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What if James Shields wound up signing with the Cubs? Insider Patrick Mooney takes a look at how Theo Epstein and Co. almost landed the big-name starting pitcher alongside Jon Lester.
For all the analytics Cubs manager Joe Maddon relies on to help him with in-game decisions, he's making sure his hitters keep things simple at the plate and focus simply on hitting.
After suffering through multiple last place finishes, shortstop Starlin Castro is now in an unfamiliar position as he prepares for all the expectations the Cubs have in 2015.

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Today's Poll

If the Cubs don't make the playoffs in 2015, it will be:
OK
55%
A disappointment
37%
A failure
8%

Team Schedule

Next Games
DateOppTime
3/5vs. Oak (p)12:05 PT1:05 MT2:05 CT3:05 ET15:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 CT
3/5SF (p)12:05 PT1:05 MT2:05 CT3:05 ET15:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 CT
3/6vs. Cin (p)12:05 PT1:05 MT2:05 CT3:05 ET15:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 CT
3/7Col (p)12:10 PT1:10 MT2:10 CT3:10 ET15:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 MST3:10 EST3:40 VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 CT
3/8vs. Tex (p)1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:35 VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 CT
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Injury Report

Injuries
DatePlayerStatus
9/16A. AlcantaraRight wrist soreness (day-to-day)
9/2S. CastroLeft ankle sprain - out 4-6 weeks (day-to-day)
8/27R. Sweeneyoff 60-day DL
8/26A. RizzoLeft game - lower back tightness (day-to-day)
8/23J. Ruggianooff 60-day DL
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Scoreboard

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Team Stats

Chicago Cubs Stats
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Batting
PlayerGABRH2B3BHRRBIAVG
Starlin Castro134528581543311465.292
Anthony Rizzo140524891502813278.286
Luis Valbuena149478681193341651.249

Pitching
PitcherWLPctGGSSIPKERA
John Baker101.0001001.000.00
Neil Ramirez33.500500343.2531.44
Eric Jokisch00-41014.1101.88
Pedro Strop24.333650261.0712.21
Hector Rondon44.5006402963.1632.42
Kyle Hendricks72.7781313080.1472.46
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