Levine: Defense Comes Up Big For Cubs, Brett Anderson


If the Chicago Cubs left-hander lacked consistency, he compensated with the right stuff when it counted in a five-inning shutout effort in a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) delivers during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Vargas (2-0) scattered four hits and a walk over 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight, in his second straight crisp performance. Maybe because of the cold night but the Chicago Cubs had a little problem with errors.

Last night was the Chicago Cubs World Championship Ring Ceremony at Wrigley Field, marking a first and a new era for Cubs baseball.

Jordan Montgomery showed power and poise in his major league debut after allowing Rickie Weeks' two-run homer in the first inning, and the New York Yankees rallied past the sloppy Tampa Bay 8-4 to get back to.500. Had that happened a year ago, Anderson most likely would have likely ended up on the disabled list, or at least missed a start or two. "He'll throw bullpen on Thursday (in Chicago) and at that point in time we'll know if he'll make the start on Sunday". The young pitcher, an instrumental part of back-to-back World Series trips, was killed in an offseason vehicle crash in the Dominican Republic.

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"It was truly an honor to help design the first World Series ring in franchise history, and our family is thrilled to reward those who contributed to this long-awaited championship", said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.

The rings are made from 14-karat white gold and include a total of 5.50 carats of diamonds, 3.0 carats of Burmese rubies, and 2.5 carats of genuine sapphires.

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs have spent this week celebrating their recent past. A year ago was great, but it is time for the Chicago Cubs to put 2016 behind them as pitcher John Lackey explained after the game.

"It's heavy, man", pitcher John Lackey said. "It's time to start working on a new one". The two were flying to Arizona for spring training when they got an email saying they were among the winners.

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andrew Toles (60) rounds the bases after his home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Chicago. Who will be the most key contributor for Chicago this season?

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"Based on 108 years of difficulties, I think it's the flawless method to do this", Maddon said. "I don't necessarily buy the idea that he's been there before so all of a sudden he's got an advantage".

They raised the championship banner on Monday night in Chicago and got their sparkling rewards Wednesday. "If he doesn't, they are".

The Cubs made up for lost time by crafting a handsome ring that also is a nod to the past. They are not hitting left-handed pitching.

Las Vegas odds makers have the Cubs listed as the favorites in today's game at -144.

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Mike Leake outpitched 2016 NL Cy Young Award victor Max Scherzer, Stephen Piscotty homered and had five RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. If you are on the go, be sure to download the MLB Network app for live scoring updates along with live look-ins for all today's action. The overwhelming majority of seats in the historic ballpark were empty by the time Anthony Rizzo singled in Jon Jay in the ninth inning for a 3-2 walk-off victory for the Cubs.