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Rizzo, the greatest third baseman ever?
Anthony Rizzo played third base for the first time in his MLB career Tuesday, sparking sarcastic comments that he may be the best third baseman ever.
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STL Whose return will have the biggest impact for Cubs?
The SportsTalk Live panel discusses which Cubs player will have the biggest impact after returning from injury: Jon Lester, Willson Contreras or Addison Russell.
Cubs bullpen can really bust a move
CSN's Kelly Crull takes an inside look at the Cubs bullpen, who likes to dance after a position player blasts a home run.
Ben Zobrist has travel issues just like us
The World Series MVP was scratched from Tuesday night's lineup because of an apparent rental car mix-up in Nashville. 
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Cubs Morning Update: Offense comes through in win
On today's Cubs Morning Update, the offense came up big and Anthony Rizzo may be the greatest third baseman ever.
STL Podcast: Which Cub will make biggest impact down the stretch?
On the latest SporstTalk Live Podcast, the panel breaks down the Cubs injuries and Mitch Trubsky's first-team snaps. 
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STL: Still many questions about Cubs
Even after the Cubs swept the Blue Jays, there are still many questions marks surrounding the reigning World Series champions.
An audition for 2018 rotation?
Mike Montgomery will gladly do whatever the Cubs ask of him, including fill in while Jon Lester's on the DL. But could this brief bit of spot-starting be an audition for 2018?
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MLB Power Rankings: Tribe, Brew Crew on the rise
The Indians are looking good, the Brewers are trying to chase down the Cubs, and Justin Verlander shut down the Dodgers (gasp!) in the latest MLB Power Rankings.
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Anthony Rizzo named NL Player of the Week
That Anthony Rizzo is so hot right now. And Major League Baseball noticed. Rizzo was announced as the National League Player of the Week on Monday after a terrific performance last week.
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Chicago sports didn't miss a chance to get their eclipse jokes in
The team accounts from your favorite Chicago sports teams didn't miss their chance to get in on the fun of #SolarEclipse2017.
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Cubs Morning Update: A wild extra-inning win at Wrigley
The Cubs came back from two down in the 10th to beat the Blue Jays 6-5 and complete a three-game sweep.
Wake Up Call: Wild Cubs win; Gonzalez leads White Sox
The Cubs beat the Blue Jays in 10 innings and Miguel Gonzalez pitched six scoreless innings in a White Sox win against the Rangers.
Cubs need to make own momentum — like they did Sunday
The Cubs might never be "back," but they are capable of making their own momentum to break free of a crowded division — just like they did Sunday.
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In The Loop: David Ross goes skydiving
Check out footage from David Ross' skydiving adventure.
Maddon after walk-off win vs. Blue Jays: 'it's a crazy game'
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about the 6-5 walk-off win in 10 innings against the Blue Jays.
Maddon, Avila talk through weird exchange with Avila, Uehara
Joe Maddon and Alex Avila talk about a couple key moments from the 6-5 win against the Blue Jays.
Watch: Cubs walk-off to sweep Blue Jays
Alex Avila had a walk-off single to complete a weird 10th inning and a sweep for the Cubs against the Blue Jays.
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Hendricks says he pitched well other than 'dumb pitches'
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks talks about his start and the 6-5 win against the Blue Jays in extra innings.
Rivera starts on first day in Cubs' pennant race
Rene Rivera will have to learn his new pitching staff on the fly, as he was thrown into the fire on his first day in the Cubs' pennant race.
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Maddon on Happ: 'He stays ready'
Joe Maddon talks about Javier Baez being a game-changer, and Ian Happ's acclimation to the major leagues following the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.
Ian Happ: A reliable fixture for Cubs
While other everyday players have been underwhelming this season, Ian Happ has acclimated to the major leagues and become a fixture in the Cubs' lineup.
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Cubs add Rene Rivera: 'You can't have enough experience'
The Cubs added veteran catcher Rene Rivera on Saturday, bringing some more veteran experience to a very tight playoff race.
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ITL: DeJesus on Cubs' bounce-back win
On In the Loop, David DeJesus joined to discuss the Cubs' response to a disappointing split with the Reds.
