July 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Marlins Vs. Cubs: Chicago Defeats Miami 4-2

The Chicago Cubs took two of three from Miami.

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Cubs Transactions 2012: Chicago Signs 22-Year-Old Juan Carlos Paniagua

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to sign 22-year-old Dominican right-hander Juan Carlos Paniagua for a signing bonus of $1.5 million, as Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. The deal still requires a background investigation and contract approval from MLB, standard procedure for the signing of any amateur Latin player.

As Badler notes, this is the third time that Paniagua has signed with an MLB team after the first two signings were ultimately voided by MLB for falsified documents and information. Each of those terminations came with a one year suspension, which explains why Paniagua didn't sign until now.

The suspensions have delayed his career, but he's also parlayed the time off into larger signing bonuses with each contract. In 2009, Paniagua signed with Arizona under the name Juan Carlos Collado for $17,000, but he got $1.1 million from the Yankees in 2011 after his first suspension due to a substantial increase in fastball velocity.

In each instance, MLB found that Paniagua had falsified documents, with his most recent suspension ending on Thursday. That allowed him to agree to terms with the Cubs on an even bigger deal.

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Wins 4-2

Alfonso Soriano homered, Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon.

Related: MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Could Move Ryan Dempster This Week As Suitors Line Up

The Cubs got all four of their runs in the bottom of the fifth, starting with a solo shot from Soriano. Luis Valbuena brought home a run later with a sacrifice fly, and Reed Johnson capped the scoring with a two-run single.

That was enough support for Maholm, who gave up one run on five hits in his eight innings of work; he struck out four and walked one. Carlos Marmol finished things up and earned the save, though he did give up a run.

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Lineups: Reed Johnson Leading Off Against LHP Mark Buehrle

The Chicago Cubs take on the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon, looking to stay one of the hottest teams in baseball. The Cubs are 7-3 in the last 10 games and have gone from last in the NL Wild Card standings to fourth-from-last.

Righty CF Reed Johnson gets the start on Thursday against lefty SP Mark Buehrle. The long-time Chicago White Sox pitcher is having a sharp first season in Miami, sporting a 3.13 ERA and 3.75 FIP. He has been particular tough against left-handed pitching in 2012 (3.40 FIP), so the team will elect to start Johnson and RF Jeff Baker over lefties OF David DeJesus and RF/1B Bryan LaHair.

Here are the full lineups, courtesy of Baseball Press:

Marlins Cubs
1. Jose Reyes SS 1. Reed Johnson CF
2. Emilio Bonifacio CF 2. Starlin Castro SS
3. Carlos Lee 1B 3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Justin Ruggiano RF 4. Alfonso Soriano LF
5. Hanley Ramirez 3B 5. Jeff Baker RF
6. Austin Kearns LF 6. Geovany Soto C
7. Omar Infante 2B 7. Darwin Barney 2B
8. John Buck C 8. Luis Valbuena 3B
9. Mark Buehrle P 9. Paul Maholm P

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Ryan Dempster Trade Rumors: Cubs Pitcher Drawing Cardinals' Eye, He May Want To Avoid AL Teams

Chicago Cubs veteran pitcher Ryan Dempster is available for the right price on the trade market, but not only do the Cubs need to get a building block for the future, the destination needs to satisfy Dempster (who holds full no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player). Theo Epstein admitted that the Cubs are looking to add pitching prospects to the system, so it's natural to explore some of the teams that can fit that request.

The St. Louis "have jumped into the picture in recent days" according to a major league source close to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, and could be willing to part with B-level prospects like Zack Cox and any starting pitcher not named Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez or Tyrell Jenkins.

As it turns out, National League teams may turn out to be the most viable trade partners for the Cubs. An anonymous MLB GM recently told Buster Olney of ESPN that it doesn't make sense for Dempster to head to the American League because "[h]e's never pitched in the American League. It doesn't make any sense for him to go there before he reaches the market."

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Tries To Take Rubber Match On Thursday

The Chicago Cubs have put together an impressive stretch at Wrigley Field by winning nine of their last 11 games at home, and on Thursday they have a chance to win their series against the Miami Marlins with a victory in the rubber match. Paul Maholm (7-6, 4.33 ERA) will take the mound opposite Miami starter Mark Buehrle (9-8, 3.13 ERA) as each team looks to build some momentum in the second half of the season. Maholm has been good in the month of July, posting a 1.29 ERA and striking out 10 batters over 14.0 total innings, but Buehrle has been quite impressive as well recently.

Game Time: 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Final Score: North Siders Earn Rain Shortened 5-1 Win Over Miami

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Wednesday at Wrigley Field in a game that was called during the eighth inning due to thunderstorms in Chicago. Starter Jeff Samardzija looked dominant for Chicago, striking out nine over five innings while surrendering six hits and one earned run. The victory moves the Cubs to 37-53, while Miami falls to 44-47.

Chicago broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning, highlighted by a two RBI double from Jeff Baker. Starlin Castro's eighth homer of the year, a solo shot in the fourth inning, was the other top offensive highlight for Chicago. Darwin Barney finished with two hits for Chicago in the win.

Miami starter Josh Johnson allowed four earned runs and five hits over 6.1 innings.

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Preview: Jeff Samardzija Looks To Maintain July Success

The Chicago Cubs are hoping that starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija can continue this month's recent run of success as the team faces the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Results have been extremely mixed for the former reliever this year, but he's flashed signs of getting back on track during his past two starts this month.

Over 14 innings during his past two starts, Samardzija has allowed just four runs on 11 hits while striking out 15 batters and walking just three. That's a massive improvement from June, when the former Notre Dame wideout was 0-4 with a 10.41 ERA in 23.1 innings over five outings.

Game Time: 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: WGN

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Final Score: Miami Destroys Travis Wood In 9-5 Victory

Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood allowed eight hits and eight earned runs over 4.2 innings as the Miami Marlins defeated the North Siders 9-5 on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. The Marlins move to 44-46 with the win, while Chicago falls to 36-53.

Miami broke the game open by scoring three runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth. Omer Infante clubbed a two-run homer in the fourth, and new Marlin Carlos Lee blasted his sixth home run of the year in the fifth.

The Cubs scored three in the eighth inning to mount a modest comeback. Second baseman Jeff Baker finished 2-for-2 with a homer in the fifth for the North Siders in the loss.

Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez went seven innings, allowing nine hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out seven.

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Lineups: Travis Wood Hopes To Keep Win Streak Alive

The Chicago Cubs (36-52) take on the Miami Marlins (43-46) Tuesday night, looking to remain undefeated since the All-Star break. The team has won four straight games and 10 of their previous 13. And SP Travis Wood has a winning streak of his own.

After beginning the season 0-3, Wood has managed to win his last 4 starts to post a 4-3 record on the season. The 25-year-old lefty will aim to limit his walks on Tuesday -- as his 9.6 percent walk-rate is a cause for concern -- but the Marlins, who walk at a respectable 8.5 percent rate, will not offer him much help in that department.

Here is a look at the lineups today:

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Marlins Vs. Cubs Preview: Can Chicago Stay Hot At Home?

The Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

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