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Anthony Rizzo posted by Cubs Fan

Born August 8, 1989, Anthony Rizzo is currently the first baseman for Chicago Cubs MLB team. Rizzo started his minor league baseball career in 2007, when he was drafted by the Red Sox as their sixth round choice. He played with Salem Red Sox, Greenville Drive, Portland Sea Dogs, and Gulf Coast League Red Sox. During 2009, Rizzo hit 12 home runs, and in 2010, he made 25 home runs, with .480 slugging percentage.

Anthony Rizzo started his major league career in December 2010, when he was traded to the San Diego Padres. In 2011, he was invited by the Padres for major league spring training, but he was not on the roster. He started the season playing with Tucson Padres, hitting 6 home runs, .452 average, and 24 RBIs in 15 games. However, he was called up to the major league in June 2011, when he hit 16 home runs, .365 percentage, and 63 RBIs in more than 52 games. In July 2011, he was demoted, but was again called back to the majors in September. Rizzo finished his initial season with only .141 in Dallas.

In January 2012, Anthony Rizzo was acquired by the Chicago Cubs along with Zach Cates the pitcher. At the start of the season, Rizzo excelled in the Iowa Cubs minor league batting, scoring 23 home runs, .342 average, and 62 RBIs. He was recalled to the major league in June, to help the team in its offense, which was struggling. In July, he hit seven home runs, which was a record for a rookie in a calendar month. Rizzo also created history, by being the first Chicago Cubs player to have three game-winning RBIs in the first five games. In May 2014, Rizzo made the second walk-off home run of his career, and he was voted to be in the All-Star game as well. 

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Futures Sports Betting on the Chicago Cubs posted by Cubs Fan

While the opening day for the 2013 Major League Baseball season is not slated to officially kick off until 1 April of 2013, the sport is still a hot topic for sports betting. To some this may seem rather odd given the fact that baseball is not even being played right now. However, there really is no down time in the wide world of sports betting. Actually, the sort of baseball betting being placed right now at online sports betting sites pertains to futures. Futures are a type of sports bet where bets are placed on predictions about futures events and results. This might seem a bit risky and it is but given the risk some terrific odds can be procured that could lead to a rather appealing payout. In this manner, fans such as those of the Chicago Cubs can keep involved with their team.

The betting areas of online sports betting and casino sites will provide odds listed by teams. Online casinos are a bit more new in the field of sports betting but many of them have added bets to their array of games. Some just offer sports themed games instead, which is almost as good – there are even baseball themed casion games, like the slots game Hot Shot found in many of the best casinos. Sports bets are a logical step forward from themed slots to better provide entertainment for sports enthusiasts. Odds, for example, are an integral part of any casino game, and for someone used to thinking about them a change of platform can be quite easy, even when they are a lot more complicated when you have to understand the individual players as well as the teams and the whole league.

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Cubs Sinking on Left Coast posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago Cubs went to the west coast on a long road trip and it is looking like a lost summer or dead end trip to Cali.  The Cubs lost 3 straight to the Dodgers where they can't win for losing, actually, that sounds quite Cub-like.  And then they went down to sunny San Diego and it feels like they hit a sandstorm and are in the process of dropping another one to the Padres.  Again, a shut-out.  The Cubs can't buy a hit in California.   Get one from your local fruitstand.  It ain't happening for this team on this trip.  This current road woe has set the Cubs further back and now it looks like a lost season.  They traded away half the team. And gave the rest on waivers.  The only hold-over they kept was Alphonso Soriano, whose contract scared away any potential buyers.  Dempster, Garza, and Malhom are history.  If Chicago wanted to break in new players why not do a swap with Iowa and send some guys out there?  Their contracts and egos probalby won't let them go.  Oh well, It is a rebuilding year.  It seems every year is a rebuilding year.  Try bringing back Rick Sutcliffe.  He can still pitch.