The worst seventh-inning stretch performances of all time
Just 14 years ago, Cubs fans heard quite possibly the worst rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" ever.  Ozzy Osbourne, lead vocalist for Black Sabbath, took the mic that 2003 afternoon at Wrigley and...
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ITL: Kap and DeJesus join ITL crew to discuss pitching
In the Loop is joined by David Kaplan and David DeJesus to discuss the Cubs pitching woes and how they think the Cubs can turn them around
STL: Should Cubs keep Arrieta?
The SportsTalk Live crew discusses Jake Arrieta's trade value and whether the Cubs should capitalize on his recent strong performances by trading for younger, more reliable pieces
STL: Jon Lester got a good Bill of Health
The SportsTalk Live crew discusses the positive result from Jon Lester's tests on his shoulder and when the Cubs should expect him back
Worst 7th-inning stretch singers
It's Flashback Friday, y'all. We take you back to the worst of the worst when it comes to seventh inning stretch
ITL: Canadians guide to Chicago
With the Toronto Blue Jays visiting Chicago for the first time since 2005, we decided to give fans from Canada an all-encompassing guide to Chicago.
SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Javy Baez the most exciting athlete in Chicago?
The SportsTalk Live crew talks about the Cubs big win over Toronto, injuries, contracts and more. Plus, some Mitchell Trubisky versus Mike Glennon debate.
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Best way for Cubs to weather Lester's absence
The best way for the Cubs to weather Jon Lester’s absence? Pitch well. Fortunately for the Cubs, that’s exactly what they’re doing of late.
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Maddon, Arrieta: Baez has 'short term memory'
Joe Maddon and Jake Arrieta rave about Javier Baez's defensive abilities after his stellar two-way game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday
Lester: 'The overall performance wasn't there'
Jon Lester speaks to the media following a big win against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday where he talks about his move to the DL
Maddon: 'It's hot out there, I just didn't want to press it'
Joe Maddon speaks to the media after a big win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday where he discusses Jake Arrieta's solid outing
Arrieta: 'The gameplan is to always utilize strengths'
Jake Arrieta talks to the media about his day in a big win against the Toronto Blue Jays
Baez: 'You gotta do what you gotta do for the team'
Javier Baez speaks to the media after he played well in a big win against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday
PGL: Bullpen bends but does not break
The Cubs bullpen has some great stats going for them, but the guys discuss where they struggle most
OTD: Baez makes a tough play to secure Cubs win
Javier Baez made a tough play late in the Cubs 7-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, he discusses how he made the play postgame
Patrick Sharp chats with Kelly Crull at Cubs game
Blackhawks veteran Patrick Sharp chats with CSN's Kelly Crull while taking in Cubs-Blue Jays at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon, and talks about what it's like being back in Chicago.
Montero explains how things ended with Cubs
In his return to Wrigley Field, Blue Jays catcher Miguel Montero reflected on his time with the Cubs and issued an apology to Jake Arrieta.
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Jon Lester hits disabled list
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester was placed on the disabled list on Friday afternoon with what was described as left lat tightness and general shoulder fatigue.
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Theo, Maddon discuss Lester's injury
Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon, Mike Montgomery and Jason Heyward talk about Jon Lester's injury.
Montero: 'I don't regret anything'
Miguel Montero returns to Wrigley Field and talks with Kelly Crull for the first time since being traded to the Blue Jays.
What really happened between Jon Lester and Chris Bosio
CSN's David Kaplan explains what really happened between Jon Lester and Chris Bosio in the Cubs dugout on Thursday afternoon.
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Wake-up Call: Lester, Lopez both hurt in losses
Both Chicago baseball teams lost and both starting pitchers left with injuries.
Cubs Morning Update: Cubs rally but still lose
The Cubs rallied back from a 9-0 deficit but weren't able to complete the comeback in a 13-10 loss to Cincinnati.
Baez will be a huge X-factor for Cubs down the stretch
There are so many different ways Javier Baez can help the Cubs win a game, and it's why he may be the X-factor for the team down the stretch.
