Cubs Vs. Reds: Cincinnati Slugs Its Way To Victory

The Reds pounded Cubs starter Travis Wood on Friday night.

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Chicago Cubs Claim LHP Alex Hinshaw Off Waivers From San Diego

The Chicago Cubs made a move to bolster their bullpen on Sunday afternoon following a 5-4 loss to the Reds and officially claimed left-handed reliever Alex Hinshaw from the San Diego Padres via waivers:

Regarded as the No. 18 prospect in San Francisco's organization following the 2008 season according to Baseball America, Hinshaw posted a woeful 12.00 earned run average over nine appearances with the Giants the following year and was never quite held in the same regard.

Hinshaw's current campaign with the Padres has been nothing short of a career resurgence, and the 29-year-old lefty should slide into a much-needed long and middle relief role for the Cubs immediately. A productive strikeout artist even in short work, Hinshaw's 85 career strikeouts in 73.2 innings clearly impressed Chicago's front office.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Final Score: Cincinnati Wins In Walk-Off Fashion, 5-4

Xavier Paul's lead-off triple in the bottom of the ninth set up Ryan Hannigan's game-winning single, as the Cincinnati Reds pulled out a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Chris Volstad's winless streak in starts continued, after he allowed four runs in six innings while striking out four and walking one.

The Cubs went against Mat Latos, who put in eight strong innings, but Chicago was finally able to get into the game when they tied the score at 4-4 in the eighth when Alfonso Soriano came through with a RBI groundout.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shawn Camp threw just two pitches, with one being the triple by Paul, and the second being the game-winning hit by Hannigan.

David DeJesus was the star of the day offensively for the Cubs, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Score Update: Chicago Trails 4-3 After Six Innings

The Chicago Cubs are trailing the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 through six innings Sunday afternoon. With a win, the Cubs could split the four-game series with the NL Central division leaders, but they've gotten another shaky performance from starter Chris Volstad.

Looking to end a 23-game winless streak, Volstad has allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. Cincinnati's Mat Latos has pitched slightly better, though, besting him by allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings so far on Sunday.

David DeJesus has gone 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Cubs, while Luis Valbuena is 1-for-2 with a walk while batting third in the order. Four players have one RBI apiece for the Reds, including Latos, but they have zero extra-base hits and Jay Bruce is their only player with more than one hit.

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Cubs' Chris Rusin Could Make MLB Debut Against Brewers On Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs are considering having starting pitcher Chris Rusin make his MLB debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, according to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago.

Manager Dale Sveum told reporters that the Cubs are seriously looking at Rusin, and ESPN Chicago reports that a decision will be made after Sunday's game.

Rusin, 25, was Chicago's fourth-round pick in 2009 out of the University of Kentucky. Spending this season with Triple-A Iowa, the lefty has posted a 4.59 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 52 walks over 133.1 innings, solid but underwhelming numbers in his fourth professional season.

Sveum added to reporters that fellow rookie pitcher Brooks Raley is expected to stay in the rotation going forward despite some mixed results so far. Over three starts, Raley has a 7.63 ERA with 10 strikeouts and six walks in 15.1 innings.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Lineups: Chris Volstad Goes For His First Win Of The Season

The Chicago Cubs' series finale against the Cincinnati Reds begins at 12:10 p.m. CT, and both squads have announced their lineups via their official Twitter accounts. Chris Volstad will be the starter on the mound for thie visiting Cubs. He's gone winless in his last 23 starts and will be looking to pick up his first victory since last season.

Now, the lineups for the Cubs:

And the lineups for the Reds:

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Cubs Vs. Reds Preview: Chris Volstad Looks To Snap 23-Game Winless Streak

Chicago Cubs right-hander Chris Volstad hasn't won a game in his last 23 starts, a number that dates all the way back to last season. The 25-year-old will be looking to snap that streak on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ballpark in the team's series finale against the Cincinnati Reds.

