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Cubs release RHP Edwin Jackson - Yahoo Sports

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Cubs released right-hander Edwin Jackson on Monday, one week after he was designated for assignment.

Jackson, 31, was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. Signed to a four-year deal worth $52 million before the 2013 season, Jackson struggled badly over his first two years with the Cubs, going 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA and was moved to the bullpen near the end of last season.

Cubs general manager Theo Epstein said the team would ''really like'' to make a move before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, and he gave some hints about which direction the team is looking to go.

''I do think if we do something on the bigger end it'll involve players that will help us beyond this year


Report: Cubs seeking to trade SS Starlin Castro to Padres : Fantasy News

The Cubs and Padres have discussed a deal involving shortstop Starlin Castro with the former seeking starting pitching, sources have told Fox Sports.

The 25-year-old Castro has stagnated in recent years and is having arguably his worst season. He owns a .230/.268/.302 slash line and has been particularly ineffective recently. He has just seven hits in his last 69 at-bats.


Cole Hamels fires no-hitter in potential last start with Phillies | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

If Cole Hamels is leaving Philadelphia in the next six days, he's going out with a bang.

Making perhaps his final start for the Phillies against a Chicago Cubs team that has shown interest in his services, Hamels fired his first complete game no-hitter in Philadelphia's 5-0 victory at Wrigley Field. 

The no-hitter was capped by a wild play. Center fielder Odubel Herrera seemed to lose his footing on the warning track while tracking Kris Bryant's deep fly ball. Herrera went to the ground, but amazingly kept his concentration and held on to the ball for a ridiculous final out.


Why Iowa Hawkeyes will -- or won't -- win nine games - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

College football season is fast approaching. Soon we'll be flush with teams laying out their plans for the coming season and updates from August training camps. In the meantime, we're setting a bar for each team in the conference and weighing in on why they may or may not reach it during the 2015 season.

We think of Iowa as a possible contender in the West Division, and in fact the Hawkeyes were in the division hunt up until the final two weeks last season. But this program has been stuck in a rut of mediocrity. Kirk Ferentz's teams won nine or more games five times from 1999 to 2009. But since that 11-win campaign in '09, the Hawkeyes have not gotten back to the nine-victory plateau, with the 8-5 records in both 2010 and 2013 serving as the high-water marks.

Can Iowa improve that this year and soothe a grumbling fan base?


Chicago Cubs' Joe Maddon wears catcher's mask to presser after media fight - Extra Mustard -

After two media members reportedly had a spat during an interview with general manager Jed Hoyer on Friday, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon showed up to his pregame press conference prepared: he donned a catcher’s mask.

It’s unclear from reports exactly which two reporters got into it with one another during a scrum with Hoyer, but one appears to be Newsradio 780’s George Ofman, who responded defensively to a tweet from CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan saying two reporters “snipe[d]” at each other during the interview. The other was apparently’s Bruce Levine.


Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson gets engaged at a Cubs game | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Shawn Johnson, the Olympic gold-medalist gymnast and "Dancing With the Stars" competitor," threw out a first pitch at Friday's Chicago Cubs game. While celebrity first pitches can often awry, Johnson's ended quite memorably. With a proposal.

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Johnson, 23, was joined by follow Team USA gymnast Alicia Sacramone for first-pitch duties, and when she walked back toward the dugout, her boyfriend Andrew East, dropped to one knee. East is a football long-snapper who recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson, as you see below, said yes.


Cubs beat Aroldis Chapman: ‘That is about as crazy as crazy gets’ | CSN Chicago

CINCINNATI – The Cubs are a flawed but entertaining team, filled with so many good/bad/ugly moments that can make you go: Did you just see that? That identity is probably not going to change anytime soon.

No one could have predicted a guy called up Triple-A Iowa on the Fourth of July beating the Cincinnati Reds and their All-Star closer/flamethrower in the ninth inning.

But there was pinch-hitter Taylor Teagarden lining Aroldis Chapman’s 101 mph fastball back up the middle for the go-ahead, two-out RBI single. That became the exclamation point to a 6-5 Game 2 victory that salvaged a split from Wednesday’s day/night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.

“That is about as crazy as crazy gets,” manager Joe Maddon said afterward. “You talk about a moment that’s great for esprit de corps. That’s it. Almost everybody was involved in that win.


Zach Johnson wins Open; Jordan Spieth misses history; and Old Course still royal - The Washington Post

There were two different tournaments played at St. Andrews: the one between 21-year-old Jordan Spieth and history on the Old Course, and then there was the contest between everyone else. While Zach Johnson was winning the British Open in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, young Spieth was watching and learning, and counting the ways he lost the third leg of the Grand Slam.

Golf’s greatest youth traded blows with nature on the game’s most ancient layout, and came up just inches and a stroke short after shooting 3-under-par 69 in the final round. It was as if all the elements of this old haunt had gathered to teach him a lesson that the game is not as easy he makes it seem.


End of an era: Cubs designate pitcher Edwin Jackson for assignment | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

It's safe to say the Edwin Jackson era with the Chicago Cubs didn't turn out as expected. Jackson signed with the club prior to the 2013, and was expected to stabilize a shaky rotation at the time.

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That didn't happen. Jackson was below average during his first season, but then really took a step back in his second year with the club. Due to his struggles, he was moved to the bullpen coming into 2015. 

Though Jackson was pitching well as a reliever, the Cubs decided to designate the 31-year-old for assignment Sunday. The team will call up Rafael Soriano in order to replace Jackson on the 25-man roster.