Kyle Schwarber peeked inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park, adding his signature to the graffiti there. On Sunday, he was going to try to get a view from the top of the left-field wall before the Cubs' Interleague series finale against the Red Sox.
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A resilient Cubs offense grinded their way back from an early three-run deficit on Saturday and made a winner of John Lackey in his return to Fenway Park. Moments after Miguel Montero hit a game-tying homer in the top of the seventh, Kyle Schwarber's RBI single up the middle put the Cubs ahead for the first time during that crucial three-run rally, and the bullpen held it over the final three innings for Lackey in a 7-4 win over Boston.
Before Saturday's game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was talking about how important it was for players to avoid getting angry. Getting frustrated is understandable, but Maddon didn't want to see them mad. Then there's John Lackey.
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It had just hit 1 a.m. ET early Sunday morning at the Paradise Rock Club on Commonwealth Avenue, and if you weren't there, you may not have believed it.
Javier Baez was uncharacteristically out of position and missed a grounder on Friday night, and he also hasn't been as consistent at the plate, but Joe Maddon isn't worried. He's quick to point out Baez is young, as are the majority of the Cubs' hitters, and they will go through phases.
The Cubs and Red Sox close their Interleague series on Sunday night, and some fans may be able to get a unique souvenir from the event. The Red Sox Foundation and Cubs Charities will give fans the chance to take photos with the two "curse-breaking" trophies -- from the 2004 Red Sox World Series championship and the 2016 Cubs Fall Classic title. As far as the game, it will be Chicago's Kyle Hendricks vs. Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez.
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Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees' top prospect promptly knocked off the rust and put his entire skillset on display Saturday.
Kris Bryant had hit one time at Fenway Park when he was a collegian and playing in the Cape Cod League, but he didn't clear the Green Monster during that visit. Bryant did just that Friday. He launched his third home run of the season in the first inning, sending an 0-1 pitch from the Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz over the Monster.
An electric atmosphere at sold-out Fenway Park made April feel like October, and the sea of blue shirts in the stands made it clear how many Cubs fans made the trek to Boston for this much-anticipated weekend series. But the Red Sox stood their ground on their home turf, utilizing a big burst of offense in the bottom of the first and a strong late-inning effort by the bullpen en route to Friday night's 5-4 victory over the defending World Series champions.
It didn't take long to realize that Jake Arrieta was not going to have the same kind of success at Fenway Park on Friday night that he did in 2014, when he flirted with a no-hitter. The Red Sox roughed up Arrieta for five runs in the first inning en route to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs to start the Interleague series.
He walked into a utility closet trying to get to the field from the visitor's clubhouse at Fenway Park, but Theo Epstein did eventually find his way. One could say the same about the path he's taken from the Red Sox to the Cubs, which Epstein, now president of baseball operations in Chicago, is reliving this weekend.
Kyle Schwarber was the designated hitter for the first game of the Cubs' Interleague series against the Red Sox, partly to give him a breather and also because Ben Zobrist is a little more familiar with how to deal with the Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park.
With the Chicago Cubs in town for a three-game series at Fenway Park this weekend, team president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was taking full advantage of the opportunity to return to his hometown, this time as the man who was key to ending two of the longest-enduring World Series championship droughts in history.
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The last time the Cubs played in Boston was in 2014. Anthony Rizzo drove past Massachusetts General Hospital at the time and got a knot in his stomach, because that's where he began his treatment for cancer. He was diagnosed in 2008 while a Minor Leaguer in the Red Sox's organization.
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Tom Ricketts plans to be among a sea of Chicagoans at Fenway Park this weekend for one of baseball's most intriguing Interleague series. You know he's bringing his World Series ring to show Red Sox owner John Henry and others, including president/CEO emeritus Larry Lucchino, who have collected three of their own since 2004.
Tyler Mahle's chances of throwing his second straight perfect game came undone just two batters into his start on Thursday. The Reds' No. 10 prospect still was plenty good, tossing six dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 19 2/3 for Double-A Pensacola.
After seeing his team score five runs over the previous three days, manager Clint Hurdle decided it was time for a change atop the order. Hurdle turned to Josh Harrison, his "Tabasco sauce" leadoff man, and Harrison helped spice up the Pirates' lineup in a 6-5 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night at PNC Park.
Jon Lester began Wednesday as the only Major League pitcher with at least four starts this year without a decision. That changed, although not in the way the Cubs' lefty would've liked.
A night after scoring a season-high 14 runs and pounding out 17 hits, the Cubs were limited to two hits Tuesday at PNC Park. But they only needed one, compounded by a timely mistake by the Pirates, to escape with a 1-0 win over Gerrit Cole and the Bucs.
The Pirates had a runner at second base and two outs in the sixth inning against the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks, who was protecting a 1-0 lead. Hendricks got Francisco Cervelli to strike out swinging at a 78-mph changeup and pumped his fist, although you had to be paying attention to see it.
Jason Heyward won his fourth Gold Glove Award last year as the top defensive right fielder in the National League. This season, he's started seven games in center and on Tuesday, made his 11th start in right field for the Cubs. Would he prefer to play right field?
The first time the Cubs and Pirates met this season, the Bucs came from behind three days in a row to sweep the series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs ensured there would be no comeback Monday night, running up a big lead in the first two innings and cruising to a 14-3 win at PNC Park.
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Kyle Schwarber started in right field at PNC Park during the 2015 National League Wild Card game, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon hinted in Spring Training that may happen during the regular season as well. But Schwarber made his 10th start in left field on Monday as the Cubs opened a three-game series against the Pirates.
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It's been a rough first few weeks of the season for Reds right fielder Scott Schebler. But pitcher Bronson Arroyo was fortunate to have Schebler's contributions supporting his strong start in a 7-5 victory over the Cubs as Cincinnati salvaged one game from its three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Sunday.
On a chilly and blustery Saturday afternoon, the Cubs' bats provided plenty of heat with three home runs and a 12-8 victory over the Reds that gave Chicago its first four-game winning streak of the season. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has dropped four games in a row, and seven of nine, to drop to a .500 record at 9-9.
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Chicago manager Joe Maddon gave another endorsement to the eight-man bullpen concept Saturday when infielder Tommy La Stella was activated from the bereavement list and optioned to Triple-A Iowa.