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Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians can't contain Kyle Schwarber as Chicago Cubs win, 10-3

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Josh Tomlin's latest start at Progressive Field against the Cubs ended up looking a lot like his previous outing against the North Siders, as Chicago came away from Tuesday's rain-soaked game with a 10-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Tomlin (0-3, 9.24 ERA), who previously faced Chicago at home in a 9-3 Tribe loss during Game 6 of the 2016 World Series, allowed five runs on five hits including four home runs in 3 2/3 innings. It was the second outing this season in which Tomlin allowed four home runs.

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So far, Yu Darvish meltdowns aren't a bug -- they're a feature

DENVER -- First it was late March, Miami humidity. Two starts later, it was a balk. Then came Saturday, at Coors Field, when Chicago Cubs hurler Yu Darvish walked the opposing pitcher in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Like those previous outings, Darvish fell apart the moment adversity hit. A 2-0 Cubs lead turned into a 5-2 deficit -- and the final score of the game.

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Forte, Hester to retire as Bears Monday

Former stars Devin Hester and Matt Forte will sign one-day contracts with the Bears Monday at Halas Hall and officially retire as members of the organization.

Both players were selected by the Bears in the second round of the NFL Draft—Hester in 2006 and Forte in 2008—and spent their first eight NFL seasons in Chicago.

Hester is considered by many to be the greatest return specialist in NFL history. During his career with the Bears, he became the league's all-time leader with 18 kick return touchdowns and 13 punt return TDs, was voted to three Pro Bowls, won 13 special teams player of the week awards and was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s.

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We know it's early, but let's dig into these inconsistent Cubs

CHICAGO -- It happens every April.

Is what you’re seeing on the baseball diamond indicative of what’s to come for the entire season, or will it be erased -- good or bad -- by the next five months? New York Mets fans are hoping the first month sets up the rest of the year, while the Chicago Cubs are just hoping to escape April without trailing by too many games.

Some slow starts are more understandable than others. A year ago at this time, no one blinked when the Cubs basically went through the first month a .500 team, finishing at 13-11. In fact, it was viewed as a success, considering the team was coming off its historic World Series victory and essentially used April as another month of spring training.

This year? The slow start makes a bit less sense.

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Cubs score nine in wild eighth inning for 14-10 comeback win against Braves

Manager Joe Maddon said the game was played under the worst baseball conditions he has witnessed, but Baez provided some warmth with a three-run double that tied the score during a zany nine-run eighth inning in the Cubs’ unforgettable 14-10 win against the Braves.

The Cubs trailed by eight runs early but chipped away to a 10-5 deficit entering the eighth as the wind-chill factor dipped to 25 degrees. Then, with two outs, the Braves imploded. The Cubs scored nine runs while putting the ball in play three times, with five walks, two hit batters, an error and a wild pitch providing the rest of the offense against three relievers.

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Pirates hoping to overcome doubters and hang with Cubs in NL Central

The Cubs’ losing streak stood at one game Wednesday when manager Joe Maddon was asked how “difficult” it was when fans expected them to win every game.

Apparently the poor Cubs had to endure some mild criticism over another listless offensive start to the season. They were hitting .228 going into their night game against the Pirates, with a .184 average with runners in scoring position and an average of 10 strikeouts per game.

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Iowa Wins Rubber Match, Wins 6th Straight B1G Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With snow falling in the bottom of the eighth inning, sophomore Grant Judkins hit a two-out RBI double down the left field line, sending the University of Iowa baseball 2-1 series-clinching victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
 
"I was trying to put something in play and give us a chance to score," said Judkins, whose early season has been hampered by a hamstring injury. "This is a crazy game and you just have to stay confident and locked in and be ready for when the opportunity comes."
 
The victory gives the Hawkeyes their sixth straight Big Ten series win dating back to the 2017 season and moves Iowa's record to 19-10 overall, 5-3 in league play. 

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Cubs take 3 of 4 from Brewers, excited for long-awaited home opener

Before the Cubs looked ahead to their long-awaited return to Wrigley Field, Willson Contreras completed some unfinished business Sunday at the expense of the rival Brewers.

In the eighth inning of the Cubs’ sound 3-0 victory, Contreras smacked a triple that caromed far off the center-field wall.

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Joe Maddon wants Cubs hitters to learn from Ben Zobrist's quality at-bats

Ben Zobrist’s strong performance in Miami last weekend calmed any doubts manager Joe Maddon had about the health of his versatile veteran.

“Coming out of camp, I was a little concerned,” Maddon said. “We talked about it. He said, ‘I’ll let you know.’ He agreed he wasn’t quite there yet, but that performance in Miami looked pretty sharp to me.”

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