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Tony Campana #1 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after scoring on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 8, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Cubs Beat Fading Pirates 4-3

On Saturday afternoon, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he was planning on relaxing any pitch count restrictions he had for Jeff Samardzija in that night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

09/09/2012

Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI triple in the sixth inning as Luis Valbuena #24 of the Chicago Cubs makes alate tag on September 02 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Pagan’s Single Lifts Giants To 7-5 Win Over Cubs

Angel Pagan hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants closed out a successful road trip with a 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

09/02/2012

Starting pitcher Travis Wood #30 of the Chicago Cubs delivers during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on August 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Bianchi Hits 3-Run Homer As Brewers Top Cubs 4-1

Jeff Bianchi hit a three-run shot for his first big league homer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

08/28/2012

Norichika Aoki #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers slides into second with a stolen base avoiding the tag from Darwin Barney #15 of the Chicago Cubs during the bottom of the fourth inning at Miller Park on August 21, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Cubs’ Rusin Loses Major League Debut, Brewers Win 5-2

Marco Estrada allowed two hits in six solid innings to win for the first time in almost a year, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Tuesday night.

08/21/2012

Wilson Valdez #15 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulted by Drew Stubbs #6 after scoring a run during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on August 19, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Reds Win 5-4 On Walkoff To Take Series From Cubs

Xavier Paul led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit triple and Ryan Hanigan followed with a single Sunday, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

08/19/2012

Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run home run in the first inning during game one of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 18, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cueto Remains Undefeated In Daytime, Reds Take 1st Of Doubleheader Vs Cubs

Johnny Cueto remained masterful under the sun and Todd Frazier hit the go-ahead home run for the second straight game, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Saturday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

08/18/2012

Alfonso Soriano. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baffoe: Cubs Fans Need To Appreciate Alfonso Soriano

Alfonso Soriano is not Todd Hundley flipping the bird to the home crowd and being one of the bigger busts in Cubs history. He’s not Jeff Blauser, the priciest bench player the team ever had.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds on August 9, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Cubs Beat Reds 5-3, Break 8-Game Losing Streak

Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on a rain-soaked Thursday night.

08/10/2012

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija breaks his bat over his knee after striking out during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 8, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 2-0.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Cubs Swept By Padres For 8th Straight Loss

It seems like the Chicago Cubs can do nothing right. Despite a solid pitching performance from Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs failed to solve Clayton Richard and managed just five hits in a 2-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

08/08/2012

Shane Victorino #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Mather Can’t Hang On, Cubs Lose To Dodgers 3-1

Joe Mather was playing at Dodger Stadium for the first time in his career, and his timing couldn’t have been worse — in more ways than one.

08/05/2012

Ryan Dempster. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Amid Trade Rumors, Dempster, Cubs Fall To Pirates

Kevin Correia, in jeopardy of losing his spot in Pittsburgh’s crowded starting rotation, pitched six effective innings Wednesday and Garrett Jones hit a tiebreaking double to lead the Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

670 The Score–07/25/2012

Chicago Cubs starter Paul Maholm pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on July 24, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Maholm Wins 5th Straight, Cubs Beat Pirates 5-1

Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings Tuesday night to win his fifth straight start and lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.

07/24/2012

Alfonso Soriano. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Heyman: Teams Should Be ‘Lining Up For Soriano’

The aging outfielder has become an expensive liability in the field, yet at the plate, he still has some value. One baseball expert thinks Soriano could find a home in the American League.

670 The Score–07/16/2012

Alfonso Soriano # #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on July 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis /Getty Images)

Dempster Ties Shutout Record, Cubs Beat Diamondbacks 4-1

Ryan Dempster tied the Cubs’ record with a 33-inning scoreless streak, pitching six solid frames and leading Chicago over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Saturday.

07/14/2012

Alfonso Soriano. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Soriano Powers Cubs Past Arizona 8-1

After four days off and then a nearly four-hour rain delay, Alfonso Soriano came out swinging.

07/13/2012

Dave Wannstedt. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Wanny’s Back: Former Bears Coach Buys Gold Coast Condo

The former Bears head coach bought a Gold Coast condo in May for $930,000.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2012

Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster piches in the first inning against the New York Mets at CitiField on July 8, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Dempster Runs Scoreless Streak To 27 In Cubs’ Win

Ryan Dempster is too busy watching “Swamp People” to see the stories about him being possible trade bait. He’s pitching too well, though, to know that he might be in another uniform by the end of the month.

07/08/2012

Paul Maholm. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Maholm Leads Cubs Past Astros 4-0

Paul Maholm pitched into the ninth inning to earn his first win in seven weeks and the Chicago Cubs hit three homers in a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2012

Aaron Hill #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reaches first base safely as Jeff Baker #3 of the Chicago Cubs makes a play on a throw in the dirt at Chase Field on June 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Cubs Swept By Diamondbacks With 5-1 Loss

Wade Miley outpitched Matt Garza in eight strong innings, Justin Upton had three RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

06/24/2012

Paul Goldschmidt #44 and teammate Chris Young #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate a home run against the Chicago Cubs at Chase Field on June 23, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Diamondbacks Pound Maholm, Beat Cubs 10-5

David DeJesus and Starlin Castro, the top two players in the Chicago Cubs’ batting order, had four hits apiece on Saturday night. And neither table-setter scored.

06/24/2012

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