Pujols Right Guy for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, May 12, 2011

I wish Chicago Sun-Times columnist Joe Cowley would stick to telling White Sox general manager Ken Williams how to do his job.

In Thursday's Sun-Times, Cowley, a former longtime White Sox beat writer, advised Cubs fans to not get their hopes up in regards to the North Siders signing St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols. He suggested that any Cubs fan who dares dream of Pujols donning a Cubs uniform in 2012 should "pick up the nearest stapler and punch it into your chest to help snap you back to reality."

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Rockies 4, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg (2 innings), Sean Marshall (1), Kerry Wood (1), and John Grabow (1) combined for five shutout innings and kept the Cubs (10-13) within striking distance.

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Welcome Home, Woody

By Chris Rewers on Friday, December 17, 2010

All sentiments aside, the signing of pitcher Kerry Wood on Friday to a one-year, $1.5 million contract was an astute move by Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

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Cubs Player Rankings

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, November 6, 2010

The improved play the Cubs demonstrated under interim manager Mike Quade during the season's final weeks (a 24-13 record) was encouraging but it doesn't change the fact that the 2010 season was an unmitigated disaster.

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Cubs 3, Mariners 2 (13 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Heroes: Relievers Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol, John Grabow (1-3), Bob Howry and Tom Gorzelanny combined for five shutout innings..

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Angels 12, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hero: John Grabow walked a batter, but faced the minimum four batters during his 1 1/3 innings of relief.

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If Ozzie And Lou Switched Teams

By Beachwood Reporter on Friday, June 18, 2010

We imagine a crosstown confabulation.

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Lou Left In The Dark

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Cubs activated veteran left-handed reliever John Grabow and optioned right-hander Mitch Atkins to Triple-A Iowa prior to Tuesday's scheduled game against the Oakland Athletics at Wrigley Field.

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How The Cubs Killed 18 Minutes

By Beachwood Reporter on Friday, May 28, 2010

The Cubs game on Wednesday night was delayed for 18 minutes when the power went out at Wrigley Field and in parts of Wrigleyville. Here's what various members of the Cubs did to pass the time.

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Cubs 5, Rangers 4

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hero: Sean Marshall entered in the bottom of the seventh with the Cubs clinging to a one-run lead, the bases loaded, and two outs. He escaped a mess that was created by John Grabow and Bob Howry, retiring Josh Hamilton on a soft liner to second baseman Ryan Theriot. Marshall also worked a hitless eighth while striking out two and lowering his ERA to 1.93. Marshall is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and has allowed just two hits while striking out 12 in 10 innings this month.

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Hendry's Howry Heckler

By Chris Rewers on Friday, May 21, 2010

Truth sometimes can be stranger than fiction.

When I heard the rumor that the Cubs were close to signing 36-year-old free-agent reliever Bob Howry, I hoped that maybe it had originated at The Heckler.

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Phillies 5, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hero: Starlin Castro continues to impress. The 20-year-old rookie shortstop went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the fifth to raise his average to .375.

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Cubs 4 , Phillies 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (2-4) worked 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and walking two while striking out five. Gorzelanny exited the game after he injured his finger while deflecting a Carlos Ruiz liner in the seventh.

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Cubs 4, Rockies 2 (11 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Monday, May 17, 2010

Hero: "He's back!" Ron Santo exclaimed.

The jury is still out on that, but Aramis Ramirez picked an opportune time for his fourth home run of the season and first since April 15, slamming a two-run walkoff shot to left-center in the bottom of the 11th on a 1-and-0 pitch from Colorado reliever Matt Belisle (1-1).

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More Suggestions On How To Fix A Leaky 'Pen

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's become a daily exercise of the media and blogosphere to speculate on ways Cubs general manager Jim Hendry can improve his sorry bullpen.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors is the latest to chime in, but the solutions he suggests do not make this Cub fan's heart race.

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Cubs 14, Reds 7

By Chris Rewers on Friday, May 7, 2010

Hero: Twenty-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro set a major league record with six RBI in his big league debut.

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Cubs 10, Diamondbacks 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hero: "Alfonso Soriano's locked in, ain't he?" Mark Grace asked Len and Bob while visiting the booth after his rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."

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Cubs 11, Diamondbacks 5

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 30, 2010

Hero: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI) hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning off Arizona starter Rodrigo Lopez (1-1) that put the Cubs ahead to stay.

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Nationals 3, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hero: The first inning sank Tom Gorzelanny (0-3). The left-hander was outstanding, but was done in by the two runs he surrendered in the opening frame. Gorzelanny worked seven innings in all, allowing just five hits.

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The Cub Factor: Uncle Lou Just Getting Started

By Beachwood Reporter on Monday, April 26, 2010

The big news this week was Carlos Zambrano's move to the bullpen. The Cub Factor has learned that Lou Piniella is considering other dramatic changes. Such as:

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