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Cubs notes: Willson Contreras and Nico Hoerner added homers to their season totals and Marcus Stroman chimed in on his pick for the next White Sox manager.
After a 3-2 loss to the Reds on Tuesday, the Cubs will carry a 73-88 record into the final game of the season.
Maddon, 68 — oh, stop, that isn’t old — is ready to manage again.
Wesneski began the season in the Yankees’ farm system and ended it in the Cubs’ big-league rotation.
With Seiya Suzuki and Ian Happ having secured full-time roles in right and left field, respectively, center field remains up for grabs.
“I enjoyed every moment because I had a good time,” Contreras said after the Cubs’ 8-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.
Both are headed to the Arizona Fall League.
Go ahead, get excited. This is the best Illinois team since the Ron Zook years.
Heyward delivered the lineup card and was treated to a one-minute video in the middle of the fourth inning.
The team won its sixth consecutive game, but manager David Ross warned that late-season success does not guarantee success in 2023.
How well do you know how the Cubs and Sox did from June 21 to Sept. 22?
By making his 22nd start Saturday, Smyly will increase his incentives package to $1.05 million, in addition to his $4.25 million base salary.
He has allowed two runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts and has pitched at least six innings in five consecutive starts — the longest stretch by a Cub since Yu Darvish (seven) from July 31 to Sept. 4, 2020.
Heyward addressed the media for the first time since Jed Hoyer revealed the team planned to release Heyward before the final year of his $184 million contract.
For those who still don’t accept Kasper’s rationale for leaving Cubs TV for White Sox radio nearly two years ago, consider what happened in baseball broadcasting last week.
Wesneski held the Phillies to one run in five-plus innings.
Suzuki was on a hot streak when he went on the paternity list. Now, he’s back.
Contreras said if the Cubs present him with a qualifying offer, he’ll have to “consider” it — but he didn’t say for how long.
Seiya Suzuki returned from paternity leave, and Willson Contreras was activated from the injured list.
Cubs manager David Ross said he’s eager to pick High-A South Bend manager Lance Rymel’s brain about rules changes when he meets with the big-league team in Chicago.
Starting pitching should be on the list of the Cubs’ offseason priorities.
Notes: Nico Hoerner returned to the lineup, and the team gave injury updates on Justin Steele, Drew Smyly and Wade Miley.
Mervis entered Saturday with 35 home runs this season, tied with teammate Alexander Canario for third-most in the minors this season.
Miley exited the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With a 6-5 victory Friday against the Pirates, the Cubs went up 2-0 in the four-game series.