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Should the Cubs pursue Justin Verlander after Jon Lester's injury?
The SportsTalk Livel panel weighs in on whether the Cubs should go after Justin Verlander, and what it would require to get him.
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Lester and Bosio have dugout confrontation
When Jon Lester was removed from Thursday's game early, he appeared to have a confrontation with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio.
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STL: Will the Cubs snag Verlander?
SportsTalk Live touches on the reality of Justin Verlander coming to Chicago as a result of Lester's injury.
STL: Lester and Bosio beef?
SportsTalk Live breaks down what appeared to be an altercation between Jon Lester and coach Chris Bosio.
STL: What can Cubs feel confident about right now?
The SportsTalk Live crew talks about what the Cubs have been doing well recently and what fans can expect.
CubsTalk Podcast: What Lester’s injury means for Cubs
In the latest CubsTalk Podcast, Insider Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki discuss Jon Lester’s injury from Thursday’s game and what it means for the Cubs moving forward.
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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Cubs overcome issues to make the postseason?
The SportsTalk Live crew talks about the Cubs 9 run rally, Lester's injury and Mitch Trubisky. 
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Lester’s injury sets off alarm bells around Cubs
Joe Maddon won't jump to any negative conclusions about Jon Lester's injury, but it's alarming to think the Cubs ace could be sidelined during the stretch run.
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Montgomery: 'I could feel it' on battling back against Reds
Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery talks about battling back against the Reds in Thursdays 12-10 loss.
Avila knew Lester was off 'right when we got out there'
Alex Avila talks about Jon Lester's pitching performance and the Reds hitting following a 12-10 loss.
Maddon: 'Obviously it could have been a lot better'
Joe Maddon talks about the Cubs' 13-10 loss to the Reds on Thursday afternoon, and splitting the four-game series.
Maddon on Lester: 'Of course you're a little concerned'
Joe Maddon provides an injury update on Jon Lester, who left Thursday's game in the second inning with left lat tightness.
PGL: Lester, Bosio have confrontation in dugout
The Cubs Postgame Live crew talks about Jon Lester and Chris Bosio's confrontation in the dugout during Thursday's game against Cincinnati.
Examining Miguel Montero’s brutal honesty
Miguel Montero may not deserve a tribute on the video board this weekend, but he also shouldn’t be remembered only as a loose cannon.
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The Cubs put together the most powerful inning in franchise history
The Cubs tied a franchise record in Thursday's epic comeback against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Jon Lester pulled from Thursday's game with injury
Jon Lester couldn't even make it out of the second inning Thursday, getting tagged for nine runs and forced out of the game with an injury.
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Cubs crank out back-to-back-to-back jacks
Alex Avila, Ian Happ and Javy Baez connect on back-to-back-to-back home runs in the 4th inning against the Reds.
Could Schwarber settle in at No. 2 spot in Cubs lineup?
Kyle Schwarber is starting to look more and more like himself at the plate and the best spot for him in the Cubs lineup may well be the No. 2 spot.
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A sign of the apocalypse?
Joe Maddon cracked up thinking about Ben Zobrist getting ejected from a game and said that — coupled with the upcoming eclipse — could be a sign of the apocalypse. 
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Miller Lite Baseball Viewing Party: The Alley
Come out to The Alley in Mokena on Wednesday for a Miller Lite Baseball Viewing Party!
Maddon on controversial call: That was so obnoxiously wrong
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about Thursday night's controversial call.
Maddon on Schwarber: 'He's actually on a pretty good roll'
Will Kyle Schwarber stay in the No. 2 spot in the batting order? Joe Maddon says he just might.
Wake-up Call: Wild Cubs walk-off win; Delmonico dominates
On this Wake-up Call, the Cubs won in thrilling fashion and Nicky Delmonico crushed two homers.
Maddon fuming over late call: 'That's asinine'
Despite a walk-off win Thursday against the Reds, Joe Maddon blasted Major League Baseball afterwards and is expecting to be fined for his rant.
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Why Votto became Bryant's favorite player
Kris Bryant patterns himself after Joey Votto, calling the Reds slugger his favorite player: "It’s definitely a guy that I look up to and I can learn from.”
