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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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Cubs-Marlins preview (The Associated Press)

There's really only one of two ways this can end for the Chicago Cubs this year. Or they can become the baseball version of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, ending an epic championship drought. With the Cubbies' history -- most of it bad -- the smart money is on them coming up short again. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Tim Lincecum struggles in second start with Angels (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   The honeymoon period may already be over for Tim Lincecum and the Los Angeles Angels. After a strong first start with his new club, Lincecum struggled his second time around. Lincecum lasted just three innings against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. The 32-year-old surrendered four runs on seven hits during the 5-4 loss . He walked two and struck out two in the outing.  After two quick outs to open the game, Lincecum put two men on in the first inning. He was able to get out the jam, striking out Khris Davis to end the frame. The second inning, however, proved to be difficult. Lincecum gave up two straight singles to open the frame, and then allowed a three-run homer to shortstop Marcus Semien. After getting a quick out, Lincecum put two more hitters on base. Another run came in to score on an error. That run would eventually be charged to Lincecum after he gave up another single to the next batter.  The third inning actually went fairly smooth. Despite a leadoff walk, Lincecum has able to retire the next three batters in order. By the time the third inning had ended, Lincecum had thrown 83 pitches. He was removed from the game at that point. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Though the Angels would battle back in the ninth, scoring two runs, they couldn't complete the comeback. Lincecum dropped to 1-1 with the loss.  TOP PERFORMERS    Freddy Galvis: Galvis was a one-man wrecking crew for the Philadelphia Phillies during Thursday's 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. Galvis provided plenty of power, hitting both a triple and a home run during the contest. He finished 2-for-3, with one run scored and five RBI. Wei-Yin Chen:  Chen may not have picked up the win for the Miami Marlins on Thursday, but he still tossed an impressive game against the Chicago Cubs. Chen held Chicago to just two runs over seven strong innings. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out seven during the contest. Chen was matched by Cubs pitcher Jon Lester the entire way, preventing him from getting the win in the Marlins' 4-2 victory .  Zack Greinke: By his normal standards, Greinke didn't have a great start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. He gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings and notched four strikeouts in the team's 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. Greinke, however, was impressive at the plate and on the bases. He finished 1-for-2 at the plate, but also walked. Greinke came around to score both times he reached, and even managed to show off his wheels, stealing second. His all-around performance earns him the nod in our "Top Performers" section. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT With the Boston Red Sox on the verge of a four-game sweep, the team needed someone to step up in a big way Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts turned out to be that man. With the game tied in the bottom of the 10th inning, Bogaerts delivered a walk-off single the scored Mookie Betts from second base. Bogaerts wasn't Boston's top performer during the contest, but he came up with the biggest hit of the night. He finished 2-for-6, with one huge RBI, during the 8-7 victory . THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD    Giants 5, Pirates 3: Joe Panik's third inning triple plated two runs, giving the Giants a lead they would never relinquish.  Tigers 5, Mariners 4: With the game tied in the bottom of the 10th, Steve Cishek threw a wild pitch to bring in the winning run for Detroit.  Braves 4, Mets 3: A.J. Pierzynski drove in two runs early while Adonis Garcia's two-run homer in the eighth gave the Braves the victory. Padres 7, Reds 4: Derek Norris smashed a three-run homer to give the Padres the lead in the sixth inning after the Reds took an early lead. 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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Cubs option Warren to Triple-A to prepare for start (The Associated Press)

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have optioned right-hander Adam Warren to Triple-A Iowa to prepare him for a major league start. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Javier Baez leads Cubs with slick slide and glove (Big League Stew)