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Cubs Are Gettin' Better Now posted by Richard Kagan

Here come the Cubs!  Chicago has won 13 of 18 games. including 9 of its last 11 at home to claib back to "decent-land."  This move is surprising and shows the drive of the front office.  What they do filters down to the ballclub.  Lately, things are looking up for the Northsiders.  The starting pitching has gotten much better. Dempster, Garza, and Smarajzna have improved.  The rumors are hot that Dempster is on his way out before the trade deadline to a contending club.  He will bring in good prospects.  Theo Epstein wants to find a starter, either a pitcher or position player in the deal, and chances are improving given Dempster's fine season.  Carlos Marmol has cut down on his propensity to blow saves.  He's difficult to watch if he lacks control because things can get out of hand quickly with him.  But his slider is virtually unhittable.  If the Cubs had one more solid hitter, there would be a defininte improvement.  They need someone who can drive in runs...maybe the rookie from Cuba is just the player.  One thing for sure is, the rebuilding process is proceeding well.

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Cubs May Have a Team posted by Richard Kagan

It's mid-season and in the last 13 games, the Chicago Cubs have won 9 of them.  Not a small undertaking for these Cubbies.  This is a rebuilding year, and next year may be the same.  But by adding rookie Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs have added punch, and an ability to get extra base hits.  They no longer have to rely on Brian Lahair or Starlin Castro or Alphonso Soriano.  Soriano is often talked about in terms of his bloated contract and he has two years left and no one wants to pick up the remaining two years.  He has 15 Home Runs, all have come after May 15th, so he is no slouch.  It's Rizzo who is turning faces and getting opposing managers' attention.  This guy can hit.  He's batting .375 and his OB% is almost off the charts.  He looks like a Cubs' version of Ted Williams up there.  Or you can add Billy Williams, and that's just fine.  The team needs players to drive in runs. 

Rich Dempster has pitched terrific in the past month.  He's pitching 25-6 shutout innings.  Inching close to what Ken Holtzman did with the team in 1971.  I say Keep Rich, you don't want to get rid of good pitching.  Unless you get Warren Spahn in return.  I don't see anyone resembling Spahn out there.  If these Cubs fan finish someone near 14 games under .500 or better, that is a darn good save by Dale Sveum and company.  The team plays hard.  They just need more talent.

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Rizzo Hot, Cubs Win 8-7 posted by Richard Kagan

Anthony Rizzo hit a 3 run-HR in the 5th inning against Johann Santana and the Cubs went on to prevail 8-7 despite a late NY Mets rally in the 9th.  The Mets appeared poised to make another late comeback but Carlos Marmol snagged a liner back to the mound and threw to first base to double up Ike Davis.  Since Rizzo has been a Cubs starter, the Cubs have looked like a different team, Yes, a winning team.  They are 7-3 in their last ten games.  And are playing much improved baseball.  Suddently, the team has some pop, some confiidence to compete. 

The Cubs won without arguably their best player, Starlin Castro, who had a rare night off.  Dale Sveum, Cubs manager, said he wanted to talk about the game, with him.  This is such a young team.  You would think management would acquire a guy who has had experience to help these younger players along.  But getting a vet to come into the Cubs situation might not be so easy.  The Cubs have picked it up and might not be as bad as we had thought.  Even if they finish the season 14 games under .500 that is signicant improvement over the first 80 games of this season.

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Cubs beat Mets 6-1 posted by Richard Kagan

I've been a long time Cubs fan, and that means a long time suffering Cubs fan.  The Cubs are on a pace to lose more than 95 games this season, which is a lot.  But at least they beat the Mets at Wrigley on Monday night.   They bested Johann Santana, former two-time Cy Young winner and owner of the Mets' first no-hitter.  Ok, the ump at third missed a call that was an apparent base hit, but ruled it foul.  I call it an no-hitter with an Asterisk next to it.  Wait, one of these days, a Met pitcher will throw a great game for no hits, and there won't be any doubt about it.  Talk will go back to Santana's game.  But, I have to give him credit, he pitched a gutsy game.

