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Danny Espinosa

Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers the ball against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on April 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Hold On After 9th Inning Scare, Beat Nats 4-3

Jeff Samardzija felt he had something to prove. He certainly made his point on the mound. Samardzija dominated into the ninth, outpitching Jordan Zimmermann, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Sunday for their first win of the Theo Epstein era.

04/08/2012

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto talks with pitcher Carlos Marmol after Marmol blew a 4-3 lead against the Washington Nationals in the 8th inning at Wrigley Field on April 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bullpen Blows Lead Again, Cubs Fall To Nats 7-4

Carlos Marmol insists it’s too soon for him to be frustrated. Cubs fans sure are, though. Adam LaRoche homered and matched a career-high with four hits, and the Washington Nationals again rallied late against Kerry Wood and Marmol, scoring five runs in the eighth to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Saturday.

04/07/2012

Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs during the opening day game at Wrigley Field on April 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Start Epstein Era With 2-1 Loss To Nationals

As Ryan Dempster left the field at Wrigley to a standing ovation, the Chicago Cubs looked ready to start the Theo Epstein era on a winning note. The cheers didn’t last. The lead didn’t either.

04/05/2012

Chicago Cubs Manager Mike Quade talks to reporters before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 5, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Baker’s Wild Error Helps Nationals Top Cubs 3-2

If second base were located somewhere on the fringe of the outfield grass behind the shortstop, Jeff Baker’s throw would have been on target. The Chicago Cubs wish they could invoke lots of similar “ifs” this season.

07/05/2011

Phil Humber

Humber Takes A Rare Loss, Despite Pitching Well

Phil Humber isn’t used to losing in a White Sox uniform. Even when he does, he pitches like an ace. Danny Espinosa hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift Livan Hernandez and the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over White Sox on Sunday.

06/26/2011