MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 10: Joe Mather #16 of the Chicago Cubs congratulates Reed Johnson #5 on scoring against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of an interleague game on June 10, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Cubs Vs. Twins: Chicago Avoid Sweep, Defeats Minnesota

The Chicago Cubs pulled out a much-needed victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

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Cubs' Ryan Dempster Named NL Co-Player Of The Week

On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster has been named National League Co-Player of the Week along with Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel. Dempster won two games last week and had a 0.00 ERA.

Cubs hurler Ryan Dempster was a perfect 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in a Major League-high 15.0 innings pitched last week. On June 5th, the Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada native tossed 7.0 shutout innings to earn his first win of the 2012 campaign in a 10-0 victory at Milwaukee. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed just three hits on the day and had a perfect game through 5.0 innings before allowing a lead-off single in the sixth inning. The win snapped an 18-game winless streak for Dempster dating back to 2011. Despite a 2.90 ERA over his first nine starts of this season, Dempster had an 0-3 record until Tuesday's decision. On Sunday, Dempster scattered four hits over 8.0 shutout innings to earn back-to-back victories for the first time since August 11, 2011.

Related: Ryan Dempster Outstanding (And Gets Win!), Cubs Beat Twins 8-2

The Cubs begin a series against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.

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Cubs Vs. Twins Final Score: Chicago Wins 8-2, Avoids Sweep

Behind a gem of a pitching performance from Ryan Dempster and some timely hitting, the Chicago Cubs beat the Minnesota Twins 8-2 on Sunday afternoon to avoid a weekend sweep. The veteran pitcher was dealing all afternoon, giving the Cubs eight exceptional innings before letting the bullpen finish off the game.

If Dempster had accumulated fewer than 117 pitches in the first eight innings, he likely would have been given the chance to finish off the shutout. One certainly can't complain with his work on Sunday, though, as the 35-year-old allowed just four hits and zero walks over his eight shutout innings.

James Russell didn't fare nearly as well in relief, allowing the Twins to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth after an error by Ian Stewart put the lead-off man on base. Luckily he had breathing room to work with, as the lefty ultimately allowed two runs before getting the final out.

The top of the batting order did its part on Sunday, as Reed Johnson and Starlin Castro combined to get on base seven times and score six runs, plus David DeJesus had three RBI as the No. 3 hitter. Minnesota's Joe Mauer went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, the first time he's had three or more strikeouts in a game since 2009.

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Cubs Vs. Twins Score Update: Chicago Leads 1-0 As Ryan Dempster Deals

The Chicago Cubs are leading 1-0 over the Minnesota Twins through five innings on Sunday afternoon as starter Ryan Dempster is in the midst of another exceptional outing. The Cubs' offense continues to stumble, but that hasn't been an issue so far with Dempster dealing.

Through five innings, the Cubs starter has allowed just three hits and zero runs, striking out five batters while handing out one walk. He's now pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings after shutting out the Brewers over seven innings in his past start.

The Cubs have mustered just two hits so far, but they came at the right times. Following a lead-off single by Reed Johnson in the first inning, Alfonso Soriano hit an RBI double with two outs to put Chicago ahead. Since then, the Cubs haven't gotten a single hit, though.

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Cubs Vs. Twins Lineups: David DeJesus Batting Third Again On Sunday

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has been fishing for any solution to jump start the team's season, and his latest tactic as far as the batting order goes is to stick one-time leadoff hitter David DeJesus in the three-hole. It's as good of an idea as any, as DeJesus has been one of the team's most consistent hitters all year.

Here are today's lineups for both the Cubs and the Minnesota Twins:

Cubs

  1. Reed Johnson, LF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. David DeJesus, RF
  4. Alfonso Soriano, DH
  5. Jeff Baker, 1B
  6. Joe Mather, CF
  7. Darwin Barney, 2B
  8. Ian Stewart, 3B
  9. Koyie Hill, C

Twins

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Ben Revere, RF
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Josh Willingham, LF
  5. Justin Morneau, 1B
  6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
  7. Brian Dozier, SS
  8. Drew Butera, C
  9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

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Cubs Vs. Twin Preview: Chicago Aims To Break 4-Game Skid On Sunday

The Chicago Cubs (19-40) have lost 8 of their last 9 games, but they hope to end that trend in their upcoming matinee interleague game against the Minnesota Twins (24-34).

Chicago lost the first two games of the series -- the team's first foray into an American League park -- and has now not won since their June 5 blastoff against the Milwaukee Brewers when they won 10-0. The team has scored an average of 3.5 runs per game over their latest losing streak -- just a tick down from their season average of 3.6 -- but they have allowed an average of 7.8 runs per game.

The Cubs do have a pitcher with the ability to reverse that number on the mound Sunday as SP Ryan Dempster and his sparkling 2.59 ERA looks for his second win of the season.

Game Time: Sunday, June 10, 1:10 p.m. CDT

Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN

Broadcast: WGN (television), WGN 720 AM (radio)

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Cubs Vs. Twins Score Update: Chicago Falls 11-3

A difficult season continues to show no signs of letting up, as the Chicago Cubs fell to their fourth consecutive loss with an 11-3 defeat against the Minnesota Twins. The Cubs trailed 8-0 after four innings and only managed to score when the game was well out of hand. The Cubs will look to avoid getting swept on Sunday.

