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What beef? Cubs-White Sox rivalry has lost its intensity

Let’s face it, the Cubs-White Sox series is nowhere near as intense of a rivalry as it used to be.

Tyler Chatwood to start in place of injured Kyle Hendricks for Cubs on Thursday vs. Mets

Touted prospect Adbert Alzolay is still in play for a spot start in the next week or two as the Cubs look to give the starters extra rest.

Q factor: Cubs’ competitive window needed Jose Quintana trade ‘like oxygen’

"I understand fans who are upset about the deal," Cubs president Theo Epstein said. But the Cubs might not have been a playoff team the last two years without giving up top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease for Quintana.

Wrigley Field playing as extreme pitchers’ park this season

Wrigley Field, long regarded as a hitters’ haven, is one of three parks in the National League and one of six in the majors with runs park factors below .820, as listed at ESPN.com.

Roeper: Die-hard White Sox fan sets record straight on shocking Cubs sing-along

But let the record show, when we got to "root, root, root," I did not sing "Cubbies." I held the microphone out to the crowd.

White Sox-Cubs series is Hunger Games — at least for one team

The Sox have circled the dates. The Cubs? They’re counting the days to when Craig Kimbrel, their recently signed All-Star closer, is ready to join the big club from Class AAA Iowa. To them, the Sox are the Mariners are the Marlins are the Giants. Not finger food exactly, but not an entrée.

Hawk Harrelson not a fan of Wrigley Field: ‘That place sucks’

The former Sox announcer said it’s great for fans but "sucks" for visiting teams.

Cubs’ Joe Maddon on 2-5 road trip: ‘We’re better than that; we know we’re better than that’

The Cubs’ ninth-inning rally fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday that dropped them a game out of first place.

Power point? Dodgers help clarify Cubs’ biggest need at trade deadline

The Cubs might have to beat the Dodgers in October for a shot at the World Series, and they’ll almost certainly need another left-hander to do it.

Cubs’ Yu Darvish: ‘Now I can move forward’

The enigmatic Cubs starter pitched impressively in a 2-1 victory in his highly anticipated, scrutinized return to Dodger Stadium.

Bookie of the year: Cubs plan sportsbook, kiosks at Wrigley Field, according to report

Will Illinois’ new sports betting law open the door for in-stadium gambling in a pro league that treats gambling as its original sin?

With Kyle Hendricks on IL (shoulder), Cubs eye prospect Adbert Alzolay for possible debut

The Cubs say they’re optimistic Hendricks’ soreness is a short-term issue and plan to cover his absence with as many as three spot starters.

Cubs put Kyle Hendricks on injured list with inflammation in right shoulder

The team called up right-hander Rowan Wick from Class AAA Iowa.

Cubs’ Yu Darvish returns to personal house of horrors for pivotal start against Dodgers

"That’s his cross to bear a little bit," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Darvish’s infamous Game 7 struggles at Dodger Stadium the last time he pitched there.

Culture shift: MLB is only pro sports league in North America to have paternity-leave policy

Paternity leave seems like a reasonable request nowadays, but until 2011 — when it was added to the collective-bargaining agreement — most MLB players opted out of taking it because it put their teams in a tough spot.

Behind the mask of Cubs’ Willson Contreras

What you didn’t know about the Cubs catcher, those horses in the video, his connection to Carlos Zambrano and why he throws so hard.

White Sox at Cubs: Crosstown throwdown upon us

You don’t want to miss it as each Chicago team faces its very biggest rival (not counting every division opponent and various other AL and NL foes, respectively).

Rich Hill: ‘There’s no such thing as an interleague rivalry’

The veteran Dodgers pitcher was the Cubs rookie on the mound when Michael Barrett punched A.J. Pierzynski during the most infamous moment in 22 years of Cubs-Sox interleague games.

‘Family, the situation in Venezuela, baseball’

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras keeps his focus on baseball during an All-Star-caliber season with home in his heart — and dreams.

Jammed up: Cubs’ road woes continue with 5-3 loss to Dodgers in matchup of NL hopefuls

Another loss to the Dodgers dropped the Cubs to 1-4 on a two-city trip through Colorado and L.A. — and 2-9 in their last 11 road games.

Cubs’ Kris Bryant hitting like its 2016 again — and like he’ll command another extension offer

"I’m always open to hearing what they have to say," said Bryant, who has homered each of the first two nights of the Cubs’ four-game series against the Dodgers.

Throwing Rox: ‘I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not’

Kris Bryant understands pitching inside, but he has an issue with the Rockies’ young pitchers having "no clue where it’s going."

For Cubs and Jon Lester, this one hurt

Lester loses the lead quickly after getting hit on the foot by a line drive as Dodgers come back to beat the Cubs 7-3 in the opener of a marquee four-game series.

Mo’ Joe for Cubs in 2020?

The Cubs’ encouraging start this season — which already prompted the signing of $43 million closer Craig Kimbrel last week — has Joe Maddon looking less like a lame-duck manager.

Reason for optimism in Ben Zobrist return to Cubs?

"There’s been some more definition to how he hopes this thing might go," team president Theo Epstein said.

Cubs put Carl Edwards Jr. on the injured list with left thoracic strain

Left-hander Tim Collins was recalled from Class AAA Iowa to join the Cubs’ bullpen.

Rocky Mountain Heat: Cubs beat Rockies 10-1 to avoid sweep in bruise-filled series

Seven players total were hit by pitches in the three games, four on Wednesday. Kris Bryant got the day off after getting hit twice Tuesday.

Cubs reliever Steve Cishek suffers bruised knee before Wednesday’s game in Colorado

The right-hander was carted off the field after getting hit on the right knee by a ball while playing catch.

Rockies send Cubs to fifth straight road loss with 10-3 rout

The Cubs have lost the first two games of a daunting road trip with Cole Hamels scheduled for Wednesday’s series finale at Coors Field.

Chat-what? Oft-maligned Tyler Chatwood could be key to Cubs’ pitching plans in 2020

After losing his starting job to historic control problems last season, the $38 million right-hander has bounced back in a reduced role so far in 2019.

Road construction: Cubs hit another pothole, suffer fourth straight road loss, 6-5 to Rockies

The Cubs have the third-best home record in baseball but can’t solve their road issues, losing for the ninth time in their last 12 road games.

‘We’ve got some people in our family praying for David right now’

Shock waves were felt from Boston to Chicago after Red Sox icon David Ortiz was shot Sunday night in the Dominican Republic.