Flores homers and Mets beat Cubs 9-4 (The Associated Press)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wilmer Flores hit his first home run of the spring and the Mets topped the Chicago Cubs 9-4 in a split-squad game Saturday.

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MLB Wrap: Pirates clinch; Machado hurt (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card Monday night when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 and the Washington Nationals lost to St. Louis.It will be Pittsburgh's first trip to the postseason since Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Co. won three straight NL East titles from 1990-92. Bonds then left for San Francisco as a free agent, and the small-budget Pirates piled up 20 consecutive losing records -- the longest streak in the four major professional sports. ...

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Braves’ Heyward to wear mask in game vs Cubs (The Associated Press)

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the disabled list, and he'll wear a special face mask to protect his jaw when he bats leadoff Friday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs-Pirates Preview (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Pirates regained a share of the NL Central lead in part by stifling the last-place Chicago Cubs.

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Brewers 7, Pirates 6 (The SportsXchange)

PITTSBURGH -- Ten years ago and with the franchise in dire financial straits at the time, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded a young slugging third baseman named Aramis Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs in a salary dump.

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Five Former All-Stars You Forgot Played for the Chicago Cubs in the 2000s (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | When there are 25-plus players circulating in and out of a team each and every season, a fan can be forgiven for forgetting a certain player.

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Baseball-Highlights of Friday’s MLB games (Reuters)

Aug 16 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games - - - - Dodgers 4, Phillies 0 Zack Greinke outdueled Cliff Lee, and Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers ran their latest winning streak to nine with a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers, a major-league-best 41-8 since June 22, also spoiled the debut of Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman for the Chicago Cubs and most recently Philadelphia's third base coach, was promoted when Charlie Manuel was fired earlier in the day. ...

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Chicago Cubs: Players Who Fared Better Elsewhere (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Chicago Cubs fans have come to despise trading players for all sorts of reasons.

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MLB’s top trade options at every position (The SportsXchange)

Matt Garza's agent said the Chicago Cubs' right-hander has been told he'll be dealt. He is the top pitcher known to be on the market and a free agent at the end of the season, so the Cubs hold the hammer in trade negotiations and are holding out for the richest offer.

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The Juice: Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton go back-to-back — finally — as Angels rout Cubs (Big League Stew)

The Juice returns for season No. 6! It's almost eligible for free-agency! Stop by daily for news from the action, along with great photos, stats, video highlights and more. When looking over their projected lineup during spring training, I bet Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia didn’t think it would take until July 10 for Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton to hit back-to-back home runs, let alone that date would be the first time their entire team hit back-to-back homers. So it goes in the unpredictable world of Major League Baseball. The back-to-back jacks finally came in the fifth inning of their overpowering 13-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. For Hamilton, it was it his second big fly of the game and his fourth over the past week. That's an encouraging sign. For Pujols, it was his second in as many days. Prior to that, he had not homered since June 21. The Angels also received homers from Brendan Harris and Mark Trumbo in the lopsided win. Is Cain still able?: Concerns have been mounting in San Francisco surrounding the health of rotation workhorse Matt Cain, and those were in no way smoothed over by his performance in Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets. In the outing, Cain lasted only 36 pitches and for the first time in his noteworthy career failed to make it out of the first inning. How ugly was it? Well, he did record two outs — one via strikeout — but also allowed a pair of hits and most disturbingly walked three batters. For his career, he only averages three walks per nine innings, so you can see why there’s a red flag. Once behind the 8-ball, San Francisco was unable to rally against their former top prospect, right-hander Zack Wheeler, who was involved in the Carlos Beltran trade of 2011, and fell to the Mets, 7-2 .

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