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4/19/2015 | Lester gets out at first -- by throwing entire glove

Jon Lester called the play one of those "weird" occurrences in baseball. After he fielded a Clint Barmes grounder to the mound in the second inning, Lester tried to grab the baseball as he looked to second base for a potential double play. But the ball became stuck in the Cubs pitcher's glove. So, Lester heaved the entire glove -- with ball still inside -- at first baseman Anthony Rizzo to get the out. Rizzo dropped his own glove to catch Lester's.


4/19/2015 | Cubs' Arrieta, Bucs' Burnett out for more quality work

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has allowed runs in just one of his 13 2/3 innings pitched this season. A.J. Burnett has pitched well for the Pirates, but is still looking for his first victory as the teams get set to open a four-game series Monday night at PNC Park.


4/19/2015 | Homers power Padres to series win over Cubs

Yangervis Solarte's two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Padres some breathing room on Sunday in their 5-2 victory over the Cubs before a crowd of 29,113 at Wrigley Field.


4/19/2015 | Bryant celebrates first Majors hit, looks forward to other milestones

Kris Bryant rebounded from committing his first career error in the first inning and falling behind 0-2 in his first at-bat Saturday to draw three walks and hit two singles, including an RBI broken-bat single that tied the game in the fifth.


4/18/2015 | Montero clubs pair of homers to help lead Cubs

The Cubs have several young, talented players who garner significant attention. The veterans help keep them in line. At the not-so-old age of 31, catcher Miguel Montero is one of those older players who guides the youngsters.


4/18/2015 | Bryant's versatility presents Cubs with many options

Kris Bryant begins his career as a third baseman. He's likely to end it as an outfielder. But what is really fascinating to consider is this: Could he spend much of it as an almost one-of-a-kind weapon -- a cleanup hitter who is strong enough in the field to move with ease between third base and the corner-outfield spots, allowing manager Joe Maddon tremendous flexibility?


4/18/2015 | Bryant drives in run on first career hit

Kris Bryant got his first Major League hit and RBI, and the Cubs fans gave him a standing ovation.


4/18/2015 | Lester eyes first win, faces Cashner at Wrigley

Jon Lester seeks his first quality start of the season as the Cubs and Padres wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.


4/18/2015 | Castro, Olt impressed by Bryant's debut

Count Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and third baseman Mike Olt among those impressed with Kris Bryant's Major League debut.


4/18/2015 | Olt may be in cast for up to four weeks

Cubs third baseman Mike Olt wore a blue cast on his right arm that extended from his hand over his elbow while he was in the clubhouse Saturday morning.


4/18/2015 | Starlin's single lifts Cubs past Padres in 11

Starlin Castro knocked in the game-winning run in the 11th inning with a bases-loaded single onSaturday as the Cubs edged the Padres, 7-6, before a crowd of 33,958 at Wrigley Field.


4/18/2015 | Bryant's former team believes in his success

Triple-A Iowa played its home opener Friday night and the hot topic was the one player who wasn't there.


4/17/2015 | Maddon's first Cubs ejection comes after key homer

Joe Maddon received his first ejection as the Cubs' manager in Friday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Padres, which came following Wil Myers' go-ahead homer. The skipper wasn't happy with the call on the previous pitch that could have ended the inning.


4/17/2015 | For Bryant, momentous day bigger than results

Records will show that the Padres beat the Cubs, 5-4, with Kris Bryant having such an inauspicious debut that Padres manager Bud Black intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to pitch to him with a seventh-inning lead on the line, but this was Bryant's day from the time he woke up in New Orleans until the minute he went to bed in Chicago.


4/17/2015 | Bryant's debut in line with superstars past, present

We waited 12 long and lonely days for Kris Bryant to make an offensive impact at the Major League level and, well, the wait continues. Though he made some nice plays in the field, Bryant took an 0-for-4 at the plate in his big league debut on Friday vs. the Padres, striking out three times and leaving five on base.


4/17/2015 | Bryant, family emotional before big league debut

Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant's mother, Susie, was "shocked" and his father, Mike, was "speechless and stunned" when they found out their son was promoted to the big leagues on Friday.


4/17/2015 | Bryant callup not 'scripted,' comes from position need

Mike Olt's unfortunate break prompted the Cubs to promote top prospect Kris Bryant sooner than they had planned. Olt was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right wrist, and Chicago found itself shorthanded at third base. Enter Bryant.


4/17/2015 | Bryant stars defensively in hitless MLB debut

Many were eagerly awaiting Kris Bryant's first at-bat on Friday, but the story of his Major League debut turned out to be in the field, and the Cubs' third baseman did not disappoint in Chicago's 5-4 loss to San Diego. Bryant, the game's No. 2 prospect as ranked by MLB.com, finished 0-for-4 with a trio of strikeouts, but before he even stepped to the plate, Bryant started a 5-4-3 double play in the top of the first.


4/17/2015 | Cubs shake up roster in addition to Bryant callup

Chicago placed reliever Neil Ramirez (right shoulder inflammation) and third baseman Mike Olt (hairline fracture in right wrist) on the 15-day disabled list, activated outfielder Chris Denorfia from the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of Kris Bryant.


4/17/2015 | Bryant looking to clean up out of No. 4 spot

In his much-anticipated big league debut Friday, Kris Bryant became just the 82nd player in history and the eighth in the past 30 years to bat cleanup on his first big league game.


4/17/2015 | As Bryant arrives in Majors, so does his jersey in MLB.com Shop

You can expect to see No. 17 jerseys all over Wrigley Field in the coming days, and now a Kris Bryant authentic Cubs home jersey from Majestic Athletic is available for order.


4/17/2015 | Padres turn to Ross to take on Hendricks, Cubs

Tyson Ross was excellent in his first Wrigley Field start last season, and he returns to face Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.


4/17/2015 | Bryant's big league debut spoiled by Myers' decisive blast

In a game that featured the highly anticipated Major League debut of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, San Diego's Wil Myers stole the show with a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning as the Padres topped the Cubs, 5-4, on Friday afternoon. James Shields struck out nine for San Diego.


4/17/2015 | Bryant sparks memories of other highly anticipated debuts

In honor of Kris Bryant's callup by the Cubs, let's take a look at 10 players whose big league debuts stirred fans' excitement.


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.




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