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Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Levine: Teammates Marvel At Samardzija’s Focus

Boston, Washington, Baltimore and Toronto evaluated Jeff Samardzija on Monday evening.

CBS Chicago–06/24/2014

Jake Marisnick #23 of the Miami Marlins steals second base under the tag of Luis Valbuena #24 of the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of the game at Marlins Park on June 16, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Pitcher Travis Wood Has Big Hit For Cubs In 13th

Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood delivered a victory from the mound on Sunday. A day later, he did the same from the batter’s box. The pinch-hitting pitcher had an RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.

06/17/2014

Carlos Villanueva #33 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 25, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Villanueva, Cubs Fall To Brewers, 5-2

Carlos Villanueva’s nightmare season on the mound for the Chicago Cubs continued Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

04/26/2014

Pedro Strop. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Levine: Bullpen Concerns Lead To Call-Ups For Cubs

The Cubs’ bullpen has blown four of its six save chances.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2014

Tony Sanchez #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits the game-winning RBI single in the 16th inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park April 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Pirates defeated the Cubs 4-3 in 16 innings.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Sanchez Has Winning Hit In 16th, Pirates Beat Cubs

The Cubs left 19 runners on Wednesday and have gone 1 for 27 with runners in scoring position in their first two games. Yet first-year manager Rick Renteria is remaining positive.

04/03/2014

Travis Wood. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Levine: Cubs Change Rotation Mix

Travis Wood will start the Cubs’ home opener on April 4 against the Phillies.

03/22/2014

Carlos Villanueva #33 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning on August 4, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Levine: Villanueva Has Leg Up On Rotation Spot

Due to the rehabbing status of Jake Arrieta, Carlos Villanueva will most likely begin the season as the Cubs 5th starter.

03/16/2014

Carlos Villanueva #33 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning on August 4, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Lose To Dodgers 1-0

A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single, Stephen Fife pitched into the sixth inning on a day when Zack Greinke was pushed back a day for rest, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their franchise-record road winning streak to 14 games with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

08/04/2013

Infielder Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs gets the force out on Cliff Pennington #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 25, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With Soriano Trade Looming, Cubs Fall To Arizona

Chicago players were upset about the news of teammate Alfonso Soriano’s impending trade to the Yankees, and manager Dale Sveum thought that played a part in the Cubs’ 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

07/26/2013

A double off the bat of Wilin Rosario of the Colorado Rockies lands over the outstretched glove of right fielder Nate Schierholtz #19 of the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field on July 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Cubs’ Villanueva Loses Again To Rockies, 9-3

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva was on course to reverse his history of struggling against Colorado until he made the mistake of walking his Rockies counterpart.

07/21/2013

Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs scores at home as Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates takes the throw during the third inning on July 7, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Navarro Lifts Cubs To 4-3 Victory Over Pirates

Pinch hitter Dioner Navarro had a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

07/07/2013

Derek Norris #36 of the Oakland Athletics trots around the bases after hitting a three-run homer as pitcher James Russell #40 of the Chicago Cubs looks on in the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California. The home run gave the Athletics an 8 to 7 lead. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Russell Gives Up Lead In 8th, Cubs Lose To A’s 8-7

One bad pitch blew what would’ve given the Chicago Cubs something they’ve rarely achieved this season: a winning streak.

07/03/2013

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hits a two-run homer off Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva in the 8th inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 4, 2013. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Bullpen Gives Up Latest Homer, Cubs Lose To Angels 4-3

The Chicago Cubs’ bullpen has allowed 17 home runs through the first 56 games this season, and the one Carlos Villanueva gave up to Albert Pujols was easily one of the most aggravating for manager Dale Sveum to watch.

06/05/2013

Catcher Welington Castillo  tags out Todd Helton  of the Colorado Rockies at home plate after Helton tried to score on a single hit by Josh Rutledge. (Credit Brian Kersey, Getty)

Cubs Fall To Rockies 9-4

Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and finished with a career-high five hits to lead the struggling Colorado Rockies to a 9-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

05/14/2013

Carlos Villanueva (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cardinals Rally For 5-4 Win Over Cubs

Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay drove in two runs apiece, and the St. Louis Cardinals capped an impressive trip with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2013

Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. (Credit: Marc Serota, Getty)

Navarro Homers In Cubs 6-4 Loss To Marlins

Chicago’s Dioner Navarro homered in the ninth off Steve Cishek, who nonetheless earned his third save in four chances.

04/28/2013

Alfonso Soriana #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits a single during the game against the Cincinnati Reds. (Credit: Andy Lyons)

Cubs Blow Lead Before Beating Reds 4-2 In 10th

Carlos Marmol blew a lead in the ninth before Darwin Barney bailed him out with a homer in the 10th inning on Tuesday night, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

04/23/2013

Carlos Villanueva (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Villanueva, Cubs Complete $10M, 2-Year Deal

Pitcher Carlos Villanueva and the Chicago Cubs have completed a $10 million, two-year contract.

01/26/2013

Edwin Jackson

Report: Cubs, Jackson Agree On 4-Year Deal

According to multiple reports, the Cubs and free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson have agreed on a four-year deal worth $52 million.

670 The Score–12/20/2012

Carlos Villanueva (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Cubs Agree To Terms With Former Blue Jays Pitcher Villanueva

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with free-agent pitcher Carlos Villanueva, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

12/19/2012