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Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Cubs Send Samardzija at Oakland

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Cubs continued to revamp their farm system while the Oakland Athletics may have cemented their spot as a World Series favorite. On Friday night, the Cubs dealt starting pitchers Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija to Oakland for a trio of prospects and a player to be named later.

Samardzija is 2-7 on the year with a 2.83 earned run average. Hammel, who pitched the Cubs to a win on Friday night, has a 2.98 ERA and a 7-5 overall record. The 29-year-old Samardzija still has one year of arbitration to go before being eligible to become a free agent. Hammel's contract expires at the end of this season. 

To complete the deal, the Athletics (53-33) gave up three of their top prospects along with a future consideration. Addison Russell, the 2012 first-round pick by Oakland, is ranked as the third best prospect in all of minor league baseball by Keith Law. Billy McKinney is hitting .241 on the year with 10 homers and 33 RBI while pitcher Dan Straily were also part of the trade.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Cup - Quarterfinals: Germany 1 - France 0

Brazil 2 - Colombia 1

MLB: Chicago Cubs 7 (38-46) - Washington Nationals 2 (46-39)

New York Yankees 6 (43-42) - Minnesota Twins 5 (38-47)

Oakland Athletics 1 (53-33) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (47-41) 12 Innings

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (45-41) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (37-49)

San Diego Padres 2 (39-47) - San Francisco Giants 0 (47-39)

Chicago White Sox 7 (41-46) - Seattle Mariners 1 (47-39)

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (47-40) - Miami Marlins 2 (41-45)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (44-41) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (51-36)

Kansas City Royals 7 (45-40) - Cleveland Indians 1 (41-44)

Atlanta Braves 5 (48-38) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (36-52)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (39-50) - Detroit Tigers 3 (48-35)

New York Mets 6 (38-48) - Texas Rangers 5 (37-49)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (50-39) - Colorado Rockies 0 (36-51)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (49-36) - Houston Astros 6 (36-52)

Baltimore Orioles (46-39) Vs. Boston Red Sox (38-47) Postponed due to rain

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest: Joey Chestnut eats 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win.

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kasey Kahne wins Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB:  Game 1 - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (33-48) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (41-37)

Game 2: Baltimore Orioles 4 (42-37) - Tampa Bay Rays 1 (33-49)

New York Yankees 6 (41-37) - Boston Red Sox 0 (36-44)

Chicago Cubs 7 (34-44) - Washington Nationals 2 (41-38)

Chicago White Sox 5 (37-44) - Toronto Blue Jays 4 (45-37)

Atlanta Braves 4 (41-38) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (36-43)

Oakland Athletics 9 (49-30) - Miami Marlins 5 (39-41)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (41-39) - New York Mets 2 (36-44) 11 Innings

Texas Rangers 5 (36-43) - Minnesota Twins 4 (36-42)

Kansas City Royals 8 (41-38) - Los Angeles Angels 6 (44-34)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (50-32) - Colorado Rockies 2 (35-45)

Houston Astros 4 (35-46) - Detroit Tigers 3 (43-33) 11 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 6 (41-38) - San Francisco Giants 2 (46-34)

Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (34-48) - San Diego Padres 1 (34-46)

Saint Louis Cardinals 3 (44-37) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (45-37)

Seattle Mariners 3 (43-37) - Cleveland Indians 2 (38-41)

NHL Draft: The Florida Panther select defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first pick

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kevin Harvick wins the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 at Kentucky Speedway

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Cup - Group D: Costa Rica 1 (2-0-0, 6pts) - Italy 0 (1-1-0, 3pts)

Group E: France 5 (2-0-0, 6pts) - Switzerland 2 (1-1-0, 3pts)

Ecuador 2 (1-1-0, 3pts) - Honduras 1 (0-2-0, 0pts)

MLB: Chicago Cubs 6 (31-40) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (35-38)

Houston Astros 3 (33-42) - Tampa Bay Rays 1 (29-46)

Detroit Tigers 6 (38-32) - Cleveland Indians 4 (37-37)

Miami Marlins 3 (37-36) - New York Mets 2 (33-41)

New York Yankees 5 (39-33) - Baltimore Orioles 3 (37-35)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (42-33) - Cincinnati Reds 9 (35-37)

Minnesota Twins 5 (34-38) - Chicago White Sox 4 (35-39)