Volstad is 0-9 with an ERA of 6.96 in 12 outings so far in the 2012 Cubs campaign, and against the Reds, he's given up eight earned runs in just over 11 innings on the mound.

Volstad's struggles are indicative of the Cubs team that has lost 14 of its last 18 games and are currently in fifth place in the NL Central, which the Reds currently lead.

First pitch of Sunday's game will be at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Final Score: Chicago Defeats Cincinnati 9-7

The Chicago Cubs held off a late run by the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, defeating their opponents by a final score of 9-7.

There were plenty of runs by both teams, who combined for 24 hits (11 for Chicago and 13 for Cincinnati). The Cubs and Reds exchanged a run each in the second inning, and Chicago pulled ahead in the top of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. The Cubs got RBIs from first baseman Anthony Rizzo (a single), shortstop Starlin Castro (a double) and outfielder Bryan LaHair (fielder's choice).

Both teams tacked on another run in the fifth, followed by a second scoring onslaught in the sixth featuring three additional scores by the Cubs and two by the Reds. Starlin Castro tripled in the top of the inning, and finished 3-5 overall.

A home run by Cincinnati left fielder Ryan Ludwick brought the Reds to within 8-6. They made it 8-7 in the eighth after a triple by pinch hitter Miguel Cairo. But the Cubs put the game out of reach with a solo shot from David DeJesus, and Carlos Marmol picked up his 15th save on the season.

The win improves the Cubs to 47-72 on the season, while the Reds fall to 73-48. Game four of the series will be played Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Lineups: Saturday Pits Jeff Samardzija Against Johnny Cueto

The lineups are set for Saturday's Game 2 of the four-game series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.06 ERA) and Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.45) will be the starting pitchers for the first leg of the doubleheader. Samardzija has given up two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts.

Here are the lineups for Saturday's Game 2:

Chicago Cubs:

1. David DeJesus (L) RF
2. Josh Vitters (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Starlin Castro (R) SS
6. Welington Castillo (R) C
7. Brett Jackson (L) CF
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P

Cincinnati Reds:

1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Chris Heisey (R) CF
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
6. Xavier Paul (L) LF
7. Miguel Cairo (R) 1B
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

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Cubs Vs. Reds Preview: Chicago Looks To Bounce Back In Game Two

Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has been one of the few bright spots for the Chicago Cubs in 2012, and as the season wears on he is staking his claim to being a part of Chicago's longterm plans. Since the All-Star break, Samardzija has posted a 2.35 ERA in 38.1 innings across six starts while striking out 41 and walking just 15 batters.

But, there is one caveat: in half of those starts, Samardzija has faced three of the worst offenses in the National League. In his last two starts, he's given up only two earned runs in 14 innings, but those starts came against the San Diego Padres and Houston Astros. On Saturday, Samardzija will face the Cincinnati Reds in Great American Ballpark, a proposition that often turns out poorly for opposing pitchers. The good news for Samardzija is that in his lone start there this year, he gave up only one earned run in 7.2 innings.

Game date/time: Saturday, August 18, 12:10 p.m. CT

Location: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati, Ohio

TV: CSN

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Cubs Vs. Reds Final Score: Cincinnati Topples Chicago 7-3

The Chicago Cubs had a 3-1 lead over the Cincinnati Reds heading into the bottom of the fourth inning on Friday night, but the Reds quickly erased that score. Cincinnati put up five runs in a massive fourth inning to go up 6-3, and it would be a lead that the Cubs could not recover from.

Chicago took that lead thanks to three scoring plays: a Luis Valbuena solo homer in the first, a wild pitch in the second that scored Starlin Castro and a Travis Wood single a few batters later that plated Brett Jackson. The fourth inning changed everything, though. In that inning, both Ryan Ludwick (solo) and Todd Frazier (two-run) hit home runs, which were followed by run-scoring hits from Zack Cozart (double) and Drew Stubbs (triple). A Jay Bruce homer in the fifth inning but the Reds up by the eventual final score, and spelled the end for Travis Wood.

