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Bryant Is Tall. So, What's the Big Deal?

Rob Neyer, Just a Bit Outside

Time for Lester to Pick Up Cubs

Gordon Wittenmyer, Chicago Sun-Times

Bryant Bridges the Unbridgable Divide

Rob Arthur, FiveThirtyEight

Rose Finally Rises for Bulls

Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun-Times

Bryant's Big Reputation Precedes Him

Scott Miller, Bleacher Report

Wednesday night, it was pretty obvious that someone from the Cubs' infield was heading to the outfield. To left field, probably. But it was a little surprising when the infielder w...(full article)

PITTSBURGH – If Jon Lester plans to earn some of that $155 million the Cubs are paying him, Friday might be a good time to start. Back-to-back one-run losses in Pittsburgh – in...(full article)

Even the messiah can strike out three times on his first day in the majors. Last Friday, Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ anointed savior, was called up from the minors after weeks of de...(full article)

It wasn’t worth the wait. Three years and three knee surgeries are never worth that amount of time. That doesn’t mean that what Derrick Rose did on Saturday wasn’...(full article)

After an early-season delay that must have seemed like an eternity to fans, Cubs phenom Kris Bryant is now getting his chance to shine in MLB. On Friday, he will officially be ad...(full article)

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A New Reality for Derrick Rose

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Don't Blame Cubs for Demoting Byrant

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Time to End Inane Kris Bryant Debate

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Bulls' Biggest Enemy Is Themselves

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NL Central the New AL East?

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Future Arrives Early for Young Cubs

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Notre Dame Standout a Real 2-Way Player

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Rangers Degrade Into Cubs South

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Epstein, Cubs Going Beyond Numbers

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Rose Needs Surgery, Career Teeters

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Cubs Manager Fed Up With Marmol

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Rose Exposes Knicks' Backcourt

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Hurricanes End Skid With Shutout

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Sandberg on Way as Manager?

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Long To-Do List to Fix Team

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Cubs Stint Will Define His Legacy

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