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4/17/2015 | Maddon's first Cubs ejection comes after key homer

Joe Maddon received his first ejection as the Cubs' manager in Friday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the Padres, which came following Wil Myers' go-ahead homer. The skipper wasn't happy with the call on the previous pitch that could have ended the inning.


4/17/2015 | For Bryant, momentous day bigger than results

Records will show that the Padres beat the Cubs, 5-4, with Kris Bryant having such an inauspicious debut that Padres manager Bud Black intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo to pitch to him with a seventh-inning lead on the line, but this was Bryant's day from the time he woke up in New Orleans until the minute he went to bed in Chicago.


4/17/2015 | Bryant's debut in line with superstars past, present

We waited 12 long and lonely days for Kris Bryant to make an offensive impact at the Major League level and, well, the wait continues. Though he made some nice plays in the field, Bryant took an 0-for-4 at the plate in his big league debut on Friday vs. the Padres, striking out three times and leaving five on base.


4/17/2015 | Bryant, family emotional before big league debut

Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant's mother, Susie, was "shocked" and his father, Mike, was "speechless and stunned" when they found out their son was promoted to the big leagues on Friday.


4/17/2015 | Bryant callup not 'scripted,' comes from position need

Mike Olt's unfortunate break prompted the Cubs to promote top prospect Kris Bryant sooner than they had planned. Olt was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right wrist, and Chicago found itself shorthanded at third base. Enter Bryant.


4/17/2015 | Bryant stars defensively in hitless MLB debut

Many were eagerly awaiting Kris Bryant's first at-bat on Friday, but the story of his Major League debut turned out to be in the field, and the Cubs' third baseman did not disappoint in Chicago's 5-4 loss to San Diego. Bryant, the game's No. 2 prospect as ranked by MLB.com, finished 0-for-4 with a trio of strikeouts, but before he even stepped to the plate, Bryant started a 5-4-3 double play in the top of the first.


4/17/2015 | Cubs shake up roster in addition to Bryant callup

Chicago placed reliever Neil Ramirez (right shoulder inflammation) and third baseman Mike Olt (hairline fracture in right wrist) on the 15-day disabled list, activated outfielder Chris Denorfia from the 15-day DL and purchased the contract of Kris Bryant.


4/17/2015 | Bryant looking to clean up out of No. 4 spot

In his much-anticipated big league debut Friday, Kris Bryant became just the 82nd player in history and the eighth in the past 30 years to bat cleanup on his first big league game.


4/17/2015 | As Bryant arrives in Majors, so does his jersey in MLB.com Shop

You can expect to see No. 17 jerseys all over Wrigley Field in the coming days, and now a Kris Bryant authentic Cubs home jersey from Majestic Athletic is available for order.


4/17/2015 | Padres turn to Ross to take on Hendricks, Cubs

Tyson Ross was excellent in his first Wrigley Field start last season, and he returns to face Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.


4/17/2015 | Bryant's big league debut spoiled by Myers' decisive blast

In a game that featured the highly anticipated Major League debut of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, San Diego's Wil Myers stole the show with a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning as the Padres topped the Cubs, 5-4, on Friday afternoon. James Shields struck out nine for San Diego.


4/17/2015 | Bryant sparks memories of other highly anticipated debuts

In honor of Kris Bryant's callup by the Cubs, let's take a look at 10 players whose big league debuts stirred fans' excitement.


4/16/2015 | Bryant's arrival raises stakes in Cubs-Padres opener

Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant, who hit .425 with a Major League-leading nine home runs in Spring Training, is set to make his big league debut in Friday's series opener with the Padres at Wrigley Field.


4/16/2015 | Like his power, excitement for Bryant hard to contain

The Cubs are promoting Kris Bryant -- MLB.com's No. 2 prospect -- on Friday, and he's expected to evolve into the centerpiece of Theo Epstein's assault on baseball's Holy Grail, the 107-year World Series drought.


4/16/2015 | What type of impact will Bryant make as rookie?

The conjecture, the controversy, the questions -- all of it is water under the proverbial bridge. The Kris Bryant era is ready to begin.


4/16/2015 | The future is now: Bryant to get callup

Kris Bryant, MLB's No. 2 prospect, is expected to be promoted on Friday, and not just because his much discussed service-time hurdle has been cleared. The Cubs need a third baseman, as Mike Olt is out with a fractured wrist.


4/16/2015 | Soler stands out among talented young Cubs

Jorge Soler ranks among the National League rookie leaders in several offensive categories, including batting average (.310), home runs (two), RBIs (seven), on-base percentage (.310), and he has already made opponents think twice about running on him when he's patrolling right field.


4/16/2015 | Wood carves up former team with on-target fastball

Travis Wood, who struggled last year after an All-Star season in 2013, picked up his first win of the year against his former team, holding the Reds to three hits over seven-plus innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory Wednesday. The key was a well-located fastball, an aggressive mindset, and some help from his teammates.


4/15/2015 | Ramirez exits after 3 pitches with shoulder issue

Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez had to leave Wednesday night's game after throwing three pitches because of right shoulder discomfort, and the right-hander will be re-evaluated.


4/15/2015 | Rizzo connects, Wood sets tone in shutout of Reds

Anthony Rizzo belted a two-run homer, his first of the season, in the first inning to back Travis Wood and lead the Cubs to a 5-0 victory Wednesday over the Reds and take the series. All the Cubs' runs came against Reds starter Jason Marquis.


4/15/2015 | Shields faces former skipper Maddon in Wrigley debut

First, it was pitching at Dodger Stadium for the first time. Now, Padres' ace James Shields gets another personal milestone. He'll start for the first time at Wrigley Field on Friday, as the Padres and Cubs open a three-game series at 11:20 a.m. PT.


4/15/2015 | Coghlan takes pregame grounders at 2B, Castillo at 3B

Outfielder Chris Coghlan took grounders at second base and catcher Welington Castillo was at third prior to Wednesday's game, as the Cubs try to fill spots because of injuries.


4/15/2015 | Maddon likes prospects to have team-first mentality

Manager Joe Maddon already has his speech ready for when top prospect Kris Bryant is called up to the Cubs, whenever that is. "The thing I like to do with young players like that is to really just try to emphasize you're one of a group," Maddon said Wednesday.


4/15/2015 | Fowler honored to flip jersey numbers on Jackie's Day

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler celebrates Jackie Robinson Day every day. "I wear [No.] 24, so I always get to wear 42," said Fowler on Wednesday, when he wore No. 42 with the rest of Major League Baseball players to celebrate the anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier.


4/15/2015 | Cubs used team approach to draft Bryant

For all of the discussion about whether or not Kris Bryant should have been on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, the team hasn't been given enough credit for going against conventional wisdom to draft Bryant No.2 overall in 2013.




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