July 5, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Diamondbacks Vs. Cubs: Matt Garza Leads Cubs In Pursuit Of Sweep

With Saturday's 4-1 win, the Cubs have allowed just two runs in their last three games.

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Cubs Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Matt Garza Leads Chicago To The Sweep, Winning 3-1

It may have been a really rough first half of the season for the Chicago Cubs, but they've come out of the All-Star Break in style. Mike Quade's club took care of business and delivered a sweep, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Matt Garza pitched seven terrific innings, scattering five hits while not allowing a run and striking out seven en route to his fifth win of 2012. Carlos Marmol picked up the save, pitching 0.2 innings while surrendering a hit and walk.

The Cubs struck early, scoring once in the first and twice in the second inning to take the lead for good. The initial run was scored by David DeJesus on an RBI single from rookie sensation Anthony Rizzo, with a two-run blast off the bat of Darwin Barney in the following frame.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill saw his record drop to 7-8 after pitching just 5.1 innings. Cahill was knocked around a bit, being responsible for three runs on four hits and three walks.

The only Diamondbacks run was a solo home run by Aaron Hill in the eighth off of Shawn Camp.

Chicago now has a day off before hosting Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins for three games.

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Ryan Dempster Trade Rumors: Best Time To Deal Ace?

With the Chicago Cubs in the midst of another forgettable season, it might be time to look towards the future. With that mindset and the trade deadline just 16 days away, general manager Theo Epstein must certainly be looking for youngsters to add into the fold for the future.

Ryan Dempster is a name that could draw some serious interest from contending clubs. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, there might never be a better time to send the veteran out of town for a substantial package.

In the piece, Olney outlines that no fewer than 10 teams would be in the hunt for Dempster. Those organizations include the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers among others.

Dempster has of course being masterful in 2012, with a sterling 1.86 ERA. The righty only has five wins, but that's only due to a major lack of run support.

Olney muses that if Dempster is traded now, it will be easier for the Cubs to take offers for Matt Garza, another veteran pitcher who could net a nice haul.

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Cubs Vs. Diamondbacks Lineups: Chicago Sticks With Core Lineup

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill is one of the better lefties in the National League, but on Sunday Cubs manager Dale Sveum has decided not to stack his lineup with righties. Instead, he's more or less sent out the core of his lineup, including lefties Anthony Rizzo, Bryan LaHair and David DeJesus.

Here are Sunday's lineups for both the Cubs and Diamondbacks:

Cubs

  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Bryan LaHair, RF
  6. Steve Clevenger, C
  7. Darwin Barney, 2B
  8. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  9. Matt Garza, P

Diamondbacks

  1. Willie Bloomquist, 3B
  2. Aaron Hill, 2B
  3. Justin Upton, RF
  4. Stephen Drew, SS
  5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
  6. Miguel Montero, C
  7. Chris Young, CF
  8. Gerardo Parra, LF
  9. Trevor Cahill, P

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Cubs Vs. Diamondbacks Preview: Chicago Looks To Begin Second Half With Sweep

The Chicago Cubs have started the second half off with stellar pitching, having only given up a single run to the Arizona Diamondbacks in each of the last two games. In Friday's game, starter Paul Maholm gave up only an earned run in seven innings, while in Saturday's game, Ryan Dempster blanked Arizona over the course of six innings. On Sunday, Matt Garza is tasked with keeping the fantastic starting pitching going.

If Garza can allow a run or less in today's start, it would be something of a rarity for him: he hasn't hit that benchmark since May 11, when he gave up one earned run over five innings vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Garza— though he almost certainly won't be doing it consciously— will also have a chance to repair his trade value after a first half that saw his ERA rise from last year while his strikeouts dropped.

The Cubs will be facing Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill, and Chicago will likely load its lineup with righties, as lefties are only batting .244/.318/.337 off Cahill this season.

Game date/time: Sunday, July 15, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill.

TV: WGN

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Cubs Vs. Diamondbacks: Jay Cutler Butchers Take Me Out To The Ball Game

It hasn't always been easy for Jay Cutler to endear himself to the city of Chicago. Butchering "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" at Wrigley Field won't do him any favors in that department.

Sports Grid gave him a scathing review of the performance, which you can also see on their website.

Apparently Cutler’s vocal chords find pitch change disagreeable, as he manages to maintain a steadfastly monotone voice throughout the song. And he didn’t even know the words either, which is shameful for any human being.

But that was the only low point of the day for Cubs. They went on to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1, and Ryan Dempster has now thrown 33 consecutive scoreless innings.

