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7/22/2016 | Feeling 'like Opening Day,' Fowler flourishes

When Dexter Fowler checked in with Joe Maddon in his office Friday, the Cubs manager greeted him with, "You go, we go." That's the saying Maddon would give Fowler before each at-bat, and he has not used it since the outfielder has been on the disabled list. On Friday, Fowler was activated, Maddon sent him to the plate with his message, and the result was a leadoff home run in a 5-2 win.

7/22/2016 | Almora married Thursday, optioned Friday

With Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler activated from the disabled list before Friday's 5-3 win over the Brewers, Albert Almora Jr. was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room. When Almora was playing for Iowa, he planned on marrying his longtime girlfriend Krystal in a civil ceremony in Des Moines, but on the date they had set, he was called up to the Cubs.

7/22/2016 | Rizzo, Lucroy join forces to fight cancer

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are joining forces in support of the "Cancer Knows No Borders" campaign as they hope to encourage residents of Wisconsin and Illinois to donate to their choice of two cancer non-profit organizations, each of which is represented by one of the All-Stars.

7/22/2016 | Cubs vet Lackey opposes Crew rookie Davies

Squaring off Saturday at Miller Park will be a World Series contender and buyer at the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline against a seller in the midst of a rebuild. The Cubs entered the weekend with the best record in baseball, and they will take on the fourth-place Brewers in the second game of a three-game set between the division rivals.

7/22/2016 | Fowler stars in return as Cubs handle Crew

How much did the Cubs miss Dexter Fowler? A lot. Playing his first game since June 18, Fowler smacked a leadoff home run and a two-run double, finishing a triple shy of the cycle to back Jason Hammel and lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory on Friday over the Brewers at Miller Park.

7/22/2016 | Montgomery shocked by deal, happy to join Cubs

Mike Montgomery admitted he was shocked when he was called into the clubhouse during the Mariners' game Wednesday and told he'd been traded to the Cubs. The Cubs officially added the left-handed reliever to the roster Friday and optioned right-hander Spencer Patton to Triple-A Iowa.

7/21/2016 | Cubs recall moments from Griffey's HOF career

On Sunday, Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with Mike Piazza. Cubs such as Kyle Schwarber, David Ross and manager Joe Maddon look back on their own moments with the legendary outfielder.

7/21/2016 | De Leon, Alvarez among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.

7/19/2016 | Seeking 5th straight W, Hendricks faces Mets

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has yet to allow an earned run in July. He'll look to keep that trend intact when he takes on Bartolo Colon on Wednesday for the series finale between the Mets and Cubs at Wrigley Field.

7/19/2016 | Bases loaded, no outs: Mets snub Cubs

The Cubs' missed opportunities cost them Tuesday night against the Mets. Rene Rivera smacked an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Mets to a 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field and even the series at one win apiece. Closer Jeurys Familia picked up his Major League-leading 33rd save by escaping a no-out, bases-loaded jam.

7/19/2016 | Maddon: Any trade needs to be an obvious fit

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is looking forward to getting Dexter Fowler, Jorge Soler and Trevor Cahill back from the disabled list. He's also curious about reliever Joe Nathan, who could join the team as early as this weekend. But as far as acquiring a player before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Maddon is aware that whoever it is has to be a good fit.

7/19/2016 | MLBPAA announces team winners of 2016 Heart and Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

7/19/2016 | Cubs to open new premier club seats in 2018

Season-ticket holders at Wrigley Field have asked for more amenities, and the Cubs have responded by creating four premier experiences, including the American Airlines 1914 Club, which will be ready for the 2018 season.

7/19/2016 | Swanson, Newcomb among top prospect performers Monday

The Braves' top two prospects, Dansby Swanson and Sean Newcomb, were among the top prospect performers in the Minors as they helped Double-A Mississippi to a 5-0 win on Monday night.

7/19/2016 | Cubs hoping Arrieta can get back on track

Is Jake Arrieta all right? Simply put, that's the biggest question for the Cubs as they head into the second half of the season, well positioned to justify their status as World Series favorites.

7/18/2016 | Cubs' catalyst Rizzo offers clinic on 2-strike hitting

If the Cubs are looking for a video to teach Minor Leaguers the benefit of a good two-strike approach, Anthony Rizzo gave them a perfect example on Monday night in an MVP-type moment.

7/18/2016 | Lester is more: Lefty flips script vs. Mets

Jon Lester felt he pitched better in his brief relief appearance in last week's All-Star Game than he did against the Mets on Monday night, but the Cubs were happy with the outcome at Wrigley Field.

7/18/2016 | Thor to put elbow to test vs. Arrieta, Cubs

Noah Syndergaard will put his elbow to the test in a showdown against Jake Arrieta on Tuesday, when the Mets return to Wrigley Field for the second of three games against the Cubs.

7/18/2016 | Cubs solve Mets behind Lester, Rizzo

When Jon Lester faced the Mets on July 3 in New York, the Cubs' left-hander had the shortest outing of his career, serving up eight runs over 1 1/3 innings. Lester redeemed himself Monday, giving up one run over 7 2/3 innings, to help the Cubs finally beat the Mets.

7/18/2016 | Fowler, Soler to start Minors rehab assignments

Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler were scheduled to begin Minor League rehab assignments on Tuesday at Triple-A Iowa, and if all goes well, Fowler could rejoin the Cubs by the end of the week for a series against the Brewers.

7/18/2016 | Maddon gives Zobrist his own All-Star break

Ben Zobrist was not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Sunday and got a surprise day off on Monday against the Mets. The All-Star second baseman started last Tuesday's game in San Diego, and thought he'd be OK once the second half resumed. Cubs manager Joe Maddon could tell otherwise.

7/18/2016 | Sweep revenge? Mets-Cubs clash resumes

The Cubs and Mets will meet in Chicago tonight for what could be a preview of what's to come this October.

7/17/2016 | Series win vs. Texas a playoff test for Cubs

If Jason Heyward's hard-hit liner in the seventh inning gets past Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, the Cubs might be celebrating an Interleague sweep on Sunday. But Fielder caught the ball and stepped on first to pick off runner Addison Russell for a double play and end the Cubs' threat. It was a key moment for the Cubs, who got another lesson in what baseball could be like in October.

7/17/2016 | Pipeline preview: Weaver takes hill for Double-A Springfield

Cardinals No. 3 prospect Luke Weaver is set to take the mound for Double-A Springfield against Arkansas.

7/17/2016 | No no-no, but Hamels again owns Wrigley

The last time Cole Hamels pitched at Wrigley Field one year ago this month, he struck out 13 and no-hit the Cubs. On Sunday, it looked as if the left-hander was in the same groove, striking out the first six batters he faced. This time, Hamels didn't need to throw a no-hitter to get the win.

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