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Rizzo: 'It's a good win for us'
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo breaks down the team's walk-off win.
Maddon: That call was 'asinine'
Joe Maddon didn't mince words when it came to a call that Ben Zobrist offered at a ball at his ankle.
Lackey on his first career stolen base
John Lackey talks about his first career stolen base.
Zobrist on bunt call that got Maddon ejected
Ben Zobrist reacts to the call that he offered at a bunt.
Cubs Morning Update: Cubs win on wild pitch
On today's Cubs Morning Update, Rizzo hit a grand slam, but the Cubs needed a wild pitch to get the W.
Why Cubs gave rings to Sveum, Renteria
Despite not having spent any time with the team during the 2016 season, Dale Sveum and Rick Renteria earned their 2016 World Series Championships rings.
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John Lackey stole a base for the first time ever and it was glorious
John Lackey is 38 years old and in his 15th MLB season, but he's still finding a way to do things he's never done before.
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The last time the Cubs faced Homer Bailey, Anthony Rizzo became the face of the franchise
Wednesday night, Homer Bailey made his first start against the Cubs since 2014 on a special July day that made Anthony Rizzo who he is today.
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STL: Does Maddon deserve criticism for decision-making?
The SportsTalk Live panel talks about whether Joe Maddon deserves criticism for his late-game decision-making in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Cincinnati.
Bryant: 'Joey Votto is my favorite player besides my team'
Kris Bryant talks to the media about who his favorite player is, not on his own team, and gives an answer that may surprise some people
Maddon on Bryant: 'He can really make up for some lost time'
Having not played his best recently, Kris Bryant gets a lot of praise and support from Joe Maddon going forward with just over a month left in the regular season
SportsTalk Live Podcast: Does Joe Maddon deserve criticism for his late-game decisions?
Kap is joined by Adam Jahns, Danny Parkins and Ben Finfer to talk Joe Maddon, Mitch Trubisky, Dwyane Wade and Ozzie Guillen.
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Learning to trust again
Kyle Schwarber is still striking out a lot, but he's finding a way to regain his confidence and learn to trust himself again at the plate.
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How Edwards Jr. regained his confidence
Carl Edwards Jr. is back as a force out of the Cubs bullpen and it was some encouragement from his dad that helped him regain his killer instinct.
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Wake-up Call: Cubs, Sox lose; Ricky gets ring
On this edition of the Wake-up Call, we recap the Cubs and White Sox losses while also going in-depth on Jerry Reinsdorf's detailed interview.
Cubs Morning Update: Offense goes down quietly
On this edition of the Cubs Morning Update, the team struggled in the second game against the Reds.
ITL: Addison Russell updates media on injury
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell discusses not rushing back from his foot injury.
Nightengale on Cubs quietly giving Renteria a ring
USA Today's Bob Nightengale joined In the Loop to discuss Jerry Reinsdorf breaking some news as it relates to Rick Renteria and a World Series ring.
Maddon on Hendricks: 'Everything was right on'
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about the 2-1 loss to the Reds.
Heyward talks Luis Castillo and ninth inning rally
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward talks about Reds pitcher Luis Castillo after a 2-1 loss.
Hendricks: It's been tough since I've come back from the DL
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks talks about his start in a 2-1 loss to the Reds.
Edwards Jr. opens up about his 'mental' struggles
Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. talks about getting back his confidence.
DeJesus on PGL: I would have sent Heyward
David DeJesus talks about the Cubs inability to score and what he would have done.
Zobrist breaks down what went wrong this season, how to make it right
Ben Zobrist spoke with CSN's own Patrick Mooney about his part in how this season has panned out, and his part in how it will end.  
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Russell on return: ‘I don’t think that there’s any rush’
Addison Russell discusses how he's feeling and what he's thinking as his eligbility to leave the 10-day disabled list approaches. 
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STL: Four-outfielder approach against Joey Votto
The Cubs went with an interesting shift against the Reds on Monday, implementing a four-outfielder shift. STL breaks it down.
