Cubs 3, Reds 2

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 8, 2011

Heroes: Carlos Pena (home run) Kosuke Fukudome (double) each contributed three hits and bookended a dramatic two-run ninth inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero (2-1) to lead the Cubs (15-17), as Pat Hughes described it, "to their most gratifying victory of the season."

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Rockies 9, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hero: Starlin Castro (3-for-4) contributed a two-run double in the fourth inning. Castro, who had his sixth three-hit game of the season, was 7-for-13 in the series with four RBI and is now hitting .418.

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Cubs 9, Astros 5

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hero: Alfonso Soriano hit his fourth home run of the season - a three-run shot during the Cubs' five-run first inning - and, with help from a Starlin Castro relay throw, gunned down Houston's Brett Wallace at the plate when Wallace tried to score from first on a Matt Downs double in the second inning.

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Brewers 6, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hero: Marcos Mateo struck out two during a 1-2-3 seventh and was the only Cubs pitcher to retire Prince Fielder.

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Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hero: Marcos Mateo, rebounding from a rough outing on Tuesday, retired all three batters he faced after entering in the top of the ninth with Arizona runners on the corners and no outs. Mateo's effort kept the Cubs within striking distance.

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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 Make Right Call with Quade

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry made the right call Tuesday in announcing that Mike Quade would manage the team in 2011.

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Astros 4, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, October 3, 2010

Heroes: Thomas Diamond, Marcos Mateo, and Sean Marshall combined for two scoreless and hitless innings as Cubs relievers closed the season with 28 straight shutout innings. The bullpen posted a 1.19 ERA in its final 25 games.

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Cubs 8, Astros 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (11-6) allowed three runs - two earned - on three hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking three. Zambrano won his final eight decisions and posted a 1.24 ERA in his last 10 starts.

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Quade Making Quite a Statement

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ryan Dempster's endorsement Tuesday of Mike Quade for the Cubs managerial job in 2011 is the final event in a long series of developments that has convinced me that Quade is the right man for the job.

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Cardinals 8, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, September 26, 2010

Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, Andrew Cashner, James Russell, and Thomas Diamond combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

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Cardinals 7, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Friday, September 24, 2010

Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, and James Russell combined to allow two hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings.

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Cubs 7, Cardinals 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hero: Tyler Colvin became the fourth Cubs rookie to hit 20 or more home runs in a season. The other members of the exclusive club are Walt "Moose" Moryn with 23 in 1956, Billy Williams (25, 1961), and Geovany Soto (23, 2008).

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Building a Winner is Not a Zero-Sum Game

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Much of the debate regarding how the Cubs should go about building a winner has centered on whether the team should "play the kids" or pursue a quicker fix.

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Astros 4, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Heroes: Relievers Marcos Mateo, Sean Marshall, and Justin Berg set down the final nine Houston hitters.

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Reds 7, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 27, 2010

Hero: Rookie reliever Marcos Mateo had his best of his eight major league outings, striking out all three hitters he faced, in the bottom of the eighth.

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Cubs 9, Cardinals 7

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hero: Derrek Lee hit two solo home runs to straightaway center before being removed because of back spasms. He's walloped four of his 16 home runs on the season in the last three games.

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Giants 4, Cubs 3 (11 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hero: Sean Marshall allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out a pair in two shutout innings of relief.

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