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Ketel Marte leads Diamondbacks past Cubs

May 14, 2022, 5:29 AM

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Ketel Marte went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and Josh Rojas scored what proved to be the winning run in the fourth inning on a wild pitch to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in Phoenix, Ariz.

Geraldo Perdomo also had three hits, Christian Walker went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Cooper Hummel added a triple and run scored for the Diamondbacks, who entered the game batting .199 but finished with a season-high 12 hits.

Kyle Davies (2-1) picked up the win allowing three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six. Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save as Arizona won for the eighth time in its last 10 games.

Ildemaro Vargas had a two-run triple and Frank Schwindel added two hits for Chicago, which lost for the seventh time in the last nine games. Drew Smyly (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on 10 hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Jason Heyward led off with a double off the bottom of the fence in center and then advanced to third on a bunt single by Jonathan Villar. Vargas then tripled into the gap in right-center to drive in Heyward and Villar. Rafael Ortega followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Vargas.

Arizona tied it, 3-3, in the bottom of the third. Hummel led off with a triple and scored one out later on Marte's double down the left field line. Walker followed with a single off the glove of Vargas to drive in Marte and then scored on a double by Pavin Smith.

The Diamondbacks then took a 4-3 lead in the fourth when Rojas led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on an infield single by Perdomo and scored when Smyly bounced a pitch to Hummel to the backstop.

Chicago loaded the bases with two outs when Wilson Contreras reached on an error and reliever Ian Kennedy then walked Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom. But Kennedy got out of the jam by getting Alfonso Rivas to fly out to shallow center.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs break through on road, look for more in Arizona

May 12, 2022, 9:07 PM

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After winning their second road series in their fifth try of the season, the Chicago Cubs will try to make it two in a row when they open a three-game set Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Left-hander Drew Smyly (1-3, 3.04 ERA), who the Diamondbacks roughed up last year in his only career start against Arizona, will get the start for the Cubs.

In an April start with the Atlanta Braves, Smyly gave up six runs (five earned) in four innings of a 7-0 defeat. He also earned a win in relief in September when he allowed one run and four hits in 3 1/3 innings in a 6-1 victory.

The Diamondbacks, who are 11-4 over their last 15 games, will counter with veteran right-hander Zach Davies (1-1, 3.34). Davies will be making his 20th career start against the Cubs, carrying a 7-7 record and 3.61 ERA.

Chicago had lost five in a row heading into their six-game western road trip. They took two of three in San Diego, including a 7-5 victory on Wednesday in the rubber game of the series.

First baseman Alfonso Rivas, who grew up in nearby Chula Vista, Calif., broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run, bases-loaded single to drive in what proved to be the game-winning runs in the eighth inning.

"He's got such a calm demeanor," Cubs manager David Ross said. "That's why he looks so smooth at first and in the box. There's not a lot to his swing. He just tries to put the barrel on the ball, and he's done a nice job."

Rivas, who was playing in just his 34th major league game Wednesday, homered in Tuesday's contest with his parents and family in the stands.

"They don't get to watch me play much in person," the 25-year-old Rivas said. "So having them in the stands, it's awesome. It was a great experience."

Chicago's Nico Hoerner "might miss a couple days," Ross said, after the shortstop had to leave Wednesday's game in the second inning with a right ankle sprain. Hoerner collided with second base umpire Dan Iassogna in short right-center field while running to relay position on Jurickson Profar's triple to deep center an inning earlier.

"In the shift, people sometimes are in different places than we're used to," Hoerner said. "I was watching the ball, and the umpire was. I was on the ground before I realized what happened. ... We're both just doing our jobs, and weird things happen sometimes."

Arizona, which tied Baltimore for the worst record in baseball last season (52-110), has been one of the surprise teams so far in 2022 with a 17-15 record, including winning seven of its last nine. Manager Torey Lovullo picked up his 354th win with a 9-3 victory over Miami on Tuesday, which moved him past Kirk Gibson to become the winningest manager in team history.

"It's awesome; it's a good feeling," Lovullo said. "I'm humbled. I'm honored. The win total really isn't about just me, it's about an entire organization."

Arizona comes in off a 11-3 loss to Miami on Wednesday. The Diamondbacks had rallied to tie it, 3-3, on a two-run homer by Jordan Luplow in the bottom of the eighth before the Marlins answered with an eight-run ninth that included eight consecutive two-out hits against relievers Mark Melancon and J.B. Wendelken.

--Field Level Media

MLB: 2022 Chicago Cubs Media Day
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Cubs activate LHP Wade Miley to start vs. Padres

May 10, 2022, 11:45 PM

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The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Wade Miley from the injured list to make his season debut on Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres.

The 35-year-old Miley has been sidelined with elbow inflammation that flared up during spring training.

Miley was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds last November. He went 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA in 28 starts in 2021 for Cincinnati, highlighted by a no-hitter against Cleveland on May.