STL: Kris Bryant stays scorching hot at plate
The SportsTalk Live crew discusses Kris Bryant's unreal hot streak.
In The Loop: Hawk Harrelson and Cubs beef continues
The Chicago Cubs twitter fueled the flames of the Hawk vs Cubs beef after an Anthony Rizzo HR.
In The Loop: Most important Cubs position player right now?
In The Loop breaks down who is the most important Cubs position player as they continue to race for the division lead.
Maddon's "Step Brothers" moment led to wacky shift on Votto
Joe Maddon explained how the Cubs' decision to play four outfielders came about, using a perfectly-time pop culture reference.
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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can Bryant keep up hitting streak?
Kap is joined by Dan Wiederer, Jordan Cornette and Brian Hedger to talk KB, Sox vs Dodgers and Bears depth chart. 
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Maddon: Four outfielders decision like 'Step Brothers'
Did we just become best friends? Watch Joe Maddon's hilarious way to describe the four-outfielder shift he implemented against Joey Votto.
Zobrist on injury: 'I could probably play today'
Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist was confident that he'll return to the lineup soon. Joe Maddon elected to keep him out of Tuesday's lineup.
Russell updates media on foot injury
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell discusses his foot injury and how he's feeling.
Road Ahead: Can Cubs take advantage of soft schedule?
The Cubs are in the midst of a cushy schedule, with 13 straight games against last-place opponents.
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Cubs see Jose Quintana trying to do too much
Is Jose Quintana putting pressure on himself after the big trade from the White Sox?
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‘Ungodly’ Joey Votto forces Cubs to think outside the box
Joey Votto's been so dominant with the bat lately that Joe Maddon put four Cubs in the outfield for his at-bat on Monday night. 
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Road Ahead: American Legion Week for Cubs
The Cubs are in the midst of American Legion Week, taking a relaxed approach against a soft schedule.
Wake-up Call: Cubs offense on fire; Kyle Long gets tossed
Check out today's Wake-up Call as we break down the Cubs' offensive explosion and Kyle Long getting kicked out of practice.
Cubs Morning Update: Bats go nuts in win
On today's Cubs Morning Update, the offense was in fantastic form in a 15-5 win over the Reds on Monday.
Jay: 'I feel comfortable in every spot'
Cubs outfielder Jon Jay has been a spark all season. He talked about his approach after playing a key role in the team's win over the Reds.
Maddon on Jon Jay: 'He has definitely stirred our drink'
Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo discuss Jon Jay's big night and the Cubs' hot bats.
Quintana: I threw too many pitches in first three innings
Jose Quintana analyzes his performance and high pitch count after the Cubs blew out the Reds on Monday night.
ITL: Cubs Twitter account throws hilarious shade at Hawk
The Cubs Twitter account didn't hold back on Monday night, throwing some shade at legendary White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson.
What sort of job has Maddon done with this Cubs team?
The Cubs haven't performed as well as the last two years, but Joe Maddon is telling the team to relax and get back to the basics.
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The Cubs had the most unconventional way to try to slow down Joey Votto and it did not work
The Cubs attempted to pull a trick from up their sleeve against Joey Votto but it didn't quite work out...
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Cubs fire an epic shot at Hawk Harrelson after Anthony Rizzo homer
As Anthony Rizzo sent a ball into the Chicago night sky, the Cubs Twitter took the opportunity to troll Hawk Harrelson.
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Will Cubs make another deal in August with Contreras sidelined?
The Cubs still have a few weeks to make a wavier trade before the Aug. 31 deadline, but Jed Hoyer made it sound like the team will stand pat.
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Maddon hasn't heard anything positive on Russell's return
Joe Maddon did not sound optimistic when updating the media on Addison Russell's injury.
Oops, Kelly Crull's phone went off during a press conference
A journalist's no-no, having your phone go off during a press conference. Kelly Crull falls prey to the classic mistake.
The List: Top Jose Quintana Cubs moments
Jose Quintana has been up and down on the North Side. Check out his top moments.
No good news on the Russell injury front
While the Cubs move through the next month without Willson Contreras, they also do not have any good news with regard to Addison Russell's foot issue.
