, Jeff Samardzija might be headed into the All-Star break having won two straight starts.

July 07, 2012 7:00 pm
Marmol, Cubs hold off Mets

Marmol, Cubs hold off Mets

NEW YORK | Carlos Marmol's high-wire act almost undid a game the Cubs ultimately won behind two young players full of promise.

July 06, 2012 10:00 pm
Cubs hit 3 homers, beat Braves

Cubs hit 3 homers, beat Braves

ATLANTA | The Atlanta Braves are falling deeper behind NL East leader Washington, thanks in part to their difficulties against the Cubs, the last-place team in the NL Central.

July 04, 2012 10:00 pm
Jones powers Braves past Cubs

Jones powers Braves past Cubs

ATLANTA | The Cubs hoped Chris Volstad would return from the minors a better pitcher, more mature and better equipped to avoid big innings.

July 03, 2012 10:30 pm
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