Overall, Miley is 97-92 with a 4.15 ERA in 283 appearances (277 starts) with seven previous major league teams.

Chicago opened the roster spot by placing outfielder Michael Hermosillo (quadriceps) on the injured list. The move is retroactive to May 8.

Hermosillo, 27, is batting just .071 (2-for-28) with no homers and two RBIs in 17 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
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Cubs RHP Marcus Stroman goes to IL, canceling Sunday start

May 8, 2022, 9:22 PM

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The Chicago Cubs placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the injured list without a designation, preventing him from his scheduled start Sunday evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Left-hander Justin Steele will get the start for the Cubs on Sunday as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Dodgers.

Chicago also optioned first baseman Frank Schwindel to Triple-A Iowa, while right-hander Adrian Sampson had his contract purchased from Iowa.

Stroman (1-3, 5.13 ERA) allowed 13 earned runs over 13 1/3 innings while going 0-2 in his first three starts with Chicago, but he is 1-1 with 1.38 ERA in the past two. He signed a three-year, $71 million deal in the offseason.

The 31-year-old is 62-63 lifetime over 184 appearances (178 starts) in eight seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets and Cubs.

Steele, 26, is 1-3 with a 5.50 ERA in five starts with the Cubs this season. He is 5-7 over two seasons in Chicago with a 4.56 ERA.

Schwindel, 29, was batting .209 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 25 games with the Cubs this season. Sampson, who has not appeared in the major leagues this season, is 7-14 with a 5.16 ERA over four seasons and 51 appearances with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Cubs.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Arizona Republic
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Diamondbacks promote top prospect OF Alek Thomas

May 8, 2022, 4:55 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks called up top prospect Alek Thomas from Triple-A Reno on Sunday.

The 22-year-old outfielder could make his major league debut Sunday against the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Thomas is Arizona's No. 1 prospect and rated No. 18 overall by MLB Pipeline. The 2018 second-round draft pick was the Diamondbacks' 2021 minor league player of the year.

He is batting .277/.362/.495 at Reno this season with four homers and 14 RBIs in 24 games.

Thomas replaces catcher Carson Kelly on the active roster. Kelly was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday, with a strained left oblique.

Kelly, 27, is batting .105 with one RBI and 20 strikeouts in 20 games this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels
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Cubs SS Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) starts rehab assignment

May 7, 2022, 6:22 PM

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Andrelton Simmons began a rehab assignment Saturday at Triple-A Iowa.

The four-time Gold Glove winner opened the season on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

He will play shortstop for Iowa on Saturday and is expected to be the designated hitter on Sunday. The team is off Monday.

Simmons, 32, signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Cubs in free agency on March 15.

A lifetime .265 hitter with 70 homers and 437 RBIs, Simmons has played 1,191 games with the Atlanta Braves (2012-15), Los Angeles Angels (2016-20) and Minnesota Twins (2021).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami Marlins
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Umpire apologizes for run-in with Madison Bumgarner

May 7, 2022, 2:40 AM

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In a rare act of contrition by a Major League Baseball umpire, Dan Bellino apologized on Friday for his interaction with Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner two days earlier.

Bumgarner had been visibly upset with plate umpire Ryan Wills' strike zone in the first inning. When the frame ended, Bellino, the first base ump, called over Bumgarner for a typical check of his hands for banned substances.

Video showed Bellino holding Bumgarner's hand but staring into the pitcher's face during the check. Bumgarner appeared to say to Bellino, "Take your (bleeping) time," after which the umpire ejected him from the game.

Bellino issued a statement on Friday that read, "I would like to address my actions on May 4 involving Madison Bumgarner. When I began my MLB career almost 15 years ago, I received some good advice. I was told to umpire every game as if my children were sitting in the front row. I fell short of those expectations this week. While I can't go back and change what happened, I take full accountability. I will learn from this incident, and I sincerely apologize."

Bumgarner had said after the Wednesday game, in which the Diamondbacks beat the host Miami Marlins 8-7, "I know why I got thrown out, yes. I don't know if I can say anything that would make the situation better, so what I'm gonna say is I'm extremely proud of our team coming back and winning today because I put us in a big hole there."

According to ESPN, Bellino was disciplined by MLB for his dealing with Bumgarner. However, Bellino was back on the field on Friday, umpiring third base as the Detroit Tigers visited the Houston Astros.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
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Cubs-Dodgers postponed, set for Saturday DH

May 6, 2022, 2:42 PM

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Friday's game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field has been postponed because of inclement weather.

The game will be made up Saturday at 6:40 p.m. CT as the second game of a split doubleheader. The start time for Saturday's originally scheduled game was moved to 12:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers haven't been confirmed.

This weekend is the Dodgers' only visit to Wrigley Field this season.

The Cubs are 2-7 in their past nine games, including two straight losses to the crosstown White Sox. The Dodgers are 6-3 over their past nine games and have won three straight.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
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Cubs LHP Drew Smyly placed on bereavement list

May 3, 2022, 10:58 PM

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The Chicago Cubs scratched left-hander Drew Smyly from his Tuesday night start against the visiting Chicago White Sox and placed him on the bereavement list.