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STL: Arrieta continues his turnaround
Jake Arrieta has been strong of late, helping the Cubs turn things around.
STL: Are star players putting in too much effort?
The SportsTalk Live panel debates whether star players shouldn't leave everything out on the field.
MLB Power Rankings: Playoff chases bunch up
With a month and a half to go in the regular season, the NL Central crown and both AL wild card spots are still up for grabs.
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My 1st Cubs Game Ever
Watch the amazing story of Kolt Kyler, a 9-year-old who went viral when his parents gave him tickets to his first Cubs game.
Wake-up Call: Cubs take series; Sox flip reliever
On today's Wake-up Call, the Cubs won a big series in Arizona while the White Sox traded Tyler Clippard to the Astros.
Cubs Morning Update: KB lights up desert
Kris Bryant was dominant in Arizona, leading the Cubs to a series win.
Playing it Safe: Kris Bryant heats up the desert
On the latest Playing it Safe, sponsored by 3M, Kris Bryant was crushing baseballs in Arizona.
Zobrist thinks MLB should consider technology behind plate
Cubs utility man Ben Zobrist was certainly not happy with the called-third strike he was rung up on yesterday, saying the MLB might want to boost technology.
What's next on Cubs schedule
The Cubs just endured a tough stretch of games, but now face four straight series against last place teams.
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Cubs' August blues
The Cubs have not been having much success in August. Can they catch lightning in a bottle, or is this a bad omen for the rest of the season?
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PGL: Schwarber hits homer in return to Chase Field
Kyle Schwarber smoked a solo homer in his return to Chase Field as the Cubs knocked off the Diamondbacks 8-3 on Friday night.
Redemption in The Desert
In his first game back in Arizona since tearing his ACL, Kyle Schwarber got revenge by smacking a solo homer in the Cubs' 8-3 win.
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Schwarber, Avila go back-to-back in Arizona
Watch as Kyle Schwarber and Alex Avila smacked back-to-back solo shots in the sixth inning of Friday's series opener against the Diamondbacks.
Maddon on Russell: 'I don't think he'll be back for Monday'
Joe Maddon gives an injury update on Addison Russell.
Maddon on what Contreras injury means for Cubs
Joe Maddon talks about Willson Contreras' injury and what his loss means for the Cubs.
How will Cubs react without Contreras?
Losing Willson Contreras is devastating for the Cubs, but how they respond during his absence will define their 2017 campaign.
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SportsTalk Live: What does Contreras injury mean for Cubs?
What does the Willson Contreras injury mean for the Cubs? The SportsTalk Live team debates.
SportsTalk Live Podcast: Life without Contreras begins
CSN's David Kaplan is joined by Stylz and Roman to talk about Mitch Trubisky, Willson Contreras injury and more. 
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Contreras sidelined 4-to-6 weeks
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks with a moderate right hamstring strain.
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A cautiously optimistic update on Willy
It appears Willson Contreras has avoided a season-ending injury, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
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SportsTalk Live: How big is this Willson Contreras injury?
Willson Contreras was on fire for the Cubs and now he's hurt. The SportsTalk Live panel discusses what that means for him and the Cubs.
Theo talks giving players rest after Contreras' injury
Theo Epstein talked about the importance of giving players like Willson Contreras rest.
In The Loop: Throwback to a bit Sammy Sosa game
Sammy Sosa hit three three-run homers in a 15-1 win in Coors Field 15 years ago.
Podcast: Contreras injury aftermath
On the latest CubsTalk Podcast, the crew breaks down the next steps following Willson Contreras' injury, plus Brian Duensing stops by to discuss bullpen shenanigans. 
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The unsung hero of Cubs bullpen
As the focus of the Cubs bullpen remains on the likes of Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis, Brian Duensing is quietly having the year of his life.
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Rizzo knows the time to respond is now
Anthony Rizzo has been in this position before. So he knows what it takes to get out of the current funk the Cubs are in, and now's the time to do it.
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Why Cubs believe in Avila
With Willson Contreras on the shelf indefinitely, the Cubs will need to turn to veteran Alex Avila to handle the lion's share of catching duties.
