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Wed Feb 1416:39With Darvish, well-armed Cubs hold first spring workout
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs, boosted by the addition of Yu Darvish, are certainly well armed as they start spring training. The result, they hope, is a drive toward a second crown in three years."The expectation for this group is to win the World Series," center fielder Albert Almora Jr. said "We know the group in here can do it. We expect nothing but that."The Cubs have made three straight extended postseason runs, with 2015 and 2017 ending in losses in the NL Championship Series.The relatively young core of productive position players, led by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, returns intact.Now, Darvish slides into an already strong pitching rotation that includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and newcomer Tyler Chatwood."You could feel the confidence," manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday after the Cubs' first workout for pitchers and catchers.Darvish totally rounds out the starting rotation, Maddon said."Listen, it was going to be really good, anyway," he said."When... [More]
Tue Feb 1320:08Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard."The Cubs really stood out, and everyone was sincere at the meeting," Darvish said Tuesday through a translator after finalizing a $126 million, six-year contract.The agreement is by far the largest deal in a slow-moving free agent market, topping outfielder Lorenzo Cain's $80 million, five-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, the Los Angeles Angels gave outfielder Justin Upton a $106 million, five-year contract in November before he could become a free agent.Darvish gets $25 million this year, $20 million in 2019, $22 million in each of the following two seasons, $19 million in 2022 and $18 million in 2023. He can opt out of the deal after the 2019 season and become a free agent again.His approval is needed for any trade through 2019. After that, he can list 12 teams he cannot be dealt to without his conse... [More]
Tue Feb 1316:29Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard."The Cubs really stood out, and everyone was sincere at the meeting," Darvish said Tuesday through a translator after finalizing a $126 million, six-year contract.The agreement is by far the largest deal in a slow-moving free agent market, topping outfielder Lorenzo Cain's $80 million, five-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, the Los Angeles Angels gave outfielder Justin Upton a $106 million, five-year contract in November before he could become a free agent.Darvish joins a rotation that includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, who agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract in December."Yu was our primary target," said Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations. "It's a great day for the Cubs organization to welcome a pitcher of this caliber. He is probably the pre-... [More]
Tue Feb 1314:48Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract
CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs have finalized their $126 million, six-year contract, by far the largest deal in a slow-moving free agent market.The agreement announced Tuesday topped outfielder Lorenzo Cain's $80 million, five-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.In addition, the Los Angeles Angels gave outfielder Justin Upton a $106 million, five-year contract in November before he could become a free agent.Darvish joins a rotation that includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, who agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract in December.A four-time All-Star, Darvish finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them knock out the defending champion Cubs in the playoffs to reach the World Series. The 31-year-old Japanese right-hander is expected to take the rotation spot of Jake Arrieta, who became a free agent.Darvish went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers down the stretch. He shut down the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS, striking out seven while pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field.But Darvish was hit hard in the World Series against Houston, managing just five outs in each of his two starts — including a Game 7 loss.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Sat Feb 1016:53AP source: Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal
CHICAGO (AP) — The winter-long dance is over. Yu Darvish is joining the Chicago Cubs.Darvish has agreed to a $126 million, six-year contract with Chicago, giving the Cubs one of the deepest rotations in baseball and taking one of the top players off the slow-moving free agent market.The 31-year-old Darvish met with Cubs officials way back in December and the sides remained in contact while the right-hander listened to other potential suitors. Texas, Milwaukee, Minnesota and the New York Yankees also reportedly expressed some level of interest, but Chicago's approach paid off with the agreement just days before the start of spring training.A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The move was first reported by The Athletic.The addition of Darvish gives the Cubs a big boost as they try to return to the World Series after winning the title two years ago for ... [More]
Sat Feb 1015:53AP source: Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal
CHICAGO (AP) — Ace Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a $126 million, six-year contract, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday, bolstering their bid for a second World Series crown in three seasons.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The deal was first reported by The Athletic.Darvish's deal came less than a week before the Cubs were set to begin spring training. The 31-year-old right-hander was among the top players available in a slow-moving free agent market this winter.Darvish finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them knock out the defending champion Cubs in the playoffs to reach the World Series. The Japanese star is expected to take the rotation spot of Jake Arrieta, who became a free agent after finishing the year in Chicago.The Cubs have reached the NL Championship Series in each of the last three years. In 2016, they won their first World... [More]
Thu Feb 820:23Chicago Cubs looking for 2nd title in 3 years
CHICAGO (AP) — The young core of the Chicago Cubs is learning with each long playoff run.Coming off their first World Series title since 1908, the Cubs got off to a slow start last year and had to push themselves in the second half to overcome Milwaukee and win the NL Central. But they lined up with Washington in the first round of the playoffs and the grueling series with the Nationals took its toll, sending the Cubs on to a lopsided loss to rested Los Angeles in the next round.The grind of a third straight trip to the NL Championship Series left an impression."I think it just teaches you how every year is so different," pitcher Kyle Hendricks said, "not just the season, but the offseason too, and how you get your body ready. For a lot of us young guys, I think we learned a lot between the 16-17 year and that offseason and I think we're using it to our advantage this year; just how much to rest, how much to work out, what you need to get ready."The division is much improved, but the... [More]
Thu Feb 814:41Chicago Cubs looking for 2nd title in 3 years
CHICAGO (AP) — The young core of the Chicago Cubs is learning with each long playoff run.Coming off their first World Series title since 1908, the Cubs got off to a slow start last year and had to push themselves in the second half to overcome Milwaukee and win the NL Central. But they lined up with Washington in the first round of the playoffs and the grueling series with the Nationals took its toll, sending the Cubs on to a lopsided loss to rested Los Angeles in the next round.The grind of a third straight trip to the NL Championship Series left an impression."I think it just teaches you how every year is so different," pitcher Kyle Hendricks said, "not just the season, but the offseason too, and how you get your body ready. For a lot of us young guys, I think we learned a lot between the 16-17 year and that offseason and I think we're using it to our advantage this year; just how much to rest, how much to work out, what you need to get ready."The division is much improved, but the... [More]
Mon Jan 2223:50AP source: Cubs having active talks with RHP Yu Darvish
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are having active talks with free agent Yu Darvish, hoping to add the right-hander to their rotation as they try for a second championship in three seasons.The 31-year-old Darvish is one of the top players available in a slow-moving market this winter. He finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them reach the World Series.A person with direct knowledge of the discussions confirmed the talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because there was no agreement in place. The Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees also have expressed interest in Darvish.The conversations come amid reports the Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with Chris Gimenez, who regularly caught Darvish while they were in Texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the Japanese pitcher.Darvish began a successful transition from Japan to the majors in 2012, going 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 29 star... [More]
Mon Oct 16 201701:29LHP Jon Lester got no-decision against Dodgers in Game 2 of Nati...
LHP Jon Lester got a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday after he allowed one run on three hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. Lester held the Dodgers scoreless through four innings, but the Dodgers made him work for it, elevating his pitch count. In the fifth, he gave up a two-out RBI single to 3B Justin Turner. After he walked 1B Cody Bellinger, Lester had made 103 pitches, and he was taken out of the game.
Sun Oct 15 201704:27LHP Jon Lester officially named starter for Sunday's Game 2 of N...
LHP Jon Lester was officially named the starter for Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS. The outing will come three days after he threw 51 pitches in a relief outing during Game 4 of the NLDS at home against the Nationals. Lester game up one run on two hits over six innings during a NLDS Game 2 start against the Nationals. He started in two of the Cubs' four victories over the Dodgers in the NLCS last year.
Thu Oct 12 201703:45LHP Jon Lester made first postseason relief appearance since Gam...
LHP Jon Lester made his first postseason relief appearance since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. Lester took over for starter Jake Arrieta on Wednesday and retired the first 10 hitters he faced against the Washington Nationals. Lester pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed one hit, one run, struck out three and walked one. Wednesday's relief appearance was the fourth of his career.
Sun Oct 8 201704:07-LHP Jon Lester six innings Saturday and allowed just one run at...
-LHP Jon Lester went six innings Saturday and allowed just one run at Washington. It was his 20th postseason start. Lester did not figure in the decision as the Nationals scored five runs in the eighth for a 6-3 win.