Atlanta Braves 6 (38-35) - Washington Nationals 4 (37-35) 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 7 (38-36) - Kansas City Royals 5 (39-34)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (34-38) - Saint Louis Cardinals 1 (39-35)

Milwaukee Brewers 13 (45-30) - Colorado Rockies 10 (34-39)

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (32-45) - San Francisco Giants 1 (43-30)

San Diego Padres 6 (32-42) - Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (40-35)

Oakland Athletics 4 (46-28) - Boston Red Sox 3 (34-40)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim7 (39-33) - Texas Rangers 3 (35-38)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Cup - Group A: Croatia 4 - Cameroon 0

Group B: Netherlands 3 - Australia 2 

Chile 2 - Spain 0

MLB: Baltimore Orioles 2 (37-34) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (28-45)

Kansas City Royals 2 (39-32) - Detroit Tigers 1 (36-32)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (32-38) - Atlanta Braves 5 (36-35)

Chicago Cubs 6 (30-40) - Miami Marlins 1 (36-35)

Boston Red Sox 2 (34-38) - Minnesota Twins 1 (32-38) - 10 Innings

New York Mets 3 (32-40) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (39-33)

Chicago White Sox 7 (35-37) - San Francisco Giants 6 (43-29)

Oakland Athletics 4 (44-28) - Texas Rangers 2 (35-37)

Washington Nationals 6 (37-33) - Houston Astros 5 (32-41)

Cincinnati Reds 11 (35-35) - Pittsbrugh Pirates 4 (34-37)

New York Yankees 7 (37-33) - Toronto Blue Jays 3 (41-32)

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (31-44) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (43-30)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (40-34) - Colorado Rockies 0 (34-38) Clayton Kershaw throws no-hitter.

San Diego Padres 2 (30-42) - Seattle Mariners 1 (37-35)

Los Angeles Angels (38-32) @ Cleveland Indians (36-36) Postponed due to rain.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 104 - Miami Heat 87 (Spurs Win Series, 4-1)

World Cup: Group E: Switzerland 2 - Ecuador 1 

France 3 - Honduras 0 

Group F: Argentina 2 - Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 5 (41-30) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (35-33) 

New York Mets 3 (31-38) - San Diego Padres 1 (29-40) 

Miami Marlins 3 (35-33) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (34-35) - 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 3 (28-39) - Philadelphia Phillies 0 (29-38)

Detroit Tigers 4 (36-29) - Minnesota Twins 3 (32-35)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (37-32) - Washington Nationals 2 (35-33)

Kansas City Royals 6 (36-32) - Chicago White Sox 3 (33-37)

Cincinnati Reds 13 (33-35) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (41-29)

Cleveland Indians 3 (35-35) - Boston Red Sox 2 (31-38) - 11 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (27-43) - Houston Astros 3 (32-39)

Seattle Mariners 5 (35-34) - Texas Rangers 1 (34-35)

Oakland Athletics 10 (42-27) - New York Yankees 5 (35-33)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (30-42) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (37-34)

Colorado Rockies 8 (34-35) - San Francisco Giants 7 (43-27)

Atlanta Braves 7 (36-32) - L.A. Angels 3 (37-31)

Golf: Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open.

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson won the Michigan 400.

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Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 for the Phillies in a 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at home. His one hit, however, broke Mike Schmidt's franchise record for hits in a career of 2,234.

The game was briefly delayed in the fifth for a brief celebration that Schmidt participated in. A Hall of Famer, Schmidt retrieved the bat for Rollins before delivering it to him at first, along with a hug and a high-five.

"I told him, `Congrats, it couldn't happen to a better guy," Schmidt said later in the game. "I'm glad I was here. My heart is pounding."

Rollins received a standing ovation in each of his at-bats, but grounded out and lined out in his first two attempts at the record. The shortstop would later score in the fifth on Dominic Brown's three-run homer that put the game out of reach.

Chase Utley also homered as Philly won their fourth game in five tries. Schmidt's record had stood since 1989 before Rollins took it over.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 111 - Miami Heat 92 (Spurs lead series, 2-1.)

