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Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada, right, is congratulated by Nick Madrigal after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Moncada homers as White Sox win 9-5; Cubs clinch NL Central

Sep. 27, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox picked up a victory they sorely needed and the Cubs clinched a division championship. Consider it a win-win for Chicago. Yoan Moncada homered, José Abreu hit a three-run double and the playoff-bound White Sox beat the NL Central champion Cubs 9-5 at Guaranteed Rate Field...

CORRECTS TO DARVISH NOT DARVICH - Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, throws the ball to Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Darvish, five homers lead Cubs past fading White Sox 10-0

Sep. 26, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish pitched seven strong innings for his NL-leading eighth win, Willson Contreras homered twice and the Chicago Cubs moved to the brink of clinching the NL Central title by pounding the crosstown White Sox 10-0 Friday night. Victor Caratini, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez also went...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Quintana is back in time to help the Cubs’ playoff push. The NL Central-leading Cubs will activate the veteran left-handed pitcher and start him against the Pirates. Injuries have dogged Quintana for much of the season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Lester cruises, Schwarber responds as Cubs top Pirates 5-0

Sep. 21, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Schwarber found the quickest way to get back in his manager's good graces: hit the ball hard and deliver in the clutch. Done and done. The Chicago Cubs left fielder responded to a very public benching by first-year manager David Ross by doubling twice and driving in two insurance...

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler (26) celebrates with Minnesota Twins' Marwin Gonzalez (9) after they score on Kepler's two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Kepler homers and Twins beat Cubs and Darvish 4-0

Sep. 20, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler homered, José Berríos threw six shutout innings to outduel Yu Darvish and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Sunday night. Kepler had three hits and Josh Donaldson added two for the Twins, who took two of three from the NL Central-leading Cubs. After...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/David Dermer) Pennsylvania

Molina homers, Flaherty fans 11 as Cardinals top Pirates 2-1

Sep. 20, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and Jack Flaherty struck out 11 as the St. Louis Cardinals kept their hold on a postseason spot with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Molina’s home run to the bleachers in left field came in the seventh inning off Derek Holland...

Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) celebrates with teammates after driving in the winning run during the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark Black)

Báez single gives Cubs 4th straight win, 3-2 over Indians

Sep. 17, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Báez's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the Cleveland Indians, on Wednesday night in a game that was briefly delayed when a drone entered Wrigley Field and landed on the outfield grass. Automatic runner Ian Happ advanced...

Chicago Cubs' Cameron Maybin reacts after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring the winning run during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, Sept.15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Cubs walk off over Indians on consecutive HBPs

Sep. 16, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 6-5 Tuesday night. Cleveland's Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the top of the...

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich scores the game-winning run from third on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Braun during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 1-0. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Yelich scores on Braun's fly in 9th, Brewers beat Cubs 1-0

Sep. 12, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are starting to get the kind of stellar pitching performances they’ll need for a successful late playoff run. Christian Yelich scored on Ryan Braun’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly, Brandon Woodruff pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the Brewers beat...

Chicago Cubs' Nico Hoerner (2) is safe at home past the tag of Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Hoerner, Happ, bullpen lead Cubs past Reds 8-5

Sep. 11, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras had four hits to tie a career high, rookie Nico Hoerner added three RBIs and the Chicago Cubs overcame an early three-run deficit to top Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Thursday on a long, wet night at Wrigley Field. Ian Happ drove in two runs and Hoerner, Kris...

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, left, hits a three-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Goldschmidt homers as Cardinals beat Lester, Cubs 7-3

Sep. 6, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt's drive got up and just kept going, soaring out of a windy Wrigley Field on Sunday night. When it landed, St. Louis was well on its way to another big win in Chicago. Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer off a struggling Jon Lester, and the Cardinals gained ground in the NL...