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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.

8/20/2016 | Rockies' Hoffman draws Cubs for Major League debut

Rockies top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman will make his Major League debut on Saturday as he takes on the Cubs and Mike Montgomery, who is making a surprise start.

8/20/2016 | Wet and wild: Rox stun Cubs with rally in 11th

The Rockies won in a wild walk-off in the 11th on a Ryan Raburn double and a throwing error by Chicago's Javier Baez, scoring six runs in the last five frames to beat the Cubs, 7-6, on Friday night at Coors Field.

8/19/2016 | Maddon gives Heyward the weekend off

Mired in a 6-for-41 slump, Jason Heyward has been given the weekend off. Manager Joe Maddon gave Heyward the night off on Thursday, a day game after a night game, and decided to stretch the hiatus until Monday, when the team travels to San Diego.

8/19/2016 | For Bryant and Arenado, admiration is mutual

Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado are among the game's youngest and most talented third basemen, and they have much mutual respect for each other.

8/19/2016 | Rain delaying first pitch of Cubs-Rox opener

The start of the Cubs-Rockies game is under a rain delay. First pitch was originally scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT and will now be at 8:50 p.m.

8/19/2016 | Lackey, Rondon headed to disabled list

The Cubs have lost two of their most productive pitchers to injuries but will get reinforcements in the form of two rookies ready to make their Major League debuts. John Lackey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 15) with stiffness in his right shoulder after leaving his start on Sunday early. Hector Rondon will join him on the DL (retroactive to Aug. 17) with discomfort in his right triceps.

8/19/2016 | Amidst great season, Bryant still has one weakness

Kris Bryant wanted to change his game to cut down on strikeouts, and he's done that. But he's also changed his game in a more interesting way. No hitter in baseball is more productive to his pull side. No hitter is less productive to his opposite field side.

8/19/2016 | Kopech, Rodgers among top prospect performers Thursday

The strikeouts just keep on coming for Red Sox No. 5 prospect Michael Kopech. After setting a career high with 11 strikeouts in his last outing, Kopech matched that number in six innings with Double-A Salem on Thursday.

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