MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 10: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs catches the ball as Ben Revere #11 of the Minnesota Twins steals second base during the first inning on June 10, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Red Sox Vs. Cubs: Chicago Drops Series Finale 7-4

After opening their series against Boston with a win, the Cubs lost 4-3 on Saturday night.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Final Score: Boston Pulls Away For 7-4 Victory

Boston's three-run seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday night.

Related: Cubs Minor League Wrap: June 16

The Chicago Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, which brought the game-tying run to the plate. David DeJesus hit a fly ball to the warning track in center to score one run, but that's as far as the Cubs' rally would get. Reed Johnson struck out and Darwin Barney popped out to end the game.

The Cubs dropped to 22-44 overall with the loss; they begin a three-game series with the White Sox on Monday.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Score Update: Boston Leads 3-2 In The 5th

The Chicago Cubs can take the series against Boston with a win on Sunday, but to do so they'll need to rally from a 3-2 deficit.

Related: Cubs Rumors 2012: Chicago, L.A. Dodgers Are Discussing Ryan Dempster, Not Bryan LaHair

The Red Sox got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Cubs were able to answer with a run of their own in the bottom half of the first. The Cubs tied the score in the third inning, but that would prove short-lived, as David Ortiz hit a solo shot to center in the top of the fourth inning to give the lead back to Boston.

Paul Maholm has given up five hits and three runs while striking out six and walking one.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Lineups: Chicago Won't Make Lineup Changes For Sunday

Looking to take the rubber match of this weekend's three-game series, the Chicago Cubs aren't making any changes to their lineup as they host the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. After losing 4-3 to the Red Sox on Saturday, Cubs manager Dale Sveum has opted to avoid shaking things up despite continued offensive issues.

The Cubs are facing Boston starter Franklin Morales on Sunday after usual starter Josh Beckett was placed on the disabled list. Morales has exclusively been a starter over the past three years, as he's making his first MLB start since April 29, 2009, with the Colorado Rockies.

Chicago:

1. Reed Johnson (RF)
2. Darwin Barney (2B)
3. Starlin Castro (SS)
4. Alfonso Soriano (LF)
5. Jeff Baker (1B)
6. Joe Mather (CF)
7. Welington Castillo (C)
8. Luis Valbuena (3B)
9. Paul Maholm (SP)

Related: Red Sox Vs. Cubs Preview: Maholm Leads Chicago In Prime Time

Boston:

1. Scott Podsednik (LF)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. Kevin Youkilis (3B)
4. David Ortiz (1B)
5. Mike Aviles (SS)
6. Darnell McDonald (RF)
7. Kelly Shoppach (C)
8. Ryan Kalish (CF)
9. Franklin Morales (SP)

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Cubs Rumors 2012: Chicago, L.A. Dodgers Are Discussing Ryan Dempster, Not Bryan LaHair

The Los Angeles Dodgers are discussing possible trades involving veteran starting pitcher Ryan Dempster with the Chicago Cubs, as Buster Olney of ESPN reports. The Dodgers have been rumored to be interested in Dempster in the past, so it makes sense that they'd be opening up discussions for the pitcher around this time.

Dempster, 35, has been superb in his first dozen starts for the Cubs this season, posting a 2.11 ERA with 66 strikeouts and 22 walks over 81 innings. Since being converted to the starting rotation before the 2008 season, he's emerged as one of the best starters in the National League: only six NL pitchers have posted a higher WAR over that time frame.

Olney also notes that the Dodgers and Cubs aren't discussing first baseman Bryan LaHair at the moment. The duo that's primarily been featured at first base for L.A. this season, James Loney and Juan Rivera, has been abysmal, but LaHair would likely require a significant amount in terms of prospects.

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Cubs Roster 2012: Koyie Hill Outrighted To Triple-A After Clearing Waivers

The Chicago Cubs have outrighted catcher Koyie Hill to Triple-A Iowa after the veteran cleared waivers this week, as Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports. It remains to be seen whether Hill will accept the assignment or opt to become a free agent once again.

Hill was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds back on May 19 as a stopgap when injuries hit. He did little at the plate to convince the Cubs to retain his services going forward, posting a .179/.179/.205 line over 39 plate appearances.

On Thursday, Chicago finally cut ties, designating Hill for assignment in order to remove him from the 40-man roster. Before the Cubs acquired him, he was playing with the Reds' Double-A affiliate.

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Cubs Vs. Red Sox Preview: Maholm Leads Cubs In Prime Time

The Chicago Cubs haven't been a prime time-worthy team in 2012, but they'll be in the spotlight (at least in the baseball world) on Sunday night vs. the Boston Red Sox. The team's will fight to take the series on ESPN's Sunday night baseball, with Paul Maholm starting for the Cubs and Franklin Morales taking the hill for the Red Sox.

Maholm is 4-5 on the season with a 4.91 ERA, but is coming off a start in which he gave up only two earned runs in six innings to the Detroit Tigers while striking out seven. Maholm has also been much better at home this season than he has been on the road, posting a 3.82 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP at Wrigley and a 6.16 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP elsewhere.

Morales is getting a spot-start tonight for the Red Sox after an injury to starter Josh Beckett. Morales has 15 career starts, but hasn't started a game since 2009 with the Colorado Rockies.

Game date/time: Sunday, June 17, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: ESPN

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Final Score: Boston Defeats North Siders, 4-3

The Chicago Cubs made a valiant comeback against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after trailing 4-0 when they stepped to the plate in the seventh inning, but the effort wasn't enough as the Cubs fell 4-3 at the hands of the Red Sox.

