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Cubs don’t deserve heat for Aroldis Chapman deal

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs insist they asked the right questions and demanded the right answers, but All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman doesn't recall much of the conversation, saying Tuesday that he must have been sleepy.

Acquiring Aroldis Chapman gives Cubs a championship look

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- Go ahead, Chicago, make those parade route plans. Time to start hiring more bartenders and waitresses in Wrigleyville. Better make sure that liquor supply is locked and loaded. The Chicago Cubs, a century and eight years later, are going to win the World Series.

Cubs nearing deal for closer Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

usatoday.com — The Chicago Cubs, trying to take control of the NL Central and strengthen their position World Series favorites, are on the verge of acquiring New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman on Monday. The Cubs, according to a high-ranking Cubs official, would part with prized shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and outfielder Billy McKinney.

Cubs nearing deal for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman

usatoday.com — The Chicago Cubs, trying to take control of the NL Central and establish themselves as the heavy World Series favorites, are on the verge of acquiring New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. The Cubs, according to a high-ranking Cubs official, would part with prized shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and another prospect.

Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza deliver emotional Hall of Fame speeches

usatoday.com — COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mike Piazza sat all alone in a back pew Sunday morning at St. Mary's Our Lady of the Catholic Church, praying for strength, and even receiving a special blessing from Father John Rosson after the 7:30 mass on the church steps.

Hall of Fame's odd couple: Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza

wtsp.com — COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - They were just hanging out at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Thursday evening when a few Hall of Famers spotted them, telling Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza it was time for a little ol' fashioned hazing.

Hall of Fame's odd couple: Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza

usatoday.com — COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- They were just hanging out in the Otesaga Resort on Thursday evening when a few Hall of Famers spotted them, telling Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza that it was time for a little ol' fashioned hazing.

Mike Piazza defied odds, elected to Hall of Fame

usatoday.com — Mike Piazza, who arrived Wednesday in Cooperstown, N.Y., has written, prepared and rehearsed his Hall of Fame speech to perfection. But when he's standing on stage during Sunday's induction ceremony, it might be for naught. Perhaps no man in baseball history has overcome greater odds and taken a stranger journey into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Who knew Reyes would hold key to Mets' survival?

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins sits behind his desk early Wednesday morning painfully writing out his lineup card, and the more he stares at it, the harder it becomes on the eyes. The Mets are beaten up and weary, and Collins says it's time to give some of his regulars a breather.

Nightengale: Jake Arrieta's return gives Cubs life for MLB second half

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - The fear and anxiety that has been gripping Chicago for a month is over now. It's safe for Cubs' fans to open their doors and come out of their homes. Everything is going to be all right.
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Jul 26, 2016

There's no reason for #Cubs to apologize for Aroldis Chapman deal. Sorry, but they want to win. http://usat.ly/2a6jRrI 

Jul 26, 2016

James Shields has been uncanny of late for #WhiteSox, yielding 4 hits in 7.2 shutout IP vs #Cubs tonight; 1.71 ERA in last 6 starts

Jul 26, 2016

This is what the #Cubs are shooting for, the last time a Chicago baseball team won the World Series.#WhiteSox https://t.co/eZSaArPKl6

Jul 26, 2016

The #STLCards place Trevor Rosenthal on the DL with rotator-cuff infammation, perhaps explaining his recent struggles.

Jul 26, 2016

Now that the #Cubs have Aroldis Chapman, who'll be in uniform tonight, can anyone stop them from World Series?  http://usat.ly/2a1diqf 

Jul 26, 2016

Rival GMs believe that although the #Royals and #Yankees are listening to offers for Wade Davis and Andrew Miller, they still will stay put

Jul 25, 2016

The #Whitesox pull out wild one with Tyler Saladino hitting walk off single for 5-4 win over #Cubs

Jul 25, 2016

White Sox ace Chris Sale tells @scottmerkin he wants to remain with #WhiteSox, but wants manager Robin Ventura to fight for his players.


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