CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 3: Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds turns a double play over Ian Stewart #2 of the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on May 3, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds came from behind to win 4-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cubs Vs. Reds: Chicago Loses 3-0 On Sunday

The Reds' Johnny Cueto was dominant as the Cubs failed to score a single run on Sunday afternoon.

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Reds Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Loses 3-0 In Brooks Raley's Second Start

The Chicago Cubs lost 3-0 to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon as Johnny Cueto pulled out one of his best outings of the season. The Cubs got a solid performance from rookie Brooks Raley in his second career MLB start, but the offense gave him absolutely no support while Cueto flashed his best stuff.

Over six innings, Raley allowed just three runs on five hits, with all of the damage coming on a pair of home runs. Other than a two-run homer by Jay Bruce and a solo shot by Ryan Ludwick, the Reds struggled as badly on offense as the Cubs did against Cueto.

Looking to continue his fantastic season, Cueto was nothing short of dominant, allowing just three hits over eight shutout innings. The 26-year-old only struck out just three hitters, but he was good enough to drop his season ERA to 2.45, the third-lowest figure of any NL starter qualified for the ERA title.

Without a single extra base hit during the entire game, the Cubs offense just never got strong contact against Cueto. Twice during the game, the Cubs put two runners on base with zero outs, but both times Cueto got out of the respective jams to maintain his shutout.

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Cubs Sign RHP Seth McClung To Minor League Contract

The Chicago Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Seth McClung to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa, as Bruce Miles of The Daily Herald reports. McClung was released by the Milwaukee Brewers about two weeks ago after struggling badly with their Triple-A affiliate.

McClung, 31, last appeared in the majors with Milwaukee in 2009, posting a 4.94 ERA over 62 innings. His career MLB numbers are a bit worse, though, with a 5.46 ERA and similarly poor peripheral statistics. Unfortunately, his minor league numbers haven't been much better of late.

This season, McClung has posted a 6.36 ERA over 21 appearances (20 starts) with Triple-A Nashville, striking out 80 and walking 60 in 103.1 innings. Over 307 career innings in Triple-A, he has a 4.42 ERA, with far better performance in relief.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Preview: Brooks Raley Gets First Start Of Season

For the Chicago Cubs, the focus is firmly on the future beyond the 2012 season. The team has already called up top hitting prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, and on Sunday they'll give a start to rookie Brooks Raley, a 2009 sixth round pick.

In 22 starts in 2012 across Double-A and Triple-A, Raley has posted a 3.58 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Raley is a pitch-to-contact type of starter, having struck out only 98 batters in 130.2 innings. He'll have to work, though, to get the first win of his career, as he'll be opposed by N.L. Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto.

Game date/time: Sunday, August 12, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: WGN

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Chicago Cubs Hire Padres Scouting Director, Promote Tim Wilkin

The Chicago Cubs have hired San Diego Padres scouting director Jaron Madison and promoted former scouting director Tim Wilkin to a special assistant role.

Madison, 36, was initially hired by now-Cubs GM Jed Hoyer in 2009. With the Padres, he managed to turn around a long-dormant minor league system in just a short time, according to Baseball America:

During [Madison's] time with the Padres, the club's farm system has improved dramatically, thanks to an influx of talent that includes draft picks such as Jedd Gyorko (2010); Cory Spangenberg, Joe Ross and Austin Hedges (2011); and Max Fried, Zach Eflin, Travis Jankowski and Walker Weickel (2012).

In Wilkin's new position as the special assistant to president Theo Epstein, Wilkin will expand his scouting duties to include major league players.

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Reds Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Bullpen Falters In 4-2 Loss

SP Travis Wood gave the Chicago Cubs a stellar 7 innings on Saturday afternoon, but the Cubs (44-68) could not take advantage as RP James Russell (L, 5-1) allowed three late runs for a 4-2 Cubs loss.

The Cincinnati Reds (68-46) had SP Bronson Arroyo (W, 8-7) on the mound, and the Cubs lineup was able get two runners home in the second on a single from OF David DeJesus. The Reds got a run back in the 4th inning, but that's all Wood allowed. He stuck out 8, walked 1 and allowed only 1 ER in his 7 innings.

But then, in the top of the 8th, James Russell allowed three doubles and two singles for 3 crushing runs and a 4-2 Reds lead. The dynamic Cuban reliever, CL Aroldis Chapman (S, 27), then struck out two in his near-perfect ninth inning appearance.

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Cubs Activate Lendy Castillo, Option Scott Maine To Triple-A

The Chicago Cubs activated RHP Lendy Castillo on Saturday and optioned LHP Scott Maine to triple-A.

Related: Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 10

Castillo has made seven relief appearances for Chicago in 2012 and has a 7.04 ERA in 7-2/3 innings pitched, with six strikeouts and four walks. He has been out since May 11 because of a groin injury.

Maine has a 4.79 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2012. He has 26 strikeouts and 12 walks in 20-2/3 innings of work.

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Reds Vs. Cubs Lineups: Bryan LaHair Gets A Start In Right Field

The Chicago Cubs host the Reds at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from Friday's 10-8 loss. Travis Wood will get the start on the mound for the Cubs, and Bryan LaHair is in the lineup for the first time in several games. Full lineups are listed below.

