| Aug 15, 2014
| 11:53 AM
NEW YORK -- Chris Valaika will start Friday night in place of slumping Luis Valbuena when the Chicago Cubs face the New York Mets.
Valbuena is in a 1-for-22 slump. Valaika hit a pinch-hit, two-run single to account for the Cubs' runs in a 6-2 loss to...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 12:12 PM
NEW YORK -- Justin Ruggiano will get the task of batting behind Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro on Saturday night when the Chicago Cubs play the New York Mets.
Ruggiano will be batting in place of Luis Valbuena, who is not starting for the second...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 11:26 PM
Dan Haren's performance alone was reason for the Dodgers to be alarmed. Turns out that was only the start.
The Dodgers' season-long winning streak ended at six games Friday night with an 8-2 defeat to the last-place Chicago Cubs that unfolded like a...
| Aug 3, 2014
| 8:33 PM
KEY MOMENT: Matt Kemp's fifth home run in six games, a sixth-inning solo blast, reduced the Dodgers' deficit to 3-2. But any chance of a comeback was lost in the eighth inning, when Brandon League walked the bases loaded and gave up three runs. League's...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 12:41 PM
The Chicago Cubs have stuck by their plan of giving Anthony Rizzo a rest every other day as he recovers from lower back stiffness.
But they will field a lineup Thursday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers with very little or no experience against Zack...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 8:57 AM
PITTSBURGH — Manager Rick Renteria has Chris Coghlan in the No. 3 hole this afternoon in the series finale against the Pirates, with Luis Valbuena as the clean-up hitter.
“He’s been swinging the bat pretty good,” Renteria said...
| Apr 7, 2013
| 10:35 AM
The pieces aren't in place yet for the Cubs, but the plan is and so is the braintrust. Whether Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein and Dale Sveum will succeed remains a mystery, and the fact is there's more to be done. A lot more.
So on the cusp of Wrigley...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 8:08 PM
MIAMI — Put this Marlins loss on Juan Pierre, he's willing to take it.
The Marlins had embattled Cubs closer Carlos Marmol on the ropes Thursday, working men onto first and second with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth.
Down 4-3, thanks to...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:32 PM
His pitching line looked good. It was how the thumb felt that was the problem.
Right-hander Josh Beckett returned to the mound Friday, throwing three sharp, scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out one.
The one problem: He...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 9:58 PM
The Cubs couldn’t find a way to replace Aramis Ramirez at third base this year, and have to go back to the drawing board in 2013.
They tried Ian Stewart, Luis Valbuena and Josh Vitters for the most part, with Joe Mather filling in occasionally, and...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 7:24 AM
The Cubs open a homestand Friday against the Cardinals and the lineup looked the same as it has in recent weeks, with David DeJesus leading off, Anthony Rizzo batting third and Luis Valbuena batting eighth.
Travis Wood goes to the mound for the Cubs on...