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10 Biggest MLB First-Half Surprises

Let’s look at the 10 biggest MLB first-half pleasant and unpleasant surprises.

07/14/2014

Cubs left-hander Travis Wood. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Reds Strike Early, Beat Cubs In Doubleheader Opener

Cincinnati scored three times in the opening frame, and Johnny Cueto handled it from there.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2014

Jake Arrieta. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Levine: Arrieta Flirts With History

Jake Arrieta was perfect through six innings Tuesday before settling for a well-earned win.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2014

Jose Abreu, left, and Anthony Rizzo. (Getty Images)

Bernstein: Abreu Story Obscuring Truth

Let’s work harder to see what’s happening before letting convenient narratives run wild.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2014

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the San Francisco Giants during the MLB game at Chase Field on September 1, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 8-2.

Fantasy Baseball Preview: First Base

CBS Local Sports breaks down the top players at first base for your fantasy baseball draft.

03/03/2014

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

Reds Complete Sweep Of Cubs

Mike Leake combined with Aroldis Chapman on a three-hitter and Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning against Travis Wood, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Wednesday for their record 12th straight win at Wrigley Field.

06/12/2013

Matt Garza stands on the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Xavier Paul of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Reds Rout Cubs, 12-2

Xavier Paul hit a three-run home run, Joey Votto added a two-run shot and the Cincinnati Reds roughed up Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs 12-2 on Tuesday night.

06/11/2013

Travis Wood  pitches against the Cincinnati Reds. (Credit:: Joe Robbins, Getty)

Cubs Lose To Reds 5-2

Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and the Cincinnati Reds used another big inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Saturday for their fifth straight victory.

05/25/2013

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Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Could Become Face Of Franchise

Down the line, Anthony Rizzo has the potential to be one of the best offensive players in the league.

03/21/2013

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija looks on after pitching the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 2, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Samardzija Dominant, Cubs Hit 2 HRs To Beat Reds 3-1

Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart hit solo homers – a major outburst for the power-challenged Chicago Cubs – and Jeff Samardzija pitched into the eighth inning on Wednesday night for a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

05/02/2012

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano misses a catch on a ball hit by Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on April 22, 2012. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cueto Helps Reds Beat Cubs 4-3

Johnny Cueto threw 6 1-3 strong innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

04/22/2012

Paul Maholm #28 of the Chicago Cubs pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on April 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Maholm Leads Cubs Past Reds, 6-1

Paul Maholm pitched six solid innings to earn his first win in nine months and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Saturday to stop a six-game slide.

04/21/2012

Aramis Ramirez #16 of the Chicago Cubs follows through on a two-RBI double scoring teammates Starlin Castro #13 and Reed Johnson #5 during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Pena’s HR Gives Cubs 6-3 Win Over Reds

CHICAGO (AP) – Carlos Pena hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning to send the Chicago Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. Aramis Ramirez had a two-run […]

09/07/2011

Bryan LaHair. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Votto Helps Reds Beat Cubs 4-2 In 13 Innings

Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 13th inning and the Cincinnati Reds rebounded for a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth Tuesday night.

09/06/2011

Edgar Renteria #16 of the Cincinnati Reds high fives Joey Votto #19 after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Reds defeated the Cubs 8-7. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Reds End Cubs’ Winning Streak, 8-7

Ryan Hanigan hit a tiebreaking single off Sean Marshall in Cincinnati’s two-run eighth inning and the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Sunday.

08/07/2011