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Cubs Morning Update: Contreras injured in loss to Giants
Willson Contreras suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Giants, and is expected to land on the disabled list.
Is Magic gone without Willson Contreras?
The SportsTalk Live crew discusses the fallout from Willson Contreras' injury.
Cubs' playoff hopes in jeopardy after Contreras injury?
The SportsTalk Live crew debates whether the Cubs need Willson Contreras to make the playoffs.
Rizzo, Maddon on Willson Contreras' hamstring injury
Anthony Rizzo and Joe Maddon discuss Willson Contreras' apparent hamstring injury.
STL Podcast: How much will Contreras' injury affect Cubs' playoff chances?
The SportsTalk Live panel talks about how Willson Contreras' injury affects the Cubs' playoff chances and what to watch in Thursday's Bears preseason opener.
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Contreras expected to hit DL
The reigning National League Player of the Week is likely headed to the DL after Willson Contreras suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday.
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Alex Avila on role after Contreras' injury
Cubs catcher Alex Avila discusses what may be an increased workload with Willson Contreras injured.
Cubs PGL: Who needs to step up in Contreras' absence
The Cubs Postgame Live crew breaks down who will need to step up in the absence of Willson Contreras.
Willson Contreras suffers leg injury against Giants
Willson Contreras was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Giants after suffering a right leg injury running to first base.
Maddon critical of Cubs' defense again
Manager Joe Maddon hasn't been impressed with his team's defense of late, criticizing their sloppy play against the Giants. 
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Uh-oh: Contreras suffers leg injury
Willson Contreras left Wednesday's game after suffering an apparent hamstring injury running to first base. Watch the injury here.
Cubs unveil new nickname jerseys
The Cubs unveiled new jerseys for Players Weekend with nicknames on the back.
Cubs bullpen takes a hit
Koji Uehara hits the DL and the Cubs bullpen takes another lump as they search for consistency.
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The Cubs Players Weekend jerseys are out and the nicknames are...interesting
MLB released the Players Weekend jerseys and while the uniforms are sick, the nicknames leave a little something to be desired.
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Sloppy Cubs have seen this before
Joe Maddon had some harsh words for the Cubs after a 6-3 loss in San Francisco.
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Uehara's injury is another question mark for Cubs 'pen
After leaving Tuesday's game with an injury, Koji Uehara becomes the latest question mark in a Cubs bullpen that's suddenly full of unknowns.
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Maddon on loss to Giants: 'We just didn't play well'
Cubs manager Joe Maddon updates on the injury to Koji Uehara and how the team played in a 6-3 loss to the Giants.
Rizzo: Making errors is not our formula to win games
Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana and first baseman Anthony Rizzo talk about errors the team made in a 6-3 loss to the Giants.
Cubs Morning Update: Early deficit leads to loss in SF
Jose Quintana gave up an early home run in a 6-3 Cubs loss.
'I have nothing to apologize for'
Joe Maddon responded Tuesday to some critical commentary in his hometown newspaper, a response to an NBC News piece on Maddon and his charitable efforts in Pennsylvania.
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Maddon on editorial: 'I have nothing to apologize for'
Cubs manager Joe Maddon responds to an editorial written in a newspaper in his hometown.
In The Loop: Cubs 'Easy Riders' out west
As the Cubs embarked on a west coast road trip the In The Loop crew broke down their outfits.
In The Loop: Best of Baez photoshops
In The Loop shows off the best photoshops of Javier Baez after his inside the park home run
STL: Baez's inside the park homer is 'a little bit of flash'
STL crew weighs in on Javy Baez's inside the park home run against the San Francisco Giants
SportsTalk Live Podcast:Baez gives Cubs leg up in San Fran
The Sportstalk Live crew touches on Javy Baez last preformance, Reynaldo Lopez being clled up and a Trubisky camp update. 
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A glimpse into Maddon's mind
Joe Maddon is a student of the human mind and explains where his head is at right now in San Francisco as the Cubs are making a playoff surge.
