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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo presents Bryce Harper his All-Star jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Listen: Mike Rizzo’s Nationals A Good Example For Cubs

When Chicago native Mike Rizzo took over as Washington Nationals general manager in 2009, he knew the team had to get really bad before they could get really good.

670 The Score–07/09/2012

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper To Canadian Reporter: ‘That’s A Clown Question, Bro’

​Lesson learned: Don’t ask Bryce Harper about having a celebratory beer after a game.

670 The Score–06/13/2012

A dejected Cubs fan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Abbatacola: Walk Away, Cubs Fans

I am giving you permission to “take a break” from your team. How long? You should walk away for as long as you need.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Adam Dunn. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Dunn To Play Left Field This Weekend At Wrigley Field

Manager Robin Ventura confirmed Tuesday that Adam Dunn is currently scheduled to start in left field for all three games at Wrigley Field this weekend.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Cole Hamels Suspended 5 Games For Throwing at Harper

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels has been suspended five games for intentionally throwing at Washington rookie Bryce Harper.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2012

Bryce Harper. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals GM Calls Hamels’ Hit On Harper ‘Gutless, Classless’ Act

With two outs in the first inning of yesterday’s Nationals-Phillies game, Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels plunked rookie Bryce Harper in the back with a 93-mph fastball.

670 The Score–05/07/2012

Jeff Samardzija

Wisch: A Great Start, But Do Cubs Need Samardzija In The Pen?

On Sunday, the onetime wide receiver strung together a series of goose eggs on Easter to dazzle in his 2012 debut and make it appear as if that day has perhaps finally arrived.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

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.


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.


Kerry Wood. Photo credit JOHN ZICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Zuba: Wood Spoils Dempster’s Gem

This could have been a pretty special Opening Day for Ryan Dempster.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

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.


Wrigley Field

Hope Springs Eternal For Cubs Fans, Even If First Win Has To Wait

No matter how you feel about the Cubs, Opening Day at Wrigley Field is special. Even though the Cubs lost to the Nationals, Thursday was no exception.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

The Budweiser Patio at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Sam Zuba/

Photo: New Right Field Patio, LED Screen At Wrigley Field

The Cubs unveiled two new seating areas at Wrigley Field Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s opener against the Washington Nationals.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

Edwin Jackson. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Ex-Sox Edwin Jackson Signs 1-Year Deal With Nationals

Pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. The team said the agreement is pending a physical. The deal is worth in the range of $9 million to $12 million.

CBS Chicago–02/02/2012

Prince Fielder hits a three-run home run in the 2011 MLB All-Star Game. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Report: Prince Fielder Signs With Tigers

Fielder has agreed to a nine-year, $214 million deal with Detroit, who weren’t considered one of the favorites to land the ex-Brewers slugger.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2012

Mark Buehrle delivers the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on September 27, 2011. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Report: Nationals Make Big Push For Buehrle

Mark Buehrle has been tabbed as the Washington Nationals’ top free agent target with general manager Mike Rizzo reportedly visiting the left-hander’s St. Louis home Monday.


Wilson Ramos. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Nationals Catcher Ramos Kidnapped In Venezuela

Officials said Thursday they have found the vehicle used by armed men who abducted Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, a case that highlights a sharp rise in kidnappings in Venezuela.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2011

The Cubs will play the Red Sox again in 2012. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Cubs Release 2012 Schedule

The Cubs will open the 2012 season with seven-straight games at home as they welcome the Washington Nationals to Wrigley Field for a three-game series starting April 5 before hosting the Brewers in a four-game series.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2011

Reed Johnson (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Johnson Homers, Gets 4 Hits As Cubs Beat Nationals

Reed Johnson, Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto each homered Wednesday night and the Chicago Cubs kept up their power surge in a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals.


Washington Nationals v Chicago Cubs

Wang Throws 6 Scoreless, Nationals Beat Cubs

Chien-Ming Wang allowed one hit over six scoreless innings, Jonny Gomes hit a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday night.