The amount of talent the Chicago Cubs currently employ is almost unfair. You already know the big names, like Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. But they have some second and third-tier talent too that would absolutely command bigger roles on lesser teams. Guys like Javier Baez for example, who can play multiple positions and bring several different variables to the offense. We’ve seen Baez lined up at second base, third base and shortstop this season. We’ve seen him in several spots in the order. And we’ve seen him contribute with power, speed, and, above all, his agility. The latter two qualities were on full display during Saturday’s 4-3 win against the Pirates . That was especially true on his fourth-inning stolen base, which actually would have been an untimely pick-off if not for his ridiculous slide.  Watch again and marvel at his grace.  There is no spoon. — #VoteCubs (@Cubs) June 19, 2016 That was the ultimate swim move, and it paid off in a big way as Baez eventually moved around to score on a wild pitch and David Ross squeeze bunt. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] It’s the big potential that Cubs love most about Baez, but it’s little things like this, which created a run, that will earn his coaches and teammates’ respect. As will defensive plays like this one. Javier Baez show. Now doing it with the glove. — ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) June 19, 2016 And this one, with the bubble included. Javier Baez blowing a bubble while making the play. — ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) June 19, 2016 You know, it seems like Javier Baez really stole the show on Saturday night. Hats off to him!  TOP PERFORMERS Carlos Beltran: Boston's David Ortz isn't the only seasoned veteran having a monster season. Beltran, 39, has been raking too. In fact, he connected for his 18th home run in the Yankees 7-6 win against the Twins , which tied Ortiz's season total. That's pretty impressive for a guy who's rarely one-hundred percent, but is certainly locked. The Yankees also got a two-run homer from Alex Rodriguez, who's five short of reaching 700.  J.T. Realmuto: Miami's catcher is quietly having a quality season. That continued in their 9-6 win against the Rockies , as Realmuto picked up four more hits, including his fourth home run. After Colorado scored six in the third, Realmuto gave Miami the lead for good with his three-run, fifth-inning blast. He also raised his batting average to .305. In other good news for Miami, Giancarlo Stanton now has five hits in his last eight at-bats. Perhaps his weeks long struggles will soon be behind him.  Tyler Naquin: You could pick any number of Indians, as they collectively shelled James Shields and the White Sox, winning 13-2 . We'll go with the rookie Naquin though, as he reached base five times and finished just a double shy of the cycle. Naquin singled home a run in the first, tripled in two more in the fourth, and then capped the scoring with a solo homer in the sixth. He also walked twice.  Whit Merrifield, Kendrys Morales and Paulo Orlando: Why pick one Royal when you can pick three? This impressive trio combined for 11 of Kansas City's 20 hits in their 16-5 win against the Tigers . They also combined to drive in 11 runs, with Morales' five leading the way. Here's something weird though: None of Kansas City's 20 hits were home runs. Instead they singled (12) and doubled (8) Detroit to death to stay one-half game behind the Indians.  MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT   Despite four Rays home runs, the Giants didn't panic on Saturday. Instead, they turned to Joe Panik, who responded by launching a go-ahead, three-run home run in the ninth inning. Panik's homer came against Tampa Bay's previously unhittable closer, Alex Colome, who hadn't allowed a run since May 1. That's a span covering 19 outings and 21 innings. The Giants would hold on to win the game 6-4 .  THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD    Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 1 : Arizona has homered nine times through the first two games of this four-game, wrap-around series. Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Nick Ahmed all went yard here.  Angels 7, A's 1 : Read all about Tim Lincecum's successful return right here .  Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2 : Baltimore got three hits apiece from Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado as they evened the weekend series.  Red Sox 6, Mariners 2 : Boston stays a game behind Baltimore thanks to six quality innings from Rick Porcello. He's now an eight-game winner.  Astros 5, Reds 4 (11 innings) :  Despite blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead, Houston gets a needed win thanks to George Springer's walk-off single.  Rangers 4, Cardinals 3 : St. Louis wasted seven shutout innings from Carlos Martinez. Seung-hwan Oh and Trevor Rosenthal allowed two runs in the eighth and ninth innings respectively as the Cardinals drop their fourth straight.  Braves 4, Mets 3 : Are the Braves getting comfortable in the spoiler role? Apparently so, because they've now won two straight over the Mets and four straight overall.  Padres 7, Nationals 3 : San Diego survived Max Scherzer then put up a six-spot in the eighth inning against Washington's bullpen.   Dodgers 10, Brewers 6 : Both starters were out before the third inning ended, but it was the Dodgers bullpen that settled in, tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. 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Bill Murray helps minor league team celebrate postseason berth (Big League Stew)

It's only June, but postseason berths are already being clinched around the minor leagues.  On Tuesday, the Low Class-A Charleston RiverDogs — an affiliate of the New York Yankees — became one of the first to punch their ticket. With a 3-0 win against Augusta , they clinched the first half Southern Division title in the South Atlantic League, and right there leading the celebration was the team's partial owner and the official "Director of Fun," actor and comedian Bill Murray. "Tastes like victory" — Charleston RiverDogs (@ChasRiverDogs) June 15, 2016 Tastes like victory indeed.  [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Murray, of course, is one of the biggest celebrity baseball fans around. His MLB loyalties are directly tied to the Chicago Cubs, but he's been connected to several minor league teams as well over the years. In fact, he currently owns small stakes in the Single-A Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays affiliate) and the Brockton Rox, a collegiate summer baseball team, in addition to the RiverDogs.  He's also made several appearances for the St. Paul Saints, which is perhaps the most well-known independent baseball team.  Murray has been on a baseball kick recently, spending his weekend watching the Cubs in Atlanta , before swinging over to spend time with the RiverDogs as their clinching moment approached. That led to a memorable scene and epic celebration that will be difficult for MLB teams to top.  Have yourself a night @ChasRiverDogs ! Clinch first playoff berth in 11 years- Bill Murray, champagne and celebration — Daren Stoltzfus (@DarenStoltzfus) June 15, 2016 Things are pretty loose in the clubhouse right now. — Charleston RiverDogs (@ChasRiverDogs) June 15, 2016 Consider us jealous. Also, if this is what a first-half division championship celebration looks like, imagine what it'll be like Charleston wins the entire league. Beyond that, imagine Murray's excitement if the Cubs finally do win the big to end their 108-year World Series championship drought. Prepare yourselves, Chicago. Big things may be going down soon. 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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