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Inside Javier Baez's inside-the-park home run
Flashing what made him an October hero for the Cubs, Javier Baez dazzled with an inside-the-park home run in Monday's Cubs win in San Francisco.
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Baez, Maddon on Javy's inside-the-park home run
Cubs infielder Javier Baez and manager Joe Maddon talk about Baez's inside-the-park home run in the team's 5-3 win over the Giants on Monday night in San Francisco.
Arrieta: 'Physically, didn't really feel on my game'
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta talks about his performance in the team's 5-3 win over the Giants on Monday night in San Francisco.
Wake-up Call: Javy's inside-the-park homer; Cutty in Miami
On today's Wake-up Call, Javier Baez hit an inside-the-park home run and Jay Cutler was introduced in Miami.
Cubs Morning Update: Javy time hits San Francisco
Javier Baez hit an inside-the-park homer as the Cubs downed the Giants on Monday.
Wake-up Call: Javy hits inside-the-park homer; Cutty's welcome to Miami
Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:  Best catcher in baseball? MVP candidate? The sky is the limit for Willson Contreras [1] Mike Glennon’s advice for Mitch Trubisky: ‘You belong in this...
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Best catcher in baseball?
Putting on a show since the All-Star break, is Willson Contreras going to be the best catcher in baseball or the NL MVP? Sky's the limit for the Cubs' newest star.
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Watch: Javy Baez's inside-the-parker
Javy Baez wowed in the second inning Monday, blasting a ball to deep center field before motoring around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in San Francisco.
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Maddon: 'Willson has taken on a leadership role'
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about red-hot catcher Willson Contreras ahead of Monday night's game in San Francisco.
STL: Is Willson Contreras the best catcher in the MLB?
The SportsTalk Live panel debates Willson Conteras' spot among the best catchers in the MLB.
STL: Remembering former Cubs manager Don Baylor
The SportsTalk Live panel discusses the passing of former Cubs manager Don Baylor.
STL Podcast: Time to panic over Cubs bullpen?
On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Brian Hamilton, Seth Gruen and Jordan Bernfield join David Kaplan to discuss the weekend's bullpen implosion on the North Side.
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MLB Power Rankings: Cubs still searching for answers
One week after the trade deadline, the Cubs are still scratching their heads and searching for answers while the Dodgers are making history.
These Cubs are positioned for a Giant run
The Giants have gone from World Series contenders to fighting for the No. 1 pick in a matter of a few years. Don't expect that on the North Side of Chicago.
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Best week ever
Willson Contreras was named the National League Player of the Week after having an epic performance over the Cubs' last six games.
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Jon Jay: The underrated hero the Cubs need
Jon Jay has been the under-the-radar hero for the Cubs all season, and he's been proving just how valuable he is over the last couple weeks.
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Former Cubs manager Don Baylor has passed away
Don Baylor - who managed the Cubs from 2000-02 - passed away Monday morning after a battle with multiple myeloma.
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In The Loop: Analyzing the Cubs' recent home woes
Kap and David DeJesus break down what's gone wrong for the Cubs on this homestand and what they need to do differently as they hit the road for the week.
Playing it Safe: Willson Contreras can't be stopped
Willson Contreras has been on an absolute tear for the Cubs of late.
In The Loop: Hawk says he is finished with Wrigley Field
In The Loop: Hawk says he is finished with Wrigley Field
Wake Up Call: Cutler back!; Cubs bullpen goes boom
Check out the top storylines in the Chicago sports world with today's edition of the Wake-up Call.
Cubs Morning Update: Bullpen implodes in loss to Nats
The Cubs bullpen struggled against the Nationals on Sunday as the Cubs now hit the West Coast for a week.
Cubs Road Ahead: Clinging to first place, but questions remain
See what David Kaplan and David DeJesus have to say about the first-place Cubbies on this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead.
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Jason Heyward appreciated Ryan Madson's classy gesture after notching 1,000th career hit
Jason Heyward reached a career milestone Sunday against the Nationals, but still took time to credit Ryan Madson for a classy gesture.
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Maddon explains bullpen decisions after late meltdown
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about Carl Edwards recent struggles following yet another late game loss by the Cubs. 
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