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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

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

Jose Veras. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Cubs Sign RHP Jose Veras To 1-Year Deal

The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Jose Veras agreed on a one-year deal with a club option for 2015, the team announced Friday.

670 The Score–12/27/2013

Jose Veras. (Credit: Jamie Squire, Getty Images)

AP Source: Cubs, Jose Veras Near $4M Contract

A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs and reliever Jose Veras were closing in on a $4 million, one-year contract.

12/17/2013

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers the ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during an interleague game at U.S. Cellular Field on June 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Escobar’s Walkoff Single In 10th Gives White Sox 1-0 Win Over Brewers

Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar lined an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White made it an adventuresome afternoon, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 Sunday.

06/24/2012

Koyie Hill #55 of the Chicago Cubs scores past catcher Michael McKenry #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after Starlin Castro #13 hit an infield single during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field on September 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Wells Solid Again, Cubs Avoid Sweep, Beat Pirates

Randy Wells pitched six strong innings and Marlon Byrd drove in two runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

09/04/2011

Andrew McCutchen

McCutchen Has 5 RBIs, Bucs Beat Cubs 9-1

Entering the All-Star break with the second-worst record in the majors, the Chicago Cubs are looking forward to the time off. Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in five runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 9-1 on Sunday.

07/10/2011