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Cubs end season with 5-4 victory over Astros

Bryan LaHair's two-out, bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Cubs to a 5-4 win over the Astros, in Chicago's season finale.

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Cubs to add 56 premium box seats

The Chicago Cubs are adding 56 premium seats behind home plate beginning in 2013.

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Bryan LaHair's walk-off single lifts Cubs

Bryan LaHair's walk-off single propelled the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Astros, giving Chicago a win in the season finale.

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Cubs' 100-plus losses not Dave Sveum's fault

Theo Epstein is not blaming Manager Dave Sveum for the Cubs' disappointing season

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Cubs, Astros end dreadful seasons

The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros will end their forgettable 2012 seasons on Wednesday afternoon in Wrigley Field. On the hill for the Cubs will be Travis Wood -- one of the lone bright spots for the team this year -- while the Astros will trot out Edgar Gonzalez.

Wood started strong this season before tailing off in the second half, but he showed that he's likely to be part of Chicago's future as a member of the backend of the rotation. Wood has allowed three runs or less in six of his last eight starts and has dominated the Astros this season, allowing only three earned runs in 21 innings over three starts.

Gonzalez, meanwhile, has posted an ERA slightly over four in five starts this season, though his WHIP (1.02) and BAA (.220) have been low. He's also struck out 17 batters in the 21.2 innings he's pitched while only walking four.

First pitch is at 1:20 p.m. and WGN will have the call.

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Cubs fall to Astros, 3-0

The 2012 season for the Chicago Cubs is now only one day away from its completion after the Northsiders dropped Game 161 to the Houston Astros by the score of 3-0. Chicago was held to only four hits by a combination of Houston starter Bud Norris and the Astros bullpen.

Norris allowed all four of those hits over six innings while striking out four and walking two. Houston's bullpen picked up the final three innings and was perfect except for a single walk allowed by closer Wilton Lopez, who picked up his 10th save of the season.

Cubs starter Chris Volstad was solid on the night, allowing five hits and a single earned run over seven innings. Most encouraging for Volstad is that he struck out six batters and walked none, although he did give up a home run to Jason Castro. Houston's second run was driven in by Tyler Greene, who singled in the second inning, but that run was not charged to Volstad.

Houston's final run came in the eighth inning when Jason Bogusevic scored on a wild pitch. The teams will play their final games on Wednesday at Wrigley at 1:20 p.m. CT.

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Cubs tickets on sale for less than $1

Baseball fans are actually paying less than $1 per ticket to attend the final three Cubs games of the season at Wrigley Field.

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Cubs shutout in 100th loss of season

The Chicago Cubs managed only two hits against Houston Astros starter Lucas Harrell and three other relievers, falling 3-0 on Monday night at Wrigley Field. The loss was the Cubs' 100th in a season that will be mercifully coming to an end in a couple of days.

Harrell moved to 11-11 on the season for Houston, striking out seven and scattering just the two hits over six innings. David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo were the only Cubs to tally hits on the night, while Alfonso Soriano was the only other Cub to reach base.

Jason Berken took the loss for the Cubs, giving up two runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings. Berken gave up an early home run to Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, and that proved to be all Houston would need. The 28-year-old Berken fell to 0-3 on the season.

The Cubs and Astros, who now have both reached the 100-loss mark, will square off on Tuesday night at 7:05 CT.

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Castro, Cubs look to avoid hitting 100-loss mark

Starlin Castro will tie the Chicago Cubs' single-season record for most starts at shortstop when he makes his 160th of the year against the Houston Astros on Monday night, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Castro will join Ivan DeJesus, who started 160 games at shortstop for the Cubs in 1978 and 1979, in the franchise's record books.

Here are the full lineups:

Astros

1. Jose Altuve 2B
2. Scott Moore RF
3. Jed Lowrie SS
4. Fernando Martinez LF
5. Brett Wallace 1B
6. Matt Dominguez 3B
7. Jason Castro C
8. Brandon Barnes CF
9. Lucas Harrell P

Cubs

1. David DeJesus CF
2. Dave Sappelt RF
3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano LF
5. Starlin Castro SS
6. Luis Valbuena 3B
7. Welington Castillo C
8. Darwin Barney 2B
9. Jason Berken P

Jason Berken (0-2, 6.00 ERA) hopes to get his first win of the season for the Cubs, who need to sweep the Astros to avoid hitting the 100-loss mark. Houston will counter with Lucas Harrell (10-11, 3.88 ERA). First pitch from Wrigley Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.

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Garza praises manager Sveum

Matt Garza believes Dale Sveum has the Chicago Cubs on the right track.

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