Chicago Cubs: Bruce Levine

Chat alert: Levine on Cubs, Garza, Sox at 12

July, 9, 2013
7/09/13
11:22
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Rapid Reaction: Reds 2, Cubs 1

June, 12, 2013
6/12/13
3:59
PM CT
Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at the Cincinnati Reds' 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: The Cubs' offense continues to sputter. They had three baserunners through eight innings, none of them advancing beyond first base. Former Cincinnati pitcher Travis Wood was seeking his sixth win of the season, and he held the Reds hitless until a Cesar Izturis infield single to deep shortstop in the fifth. Todd Frazier gave the Reds the lead in the seventh inning with a long home run to left center field. Wood was strong, but Mike Leake was stronger, going eight innings before yielding to Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.
Outfielder Nate Schierholtz hit a solo home run off Leake for the Cubs' only run.

What it means: The Cubs are a woeful 7-21 in Central Division play. That is the worst intradivision record in baseball. The Reds have won 12 in a row at Wrigley Field dating back to 2012. Wood threw his 12th quality start in 13 outings this season.

Outside the box: The team put Zach Putnam on the DL with right elbow soreness. Brooks Raley was selected from Triple-A Iowa. Raley was 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA in the minor leagues. The Cubs have lost 20 games in which they had a lead.

Up next: RHP Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 3.18 ERA) pitches the finale of this four-game series against Reds ace Mat Latos (6-0, 2.87) at 1:20 p.m. CT Thursday.

Chat alert: Levine talks Cubs, Sox at 12

April, 16, 2013
4/16/13
10:01
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Chat alert: Levine on baseball Thursday, 12

December, 24, 2012
12/24/12
1:07
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Chat alert: Levine talks Sox, Cubs at 12 CT

September, 4, 2012
9/04/12
11:11
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Bruce Levine talks White Sox and Cubs at noon CT.

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Chat alert: Levine talks Cubs, Sox at 12 CT

May, 29, 2012
5/29/12
9:38
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If Davis regains form, he could help Cubs

April, 12, 2011
4/12/11
1:35
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Doug DavisDenny Medley/US PresswireDoug Davis was one of three Arizona pitchers to beat the Cubs in the 2007 NLDS.
The signing of left-hander Doug Davis could give the Chicago Cubs the stopgap veteran who can throw some valuable innings while Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells rehab their arm injuries.

Davis has had numerous injuries, including arm surgery in 2010, as well as a minor heart problem and thyroid cancer in 2008. But he still can be an important swing man between the bullpen and rotation.

The Cubs came into the season without a left-handed starter. If Davis can regain his previous form, he'll give Mike Quade some flexibility while Wells and Cashner are out.

The Cubs have no commitment to Davis after he signed the minor league contract on Tuesday. He'll continue to build his pitch count at the Cubs' minor league facility in Mesa, Ariz.

A team source said that Davis already has built his pitch count up to 72.

Davis was one of three Arizona Diamondback pitchers to defeat the Cubs during a three-game sweep in the 2007 NLDS.

He has a 91-101 career record and 4.38 ERA in 12 major league seasons.

Ricketts tours spring training facilities

February, 18, 2011
2/18/11
4:50
PM CT
Levine By Bruce Levine
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MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs executive Todd Ricketts took a tour of the new Diamondbacks and Rockies state of the art spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday. He was doing his due diligence in preparing for the Cubs’ new facility, which is due to be ready in either 2013 or ’14.

“We’re narrowing down the list of architects, who will put their qualifications forward in the next few weeks,” Ricketts said. “We should have an architect chosen sometime soon.

“We’re also putting together [a request For qualifications] for the contractors that we’re going to send out in the next week to 10 days.”

Groundbreaking for the Cubs facility is expected sometime later this year.

“We are hoping to be in the ground by this fall,” Ricketts said. “Then however long it takes.

"I hate to commit to 2013, but 2014 for sure.”

Although having the finest complex is something that all baseball teams envision, the Cubs may be more inclined to move on the side of practicality with their new endeavor.

“I think there’s been a little 'Keep up with the Joneses' mentality,” Ricketts said. “We are less about the glitz and more about the business. We want a facility that could help us win. That’s what we’re looking for.

“I don’t know if that means having a state of the art hydrotherapy table. But at the end of the day, it’s simple, you get your bodies in shape, you get your players ready to play, and we just need a little space to do that.”

Ricketts said the ownership group has not gotten into naming right at this point. But he did say down the road that it’s a distinct possibility.

The new stadium will hold close to 15,000, which is 2,500 more than the capacity at Ho Ho Kam Park.

Ricketts was asked about this year’s team and the baseball management group led by Jim Hendry.

“I think we’re definitely headed in the right direction,” Ricketts said. “There’s a single-mindedness to the team that will benefit us during the season.”

The Cubs have viewed every spring training facility in the Cactus League.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167