Video: Javier Baez hits game-winning home run in debut

Javier Baez

Rookie second baseman Javier Baez was called up by the Chicago Cubs before Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies and went hitless in his first five at bats. Then he stepped to the plate in the top of the 12th inning to face Boone Logan with the score tied 5-5.

Chicago Cubs finally calling up Javier Baez

Javier Baez

The long wait is over for Cubs fans. Finally they will see one of their top prospects arrive at the big league level, as shortstop Javier Baez has been called up by the big club. Baez will officially be called up on Tuesday and we will likely see him immediately become a starter for Cubs.

Don Zimmer: 1931-2014

Don Zimmer

A baseball icon died Wednesday night, as Don Zimmer, passed away at Day Care Alliance Hospital in Dunedin, Florida, where he’d been for roughly six weeks after undergoing heart valve surgery. A true lifer, who enjoyed every moment from age 18 through a remarkable 66 seasons in the professional game, Zimmer was most recently senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jeff Samardzija’s winless streak broke records but it’s finally over

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Monday, May 26th, 2014. The date will live in Chicago Cubs history as the day the team didn’t suck enough to blow a 8-4 lead against the San Francisco Giants, and gave starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija his first victory in 16 starts.

Weekly Watch: NL Central intra-division play heats up this week

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The National League Central has a important week of intra-division play this week. Here is a preview.

Wrigley Field turns 100: a dedication to the greatest baseball park

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I remember being five years old and sitting in the left-field bleachers of Wrigley Field with my father and his friend, sipping on a pop. With my mitt on my left hand, my Cubs hat on my head, and my Mark Grace t-shirt jersey on, I was ready for any possible ball that would come my way.

Masahiro Tanaka: Seattle Mariners look like favorites for Japanese hurler

Masahiro Tanaka

With the sweepstakes to sign Japanese righty Masahiro Tanaka underway, it appears a surprise front-runner has emerged out of nowhere. Multiple reports suggest the Seattle Mariners appear to be the favorites for the 25-year-old pitcher and could run away with the competition.

Mark Prior officially retires from baseball

Mark Prior

On Monday, former All-Star pitcher Mark Prior announced that he has officially retired from baseball after an injury-riddled career that included numerous comeback attempts.

Joe Girardi: Chicago Cubs have “serious interest” in Yankees manager

Joe Girardi

The Chicago Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday and the front office has just begun its search for his replacement, but there is already a name at the top of the list. The Cubs reportedly have “serious interest” in current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

MLB’s PED Epidemic has ruined baseball role models

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The Little League World Series is now on TV, and besides watching the game, the part that interests me the most is the children telling us who their favorite baseball player is before every game. My favorite player when I was in Little League was Mark Grace. His great fielding skills (he won four Gold Gloves), reliability at the plate and even his batting stance influenced how I played the game as a child.

Report: Ryan Braun claimed Dino Laurenzi, Jr. was an anti-Semite

Ryan Braun

If you were still wondering just how despicable Ryan Braun’s actions were in the wake of his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone late in the 2011 baseball season, I think we may have finally hit rock bottom.

MLB Trade Rumors: Alfonso Soriano trade to New York Yankees “99 percent done”

Alfonso Soriano

As we reported earlier this week, the New York Yankees are in the process of acquiring Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano and Cubs manager Dale Sveum now says the trade is “99 percent done.” Soriano was removed from the lineup by Sveum prior to Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chicago Cubs to trade Alfonso Soriano to New York Yankees

Alfonso Soriano

The Chicago Cubs dumped one trade chip on Monday when they shipped starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers, and appear to have sent away another early Tuesday morning. According to the New York Post, the New York Yankees are set to add outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs in exchange for a mid-level prospect.

MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs talking Matt Garza trade

Matt Garza

The Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs are deep into talks for one of the top players on the trade market this summer. The way things look right now, the Rangers could land Matt Garza some time this weekend.

Kris Bryant: Chicago Cubs sign top draft pick to record-breaking deal

Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs took things close to the wire before finally agreeing to terms with their top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. USD third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 pick from June’s draft, agreed to a $6,708,400 bonus deal with Chicago on Wednesday.