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (29-38) – Houston Astros 1 (29-37)

Chicago Cubs 7 (26-36) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (30-34)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (26-36) – San Diego Padres 2 (28-36)

Minnesota Twins 4 (30-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (39-27)

New York Mets 6 (29-35) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (38-27)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (34-31) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (24-42)

Kansas City Royals 9 (32-32) - Cleveland Indians 5 (33-32) 

Miami Marlins 8 (34-30) - Texas Rangers 5 (31-34) 

Atlanta Braves 13 (34-29) - Colorado Rockies 10 (29-35)

Boston Red Sox 1 (29-35) - Baltimore 0 (32-31)

Washington Nationals 2 (34-29) - San Francisco 1 (42-23)

New York Yankees 3 (32-31) - Seattle Mariners 2 (34-30)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (36-28) - Oakland Athletics 1 (39-26) 14 Innings

Detroit Tigers (33-27) @ Chicago White Sox (32-33) (postponed; rain)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Chicago Cubs 5 (24-34) - Miami Marlins 3 (32-29) 13 Innings

Detroit Tigers 6 (32-25) - Boston Red Sox 2 (27-33)

Pittsburgh Pirates 15 (29-31) - Milwaukee Brewers 5 (36-26)

Philadelphia Phillies 8 (25-34) - Cincinnati Reds 0 (27-32)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (38-24) - St. Louis Cardinals 1 (31-31)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (24-38) - Seattle Mariners 0 (31-29)

Oakland Athletics 4 (38-23) - Baltimore Orioles 3 (30-29) 11 Innings

New York Yankees 4 (31-29) - Kansas City Royals 2 (29-32)

Texas Rangers 6 (31-30) - Cleveland Indians 4 (30-31)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (32-30) - Colorado Rockies 2 (28-32)

Houston Astros 5 (27-35) - Minnesota Twins 4 (28-31)

San Francisco Giants 4 (40-21) - New York Mets 2 (28-33)

Atlanta Braves 5 (32-27) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (26-37)

Washington Nationals 6 (31-28) - San Diego Padres 0 (27-34)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8 (32-28) - Chicago White Sox 4 (31-31)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Matt Crafton wins the Winstar World Casino and Resort at Texas Motor Speedway

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Final: San Antonio Spurs 110 - Miami Heat 95 (Spurs lead series, 1-0)

MLB: San Francisco Giants 6 (39-21) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (27-31)

New York Yankees 2 (30-29) – Oakland Athletics 1 (37-23)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (37-24) – Detroit Tigers 3 (31-25)

Washington Nationals 4 (30-28) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (24-34)

Miami Marlins 11 (32-28) – Tampa Bay Rays 6 (23-38)

Chicago Cubs 7 (23-34) – New York Mets 4 (28-32)

Houston Astros 8 (26-35) – Los Angeles Angels 5 (31-28)

Kansas City Royals 3 (29-31) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (31-30)

Arizona Diamondbacks 12 (26-36) - Colorado Rockies 7 (28-31)

Milwaukee Brewers 8 (36-25) - Minnesota Twins 5 (28-30)

 

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Former Manager Don Zimmer Passes Away At 83

Former Manager Don Zimmer Passes Away At 83

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer passed away on Wednesday. He was 83.

“Like everyone in Major League Baseball, I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend Don Zimmer, one of our game’s most universally beloved figures,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.  “A memorable contributor to Baseball for more than 60 years, Don was the kind of person you could only find in the National Pastime.”

Zimmer managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. In 13 seasons, he compiled a record of 885-858.

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Cubs Hire Manny Ramirez as Triple-A Player/Coach

Cubs Hire Manny Ramirez as Triple-A Player/Coach

Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The Chicago Cubs hired Manny Ramirez as a player/coach for their Triple-A team in Iowa.

The 41-year-old Ramirez played 19 major league seasons and is a lifetime .312 hitter with 555 home runs.

"While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs' major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life he's a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement released Sunday. "Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects.

"If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference."

Despite not having the opportunity to make the Cubs' big league roster, Ramirez is excited to be with Chicago.

