Latest Ben Zobrist News

Cubs 1B Rizzo diagnosed with moderate ankle sprain

Sep. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Rizzo went down in the infield grass at Wrigley Field, it looked bad for the big first baseman and the Chicago Cubs. The result was somewhere in the middle. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for the next five to seven days after an MRI showed he had a moderate lateral right ankle...

Cubs set team HR record, clobber Pirates 14-1

Sep. 14, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — All of a sudden, the Chicago Cubs are locked in at the plate and looking like a confident, playoff-bound team again. Kris Bryant and rookie Nico Hoerner each homered among three hits, and the Cubs went deep four times to set a club record with 237 home runs as they pounded the Pittsburgh...

Darvish fans 14, Cubs beat Padres 4-1 to keep wild-card pace

Sep. 12, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs are heading back to Wrigley Field feeling better about their situation than they had in several days. Darvish struck out a season-high 14 and allowed only two hits in six innings, and the Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 Thursday to remain tied with...

Cubs' wild-card lead cut, Padres walk off 9-8 in 10th

Sep. 11, 2019 2:59 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With the Chicago Cubs playing a five-man infield, Manuel Margot was looking for a pitch up in the strike zone that he could elevate. Turned out he didn't even have to take his bat off his shoulder. Margot drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk with one out in the 10th inning and the San...

Brewers beat up Lester, top Cubs 8-5 to narrow WC lead

Sep. 8, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers had a final chance this weekend to deal direct damage to the Chicago Cubs' grasp on the second NL wild card, and they didn't waste it. Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the Brewers' five-run fourth inning against Jon Lester, and Milwaukee beat the...

Cubs Báez has a hairline thumb fracture, status uncertain

Sep. 7, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago Cubs star shortstop Javier Báez has a hairline fracture in his left thumb, putting the rest of his season in jeopardy. An MRI in Chicago on Saturday revealed the extent of Báez's injury, suffered when he slid headfirst into second base last Sunday against Milwaukee at...

Schwarber's slam powers Cubs to 10-5 win over Brewers

Sep. 6, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Schwarber helped the Cubs put some distance between themselves and the Milwaukee Brewers. Schwarber launched a grand slam to cap a five-run sixth inning that sent Chicago to a 10-5 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday night in the opener of a crucial four-game series. "That ball was...

Contreras, Zobrist return as Cubs beat Mariners 6-1

Sep. 4, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras spiked his bat in celebration as his soaring drive headed for the bleachers. Ben Zobrist sparked Chicago's lineup from the leadoff spot. Yup, they're back. Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in four runs, and the Cubs celebrated the return of Contreras and Zobrist by...

Cubs scratch 3B Kris Bryant with right knee soreness

Sep. 3, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs scratched All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant on Tuesday night when soreness in his ailing right knee flared up again. While Ben Zobrist and Willson Contreras returned to Chicago's starting lineup against Seattle, Bryant was replaced by Ian Happ. Knee trouble has been a...

LEADING OFF: Cole follows Verlander's gem, Darvish scratched

Sep. 2, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW One day after Houston teammate Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter, Gerrit Cole looks to stay on a roll of his own when the Astros visit Milwaukee on Labor Day. Cole (15-5, 2.85 ERA) is 11-0 with a 2.06 ERA in his last 16 starts and needs...