But the Cubbies got to him tonight.  Courtesy of three Met errors that allowed 4 runs to score in the 7th inning.  The Cubs will get to their 30th win, when everyone else has's been that kind of season.  I'm hoping for a real winning streak, but the Cubs don't have a rotation to make that happen.  It's playing on the fly.  It's awkward and painful to watch.  But Cub fans are used to this.  At least the team is putting together some young talent.  Shawn Castro at Shortstop is an emerging star.  He is an All-star hitter.  Eventually, he will make that team.  But the Cubs have to get good.  I don't know when that's going to happen.

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The Cubs Are Not Good posted by Richard Kagan

Yippee, The Chicago Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 behind the solid right arm of Ryan Dempster (2-3), who may be on the trading block.  Dempster bolstered his status with an excellent outing, his second win in a row.  I have been a long-time cubs fans.  I was there for Don Cardwell's no-hitter in the second game of a DH.  I fell asleep and missed most of the game, as a child.  I was more alert for Kenny Holtzman's gem vs. the Atlanta Braves in 1969, when the Cubs looked so good.  I was sure they were going to win the pennant.  But....stuff happens, if you're a Cubs fan.

What still surprises me is that 32,000 fans come of the park every home game if the weather is decent.  The Cubs draw well over 2.5 million.  In a good season, it could be 2.8 million.  In this tiny ballpark in Wrigleyville...The fans still come out and root for the Cubbies.  Who are as lovable as ever, even if they are on pace to lose 100 games this season.  And, that is not a laughing matter.  How do you get paid, and get up in the morning and come to the park?

The Cubs were picked by most baseball experts to finish 4th or 5th in the division.  Unfortunately, they make the Pittsburgh Pirates look good.  Manager Dale Sveum looks like he is on an out of control train in that Denzel Washington thriller.  That train threatened to cause disruption all over the landscape.  It's a stretch to say this team could win 4 or 5 games in a row.  They don't have the players to do that.  And, coming from a fan, that is a sad thing to say.

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Santana's No-hitter posted by Richard Kagan

As a long-time Cubs fan, I view Johan Santana's no-hitter as a bit of a gift.  Carlos Beltran, an ex-Met, now playing for the St. Louis Cardinals sent a drive down the 3rd base line that touched the chalk.  The 3rd base umpire ruled the ball foul, and Beltran made an out in his at-bat.  But that ball was a fair ball and likely would have been a double, if the umpire saw the play fairly.  So, Santana's no-hitter, I don't buy it.  He pitched a great game, a probable one-hitter and benefited from a great play by the left-fielder Mike Baxter on a ball hit deep.  Baxter made the catch, and hurt his shoulder on the play.  Great pitching performances always need a little luck.  But Beltran's foul ball was fair, and a hit.  Call it an imperfect no-hitter.Continue reading "Santana's No-hitter"

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Mike Quade Gone As Skipper of Cubs posted by Richard Kagan

The Cubs managerial merry-go-round takes another spin as Mike Quade was not re-hired by Theo Epstein, the new honcho for Cubs baseball.  Epstein was recently hired in talks so compicated that they a resembled U.S.-Russia nuclear pact to reduce nukes.

So Quade is out.  He had a good showing in 2010 at the end of the year when he led the Cubs to a great finish.  That got him the full-time job in 2011 and he presided over a 71-91 team.  Not exactly great.  But oh so Cub-like.

The Cubs will get a makeover.  They will be young and  hungry, with a few veterans.  Shawn Castro, the shortstop will be the fulcrum of this re-building project.  Castro has star written all over---He had over 200 hits for the season. The youngest Cub player ever to do that.  The Cubs are not going to win it next year.  But they may be more exciting.  With this team, you never know.

