Brewers 6, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hero: Aramis Ramirez (3-for-5, 3 RBI) doubled three times off Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo. Six of the Cubs' 11 hits Sunday were doubles.

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A Contrarian View of the NL Central

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 31, 2011

I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.

I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.

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Ex-Cub Report No. 3

By Chris Rewers on Monday, November 8, 2010

For the first time in my life, I felt sorry for the New York Yankees when they fell to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

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Cubs 1, Brewers 0

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hero: Ryan Dempster (13-10) became the fourth Canadian pitcher to win at least 100 major league games, joining the elite company of Fergie Jenkins (284), Kirk McCaskill (106), and Reggie Cleveland (105). Dempster allowed three hits - singles to Casey McGehee in the fourth, Randy Wolf in the fifth, and Alcides Escobar in the seventh -over seven innings while striking out eight and walking two.

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Cubs 4, Brewers 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 10, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (8-6) once was again was spectacular, allowing just three hits - singles by Jonathan Lucroy in the third, Prince Fielder in the fourth, and Ryan Braun in the ninth - over 8 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking three. Zambrano retired 14 in a row before Braun singled with two outs in the ninth. Big Z is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in seven outings since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9. He also went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .273 and drove in his sixth run of the season.

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Hendry Memoirs Would Be a Real Page Turner

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 10, 2010

According to the Tribune's Paul Sullivan, a fake press release was inserted with the game day media notes in the Miller Park press box Friday describing a fictional book authored by Jim Hendry.

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Brewers 18, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Monday, August 2, 2010

Hero: Starlin Castro, now hitting .306, went 2-for-4 with two doubles and scored the Cubs' only run.

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Ex-Cub Report No. 2

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, July 18, 2010

While Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome adjusts to his part-time status and awaits an imminent trade, a Cubs export (after brief stops in Oakland and Colorado), Matt Murton, is thriving in "The Land of the Rising Sun."

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Brewers 3, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hero: Ted Lilly was spectacular for most of the night, surrendering just four hits over eight innings while walking none and striking out eight. But Lilly made one critical mistake. After his offense finally staked him a run in the top of the eighth, Lilly promptly coughed it up as National League home run leader Corey Hart crushed a hanging sinker over the left-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth. It was Hart's 15th round-tripper of the season.

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