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8/26/2014 | Calling all hitters: Cubs adding Soler to display case

When Cuban Jorge Soler takes his place in right field on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, playing alongside newcomers Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez and young veterans Anthony Rizzo (25) and Starlin Castro (24), the Cubs will have a lineup built to last -- the kind that makes fans dream about long runs at the top.

8/26/2014 | Cubs excited to welcome Soler for latest debut

With Jorge Soler scheduled to join the Cubs in Cincinnati on Wednesday, a second member of the so-called "core four" Cubs prospects who are at the center of Chicago's rebuilding effort will be making his Major League debut this month.

8/26/2014 | Starlin returns after taking bereavement leave

Shortstop Starlin Castro returned to the Cubs and was in the starting lineup for their series opener against the Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park after being on bereavement leave.

8/26/2014 | Russell among Cubs slated for Fall League

Shortstop Addison Russell, ranked No. 3 on's list of the Cubs' Top 20 Prospects list, and No. 6 on list of the game's Top 100 Prospects, will play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.

8/26/2014 | Soler called up, to join Cubs on Wednesday

Cubs fans have had a chance to see a glimpse of the future with recent callups of Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Arismendy Alcantara. Now, Jorge Soler will join the group. Soler, 22, will join the Cubs in Cincinnati, and he's expected to be at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday.

8/25/2014 | Discussion with Torre clarifies Rule 7.13 for Cubs

It's taken nearly seven months, hours of video review, discussions with umpires, managers and other catchers, but the Cubs' Welington Castillo and John Baker believe they finally understand Rule 7.13 after some hands-on guidance from Joe Torre.

8/24/2014 | Chicago kids bring smiles, joy despite loss

Jackie Robinson West lost to the South Korean team by an 8-4 score on Sunday in Williamsport, Pa., in the Little League World Series championship game. But if you thought these kids were defeated, you didn't see Marquis Jackson bounce out of the dugout with a smile on his face to congratulate the champs.

8/24/2014 | Castro to return for series vs. Reds, Watkins optioned

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, who has been on the bereavement list, will rejoin the team in Cincinnati on Tuesday for the start of a six-game road trip. Infielder Logan Watkins was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the roster for Castro.

8/24/2014 | Reds aim to keep up dominance of Cubs

Johnny Cueto will head to the mound when the Reds open a series against Travis Wood and the Cubs on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

8/24/2014 | Wright, Jackson proud of Chicago's LLWS team

No matter how the Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers did in Sunday's championship game against South Korea, they are winners to the Cubs players.

8/24/2014 | Renteria, Hyde grab grounds crew worker from under tarp

On Tuesday, the Cubs grounds crew was shorthanded and couldn't get the tarp on the field fast enough to handle a sudden downpour at Wrigley Field. On Saturday, the crew was quick and efficient, but needed help from Cubs manager Rick Renteria and bench coach Brandon Hyde, who pulled a worker out from underneath the tarp.

8/24/2014 | Renteria comfortable with short bench

The Cubs have carried 13 pitchers most of the season, but manager Rick Renteria said he hasn't been hampered by the short bench.

8/24/2014 | Wada flirts with no-no as Cubs finish sweep

Tsuyoshi Wada set a career high in the U.S. with eight strikeouts and gave up only a home run by Steve Pearce over 6 1/3 innings as the Cubs beat the Orioles, 2-1, to sweep the Interleague series.

8/23/2014 | With players' support, Chicago team in LLWS final

Major League Baseball's players may be many years removed from their days of playing Little League ball, but they haven't forgotten their roots. Led by Colorado's LaTroy Hawkins, many donated funds to send Little Leaguers' families to the LLWS championship.

8/23/2014 | Pair of reviews favors O's in rainy tilt vs. Cubs

A pair of reviewed calls went in the Orioles' favor on Saturday at Wrigley Field, but the Cubs prevailed with a 7-2 victory in a game that saw a three-hour, nine-minute rain delay

8/23/2014 | Grimm, 'pen spotless in Cubs' rain-soaked win

A shutout performance by the bullpen and a four-spot in the second inning led the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Orioles on a rainy Saturday at Wrigley Field. The victory gave Chicago its third series victory of August.

8/23/2014 | Gonzalez returns to O's for series finale

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will make his first start since Aug. 7 after a stint with Triple-A Norfolk in Sunday's series finale against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He'll face Chicago's Tsuyoshi Wada, looking to continue his strong rookie run.

8/23/2014 | After tough road, Rondon finding success as closer

Cubs closer Hector Rondon picked up his 20th save in Friday's 4-1 win over the Orioles. "It's obviously a tremendous accomplishment," manager Rick Renteria said.

8/22/2014 | Cubs halt O's rally, third out confirmed by replay

The Orioles watched a potential fifth-inning rally go by the wayside, as a crew-chief review confirmed the on-field ruling that catcher John Baker wasn't illegally blocking home plate for the inning-ending out.

8/22/2014 | Norris, Hendricks set for duel in middle game

It might not be all that surprising if the Orioles-Cubs matinee on Saturday at Wrigley Field turns into a pitchers' duel. Baltimore righty Bud Norris, fresh off one of his best starts of the season, will get the ball opposite Chicago rookie Kyle Hendricks, who has turned in six straight quality starts.

8/22/2014 | Cubs homer twice as Arrieta stifles former team

Jake Arrieta wasn't a welcoming host to his former Orioles teammates on Friday. Arrieta gave up four hits, including Nelson Cruz's 34th home run, over seven innings, and Javier Baez and Luis Valbuena each hit a solo home run to lift the Cubs to a 4-1 Interleague victory over the Orioles, who brought plenty of their orange-clad fans to Wrigley Field.

8/22/2014 | Renteria will wait for signal before challenging

Cubs manager Rick Renteria will make sure he waits for the signal from the dugout and won't rely on a player's reaction before challenging a call.

8/22/2014 | Watkins among familiar faces on Cubs

Logan Watkins felt right at home at Wrigley Field, even though he was just called up from Triple-A Iowa. He's not alone in players who have been promoted from the Minor League team.

8/22/2014 | Cancer patient who inspired Rizzo visits Wrigley

A month ago, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo visited a cancer patient, Mike Kasallis, and promised the 22-year-old he would hit a home run for him. Rizzo hit two blasts against the Padres on July 22, and he made sure to touch his lips and point to the sky as a signal.

8/22/2014 | If needed, Turner ready to answer starting call

Jacob Turner pitched in relief on Thursday, although it was more like a start, and it could lead to a start on Tuesday against the Reds.

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