Cubs’ Justin Steele, facing Giants, shoots to stop winless streak

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It would be difficult to find a major league pitcher more deserving of a victory this season than Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele. Steele is scheduled to make his 10th start of the year for the Cubs on Tuesday night against the visiting San Francisco Giants, and the 28-year-old still is looking for his first win. Steele (0-3, 3.22 ERA) has been especially snakebit in his past four outings, giving up one run or none

Javier Assad, Cubs look to reverse trend against Giants

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Right-hander Javier Assad will look to snap his five-game winless streak on Monday when the Chicago Cubs host the San Francisco Giants in the opener of their three-game series. Assad (4-2, 2.81 ERA) is 0-2 and has surrendered six homers during that stretch. He’s also been plagued by walks and high pitch counts, so much so that he has failed to work five innings in four of his 14 starts this season. Such was the

Cubs, Cardinals jockey for position in NL Central

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Ian Happ will try to build on what he hopes was a slump-busting performance when the host Chicago Cubs wrap up a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Happ blasted a three-run homer on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a walk to lead Chicago to a 5-1 victory over St. Louis. The Cardinals saw their three-game winning streak end just one day after blanking the Cubs 3-0 in the series opener. Entering

Scrounging for runs, Cubs face rematch with Cardinals

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The Chicago Cubs’ offense has started to go from bad to worse. After being shut out for the sixth time this season, Chicago will try to get its lineup going on Saturday afternoon when it continues a three-game set with the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis beat the Cubs 3-0 in the opener on Friday, with Chicago mustering just three singles. The Cubs had averaged three runs in their previous seven games before their

Kyle Gibson looks to break career-long curse vs. Cubs

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In 12 major league seasons, St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Kyle Gibson has yet to solve the Chicago Cubs. Gibson has four losses in four career starts against Chicago, a skid he will try to break on Friday afternoon when St. Louis opens a three-game series with the host Cubs. Chicago has gotten to Gibson (4-2, 3.76 ERA) for 15 runs on 20 hits in 20 1/3 innings, giving him a 6.64 ERA to go along

Cubs look to end road trip on high note vs. Rays

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One day after Chicago Cubs manager Craig Counsell was not pleased with his team’s lack of offensive punch, Cody Bellinger landed a big blow. Bellinger hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning as the Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Wednesday. Chicago will attempt to win the three-game series when the two clubs meet again in the Thursday night finale at St. Petersburg, Fla. Bellinger’s big blast put the Cubs ahead

Rays aim to ride momentum of walk-off HR into rematch vs. Cubs

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Brandon Lowe was not lying when he said he hopes his dramatic hit Tuesday night will turn around the Tampa Bay Rays’ sour season. With two outs in a tie game in the ninth inning, Lowe rocked a walk-off, three-run homer in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Rays will host the Cubs in the middle contest of their three-game series Wednesday evening in St. Petersburg, Fla. Through eight innings on Tuesday, it

Cubs look to make move in division with series at Rays

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Heading to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the first time in nearly seven years, the Chicago Cubs will be looking to make some headway in baseball’s most competitive division, the National League Central. One of three clubs sitting seven games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs start a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Owning a 4-4 June record, Chicago holds an 8-11 all-time mark against the Rays, whom it has

Reds look to finish 4-game sweep of Cubs

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The Cincinnati Reds look to complete a rare four-game sweep and extend their winning streak to eight games when they close out their series with the visiting Chicago Cubs on Sunday. After starting the season 1-11 in one-run games, the Reds won their third in eight days Saturday, 4-3, over the Cubs, who went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and missed chances to tie the score in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings. With

Reds put season-best win streak on line vs. Cubs

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The Cincinnati Reds are on a season-best six-game winning streak while the visiting Chicago Cubs are battling a prolonged slump as the teams prepare to meet again on Saturday. The Reds have taken the first two games of the four-game series. On Friday, Cincinnati earned a 3-2 victory that featured a two-run, two-out double from Tyler Stephenson in the fourth inning and six innings of one-run pitching from Nick Lodolo. Alexis Diaz allowed a run