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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  online casino 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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No cheap seats anymore for Cubs rookie slugger Kris Bryant (The Associated Press)

Two years ago, Kris Bryant would sit in the nosebleed seats on College Night at Petco Park. On Tuesday night, he was back at the big downtown ballyard, playing third base and batting second for the Chicago Cubs. It's really surreal,'' Bryant said while sitting in the dugout two hours before the first pitch. [read full article]

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Jason Kipnis' ninth-inning homer leads Indians past the Rangers (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. Two of baseball's most disappointing teams took the field together on Saturday night and actually produced the most entertaining game of the day. The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers went back-and-forth from the beginning, each scoring at least one in the first seven half innings. The Rangers finally took the lead and control with a three-run fifth inning, but that eventually slipped away when Cleveland scored three of their own in the ninth to secure a 10-8 victory. There were several key hits in a game that saw 27 total, but none were bigger than Jason Kipnis' two-run go-ahead homer in the ninth off Neftali Feliz. That was the difference maker to which the Rangers had no answer. By the same token, the game might have been over if not for Brett Hayes hard take out slide at second, which prevented a game-ending double play one batter earlier. For Kipnis, the home run completed his fifth three-hit game in Cleveland's last seven. He's on a nine-game hitting streak overall. Lonnie Chisenhall also had three hits, while three other Indians had two. For the Rangers, seven different batters drove in one run. Shin-soo Choo, Thomas Field and Robinson Chirinos each homered. Somewhat surprisingly, Cody Allen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save. It was only the second 1-2-3 inning in the game and the first for Indians pitching. CUBS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO SIX The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field have been especially accommodating for the Chicago Cubs this week. After sweeping a four-game series from the New York Mets, the Cubs are on the verge of completing a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates after winning 4-1 on Saturday. That makes it a perfect 6-0 home standso far, and a perfect 6-0 record since the new bleachers opening in left field. A big bounce for the Cubs considering they'd lost seven of their previous nine, including four of six to the Milwaukee Brewers. Saturday's game didn't have nearly as much drama as Friday's, which ended in the 12th inning when Gregory Polanco fell down chasing a fly ball. Jon Lester is a big reason for that, as he limited Pittsburgh to one run while scattering nine hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Considering how depleted both bullpens were following Friday's marathon, that was a much needed start for Chicago. Even still, they were forced to call on usual starter Travis Wood for the ninth inning save attempt. It was Wood's first relief appearance since 2011 with Cincinnati, and he handled it flawlessly, retiring all three batters on fly balls. Offensively, Kris Bryant reached base four more times. It's the fifth time he's done that already this season, which is one behind teammate Anthony Rizzo and Miami's Dee Gordon for the MLB lead. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] HUNTER PENCE RETURNS WITH A BANG The San Francisco Giants welcomed back outfielder Hunter Pence with open arms on Saturday. Pence was forced to miss the team's first 38 games while recovering from a fractured left forearm, but he looked like he hadn't missed a beat, finishing with two hits, a walk and three runs scored in the Giants 11-2 victory. Pence was in the middle of three multi-run innings for the Giants. He doubled and scored in their two-run third inning. He singled and scored in their two-run fourth. One frame later, he walked and scored again as San Francisco blew the game wide open. It wasn't all Pence's doing, of course. Brandon Crawford had three hits, including a grand slam, with six RBIs. Brandon Belt also had three hits including a homer. With that said though, Pence was definitely a catalyst, and as long as he's healthy will remain as such for an offense that desperately needs one. RED SOX KNOCK KING FELIX OFF HIS THRONE Temporarily, we should add. On the rare occasion when Felix Hernandez struggles, one can safely bet he'll bounce back in the next one. But the next one is the next one. The one on Saturday was not so good by Felix's standards, as he allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks over six innings of a 4-2 loss to Boston. Hernandez was bitten by the long ball early. Pablo Sandoval unloaded a solo shot in the second. In the third, David Ortiz ended a string of 64 at-bats without a home run with a solo shot of his own. That streak traced all the way back to April 24.  For Hernandez, it's the second straight outing he's allowed two home runs. That's after allowing just two in his first six starts combined. The four walks were also a season high. Hernandez falls to 6-1 on the season.  For Boston, Rick Porcello matched Hernandez early and finisher stronger, lasting 6 2/3 innings. He allowed just two runs on five hits and walked two. He's 4-2 and the Red Sox are back to one game under .500 at 18-19.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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A's lose another heartbreaker on game-ending baserunning error (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 only area the Oakland A's have been consistent in this season is their inability to get out of their own way. Now 37 games into the 2015 season, 13 of them have been decided one by run, and time after time in those situations they've failed to make the necessary play to put them over the top rope.  That includes Friday's 7-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox, which dropped their record in one-run games to 1-12. In fact, Friday's loss might be the one that best captures their misery. In a game they once led 6-2, starter Jesse Hahn and three A's relievers combined to surrender five runs and the lead.  In the ninth, Oakland positioned themselves to overcome that when Coco Crisp (who was previously 1-for-32) lined a double to left center. With catcher Stephen Vogt running from first, that's where it needed to be to score him. Third base coach Mike Gallego initially waved him home, but then changed his mind as Vogt approached. Unfortunately, it was a little too late.    By the time Vogt realized he needed to stop, he had already rounded the bases too aggressively. Because the White Sox executed their relay, they were able to catch Vogt and ultimately tag him out to end the game.  After the game, everybody from Gallego to Vogt to manager Bob Melvin took responsibility for their role in the total meltdown, but it doesn't change this.  The A's now own the worst record in baseball, at 13-24. After tonight's 7-6 loss to White Sox, they're 1-12 in one-run games. — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 16, 2015 MIGUEL CABRERA NEARS MILESTONE AND HISTORY Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of doing something pretty special. In Detroit's 10-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris, which iced the game and positioned him to make some history with his next swing.  The home run was the 399th home run of Cabrera's career. His next one will make him the 53rd member of MLB's 400 home run club, a club Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre himself joined on Friday, and it will propel Cabrera past Andre Galarraga as the all-time home run leader from Venezuela. Cabrera should be positioned well to reach that feat on Saturday afternoon. He entered play Friday batting just .158 with no homers and one RBI in 57 at-bats at night during night games this season. During day games, he's hitting .471 with eight homers and 25 RBIs. The daylight is to his liking, which doesn't bode well for Trevor Lyons or the Cardinals on Saturday. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] NELSON CRUZ DELIVERS WALK-OFF HIT FOR MARINERS If you're playing against the Seattle Mariners, the last guy you want to see batting with the game on the line is Nelson Cruz. Unfortunately for the Boston Red Sox, it was Cruz's turn to bat with the winning run on second base in the ninth inning, and he finished them off with a walkoff single to left field. What was interesting, though, was that Boston actually had an open base to work with. Even with two outs in the inning, it would have made sense to walk Cruz and take their chances with Kyle Seager. Instead, manager John Farrell and pitcher Junichi Tazawa went at him, and they paid the price. And now they regret it. Red Sox manager John Farrell on not walking Nelson Cruz: — Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 16, 2015 The tough 2-1 loss spoiled what was a brilliant start for Clay Buchholz. In eight innings, Buchholz allowed one run on three hits while striking out 11. The Red Sox were looking to win their third straight despite scoring only five runs during that time frame. METS LOSING STREAK REACHES FIVE For as hot as the Mets were in April, they've cooled off considerably in May. A trip to Wrigley Field earlier this week resulted in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs. On Friday, the losing streak reached five after the National League's worst team, the Milwaukee Brewers, shut them out 7-0. After Thursday's loss in Chicago, manager Terry Collins challenged his players to step up. The message didn't get through based on Friday's results. The Mets only managed three hits against Kyle Lohse and Michael Blazek. On the hill, Bartolo Colon had his least effective outing of the season, allowing six runs (five earned) in five innings. Gerardo Parra and Ryan Braun did most of the damage. Parra doubled home one in the third and homered in the fifth. Braun homered off Colon in the third and added a second homer against Carlos Torres in the eighth. The Mets will turn to Jacob deGrom to be the streak-stopper on Saturday. He'll be opposed by Matt Garza. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 [read full article]

