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 4, Dodgers 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hero: Finally, the Demp we know and love. Ryan Dempster, who turned 34 on Tuesday, walked the first two batters he faced on eight straight balls, but bounced back to work seven solid innings. Dempster- who lowered his ERA to 8.05 while not figuring in the decision- allowed one (earned) run on six hits while walking two and striking out five.

"To say this was the best outing of Ryan Dempster's season would be probably the understatement of the year," Len Kasper said during the WGN telecast."He was really good."

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Dodgers 12, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 22, 2011

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .417.

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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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Greatest Moments: No. 22, Eight-Run Lead Isn't Enough for Rockies

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

(Editor's Note: Ninth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

The Cubs were riding high when they played host to the Colorado Rockies on May 30, 2008. They had won their previous four games to improve to 33-21 and held a 1.5-game lead over second-place St. Louis in the National League Central.

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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 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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Lilly Dazzles with Dodgers

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 21, 2010

I don't regret Jim Hendry's July 31 deadline trade with the Dodgers, but it's worth noting that Ted Lilly has been nothing short of spectacular since joining his new team.

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Will Diamond Take Our Minds Off Cubs' Wrinkles?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Cubs announced Saturday that Thomas Diamond was purchased from Triple A Iowa and added to the team's 40-man roster. He will replace the departed Ted Lilly in the starting rotation.

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So Long, Lilly and Theriot

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 31, 2010

It's difficult to judge a trade like the one the Cubs made ahead of Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline.

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Rockies 17, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Friday, July 30, 2010

Hero: James Russell allowed one hit struck out three, and walked none in two shutout innings of relief.

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Astros 6, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hero: Ted Lilly, if he is traded later this week, had the best final two outings by a Cubs pitcher before being dealt since Steve Trout in 1987. But Lilly had nothing to show for his efforts.

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Cubs 5, Astros 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hero: Carlos Silva (10-4) rebounded after back-to-back horrible outings to reach double figures in wins for the first time since 2007 when he earned 13 victories for the Minnesota Twins. Silva allowed one (earned) run on five hits in five innings while walking one and striking out four.

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Astros 4, Cubs 3 (12 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hero: Ted Lilly impressed the scouts who were there to see him but he ... couldn't ... quite ... finish the job. Lilly was working on a five-hit shutout when he allowed a leadoff homer to Pedro Feliz in the the eighth inning that tied the game at 1. Hindsight is 20-20, but Lou Piniella allowed Lilly to hit for himself in the bottom of the seventh with an off day Thursday. TRL exited with one out in the eighth after allowing seven hits, walking one, and striking out six.

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Cubs 14, Astros 7

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hero: Aramis Ramirez hasn't yet made us forget about his sorry first half, but by all means he can continue to try to make amends.

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The Rosenbloom Report

By Beachwood Reporter on Sunday, July 18, 2010

His takes on Uncle Lou, Big Z and Teddy Baseball this morning:

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Cubs 12, Phillies 6

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hero: Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a pair of two-out, two-run doubles to raise his average to .211. Since July 5th, Ramirez is 14-for-33 (.424) with four home runs and 13 RBI.

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Midseason Awards

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, July 15, 2010

As a kid, whenever I had a bad day, my father would remind me that "the sun will come up tomorrow."

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The Cub Factor: Their Suckiness Is Our Gain

By Beachwood Reporter on Monday, July 12, 2010

"It's been a good week in my book. It really has," writes Cub Factor correspondent Marty Gangler.

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Dodgers 9, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Friday, July 9, 2010

Hero: Marlon Byrd keeps on hitting. Byrd went 4-for-5 Friday with three RBI, and is now hitting .319. He is third in batting in the NL and leads the league in doubles with 27. The center fielder also made a diving catch of a Xavier Paul line drive in the fifth with his team trailing 8-3.

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