After four scoreless innings, Boston broke loose for a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning thanks to Jarrod Saltalmacchia's two-run blast to right field. In the sixth inning, Will Middlebrooks scored in David Ortiz and Saltalmacchia with a single to shallow right field.

Luis Valbuena sent a three-run shot in the seventh inning , but there was no more offense to follow that. The Cubs and Red Sox will meet for the rubber match on Sunday to decide which team takes the weekend interleague series.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Lineups: Chicago Looks For Second Straight Win

After an outstanding performance from Ryan Dempster in a 3-0 victory in the series-opener, the Chicago Cubs will turn the ball over to Jeff Samardzija this evening against the Boston Red Sox. Dempster was truly dominant in the win, allowing just four hits in seven innings pitched. Samardzija will be hoping to bounce back from his worst start of the season, as he allowed eight earned runs in 3.2 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

Cubs Red Sox
RF Reed Johnson LF Scott Podsednik
2B Darwin Barney 2B Dustin Pedroia
SS Starlin Castro 1B David Ortiz
LF Alfonso Soriano C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B Jeff Baker 3B Will Middlebrooks
CF Joe Mather RF Adrian Gonzalez
C Welington Castillo CF Ryan Sweeney
3B Luis Valbuena SS Mike Aviles
P Jeff Samardzija P Jon Lester

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Preview: Jeff Samardzija Starts On Saturday

The Chicago Cubs knocked off the Boston Red Sox in Friday's series opener thanks to a sparkling performance by Ryan Dempster, and on Saturday Jeff Samardzija has the chance to turn it into a winning streak for the Cubs. The 27-year-old righty suffered through a disappointing outing in his last start -- he gave up nine hits and eight earned runs over just 3.2 innings on June 9 against the Minnesota Twins -- but Samardzija has been lights out at Wrigley Field in 2012. He owns a 1.96 ERA and 0.93 WHIP over 36.2 innings in home starts this season, so the Cubs have to feel good about their chances on Saturday. The Red Sox will counter with Jon Lester (3-4, 4.57 ERA).

Here is the game time and TV broadcast information for Saturday:

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Game Date & Time: Saturday, June 16, 6:15 p.m. CT

TV: FOX (click here for regional coverage map)

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Josh Beckett Injury: Red Sox RHP Won't Start Against Cubs Sunday

Boston Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett will not make his scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday; he's experiencing weakness in his shoulder that will require further examination.

More bad news for the Red Sox. They're skipping Josh Beckett on Sunday because of some weakness in his shoulder. He'll be examined further, but for now no DL trip is planned. Beckett was sidelined earlier this season with a strained lat. Franklin Morales will take his place in the rotation, facing the Cubs. That may actually be a good thing for Boston, because the Cubs struggle mightily against lefties.

Related: Red Sox Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Wins 3-0 Behind Strong Effort From Ryan Dempster

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Wins 3-0 Behind Strong Effort From Ryan Dempster

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Friday afternoon behind an excellent start from Ryan Dempster. Dempster went seven innings and gave up just four hits and improved his record to 3-3.

It was the third consecutive start in which Dempster did not allow a run; he lowered his ERA to 2.11.

At the plate, the Cubs got to Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka early, scoring three runs over the first two innings. That would prove more than enough.

In the first inning, it was Steve Clevenger that got things going with an RBI double that scored Alfonso Soriano and Tony Campana. In the second inning, David DeJesus singled home Ryan Dempster, who tripled earlier in the frame.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Score Update: North Siders Lead 3-0 Through 5 Innings

The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are playing the first of a three-game series on Friday at Wrigley Field. This is, understandably, a pretty big deal. Through five innings of Game 1, the Cubs are leading 3-0.

Catcher Steve Clevenger got Chicago started in the first when he doubled to left to score Tony Campana and Alfonso Soriano. It brings Clevenger's RBI total up to eight on the season. Chicago added another run in the second when David DeJesus singled to right to score starting pitching Ryan Dempster.

That's where we stand through five, with starters Dempster and Daisuke Matsuzaka still going. Dempster has allowed just two hits so far while striking out three.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Lineups: Scott Podsednik Bats Leadoff For Boston On Friday

On Friday, the Chicago Cubs open a three-game weekend series with the Boston Red Sox at Wrigley field, and in the opener Ryan Dempster will take the mound against Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka. The game starts at 1:20 p.m. CT and will be televised on CSN-Chicago and MLB Network.

Former Chicago White Sox hero Scott Podsednik will hit in the leadoff position for the Red Sox, while new-age speedster Tony Campana occupies that spot for the Cubs. Here is a complete look at the lineups for Friday, June 15 (via Baseball Press):

Red Sox vs Cubs (6/15)
1. Scott Podsednik (L) LF 1. Tony Campana (L) CF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B 2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Adrian Gonzalez (L) RF 3. David DeJesus (L) RF
4. David Ortiz (L) 1B 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Kevin Youkilis (R) 3B 5. Bryan LaHair (L) 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C 6. Steve Clevenger (L) C
7. Ryan Sweeney (L) CF 7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
8. Mike Aviles (R) SS 8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
9. Daisuke Matsuzaka (R) P 9. Ryan Dempster (R) P

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Preview: Boston Comes To Wrigley Field

The Red Sox are visiting Wrigley Field this weekend for a three-game set with the Cubs.

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