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5/3/2016 | Pirates need big start from Nicasio vs. Cubs

Coming off a start in which he was in "complete command," according to manager Clint Hurdle, Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio will try to shut down the Cubs' dangerous lineup in the series finale at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon. Chicago is going for a sweep behind left-hander Jon Lester.


5/3/2016 | Utter dominance: Arrieta (6-0) stellar vs. Bucs

Jake Arrieta walked the Pirates' first two hitters Tuesday night, and that was about as bad as it got for the Cubs. Returning to PNC Park for the first time since the National League Wild Card Game, Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-0 in the Cubs' 7-1 win over the Pirates.


5/3/2016 | Szczur (hamstring) to DL; Kalish recalled

The Cubs placed Matt Szczur was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a mild right hamstring strain, and Ryan Kalish called up from Triple-A Iowa.


5/3/2016 | Sore wrist keeps Heyward sidelined

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward did not start for the second straight game Tuesday because of a sore right wrist injured during a series in Arizona in early April.


5/3/2016 | Cubs could take a page from soccer playbook

The sporting world was mesmerized by Leicester City's clinching of the prestigious Barclays Premier League title Monday. And because a certain National League squad hasn't won the World Series since 1908, it's easy to draw a baseball parallel to Leicester ending its 132-year wait for glory.


5/3/2016 | Nothing contrived about Cubs-Pirates rivalry

For a rivalry to really work, a few elements have to be in order: Both teams have to be good, they have to have a lot on the line every time they play, and they have to -- at least between the lines -- not like each other very much.


5/3/2016 | Szczur (right hamstring) to undergo MRI

Cubs right fielder Matt Szczur exited Monday's 7-2 win against the Pirates with tightness in his right hamstring after scoring in the fifth inning.