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Cubs Vs. Diamondbacks: Ryan Dempster Brilliant As Cubs Win Third Straight

The Chicago Cubs run of excellent pitching continued on Saturday as Ryan Dempster threw six scoreless innings in a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs have allowed two runs in their last three games.

Most of the scoring was done in the fourth inning, when the Cubs expanded their lead to 3-0 with an RBI double by Darwin Barney and an RBI single by Luis Valbuena.

That was all that Dempster would need, who allowed four hits and struck out five batters in the game. He lowered his ERA to 1.86 with Saturday's performance.

Despite allowing a hit and a walk, Carlos Marmol held on for a save and gave the Cubs their 35th win of the season.

Chicago will go for the sweep on Sunday when it sends Matt Garza (4-7, 4.32 ERA) to the hill.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Cubs: Lineups For Saturday

The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks are back at it on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, as Ryan Dempster (4-3, 1.99 ERA) takes the mound opposite Arizona starter Joe Saunders (4-5, 3.44 ERA). Here are the lineups for both teams, via Baseball Press, for Saturday's game on WGN (12:05 p.m. CT):

Diamondbacks Cubs
1. Gerardo Parra (L) LF 1. Reed Johnson (R) CF
2. Aaron Hill (R) 2B 2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Justin Upton (R) RF 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Miguel Montero (L) C 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B 5. Jeff Baker (R) RF
6. Stephen Drew (L) SS 6. Geovany Soto (R) C
7. Chris Young (R) CF 7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
8. Geoff Blum (S) 3B 8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
9. Joe Saunders (L) P 9. Ryan Dempster (R) P

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Diamondbacks Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago's Record At Wrigley Field Can Go Over .500 With Win On Saturday

Despite the rain delays and bad weather, the Chicago Cubs got off to a good start in the second half of the season by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Friday. Strong offensive performances from Alfonso Soriano and Anthony Rizzo helped the Cubs build a big lead, while solid pitching from Paul Maholm allowed Chicago to keep their advantage and earn the win.

On Saturday, the Cubs will look to open the second half with a winning streak, as Ryan Dempster (4-3, 1.99 ERA) takes the mound opposite Arizona starter Joe Saunders (4-5, 3.44 ERA). Chicago also has a chance to push their home record (20-20) over the .500 mark with a win.

Game date/time: Saturday, July 14, 12:05 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

TV: WGN

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Cubs Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Cubs 8, Diamondbacks 1

The Chicago Cubs haven't been having a dream season, but they started off the second half of the campaign with a thunderous victory.

The Cubs took care of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on Friday, beating the visitors 8-1 after a lengthy rain delay.

Alfonso Soriano had a great night, smacking two home runs and driving in five runs as part of a 4-for-4 spectacular. Anthony Rizzo also showed up in a large way, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

On the mound, Paul Maholm pitched splendidly for Chicago, throwing seven innings while only allowing one earned run on six hits.

Arizona's starter Ian Kennedy wasn't as sharp, getting knocked around once again. The 20-game winner from last season hasn't found similar success in 2012, with an ERA over 4.50. On Friday, the Cubs got to him for six runs (all earned) in just five frames.

Chicago will look to keep things going on Saturday, when Ryan Dempster takes the hill opposing Joe Saunders.

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Cubs Rain Delay: Wrigley Field Flooded, But Teams Prepare To Play

The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks had to pause their game preparations on Friday as their matinee game was hit with a Chicago summer storm. The results were a fairly trenched Wrigley Field and a flooded bullpen:

Which led to some speculation the team might have to call the game off as the waters at first seemed to hang around:

But shortly after the precipitation cleared, the flood waters began to withdraw, paving way for a delayed start:

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Diamondbacks Vs. Cubs: Lineups For Friday's Matinee Are In, Let The Second Half Begin

The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field on Friday (1:20 p.m. CT), and both teams are coming in well-rested after the all-star break. Paul Maholm (6-6, 4.57) takes the mound for the Cubs, while Ian Kennedy (6-7, 4.26) makes the start for Arizona.

Here are the lineups for both teams (via Baseball Press) for Friday's matinee on CSN-Chicago:

Diamondbacks Cubs
1. Willie Bloomquist (R) 3B 1. David DeJesus (L) CF
2. Aaron Hill (R) 2B 2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Justin Upton (R) RF 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Jason Kubel (L) LF 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B 5. Bryan LaHair (L) RF
6. Miguel Montero (L) C 6. Geovany Soto (R) C
7. Chris Young (R) CF 7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS 8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
9. Ian Kennedy (R) P 9. Paul Maholm (L) P

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Diamondbacks Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Kicks Off Second Half At Home

The Chicago Cubs open their second half against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon.

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