9/26/2016 | Maddon impressed with Hendricks' confidence
After the fourth inning, Cubs manager Joe Maddon walked over to Kyle Hendricks in the dugout at PNC Park. Hendricks thought the manager might be peeved because the pitcher didn't score on Kris Bryant's single that inning. Instead, Maddon wanted to know what Dartmouth's mascot was.
9/26/2016 | Bryant blasts 2-run HR, passes 100 RBIs
In Monday's 12-2 win over the Pirates, Kris Bryant reached the century mark, hitting his 39th home run, a two-run shot, to raise his season total to 101 RBIs with the Cubs.
9/26/2016 | Cubs leaning toward 11 pitchers in postseason
Among the discussions the Cubs have had regarding the postseason roster is whether to carry 11 or 12 pitchers. Manager Joe Maddon said they are leaning toward having 11 pitchers and 14 position players, which was the breakdown last year in the postseason.
9/26/2016 | Cubs, fans give Ross an epic send-off
Sunday was the Cubs' final home regular-season game, and Jon Lester wanted to make sure that his batterymate, who is retiring once they're done in the postseason, got a proper send-off. You couldn't script it any better. David Ross hit a solo homer, his 10th, to help the Cubs beat the Cardinals, 3-1, and notch their 99th win. And he was greeted by standing ovations before every at-bat.
9/26/2016 | Cubs turn to Hendricks with 100th win in reach
With home-field advantage locked up through the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will begin the final week of their regular season -- and their last week of postseason preparation -- Monday night at PNC Park against the Pirates one win shy of 100 after defeating the Cardinals in their Wrigley Field finale on Sunday.
9/25/2016 | Zastryzny to start Thursday's bullpen day
Cubs rookie Rob Zastryzny will make his first Major League start on Thursday in the club's series finale against the Pirates at PNC Park. The Cubs, who have clinched the No. 1 seed in the National League, want to give the rest of the rotation a breather heading into the postseason and had scheduled Thursday as a bullpen day. Zastryzny, 24, will get things started.
9/25/2016 | Soler, Chapman among Cubs rocked by Fernandez's death
Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler played with Jose Fernandez when they were 11-12 years old and growing up in Cuba. They stayed in touch when both became big leaguers, and saw each other in the offseason in Miami. On Sunday, Soler woke up to the news that his friend was killed in a boating accident in Miami.
9/24/2016 | One outing won't determine postseason rotation
Hammel, who took the 10-4 loss on Saturday in an abbreviated start at Wrigley Field, may find himself as the odd man out when manager Joe Maddon sets the rotation for the National League Division Series. But the Cubs' manager said "the greater body of work" matters more than one poor start.
9/24/2016 | Cubs host Cards in final home regular-season tilt
Before preparations begin for the postseason, Wrigley Field will play host to one final regular-season game with Sunday's nationally televised matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals. It will be the division rivals' last scheduled meeting of the season, but perhaps also a prelude for what might come in October.
9/24/2016 | Maddon thrilled with possibility of 100-win season
The Cubs secured home-field advantage through the National League Championship Series after the Pirates' walk-off victory over the Nationals on Friday night. That was one of manager Joe Maddon's goals for the season. The other is to reach 100 wins.
9/23/2016 | Cubs secure home field for NLDS, NLCS
The Cubs have sat atop the National League standings for much of the season, and on Friday that status became official.
9/23/2016 | 'Grandpa Rossy' surprised with pregame tribute
David Ross is the ringleader on the Cubs, and he prides himself on knowing everything that's going on, but the veteran catcher was totally surprised on Friday when teammates honored him pregame as part of a year-long retirement ceremony.
9/23/2016 | Paired with Montero, Arrieta finds his groove
Before Friday afternoon's contest at Wrigley Field, Miguel Montero asked Jake Arrieta to "pick up the tempo." Arrieta executed, striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.
9/23/2016 | Jimenez, Clifton honored with Minor League Awards
Eloy Jimenez, the Cubs' organization's Minor League Player of the Year, and Trevor Clifton, 21, the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, were honored pregame on Friday at Wrigley Field.
9/23/2016 | Cubs start meetings to plan postseason roster
Manager Joe Maddon and the front office began preliminary meetings regarding the postseason roster, and the Cubs have created different scenarios depending on who they may play in the National League Division Series, which starts Oct. 7.
9/23/2016 | Count on Cubs to go full tilt vs. Cards
Nothing personal. But the Cardinals should know that it doesn't matter that the Cubs clinched the National League Central title a week ago. There will be two teams trying their hardest to win games at Wrigley Field this weekend.
9/23/2016 | Cards-Cubs tilt has key postseason implications
As the Cubs continue to push toward their first 100-win season since 1935, the Cardinals will attempt on Saturday to delay the seemingly inevitable while also trying to enhance their own chances of joining Chicago in the postseason.
9/23/2016 | Arrieta pushes Cards back as Cubs clinch No. 1 seed
Jake Arrieta struck out 10 over seven innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, dealing another blow to St. Louis' Wild-Card hopes while Chicago locked up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
9/22/2016 | 5 days in 2016 that set Cubs on their path
How did the Cubs win the National League Central? Good pitching, defense, having two NL Most Valuable Player Award candidates in Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant and some wizardry by manager Joe Maddon certainly helped. Here are five moments during the season that contributed to the Cubs' first division title since 2008.
9/21/2016 | Lackey gearing for critical starts in October
Had it been a different situation, John Lackey would've trotted out to pitch the eighth inning of the Cubs' 9-2 win against the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
9/21/2016 | Lester picks World Series title over Cy Young
If Cubs left-hander Jon Lester had a vote for the National League Cy Young Award, he wouldn't cast it for himself. Lester, who leads the NL with 18 wins, said he'd vote for teammate Kyle Hendricks, who leads the Majors with a 2.06 ERA.
9/21/2016 | Cubs push Hendricks' next outing to Monday
It will be business as usual this weekend against the Cardinals, but things might get a little different with the Cubs' lineup next week, when they hit the road for seven games to finish the regular season.
9/21/2016 | Cubs win 97th, inch closer to NL's No. 1 seed
Led by Miguel Montero's three hits and three RBIs, a three-game series sweep came without much difficulty as the Cubs claimed their 97th victory -- 9-2 over the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
9/21/2016 | Vote: 5 stars up for Best Hitter
Babe Ruth once said of hitting, "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it."
9/21/2016 | Cardinals, Cubs gear up for giant division series
The Cardinals come to Chicago for a series of huge importance, though the rivalry between the Cubs and Cards essentially creates a playoff atmosphere in every game. Mike Leake will square off with Jake Arrieta in the opener on Friday.
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