Chicago:

1. David DeJesus (L) CF
2. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Starlin Castro (R) SS
6. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
7. Bryan LaHair (L) RF
8. Steve Clevenger (L) C
9. Travis Wood (R) P

Related: Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 10

Cincinnati:

1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
5. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
6. Chris Heisey (R) RF
7. Wilson Valdez (R) 3B
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
9. Bronson Arroyo (R) P

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Reds Vs. Cubs Preview: Can Chicago's Offense Stay Hot Against Bronson Arroyo?

The Chicago Cubs lost a 10-8 slugfest on Friday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds, but the offense will look to stay hot in Game 3 of the series on Saturday night when Chicago gets a look at veteran hurler Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 4.05 ERA). Surprisingly, Arroyo has fared extremely well when pitching at Wrigley Field over the past three years. He has posted a 1.71 ERA over 26.1 innings during that span, and has limited Cubs hitters to a mere .202 batting average. Can Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson help turn the tide in that respect and make things less comfortable for Arroyo on Saturday?

Game date/time: Saturday, August 11, 3:05 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Reds Vs. Cubs Final Score: Cincinnati Defeats Chicago 10-8

A late rally came up short for the Cubs and they fell 10-8 to the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon.

Related: Cubs Minor League Wrap: August 9

Cubs starter Justin Germano gave up six runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5-2/3 innings of work, and the Reds had built an 8-3 lead by the end of the top of the sixth inning. The Cubs mounted a rally from there, eventually pulling to within 9-8 in the bottom of the eighth inning. But Cincinnati picked up an insurance run in the ninth and Aroldis Chapman shut the door on the Cubs in the bottom half of the inning.

Darwin Barney led the Cubs with three hits, while Alfonso Soriano drove in a team-high three runs.

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Reds Vs. Cubs Lineups For Friday: Brett Jackson Hits In No. 7 Spot

The Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, and Brett Jackson will bat in the No. 7 spot in the lineup for Chicago against Reds starter Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98 ERA). On the flip side, Cincinnati slugger Brandon Phillips will hit in the No. 3 hole against Cubs starter Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38 ERA).

Here are the complete lineups for both teams in their matchup on Friday:

Reds Cubs
1. Zack Cozart (R) SS 1. David DeJesus (L) RF
2. Drew Stubbs (R) CF 2. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Xavier Paul (L) RF 5. Starlin Castro (R) SS
6. Todd Frazier (R) 1B 6. Josh Vitters (R) 3B
7. Wilson Valdez (R) 3B 7. Brett Jackson (L) CF
8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C 8. Welington Castillo (R) C
9. Homer Bailey (R) P 9. Justin Germano (R) P

Game date/time: Friday, August 10, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: WGN

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Reds Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Tries To Start A Winning Streak On Friday

The Chicago Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, and now they get to try and build something positive for the first time during the month of August on Friday afternoon. Cincinnati will send Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98 ERA) to the mound, while the Cubs will counter with Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38 ERA).

The Reds are still a hot team -- they've won 22 of their last 26 games and sit 20 games over .500 -- so every next game is part of the ongoing uphill battle for the Cubs as the disappointing 2012 season continues.

Game date/time: Friday, August 10, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: WGN

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Reds Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Wins 5-3

The Chicago Cubs came back from an early deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3 on Thursday night thanks to an eighth-inning home run by Alfonso Soriano, his 20th of the season. The victory ends an eight-game losing skid for the Cubs, one that included some abysmal hitting from the club.

The offense didn't explode on Thursday, but it did enough with starter Chris Volstad pitching pretty well. After giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, the tall right-hander settled in to allow just three runs over six innings of work, with most of the damage coming on a couple of solo homers.

Soriano struggled early in the game, but he came through in the clutch with the game-winning two-run homer in the eighth inning off Logan Ondrusek. Anthony Rizzo also had a strong game for the Cubs, going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks to boost his OBP. Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each hit homers for the Reds, plus Brandon Phillips had three hits.

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Matt Garza Injury: Cubs RHP Intends To Pitch Again This Season

Cubs RHP Matt Garza is on the disabled list with a stress reaction in his right elbow, and while the injury could mean the end of his season, he's working hard to get back on the field.

Garza said he's "working my tail off to get back" to return this year, and has changed his diet to "incorporate quicker healing."

After going on the DL, Garza tweeted that pitching was like "breathing" to him, and it was difficult to get shut down.

Related: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Preview, Thursday 8/9, 7:05 CT

Garza is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts for the Cubs in 2012. He hasn't pitched for Chicago since an injury-shortened start on July 21.

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Reds Vs. Cubs Lineups: Chris Volstad Looks To Get Chicago Winning Again

The Chicago Cubs are currently mired in the second-longest losing streak of their 2012 MLB season with eight-straight losses. Chicago turns their hopes to SP Chris Volstad who is coming off his arguably best start of the season.

On Saturday, Volstad threw 7.0 innings of 2-run baseball, striking out 3 while walking only 1 batter. The 6-foot-8 righty is in his first season with the Cubs after being coming over in the Carlos Zambrano trade during the offseason.

Here is a look at the lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

Reds Cubs
1. Zack Cozart (R) SS 1. David DeJesus (L) RF
2. Drew Stubbs (R) CF 2. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF 5. Starlin Castro (R) SS
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B 6. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
7. Miguel Cairo (R) 1B 7. Brett Jackson (L) CF
8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C 8. Steve Clevenger (L) C
9. Mike Leake (R) P 9. Chris Volstad (R) P

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Reds Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Returns Home After Disastrous Road Trip

The Chicago Cubs open their four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

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