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Brandon Moss' walk-off lifts Cardinals after Nationals bullpen implodes (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The St. Louis Cardinals showed why they have the best record in baseball Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. The club pulled off an incredible come from behind victory, beating Washington 8-5. It didn't come easy. The Cardinals entered the eighth inning down two runs, but managed to come back. Washington's bullpen certainly aided in that comeback. After putting two men on base to start the inning, reliever Drew Storen made a costly throwing error, allowing one run to score. Another run would cross the plate on a double play, tying things up. In order to hold the lead in the ninth, manager Matt Williams called upon Casey Janssen. Janssen could not get the job done. Though he managed to pick up two outs quickly, Janssen couldn't keep the Cardinals from rallying. Cody Stanley would double with two outs. That was followed up by a Tommy Pham walk. With two men on, Brandon Moss stepped to the plate.  On the second pitch Moss saw from Janssen, he clobbered an 87 mph fastball out to center for the three-run walk-off blast. With the win, St. Louis improved to 86-46 on the year. The Nationals fell to 66-65. Washington remains 6.5 games behind the Mets in the National League East. TORONTO GETS WALK-OFF HOMER FROM UNLIKELY SOURCE The Toronto Blue Jays bats came through once again Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. This time, however, an unlikely candidate helped lead them to a 5-3 win. Toronto was all set to wrap things up in nine innings, but the Indians had other plans. Yan Gomes hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, tying the game 3-3. The Blue Jays were unable to score in the bottom of the frame, sending the game to extras. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Brett Cecil tossed a scoreless 10th for Toronto, leaving the Blue Jays' bats to do their usual work. The middle of the order had batted during the previous inning, however, meaning the bottom of the order would have to get things done. They came through. Ryan Goins belted a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to give Toronto the 5-3 victory. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 75-57. The club holds a 1.5 game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East. YANKEES KEEP PACE IN THE EAST The New York Yankees continued to keep pace in the AL East on Tuesday, defeating their long-time rival. New York bullpen made sure to keep the Boston Red Sox off the board during the club's 3-1 win. Starter Michael Pineda did a pretty good job of that as well. Pineda allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. He did not issue any walks and struck out seven during the contest.  Unsurprisingly, the Yankees bullpen was able to close things out from there. Dellin Betances did give up three hits during his 1 1/3 innings pitched, but was able to work out of trouble. Andrew Miller struck out the side in the ninth, preserving the victory. With the win, New York improved to 73-58 on the year. SCHWARBER'S BLAST KEEPS CUBS ON TOP The Chicago Cubs have relied on their young hitters all season, and Tuesday was no different. Kyle Schwarber played the hero during the club's 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. With the Cubs trailing by one, Schwarber stepped to the plate with a man on in the seventh inning. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Schwarber belted an 84 mph splitter for the go-ahead two-run blast.  The rookie has been pretty locked in lately. 9 National Leaguers have 30+ RBI since the All-Star Break. 3 of them are #Cubs 32 Schwarber 31 Bryant 30 Rizzo — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 2, 2015 With the win, Chicago improved to 75-56. They hold a 6.5 game over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. Want to see more from Tuesday's slate of games? Check out our  scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Baez among 4 players added to roster by Cubs (The Associated Press)

The Chicago Cubs have added infield prospect Javier Baez and three others from Triple-A Iowa before Tuesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. With rosters expanding, Chicago recalled pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada and selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry and reliever Trevor Cahill from Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated relievers James Russell and Rafael Soriano for assignment. [read full article]

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Weekend Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)

Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night. Arrieta (17-6) became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball's third no-hitter in less than three weeks. Astros right-hander Mike Fiers blanked the NL West-leading Dodgers 3-0 on Aug. 21. [read full article]

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Blake Swihart's inside-the-park homer helps Red Sox stop streaking Mets (Big League Stew)

Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Citi Field wasn't home, sweet home, for the New York Mets on Friday night. After winning seven straight in Colorado and Philadelphia, the Mets returned home and fell 6-4 to the last-place Boston Red Sox. After having his last start skipped, Matt Harvey returned to toss six scoreless innings but was long gone when Boston's Blake Swihart raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run leading off the 10th inning. Upon further review, Swihart's blast actually cleared the wall and should have been ruled a conventional home run on the field. It wasn't, but it didn't much matter as the ball bounced far enough away from center fielder Juan Lagares for Swihart to round the bases. Any way you score it, it's a home run, but we'll always acknowledge a catcher showing off his wheels.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Swihart's homer started a three-run Red Sox rally, which would prove important once the Mets scored one in the bottom half. The Red Sox also plated three in the seventh immediately after Harvey departed. David Ortiz smacked a solo home run in the frame. Jackie Bradley later connected on a two-run shot to give Boston its first lead. Ortiz's homer was No. 493 for his marvelous career. He's now tied with Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 27th place on the all-time home run list. As for the Mets offense, they were cooled off a bit. They entered having already hit a franchise-record 43 home runs this month, but mustered just a double among their eight hits on Friday. With that said, they missed out on several scoring chances,as they also drew 12 walks. In the end, they left 14 runners on base. The good news for New York? No damage was done in the standings. The Washington Nationals also lost, 4-3 to the Marlins, keeping the Mets division lead at 6 1/2 games. YANKEES BREAK OUT ON OFFENSE, CRUSH BRAVES While one scorching New York offense cooled off on Friday, the Yankees fading offense finally broke out. After scoring just four runs total in their three-game series against the Astros, the Yankees muscled up for 15 runs on 16 hits in a 15-4 victory against the Atlanta Braves.  Shortstop Didi Gregorius paced New York's attack, connecting for a three-run home run in the first inning and a two-run single in the second. Gregorius finished with four hits and a career-high six RBIs. Brian McCann, who spent his first nine seasons with the Braves, made his return to Atlanta with a bang. He cracked a three-run homer in the eighth, before wrapping the scoring in the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Chase Headley each contributed multi-hit games as the Yankees cruised to the victory.  Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays didn't back down in their return to Rogers Centre. After Detroit's Ian Kinsler hit a first-inning homer, the Jays scored five unanswered on their way to a 5-3 victory. Toronto's game and a half lead in the AL East remains intact.  TWINS KEEP PACE WITH WIN AGAINST ASTROS The top of the AL wild-card picture remained unchanged Friday. The Yankees remained in firm control with their victory, while the Texas Rangers continued holding down the second spot with a 4-1 win over Baltimore. That put the pressure on the Minnesota Twins to keep pace, and they responded with a victory of their own, 3-0 against the AL West-leading Astros.  Right-hander Kyle Gibson did much of the heavy lifting, tossing 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Minnesota's bullpen worked hard too, with Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen combining to strike out six batters while allowing just two hits.  To the credit of Astros' left-hander Scott Kazmir, the Twins didn't have much going against him either, collecting just three hits over seven innings. But they made those hits count, turning them into three runs. Eduardo Nunez drove in two of their three with a home run and RBI ground out.  Overall, the Twins have won seven of eight. They are one-half game behind Texas for that second wild-card position, but the Angels, Rays and Orioles aren't far behind them. It's time to buckle up.  CLAYTON KERSHAW OVERPOWERS CUBS, STRIKES OUT 14 Friday night was a good night at Dodger Stadium.  The evening started with the news that Vin Scully would be returning to the Dodgers television booth for his 67th season. Then everyone settled in to watch Clayton Kershaw do his thing. And do his thing Clayton Kershaw did, striking out 14 Chicago Cubs over eight innings in the Dodgers 4-1 victory.  The red-hot Kershaw continued a remarkable stretch of brilliance with this performance. Over his last 11 outings, he's allowed more than one earned run only once. During that stretch, he's also struck out 105 batters while issuing just eight walks. That is dominance in its purest form, and right now there's no signs of Kershaw slowing down.  Overall, the Dodgers have won four straight immediately on the heels of a five-game losing streak. They're attempting to reestablish command in the NL West with the San Francisco Giants nipping on their heels. The Giants remained right there, beating the Cardinals 5-4 in San Francisco. Given the competition both teams are facing, this weekend could be telling in terms of how the NL West will shake out over the next month.   Want to see more from Friday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . 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Baseball-Highlights of Monday's MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) Aug 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Monday: - - - - Cubs 2, Indians 1 Kris Bryant slugged a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians. Bryant's solo shot to left, his 20th homer of the season, gave the Cubs their 12th walk-off victory and concluded a pitcher's duel that ended with neither starter getting the win. Cubs left-handed starter Jon Lester was one out away from a 1-0 shutout win but gave up a run-scoring single to Indians first baseman Carlos Santana in the top of the ninth. ... [read full article]

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