Michael Bowden and Alberto Cabrera notched scoreless outings out of the Cubs' bullpen, while Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was summoned for the ninth inning to make sure that the door stayed shut.

The two teams will be back on the field at 12:10 p.m. CT on Saturday.

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Starlin Castro Says A Long-Term Deal With The Cubs Is 'Very Important'

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly working on hammering out a long-term deal with shortstop Starlin Castro. The young star has been criticized for his lack of focus and effort on the field at times, but Castro is someone who still has tremendous upside and is a player the team would like to build around for some time.

Doug Padilla at ESPN Chicago took down some of Castro's thoughts regarding a potential contract extension on Friday.

"It's very important for me," Castro said of a potential long-term deal. "My (feeling) is that I want to be here and I want to be with the team for a long time.

"I'm letting my agent work," Castro said. "I tell him, 'You tell me when you're close. When you're close and ready to do it, you tell me.' But right now I give more concentration to the game."

Castro had nothing but nice things to say about the city of Chicago and the Cubs organization.

"(Chicago) is one of the best cities I ever see," he said. "Good team, everybody is together. Good people, boss people like (president) Theo Epstein and (general manager) Jed Hoyer. Those are the guys you want to be with your team to make them good for the future. That's what I want to be. This team will be good to win games and be in the playoffs and I want to be there."

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Boston Red Sox Release Former Chicago Cubs Pitcher Mark Prior, According To Report

After five seasons with the Cubs that were riddled with injuries, the tremendous potential of pitcher Mark Prior fizzled after a season ending shoulder surgery in 2007 officially ended his career with the team. He has since attempted many comebacks in the sport and most recently pitched in the Triple-A for the Boston Red Sox, but was reportedly released on Friday.

Making room for newly acquired right hander, Pedro Beato, the Red Sox released Prior, according to a report from Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times.

During his time in Triple-A Pawtucket, Prior, 31, pitched in just 25 innings with a 3.96 ERA as a reliever before being released. Prior's last performance in the majors came on August 10, 2006 with the Cubs before shoulder tendinitis ended that season.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Lineups: Chicago Gets Ready To Take On Bronson Arroyo

As rumors continue to swirl that the front office is working on a new long-term deal for star shortstop Starlin Castro, it's business as usual with the lineup card for Friday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds are coming off a lopsided loss to the New York Mets, but will be sending the always-formidable Bronson Arroyo to the mound on Friday. The Cubs will hope that they can play a bit of spoiler as they field their best lineup against him.

Here are the lineups for Friday night's series opener:

Chicago Cubs:

1. David DeJesus (L) RF
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. Brett Jackson (L) CF
8. Steve Clevenger (L) C
9. Travis Wood (R) P

Cincinnati Reds:

1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
7. Scott Rolen (R) 3B
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
9. Bronson Arroyo (R) P

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Starlin Castro's Agent: Cubs Pursued New Contract Talks

The Cubs and Starlin Castro are currently working on a long-term deal, something Castro's agent didn't expect to happen during the season.

Paul Kinzer was planning on waiting until the end of the season, but the Cubs "pursued" earlier negotiations with his client, and Castro wanted to do it, according to the Chicago Tribune:

"If it's a good deal, it's usually a win-win, or both sides feel like they are getting everything they want," Kinzer added on Friday. "So this definitely falls in there."

A possible deal of six or more years would buy out Castro's remaining arbitration and at least two years of free agency.

"(The Cubs) want to wrap up their core of young guys, I'm sure," Kinzer said of the two-time NL All-Star. "So this is the guy they started with."

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Cubs Vs. Reds: Preview, Game Time, TV Schedule

The Cubs have Travis Wood taking the mound as they kick off a weekend series against the Reds on Friday.

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