"I'm at the stage of my life and career where I really want to give something back to the game that I love -- the game that has meant so much to me and done so much for me and my family," Ramirez said a release. "I know I am nearing the end of my playing days, but I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to the next generation -- both what to do and what not to do."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 7 (28-16) - Texas Rangers 2 (23-25)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (27-22) - Oakland Athletics 2 (30-18)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (22-24) - St. Louis Cardinals 3 (26-22)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (24-22) - Cleveland Indians 4 (23-26)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (29-20) - Miami Marlins 5 (25-24)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (21-26) - Washington Nationals 3 (24-24)

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (21-28) - Boston Red Sox 0 (20-27)

Atlanta Braves 3 (27-20) - Colorado Rockies 2 (26-22)

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-23) - Philadelphia Phillies 0 (20-25)

Chicago White Sox 6 (25-25) - New York Yankees 5 (24-23)

Seattle Mariners 6 (24-23) - Houston Astros 1 (17-32)

San Francisco Giants 6 (30-18) - Minnesota Twins 2 (23-22)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (27-20) - Kansas City Royals 1 (23-24)

Arizona Diamondbacks (18-31) Vs. New York Mets (21-25) postponed

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/20/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 87 - Indiana Pacers 83 (Series tied, 1-1)

NBA Draft Lottery: The Cleveland Cavaliers win the first pick.

MLB: Atlanta Braves 5 (25-19) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (27-19)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (23-20) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (18-26)

Cleveland Indians 6 (21-25) - Detroit Tigers 2 (27-14)

Los Angeles Angels 9 (25-20) - Houston Astros 3 (17-29)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (24-22) - Boston Red Sox 4 (20-24)

Saint Louis Cardinals 5 (24-21) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (18-29)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (20-22) - Miami Marlins 5 (23-23)

Oakland Athletics 3 (29-16) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (19-27)

Chicago Cubs 6 (16-27) - New York Yankees 1 (23-21)

Seattle Mariners 6 (22-22) - Texas Rangers 2 (21-24)

Chicago White Sox 7 (23-24) - Kansas City Royals 6 (22-23)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (24-22) - New York Mets 4 (20-24)

Minnesota Twins 5 (22-21) - San Diego Padres 3 (21-25)

Washington Nationals 9 (24-21) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (20-24)

Colorado Rockies 5 (26-20) - San Francisco Giants 4 (28-18)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - Eastern Conference Semifinal: Indiana Pacers 93 - Washington Wizards 80 (Pacers win series, 4-2)

Western Conference Semifinal: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 - Los Angeles Clippers 98 (Thunder win series, 4-2)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (18-20) - San Diego Padres 0 (19-22) - Game 1

San Diego Padres 6 (20-22) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (18-21) - Game 2

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (26-15) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (17-23)

Minnesota Twins 4 (19-20) - Boston Red Sox 3 (20-20) - 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (21-20) - Chicago Cubs 3 (13-26)

New York Yankees 1 (21-19) - New York Mets 0 (19-21)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (21-21) - Cleveland Indians 2 (19-22)

Baltimore Orioles 2 (21-18) - Kansas City Royals 1 (20-20)

San Francisco Giants 6 (27-15) - Miami Marlins 4 (21-21)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (21-18) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (18-23)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/2/14Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs - First Round: Brooklyn Nets 97 - Toronto Raptors 83 (Series tied, 3-3) Dallas Mavericks 113 - San Antonio Spurs 111 (Series tied, 3-3) Portland Trail Blazers 99 - Houston Rockets 98 (Trail Blazers win seri...

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/30/14Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup First Round Playoffs: New York Rangers 2 – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Rangers win series, 4-3) Minnesota Wild 5 - Colorado Avalanche 4 OT (Wild win series, 4-3) Los Angeles Kings 5 - San Jose Sharks 1...

Wrigley Field Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Wrigley Field Celebrates 100th AnniversaryRon Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago's Wrigley Field is all about tradition - the ivy, the hand-worked scoreboard, the curse of the billy goat - and on its 100th birthday Wednesday, the field and its fans relived in that history. ...

Tanaka Strikes Out 10 In Yankees’ 3-0 Win Over Mariners

Tanaka Strikes Out 10 In Yankees’ 3-0 Win Over MarinersiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka struck out ten over eight scoreless innings as New York (8-6) blanked the Chicago Cubs (4-9), 3-0, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. The 25-year-old ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/15/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/15/14 Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (7-6) – Cincinnati Reds 7 (4-9) completion of Monday’s game Cincinnati Reds 7 (5-9) – Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (7-7) Miami Marlins 11 (6-9) – Washington Nationals 2 (8-6) ...

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