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Baseball-Highlightsof Tuesday's Major League games (Reuters)

Highlights of Tuesday's Major League baseball games: - - - Cubs 6, Mets 1 Highly touted Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard made his major league debut but the right-hander was unable to prevent New York from suffering a 6-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. He worked out of jams in the third and fifth but allowed an RBI double to Starlin Castro and a two-run home run to Chris Coghlan in the sixth. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched a season-high eight innings and allowed one run and three hits. Another highly touted youngster, Chicago rookie third baseman Kris Bryant, went 3-for-4, including a second home run in as many nights. [read full article]

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Baseball results (Reuters)

May 7 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the MLB games on Wednesday (home team in CAPS) WASHINGTON 7 Miami 5 Arizona 13 COLORADO 7 San Diego 9 SAN FRANCISCO 1 Arizona 5 COLORADO 1 Cincinnati 3 PITTSBURGH 0 TORONTO 5 NY Yankees 1 Tampa Bay 5 BOSTON 3 ATLANTA 7 Philadelphia 5 NY METS 5 Baltimore 1 MILWAUKEE 6 LA Dodgers 3 MINNESOTA 13 Oakland 0 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 7 Detroit 6 Cleveland 10 KANSAS CITY 3 Texas 11 HOUSTON 3 Chicago Cubs 6 ST. LOUIS 5 LA ANGELS 4 Seattle 3 [read full article]

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