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4/16/2015 | Bryant's arrival raises stakes in Cubs-Padres opener

Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant, who hit .425 with a Major League-leading nine home runs in Spring Training, is set to make his big league debut in Friday's series opener with the Padres at Wrigley Field.

4/16/2015 | Like his power, excitement for Bryant hard to contain

The Cubs are promoting Kris Bryant --'s No. 2 prospect -- on Friday, and he's expected to evolve into the centerpiece of Theo Epstein's assault on baseball's Holy Grail, the 107-year World Series drought.

4/16/2015 | What type of impact will Bryant make as rookie?

The conjecture, the controversy, the questions -- all of it is water under the proverbial bridge. The Kris Bryant era is ready to begin.

4/16/2015 | The future is now: Bryant to get callup

Kris Bryant, MLB's No. 2 prospect, is expected to be promoted on Friday, and not just because his much discussed service-time hurdle has been cleared. The Cubs need a third baseman, as Mike Olt is out with a fractured wrist.

4/16/2015 | Soler stands out among talented young Cubs

Jorge Soler ranks among the National League rookie leaders in several offensive categories, including batting average (.310), home runs (two), RBIs (seven), on-base percentage (.310), and he has already made opponents think twice about running on him when he's patrolling right field.

4/16/2015 | Wood carves up former team with on-target fastball

Travis Wood, who struggled last year after an All-Star season in 2013, picked up his first win of the year against his former team, holding the Reds to three hits over seven-plus innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory Wednesday. The key was a well-located fastball, an aggressive mindset, and some help from his teammates.

4/15/2015 | Ramirez exits after 3 pitches with shoulder issue

Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez had to leave Wednesday night's game after throwing three pitches because of right shoulder discomfort, and the right-hander will be re-evaluated.

4/15/2015 | Rizzo connects, Wood sets tone in shutout of Reds

Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run homer, his first of the season, in the first inning to back Travis Wood and lead the Cubs to a 5-0 victory Wednesday over the Reds and take the series. All the Cubs' runs came against Reds starter Jason Marquis.

4/15/2015 | Shields faces former skipper Maddon in Wrigley debut

First, it was pitching at Dodger Stadium for the first time. Now, Padres' ace James Shields gets another personal milestone. He'll start for the first time at Wrigley Field on Friday, as the Padres and Cubs open a three-game series at 11:20 a.m. PT.

4/15/2015 | Coghlan takes pregame grounders at 2B, Castillo at 3B

Outfielder Chris Coghlan took grounders at second base and catcher Welington Castillo was at third prior to Wednesday's game, as the Cubs try to fill spots because of injuries.

4/15/2015 | Maddon likes prospects to have team-first mentality

Manager Joe Maddon already has his speech ready for when top prospect Kris Bryant is called up to the Cubs, whenever that is. "The thing I like to do with young players like that is to really just try to emphasize you're one of a group," Maddon said Wednesday.

4/15/2015 | Fowler honored to flip jersey numbers on Jackie's Day

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler celebrates Jackie Robinson Day every day. "I wear [No.] 24, so I always get to wear 42," said Fowler on Wednesday, when he wore No. 42 with the rest of Major League Baseball players to celebrate the anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier.

4/15/2015 | Cubs used team approach to draft Bryant

For all of the discussion about whether or not Kris Bryant should have been on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, the team hasn't been given enough credit for going against conventional wisdom to draft Bryant No.2 overall in 2013.

4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

4/15/2015 | Castillo adjusting to bench role, delivering big hits

Welington Castillo does not like coming off the bench as the Cubs' No. 3 catcher, but he's adjusting to the role and delivering key hits when called on.

4/15/2015 | Jake's body of work solid, just not enough

Jake Arrieta has handled the Reds fairly easily on occasion, and after three quick innings on Tuesday, the right-hander envisioned similar results. But a three-run fourth inning proved to be too much for the Cubs to overcome in a 3-2 loss.

4/14/2015 | DeSclafani pitches Reds past Arrieta, Cubs

Anthony DeSclafani allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings to outpitch Jake Arrieta in a 3-2 Reds victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

4/14/2015 | Marquis-Wood matchup closes out Reds-Cubs set

The Reds and Cubs will wrap up their three-game series at Wednesday night with Jason Marquis starting for Cincinnati against Chicago's Travis Wood on Jackie Robinson Day.

4/14/2015 | Coghlan doesn't back away from hot corner

Chris Coghlan admits he was a little surprised when Cubs manager Joe Maddon approached him in batting practice Monday to ask if he could play third base. Coghlan played the position in college, but he had not been there in a Major League game since 2013, when he played eight games there with the Marlins.

4/14/2015 | Cubs place La Stella on DL, recall lefty Rosscup

The Cubs felt the bullpen needed more help than third base, and recalled lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday and placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the disabled list.

4/14/2015 | Lester knows he still needs to hit his stride

The regular season may have started, but it's still Spring Training for Jon Lester, who showed he can throw to first base, and also why it's a little awkward for him to do so.

4/14/2015 | Coghlan continues dominance against Leake

Chris Coghlan started in left field Monday, and went 3-for-3 off the Reds' Mike Leake to raise his career average against the right-hander to 8-for-8.

4/14/2015 | Soler power: Rookie smacks two homers in win

After Jorge Soler hit his second home run on Monday night, an impressive shot to straightaway center that tied the game, he was pushed out of the dugout by his Cubs teammates for a curtain call.

4/13/2015 | Arrieta looks to take series from Reds at home

Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta flirted with no-hitters twice against the Reds last season, something that club will certainly be working to avoid on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Like Arrieta, Cincinnati right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will be making his second start of the season.

4/13/2015 | La Stella injury raises questions about Bryant promotion

Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella, sidelined with a strained right side, was to try and swing on Monday to see if he can pinch-hit. If not, the Cubs might need to make a roster move, and any time someone says that around the team, Kris Bryant's name comes up.

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