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8/27/2014 | First homer, no waiting: Soler arrives with a bang

Jorge Soler homered in his first at-bat in the second inning of the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds, hitting a 423-foot blast to center off starter Mat Latos. He's the first Cubs player to hit a home run in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so May 7, 2010, also at Great American Ball Park.

8/27/2014 | Chicago holds parade for Jackie Robinson West

Jackie Robinson West's run in the Little League World Series culminated Wednesday with a nearly four-hour parade that weaved through roughly 100 blocks of Chicago.

8/27/2014 | Part of rally, Epstein lauds JRW, organizers

Who's the best baseball team in the city of Chicago? It could be the Jackie Robinson West team, which won the U.S. title in the Little League World Series and was celebrated with a parade in Chicago on Wednesday.

8/27/2014 | Sweeney, Ruggiano to DL; Watkins recalled

The Cubs placed outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano on the disabled list, and the team was still testing the two players to determine if either injury is season ending.

8/27/2014 | Tight lower back keeps Rizzo out of starting lineup

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not start Wednesday because of lower back tightness, which had forced him out of Tuesday's game. Manager Rick Renteria said Rizzo would receive treatment Wednesday, and he could be back in the lineup Thursday.

8/27/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Bryant ready to help Cubs

Third-base prospect Kris Bryant's performance in Triple-A, where he has hit for both average and power, is worthy of a September callup to the Cubs, writes's Jonathan Mayo.

8/27/2014 | As Soler debuts, Turner to make first Cubs start

Wednesday's game in Cincinnati will give Cubs fans their first long look at two faces they hope will be a big part of their future as Jorge Soler will join the lineup and Jacob Turner will take the mound in his first start for Chicago. The Reds will counter with Mat Latos.

8/26/2014 | Rizzo hits 30th homer before precautionary exit

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Reds in the eighth inning with lower back tightness. "He's ready to go again," manager Rick Renteria said after the game. "I did it more as a precaution. There was no need to push Rizz. I certainly expect [him to be back in the lineup on Wednesday] unless something else comes up."

8/26/2014 | Homers fuel Cubs' three-hit shutout in Cincinnati

Travis Wood outdueled Johnny Cueto with the help of homers from Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara as the Cubs beat the Reds, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night. It was Chicago's fourth straight win and seventh in its last nine games.

8/26/2014 | Sweeney exits with left hamstring strain

Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney left Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Reds in the second inning with a strained left hamstring.

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

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