It wasn't immediately known what prompted the move. Smyly is required to miss at least three games before he can return.

The Cubs will open the contest with right-hander Scott Effross as part of a bullpen game.

Chicago also recalled right-hander Robert Gsellman from Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Locke St. John for assignment.

Smyly is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA in four starts this season. The 32-year-old is in his first campaign with the Cubs and is 47-41 with a 4.15 ERA in 221 appearances (138 starts) over nine seasons with seven teams.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
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Cubs place OF outfielder Clint Frazier (appendicitis) on IL

April 22, 2022, 10:17 PM

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The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Clint Frazier on the 10-day injured list after he had surgery for appendicitis.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday. The Cubs didn't have a timeline for his return.

Frazier is in his first season with the Cubs after spending the previous five seasons with the New York Yankees. The 27-year-old is batting just .143 (3-for-21) in 10 games.

Chicago recalled infielder Alfonso Rivas from Triple-A Iowa to fill the roster opening. The 25-year-old Rivas was 7-for-13 (.538) with one home run, two doubles and four RBIs in three games at Iowa.

Rivas has played in 20 major league games with the Cubs, including two earlier this season. He is batting .333 with one homer and four RBIs in 48 career at-bats.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs
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Start time of Pirates-Cubs game pushed back due to weather

April 22, 2022, 4:34 PM

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The start time of Friday's game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and host Chicago Cubs has been shifted to 8:05 p.m. ET due to forecasted inclement weather throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

The Cubs sustained their third straight loss after dropping a 4-3 decision on Thursday in the opener of the four-game series. The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Pirates.

Chicago left-hander Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to take the mound on Friday against former Cubs southpaw Jose Quintana (0-1, 3.86) of the Pirates.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
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Report: Cubs trade RHP Cory Abbott to Giants

April 21, 2022, 6:28 PM

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The Chicago Cubs traded right-hander Cory Abbott to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday for cash considerations, per multiple outlets.

The 26-year-old is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts this season at Triple-A Iowa.

Abbott made his major league debut in 2021 and posted a 6.75 ERA with no decisions in seven games (one start) for the Cubs. He struck out 12 and walked 11 in 17 1/3 innings.

Chicago drafted Abbott in the second round in 2017 out of Loyola Marymount.

--Field Level Media

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Diamondbacks DFA reliever Matt Peacock

April 21, 2022, 5:10 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Corbin Martin to Triple-A Reno and designated fellow right-hander Matt Peacock for assignment ahead of Thursday afternoon's game against the Washington Nationals.

The team selected the contract of infielder Matt Davidson, who leads the minors with eight home runs at Reno, per the team.

Martin, 26, pitched two innings Wednesday night in the D-backs' win over the Nats, giving up a run on three hits with four strikeouts. He has nine strikeouts in six innings pitched with Arizona.

Peacock, 28, had a 6.75 ERA in two appearances without a decision this season. He made his MLB debut in April 2021 after being selected in the 23rd round of the 2017 draft. He is 5-7 with a 4.96 ERA in 37 appearances (eight starts).

Davidson, 31, last appeared in the majors in September 2020 with Cincinnati. He's batting .223 with 52 home runs in 293 career MLB games, including 31 with Arizona in 2013. He was picked in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Diamondbacks.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
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D-backs claim RHP Jacob Webb off waivers from Braves

April 19, 2022, 7:42 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed right-hander Jacob Webb off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old reliever compiled a 9-4 record with three saves and a 2.47 ERA in 78 bullpen appearances with the Braves from 2019-21.

The Diamondbacks optioned Webb to Triple-A Reno and also designated outfielder Stuart Fairchild for assignment in a corresponding transaction.

Fairchild, 26, made his MLB debut last season and batted .133 (2 for 15) with two RBIs in 12 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies
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Former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta announces retirement

April 18, 2022, 11:10 PM

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Pitcher Jake Arrieta announced his retirement Monday after 12 seasons in the majors.

The 36-year-old Arrieta finished his career with a 115-93 record and 3.98 ERA. He amassed 1,433 strikeouts in 1,612 1/3 innings.

Arrieta won the Cy Young Award in 2015, when he went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 33 starts for the Chicago Cubs. The following season, he went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA in 31 starts to help the Cubs win their first World Series championship in 108 years. Arrieta threw a no-hitter in each of those seasons.

The right-hander split last season between the Cubs and San Diego Padres. He went 5-14 with a 7.39 ERA in 24 starts.

Arrieta played for four teams in his career, including the Baltimore Orioles (2010-13), Cubs (2013-17, 2021), Philadelphia Phillies (2018-20) and Padres (2021). He made nine postseason starts, all with the Cubs, and went 5-3 with a 3.08 ERA in those games.

--Field Level Media