Sat Oct 7 201704:07LHP Jon Lester slated to start game 2 of NLDS on Saturday in Was...
LHP Jon Lester is slated to start game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday in Washington. Lester has not beaten the Nationals since 2009, but he is 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA in six career starts against Washington. He was 0-0 in two starts against the Nationals this season with a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. Lester has trouble holding on runners, and that could be an issue as Washington leadoff man Trea Turner was third in the National League in steals this year.
Sun Oct 1 201716:56MLB roundup: Red Sox wrap up AL East title
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox clinched their second consecutive American League East title with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.Mitch Moreland had a pair of RBIs, Mookie Betts hit a solo home run, and Hanley Ramirez, Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi each drove in one run for the Red Sox, who needed a win or a New York Yankees loss to clinch. It marked the first time since division play began in 1969 that the Red Sox have won back-to-back AL East crowns.Boston's Drew Pomeranz (17-6) bounced back from a short start last Monday to toss six-plus innings, allowing one run, striking out three and giving up two hits and two walks.Brian McCann launched a solo home run, his 18th, and Evan Gattis and Yuli Gurriel each had RBI singles for AL West champion Houston (100-61), which will finish with the second-best record in the league behind the Cleveland Indians and is set to face the Red Sox in the AL Division Series. Game 1 of the series is Thursday in Hou... [More]
Sun Oct 1 201703:38LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA) struck out seven in five scorele...
LHP Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA) struck out seven in five scoreless innings for his fifth victory in six starts and second scoreless outing of the season. He also threw seven scoreless innings on April 16 against Pittsburgh. He is 13-3 with a 2.25 ERA in September since he joined the Cubs in 2015.
Sat Sep 30 201703:08LHP Jon Lester (12-8, 4.46 ERA) has reached 32 starts in each of...
LHP Jon Lester (12-8, 4.46 ERA) has reached 32 starts in each of the last six seasons and will make his fourth start of 2017 against the Reds. He's 1-0 with a 10-13 ERA in three previous starts against Cincinnati, including nine runs in 1 2/3 innings in his last start on Aug. 17 at Wrigley Field. He has limited left-handed batters to a .213 average while righties have batted .274. In his last start on Monday at St. Louis, he allowed one run in six innings in the Cubs' 10-2 victory.
Tue Sep 26 201716:18MLB roundup: Judge ties, breaks rookie HR mark
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge tied Mark McGwire's rookie record for homers in the third inning and broke the mark in the seventh as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 11-3 during a makeup game Monday afternoon.Judge tied McGwire by hitting a full-count fastball from Jakob Junis (8-3) into the back rows of the lower portion of the right-center-field seats just below the bleachers with one out in the third.Judge reached 49 in his 150th game and 525th at-bat. McGwire did it in 151 games and 547 at-bats for the Oakland A's in 1987. In his second attempt at getting the 50th homer, Judge emphatically broke McGwire's mark, hitting a 2-1 breaking ball from Trevor Cahill into the left-center-field seats beyond the Royals bullpen, giving New York a 7-3 lead and becoming the fifth Yankee to reach 50 homers.Greg Bird hit a two-run homer and Gary Sanchez followed Judge's record-breaking homer with his 33rd of the season as the Yankees lowered their magic number for clinching home field in n... [More]
Tue Sep 26 201705:47LHP Jon Lester may have calmed some Cubs fans' fears Monday nigh...
LHP Jon Lester may have calmed some Cubs fans' fears Monday night with six solid innings of work in his 12th win of the year in St. Louis. Lester gave up five hits and a run, walking two and fanning four. While his location could have been better over the first four innings, Lester clearly improved as the game progressed, retiring eight of the last nine hitters he faced.
Sun Sep 24 201703:44LHP Jon Lester will make next start as scheduled Monday when Cub...
LHP Jon Lester will make his next start as scheduled Monday when the Cubs open a four-game series at St. Louis. Manager Joe Maddon said he wasn't concerned with Lester's recent command issues. "There's nothing wrong with him, ailment-wise," Maddon said. "If there was, I'd be concerned. But I'm not getting that at all."
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