Cubs 11, Cardinals 4

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hero: Starlin Castro went 4-for-4 with a triple, scored three times, and drove in three to break out of his slump and pace the Cubs' 17-hit attack. It was his third four-hit effort of the season.

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Cardinals 6, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hero: Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 (all singles), was hit by a pitch, and scored twice.

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Reds 5, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Friday, May 6, 2011

Heroes: Sean Marshall (0.64 ERA) and Kerry Wood (1.50) combined for 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. They allowed one hit, struck out two, and walked none.

Cubs relievers have not allowed a run in their last 17 2/3 innings over nine games.

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Cubs 5, Dodgers 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hero: Carlos Zambrano (4-1) won his 10th straight road start with eight terrific innings as the Cubs (14-16), sporting classy 1944 replica uniforms, took two of three in the series and four of seven on the road trip. Zambrano, whose first pitch was delivered with an old-fashioned windmill windup, allowed one (earned) run on five hits while striking out four and walking one.

"He was Big Z today, he wasn't Carlos," Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd said. "I saw 92, 94 (MPH) on the board today. He's a power pitcher, and that's what he has to do to win."

Did you catch Big Z dancing in the dugout as a recording of the Glenn Miller Orchestra's "In the Mood" blared over the Dodger Stadium public address system? It's welcome to see him enjoying the game again.

"He did what he did easily, to me, without a lot of pomp and circumstance," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "He just went after hitters. When he's got some soft game to go with his moving fastball and can locate, he's really tough. He went right after guys and attacked them."

Zambrano's last road loss came last June 25 at Comiskey Park - his infamous meltdown game.

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Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hero: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4) wrapped up a terrific April with a solo home run in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth. It was the 10th homer of the season for Soriano (.258 BA, 20 RBI), who shares the major league lead in home runs with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun.

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Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 2

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 29, 2011

Hero: Alfonso Soriano smashed two solo home runs. It was the 27th career multi-home run game for Soriano, who leads the Cubs (11-14) with nine long balls.

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College of Starting Pitchers

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I understand that the alternatives are as appealing as the selection of women at closing time at the neighborhood dive, but I wish the Cubs would pull the plug on the James Russell-in-the-starting-rotation experiment.

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Rockies 5, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 25, 2011

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome, who turns 34 Tuesday, had five singles in five at-bats to raise his average to .478.

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Dodgers 7, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hero: A slimmer Justin Berg made his 2011 debut and set down the Dodgers in order in the seventh inning.

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Cubs 2, Padres 1 (Game 1, 11 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hero: Matt Garza - who did not figure in the decision - allowed six hits, struck out nine, and walked three over six shutout innings. Garza walked the first two men he faced in the sixth but escaped a bases-loaded-jam when Brad Hawpe rolled into an inning-ending double play.

"If I don't win a game all year but we win my games, it doesn't bother me one bit," Garza said.

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Rockies 5, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hero: Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a double off the right-field scoreboard to raise his average to .360. Ramirez was hitting .143 entering play on April 16, 2010.

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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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Cubs 7, Brewers 4

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hero: Man, does this guy rake lefties! Jeff Baker went 4-for-5, including a go-ahead, three-run homer off Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf (0-2) in the fourth inning. Baker is 6-for-11 against southpaws this season.

Baker also contributed a two-out RBI single in the sixth and scored in the ninth on a Marlon Byrd double after reaching on a leadoff single.

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Cubs 5, Pirates 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hero: Blake DeWitt put a miserable spring training behind him by delivering a tie-breaking, two-run double to cap a five-run Cubs eighth.

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Time for Cubs to Walk the Walk

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

When spring training opened last month, Cubs manager Mike Quade let it be known that there would be open competition for a large percentage of the spots on his team's Opening Day roster.

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Only 32 Days Until Opening Day

By Chris Rewers on Monday, February 28, 2011

The snow has melted, the days are getting noticeably longer, and the Cubs are playing spring training games in Arizona.

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Garza Trade Good for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Friday, January 7, 2011

The acquisition of pitcher Matt Garza by the Cubs, along with two minor leaguers, from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for five prospects - that include right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, outfielders Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, and catcher Robinson Chirinos - is a brilliant and gutsy move by general manager Jim Hendry.

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