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7/2/2015 | Cubs' sweep of Mets a big step forward

If a veteran team with plenty of postseason experience hits a little skid, it doesn't trigger many alarms. When it happens to a young team trying to form its identity and prove its chops, it's more often viewed as an ominous sign.

7/2/2015 | Castro's hustle aids Cubs again in victory

Joe Maddon may seem like a laissez faire manager, thanks to his outgoing persona and penchant for clubhouse gimmicks. But the Cubs' quirky manager has one hard and fast rule, and it's stamped on the lineup card every day, including Chicago's 6-1 win over the Mets on Thursday.

7/2/2015 | Arrieta dominates 2 years after joining Cubs

Two years ago to the day, Jake Arrieta left Baltimore a disappointing talent, a thinly bearded prospect that never panned out. There was potential in his formidable frame and rocket right arm -- he just couldn't command it, to ugly results. So when Chicago acquired him and Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger, Arrieta was excited about the change of scenery.

7/2/2015 | Wada glad to see Mashi again at Citi Field

Injured Cubs starter Tsuyoshi Wada knew the name growing up, heard the stories and then followed in his footsteps. That's why it was a thrill for Wada to see Masanori Murakami again at Citi Field on Thursday before Chicago completed its three-game series with the Mets.

7/2/2015 | Homers back Arrieta as Cubs sweep Mets

The Cubs continued to dominate the Mets by finishing off a season sweep -- and their ninth consecutive win against the Queens club -- with a 6-1 win Thursday at Citi Field. The seven total runs were more than in the series' first two games combined.

7/2/2015 | Koehler, Hammel set to begin holiday weekend

The beginning of the holiday weekend in Chicago won't bring fireworks. Instead, the Cubs will kick off the celebration with a Friday afternoon game at Wrigley Field as they host the Marlins at 1:20 CT. The game signals the start of a 10-game homestand for the Cubs that will take them into the All-Star break, and a quick five-game road trip for the Marlins that also sends them to Boston.

7/2/2015 | Cubs reach deals with 5 of top 30 int'l prospects

According to industry sources, the Cubs have agreed to terms with shortstop Yonathan Perlaza, ranked No. 13 on's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $1.3 million, outfielder Yonathan Sierra Estiwal, ranked No. 16, for $2.5 million, shortstop Aramis Ademan, ranked No. 19, for $2 million, Panamanian catcher Miguel Amaya, ranked No. 25, for a deal worth $1.25 million and third baseman Christopher Martinez, ranked No. 28, for $1 million.

7/1/2015 | Mets' squeeze try vs. Cubs turns bizarre

The Mets' struggle to score runs turned ugly in the eighth inning vs. the Cubs on Wednesday, despite a controversial call working in their favor.

7/1/2015 | Lester's crisp outing encouraging for Cubs

Maybe the Mets were just what Jon Lester needed to get back on track.

7/1/2015 | Arrieta, deGrom meet as Cubs vie for Citi sweep

They might draw less attention than others in their respective rotations, but Jake Arrieta and Jacob deGrom have been aces for their clubs this season. They'll square off in the finale of a three-game series between the Cubs and Mets on Thursday in Citi Field.

7/1/2015 | Resting Russell, Bryant part of Cubs' plan

Cubs manager Joe Maddon held second baseman Addison Russell out of the starting lineup Wednesday to provide the scuffling rookie with some time to rest his mind. But as the season progresses, Maddon said he plans on sitting Russell more often to preserve the youngster's body.

7/1/2015 | Maddon: 'No question' Rizzo is #ASGWorthy

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo appears near the top of the National League in seemingly every positive statistical category -- except votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. So with voting for the All-Star starters ending Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT, Cubs manager Joe Maddon went to bat Wednesday for his slugging first baseman.

7/1/2015 | Cubs outlast Mets, break through for win in 11

It took 11 innings, multiple scoring chances (and nearly as many mistakes) before someone finally crossed home plate. That someone wound up being the Cubs, who waited until the 11th inning of their 2-0 win over the Mets on Wednesday before eking across the game's first runs.