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Kyle Hendricks Getting the Call

It was happy hugs in the Iowa dugout last night, as Kyle Hendricks was lifted after just two innings of work.  The reason?  He’s going to the show.  GM Jed Hoyer confirmed today that HendricksKyle Hendricks will be getting called up to the Cubs, and will make his Major League debut this week, most likely in Cincinnati.  The Cubs play a double-header on Tuesday, so that makes sense, and there was a spot on the 40-man roster created with the Samardzija/Hammel trade to Oakland.

I’ve been a fan of Hendricks for a while, and I’m super excited that he is getting his shot.  Ever since he was acquired from the Texas Rangers he has pitched his tail off to get to this spot.  The thing about Hendricks is he’s a pitcher, relying on command and not velocity, but something has changed this year.  The command is still there (23 walks in 102.2 innings), but he has been seen touching mid 90’s on the gun, a definite spike, and something that could take him to the next level.

Best of luck, Kyle.

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Hammel Time as Cubs Outlast Pirates

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Full Box Score

Two games into his Cubs career, Jason Hammel is 2-0, both wins coming against the NL Central rival Pirates.  Hammel was brilliant once again, as he worked seven strong innings, giving up three runs on three hits (all solo HR’s, more on that later), while walking one, and striking Olt Hr 4-9-14out six.  Pedro Strop made things interesting in the ninth as he gave up two more solo home runs to make things closer than they needed to be.  The Pirates had six hits tonight, five of which left the ballpark, and the Cubs still won, baseball.

More good signs from the Cubs offense in this one as well, the Cubs scored seven times on fourteen hits in the win.  (Insert Emilio Bonifacio had two hits sentence).  Anthony Rizzo is scorching hot right now, he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .375 on the season.  Mike Olt, finally getting a start, responded in a big way, he went 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Same goes for Junior Lake, as he went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

Tomorrow should be a dandy, as Travis Wood battles Gerrit Cole in the rubber game.

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Game Highlights:

Ruggiano’s RBI Double
Tremendous play by Castro
Mike Olt’s big two-run HR
Junior Lake goes back-to-back with Olt

** PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN KERSEY/GETTY IMAGES

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs – Series Preview (3 games)

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** Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL **

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 7:05 PM CST
(TV: CSN) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 7:05 PM CST
(TV: WGN) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 1:20 PM CST
(TV:  WGN, MLBN)  (RADIO:  WGN 720)

** SERIES VITALS **

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** PITCHING MATCHUPS **

Game One: Charlie Morton  (0 – 0; 0.00)  vs. Edwin Jackson (0 – 0; 1.69)

Morton (Career vs. Cubs) (2 – 4; 4.36 ERA, 10 appearance, 10 starts)
Jackson (Career vs. Pirates) (3 – 3; 5.36 ERA, 8 appearances, 8 starts)

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Game Two: Wandy Rodriguez  (0 – 1; 4.50)  vs. Jason Hammel  (1 – 0; 1.35)

Rodriguez (Career vs. Cubs) (9 – 8; 3.63 ERA, 25 appearances, 25 starts)
Hammel (Career vs. Pirates) (3 – 1; 3.62 ERA, 5 appearances, 4 starts)

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Game Three: Gerrit Cole (1 – 0; 2.57)  vs. Travis Wood (0 – 1; 4.26)

Cole (Career vs. Cubs) (2 – 0; 2.08 ERA, 2 appearances, 2 starts)
Wood (Career vs. Pirates) (4 – 5; 3.35 ERA, 10 appearances, 9 starts)

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Hammel Gets Cubs into Win Column with a Gem

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FULL BOX SCORE

One job for Jason Hammel today, go deep into the game and save the bullpen after last nights marathon, job well done.  Hammel worked 6.2 innings giving up one run on just two hits while walking one, and striking out five to earn his first victory as a member of the Cubs.

The Cubs offense continued to sputter along in this one, but they were able to push across single runs in each of the first three innings.  Emilio Bonifacio, the every man, went 2-for-4 with a double , and two runs scored, his average dropped to .688 on the season, yeah.  Mike Olt showed why he should be the every day third baseman as he drilled his first Major League home run in the second inning, an opposite field job that just got out.  As a whole the Cubs offense is still struggling, but they were 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position today, a step in the right direction.  The pitching on the other hand has been nothing short of brilliant, and today was no exception.  With Jose Veras unavailable today, Pedro Strop shut the door in the ninth for his first  save of the season, a much needed victory.

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Jason Hammel goes 6.2 strong innings
Mike Olt’s First ML Home Run
Strop makes the catch, almost kills Baker
Strop turns two to win it!

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Opening Series Preview! Cubs @ Pirates (3 Games)

Series Preview Opening Week 2014

 

2307– PNC PARK, Pittsburgh, PA –

Monday, March 31, 2014 – 12:05 PM CST
(TV: ESPN, WGN) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – 6:05 PM CST
(TV: CSN+) (RADIO:  WGN 720)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 11:35 AM CST 
(TV:  MLBN, CSN)  (RADIO:  WGN 720)

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– Series Vitals –

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– Pitching Matchups –

Game One:  Jeff Samardzija (0 – 0; 0.00)  vs.  Francisco Liriano (0 – 0; 0.00)

Samardzija (Career vs. Pirates) (4 – 3; 2.11 ERA, 18 appearances, 7 starts)
Liriano (Career vs. Cubs) (3 – 2; 2.72 ERA, 6 appearances, 6 starts)

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Game Two:  Edwin Jackson (0 – 0; 0.00)  vs.  Charlie Morton (0 – 0; 0.00)

Jackson (Career vs. Pirates) (6 – 2; 3.19 ERA, 10 appearances, 10 starts)
Morton (Career vs. Cubs) (2 – 4; 4.91 ERA, 9 appearances, 9 starts)

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Game Three:  Jason Hammel (0 – 0; 0.00)  vs.  Wandy Rodriguez (0 – 0; 0.00)

Hammel (Career vs. Pirates) (2 – 1; 4.35 ERA, 4 appearances, 3 starts)
Rodriguez (Career vs. Cubs) (9 – 7; 3.60 ERA, 24 appearances, 24 starts)

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– Weather –

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