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Welington Castillo  of the Chicago Cubs is greeted by Gary Jones  after hitting a two-run home run.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Levine: Cubs’ Approach Delivers Home Run Outburst

A little positive reinforcement and a good approach produced some desired results for the Cubs on Saturday.

13 hours ago

Tony Cingrani of the Cincinnati Reds kicks the mound after giving up a home run to Mike Olt.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Cubs Hit 3 HRs, Break Loose To beat Reds 8-4

Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a weeklong offensive funk and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 Saturday.

15 hours ago

Jeff Samardzija. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Emma: Teammates Can Learn From Samardzija

For the first time since taking residency on Chicago’s North Side, Cubs skipper Rick Renteria was visibly frustrated about a loss.

16 hours ago

Manager Rick Renteria #16 of the Chicago Cubs watches from the dugout during the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cubs Park on February 27, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Levine: Numbers Help, But Talent Determines Winners

Cubs manager Rickey Renteria is doing his best to cajole and push his players to better performance levels.

18 hours ago

Cubs outfielder Ryan Kalish reacts after striking out as Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy prepares to throw the ball back to the pitcher during game two of a doubleheader on April 16, 2014 at Yankee Stadium.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Levine: Cubs Offense A Real Issue

Cubs manager Rick Renteria knew run production would be an issue in 2014. Plenty of good starting pitching has been wasted in the team’s 4-10 start to the season.

04/18/2014

Chicago Cubs pitcher LaTroy Hawkins yells at home plate umpire Tim Tschida after being escorted to the dugout by manager Dusty Baker (R), coach Gary Matthews (L of Hawkins) and others after being thrown out of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning on July 20, 2004 at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 11-8. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: The Six Most Maddening Cubs Closers Ever

It appears that the Cubs may have figured out a solution to their lack of a closer: Just never lead again.

670 The Score–04/18/2014

Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees hits an RBI single.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

White Wash: Yanks Sweep Cubs 3-0, 2-0

Michael Pineda followed an overpowering outing by Masahiro Tanaka with one of his own, pitching six innings of four-hit ball as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night to complete its first doubleheader shutout sweep since 1987.

04/16/2014

Kolten Wong hits an RBI single against the Chicago Cubs.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cubs Fall To Cardinals 6-4

Matt Carpenter drove in three runs, leading Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals over the Chicago Cubs 6-4 Sunday.

04/13/2014

Carlos Villanueva pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cardinals Top Cubs 10-4

Matt Carpenter drove in two runs and Adam Wainwright saved a tired bullpen by lasting seven innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 10-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

04/12/2014

Mike Olt follows through on a two-run home run scoring teammate Anthony Rizzo. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Hammel Strong Again, Cubs Beat Pirates 7-5

Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, Anthony Rizzo had four hits, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Wednesday night despite allowing five solo home runs.

04/09/2014

Andrew McCutchen. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Levine: Protecting Young Cubs Hitters Up To Each Player, Says MVP McCutchen

For years National league 2013 MVP Andrew McCutchen was pitched around. It certainly is a common practice too pitch around a teams best hitter or two too win a ballgame.

CBS Chicago–04/08/2014

Ryan Kalish hits a two-RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Kalish And Cubs Rip Phillies 8-3

Ryan Kalish hit a two-run double and an RBI triple and the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 on Sunday to avoid a sweep.

04/06/2014

Jeff Samardzija. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Levine: Samardzija’s Days In Chicago Growing Short

As the days get longer and spring evolves into summer, a shorter view of time is in the baseball mirror of Cub starter Jeff Samardzija.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2014

Chase Utley  turns a double play in front of teammate Jimmy Rollins  as Emilio Bonifacio slides. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Shutout By Phillies 2-0

Chase Utley went 3-for-3 and homered for the second day in a row, and Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

04/05/2014

Wrigley Field's scoreboard.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Gray Day Won’t Dampen Cubs’ Spirits At Home Opener

It’s a big day for the Chicago Cubs, and as long as the rain holds off this afternoon, the weather won’t wash away fans’ excitement for the team’s home opener, and the start of a yearlong commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.

04/04/2014

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

Neil Walker rounds second after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the Chicago Cubs. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Walker’s Homer Lifts Pirates Over Cubs 1-0

Neil Walker homered off Carlos Villanueva leading off the 10th inning Monday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates benefited from an overturned to call to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on opening day Monday.

03/31/2014

Wrigley Field. (Getty images)

Baffoe: Chicago Baseball Is Beautiful And Unfair

Before the rainbow, there must be rain. And it’s raining right now on Chicago baseball.

CBS Chicago–03/31/2014

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City Wants Cubs, Sox Fans To Be Ready For Changes In 2014

Opening Day is next week for the White Sox and the Cubs, so Chicago police and each team’s alderman were reaching out to fans Friday to prepare them for a few changes in store this year.

03/28/2014

Cubs Uniform Logo. (Credit: Getty)

Levine: Baez Handles Demotion Well

Javier Baez was sent down to minor league camp Saturday.

03/22/2014

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