While many around baseball rave about Jake Arrieta's stuff, the right-hander said gaining control of his pitches has made him a Cy Young candidate.
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The Cubs' 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday was yet another instance of Jon Lester looking both dominant and shaky in the same outing.
Cubs' to add another young bat
Cubs' manager Joe Maddon expects Javier Baez to get a Sept. 1 call-up. "There's a lot of things he can do to help you win now," Maddon said. Baez has hit .316 with 13 HRs at Triple-A this season
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the rotation is set going forward with Matt Latos in it, despite September call-ups in a few days.
The Chicago Cubs lost 5-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. Here's a quick look at the game.
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#Dodgers use a four-run seventh inning to come back and beat the Cubs, 5-2. #WeLoveLA
Andre Ethier singled in a pair of go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers rally past the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Final: Dodgers 5, Cubs 2
Jose Peraza matched Chicago's run total himself and drove in a run in Los Angeles' fifth straight win. Box score
Lester's day done after allowing 3 in 7th
The first four Dodgers batters got a hit to start the 7th inning, with Jose Peraza and Andre Ethier tallying RBI knocks to give L.A. a 4-2 lead. Jon Lester, who was unable to get an out in the frame, surrendered eight hits and struck out seven on the night. Follow live
Expect 2011 Chicago Cubs first-round pick Javier Baez to return to the big leagues as soon as Tuesday when rosters can expand.
In his list of teams he would accept a trade to, Chase Utley said the Dodgers presented his former team -- the Phillies -- the most attractive deal.
The Dodgers are hoping that Chase Utley's heady, aggressive baserunning style will rub off on his teammates.
Jason Hammel matched Clayton Kershaw for a while, but the Cubs got sloppy in the sixth inning and the Dodgers made them pay for it.
The Cubs took their lumps in facing Clayton Kershaw, but hope the experience will pay dividends if they make the postseason.
Don't be fooled by Chicago Cubs starter Jason Hammel's final pitching line or the final score of the game Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Clayton Kershaw strikes out 14 as #Dodgers top Cubs, 4-1. #WeLoveLA
Clayton Kershaw struck out a season high-tying 14 to win for the first time in three outings and the NL West-leading Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-1 Friday night in the series opener.
Clayton Kershaw ties his season high with 14 strikeouts as Dodgers beat Cubs, 4-1. He has 76 K since the All-Star break.
Final: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1
Clayton Kershaw continued his hot stretch as he fanned a season-high-tying 14 over eight innings and gave up just one run. The reigning MVP has allowed one earned run or fewer in 10 of his past 11 starts. Box score
Rizzo sends one deep off Kershaw
Anthony Rizzo's home run off Clayton Kershaw was calculated at 441 feet, tied for the longest homer the reigning MVP has allowed in his career (Ryan Spilborghs, May 27, 2009 at Coors Field). Follow live
Dodgers go for 4th straight as Cubs visit
Chicago faces a Cy Young candidate for the 2nd straight game when they meet Clayton Kershaw, who has given up one earned run or fewer in nine of his past 10 starts. Follow live
Fernando Rodney hopes to turn around a dismal season by joining the Cubs and Joe Maddon, whom he played for in Tampa.
Giants right-hander Matt Cain was put on the 15-day disabled list Friday with irritation in his pitching elbow and received a cortisone injection to help it calm down.
Cubs @ Dodgers
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