Jeff Samardzija really struggled on the mound in the loss, allowing nine hits and eight earned runs in just 3.2 innings. While Samardzija didn't have his normal stuff, Scott Diamond was very impressive for the Twins, pitching six scoreless innings and improving his record to 5-1 this season.

Alfonso Soriano did most of the damage at the plate for the Cubs, driving in two runs on his 12th homer of the season. Reed Johnson drove in the other run in the loss. Trevor Plouffe drove in four runs for Minnesota, while Joe Mauer went 3/4 with two RBI's.

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Cubs Vs. Twins Score Update: Chicago Continues To Struggle

On the heels of a three-game losing streak, things seem to be getting worse for the Chicago Cubs, as they trail the Minnesota Twins, 11-1, through six innings on Saturday.

The Twins have scored in four of the six innings, including a six-run fourth inning that pushed the lead to 8-0. Trevor Plouffe has been terrific at the plate for the Twins, recording two hits, including a home-run, and driving in four runs to help give Minnesota the comfortable lead. Joe Mauer has three hits and has driven in two runs.

The Cubs lone run of the game was driven in by Reed Johnson, who has two hits so far. Jeff Samardzija really struggled on the mound, allowing eight earned runs in just 3.2 innings. Samardzija gave up nine hits and really labored throughout the 3.2 innings.

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Cubs Vs. Twins Lineups: Minnesota Puts Trio Of Lefties At Top Of Lineup On Saturday

The Chicago Cubs have lost three straight games and are just 1-7 in the month of June, and they will try to stop a suddenly hot Minnesota Twins team (8-2 in last 10 games) on Saturday afternoon. Jeff Samardzija (5-3, 3.13 ERA) is on the mound for the Cubs, while the Twins turn to Scott Diamond (4-1, 1.86 ERA). Here are the lineups for the Cubs and Twins on Saturday:

1. Reed Johnson (R) LF

2. Starlin Castro (R) SS

3. David DeJesus (L) RF

4. Alfonso Soriano (R) DH

5. Jeff Baker (R) 1B

6. Joe Mather (R) CF

7. Steve Clevenger (L) C

8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B

9. Ian Stewart (L) 3B

1. Denard Span (L) CF

2. Ben Revere (L) RF

3. Joe Mauer (L) C

4. Josh Willingham (R) LF

5. Justin Morneau (L) 1B

6. Ryan Doumit (S) DH

7. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B

8. Brian Dozier (R) SS

9. Jamey Carroll (R) 2B

Game date/time: Saturday, June 9, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Cubs Vs. Twins Preview: Chicago Aiming To Stop 3-Game Losing Streak

The Chicago Cubs have only won a single game during the month of June, and they are on the verge of falling into another long losing streak. With a 1-7 mark during June, the Cubs are threatening the San Diego Padres for the worst record in the MLB. On the flip side, the Twins have played better baseball over the last few weeks. Minnesota has turned a 15-32 record from May 27 into a more respectable 23-34 mark by winning eight of their last 10 games.

On Saturday, Jeff Samardzija (5-3, 3.13 ERA) starts opposite Twins lefty Scott Diamond (4-1, 1.86 ERA). Here is the game time and TV schedule for Saturday.

Game date/time: Saturday, June 9, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Cubs Vs. Twins Final Score: Cubs Squander Lead In 8-7 Loss

The Chicago Cubs' search for anything resembling a reliable bullpen rolls on. Both Sean Camp and James Russell, the team's top two relievers (at least for the moment), combined to relinquish two runs in another crushing loss for the Northsiders.

Russell was the first culprit, giving up a homer to Minnesota's Ryan Doumit in the eighth inning to give the Twins a 6-5 lead. After Alfonso Soriano clubbed a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to give the Cubs a 7-6 lead, Russell locked down the Twins in the bottom of the inning. Camp relieved him at the start of the ninth, and promptly gave up a lead-off single to Josh Willingham and then a game-tying triple to Justin Morneau.

Miraculously, Camp was able to get out of the inning without giving up the game, despite the Twins having the game-winning run on third with no outs. That would be the extent of Camp's triumph, though, as he would eventually give up a game-winning single to Willingham in the tenth.

The two teams will take the field on Saturday at 1:10 p.m CT.

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Cubs Vs. Twins Lineups: Johnson Leading Off, Soriano At DH

The Chicago Cubs (19-28) head north to visit the Minnesota Twins (22-34) in a clash between the NL's and AL's worst two teams thus far in the 2012 MLB season.

The Cubs hope to get back on track with their first trip to an AL park this year. Alfonso Soriano will be hitting cleanup from the designated hitter position while LF Reed Johnson, CF Joe Mather and RF David DeJesus fill out the the remainder of the outfield.

Here is a look at the Cubs' full lineup for Friday night's game:

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Cubs Vs. Twins Preview: Chicago Visits Target Field For First Time

Two of the three worst win-loss records in all of baseball will be represented when the Cubs visit the Twins on Friday.

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