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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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 1, Padres 0

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny finished his season by allowing just three hits over six innings while walking four and striking out three.

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Padres 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hero: Rookie lefty Scott Maine continued the stellar work of the Cubs' bullpen by setting the Padres down in order in the eighth to lower his ERA in 12 appearances to 2.13. Relievers have posted a 1.38 ERA in 58 2/3 innings of work over the Cubs' last 21 games.

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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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Giants 13, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hero: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4) doubled twice, giving him a respectable total of 38 two-baggers on the season.

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Gorzelanny to Miss Start

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will miss his next scheduled start Tuesday after a CT scan of his pitching hand revealed a fracture below the nail on his pinkie finger.

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Cubs 5, Pirates 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome continued to close strong, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI. Fukudome, who is at .281 for the season, is 28-for-77 (.364) with eight doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI since the All-Star break.

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Pirates 14, Cubs 7

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hero: Koyie Hill went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double. It was the 31-year-old switch-hitting catcher's sixth career home run and first since May 29, 2009.

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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 4, Nationals 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hero: Ryan Dempster (12-8), now 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his five August starts, allowed just two hits, walked one, and struck out eight over seven shutout innings.

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Cubs 5, Braves 4

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (7-7) allowed one (earned) run on seven hits over seven innings while striking out nine and walking two.

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Braves 5, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 20, 2010

Hero: Ryan Dempster turned in perhaps his best performance of the season in an unsuccessful attempt to win his fourth straight start. Dempster allowed two runs - both earned - on four hits over eight innings while walking two and striking out seven.

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Padres 9, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Monday, August 16, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome went 3-for-5 and contributed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning.

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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 5, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hero: Tyler Colvin went 2-for-5 and hit a solo homer in the seventh inning that tied the game at 4.

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Cubs 8, Giants 6

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hero:Starlin Castro went 2-for-5 and knocked in three runs.

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Reds 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 6, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (6-6) was a tough-luck loser after allowing three runs - all earned - on four hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked four.

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Cubs 15, Brewers 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hero: Geovany Soto went 3-for-5, scored three times, and knocked in five. Soto hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off former Cubs right-hander LaTroy Hawkins.

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Rockies 6, Cubs 5

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hero: Derrek Lee hit a two-out three-run homer off Colorado's Rafael Betancourt to tie the game at 5. It was the 12th home run of the season for Lee who earlier in the week exercised his "Five-and-10" right to reject a trade to the Los Angeles Angels.

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