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9/23/2016 | Cubs secure home field for NLDS, NLCS

The Cubs have sat atop the National League standings for much of the season, and on Friday that status became official.

9/23/2016 | 'Grandpa Rossy' surprised with pregame tribute

David Ross is the ringleader on the Cubs, and he prides himself on knowing everything that's going on, but the veteran catcher was totally surprised on Friday when teammates honored him pregame as part of a year-long retirement ceremony.

9/23/2016 | Paired with Montero, Arrieta finds his groove

Before Friday afternoon's contest at Wrigley Field, Miguel Montero asked Jake Arrieta to "pick up the tempo." Arrieta executed, striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.

9/23/2016 | Jimenez, Clifton honored with Minor League Awards

Eloy Jimenez, the Cubs' organization's Minor League Player of the Year, and Trevor Clifton, 21, the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, were honored pregame on Friday at Wrigley Field.

9/23/2016 | Cubs start meetings to plan postseason roster

Manager Joe Maddon and the front office began preliminary meetings regarding the postseason roster, and the Cubs have created different scenarios depending on who they may play in the National League Division Series, which starts Oct. 7.

9/23/2016 | Count on Cubs to go full tilt vs. Cards

Nothing personal. But the Cardinals should know that it doesn't matter that the Cubs clinched the National League Central title a week ago. There will be two teams trying their hardest to win games at Wrigley Field this weekend.

9/23/2016 | Cards-Cubs tilt has key postseason implications

As the Cubs continue to push toward their first 100-win season since 1935, the Cardinals will attempt on Saturday to delay the seemingly inevitable while also trying to enhance their own chances of joining Chicago in the postseason.

9/23/2016 | Arrieta pushes Cards back as Cubs clinch No. 1 seed

Jake Arrieta struck out 10 over seven innings in the Cubs' 5-0 victory over the Cardinals on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, dealing another blow to St. Louis' Wild-Card hopes while Chicago locked up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

9/22/2016 | 5 days in 2016 that set Cubs on their path

How did the Cubs win the National League Central? Good pitching, defense, having two NL Most Valuable Player Award candidates in Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant and some wizardry by manager Joe Maddon certainly helped. Here are five moments during the season that contributed to the Cubs' first division title since 2008.

9/21/2016 | Lackey gearing for critical starts in October

Had it been a different situation, John Lackey would've trotted out to pitch the eighth inning of the Cubs' 9-2 win against the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

9/21/2016 | Lester picks World Series title over Cy Young

If Cubs left-hander Jon Lester had a vote for the National League Cy Young Award, he wouldn't cast it for himself. Lester, who leads the NL with 18 wins, said he'd vote for teammate Kyle Hendricks, who leads the Majors with a 2.06 ERA.

9/21/2016 | Cubs push Hendricks' next outing to Monday

It will be business as usual this weekend against the Cardinals, but things might get a little different with the Cubs' lineup next week, when they hit the road for seven games to finish the regular season.

9/21/2016 | Cubs win 97th, inch closer to NL's No. 1 seed

Led by Miguel Montero's three hits and three RBIs, a three-game series sweep came without much difficulty as the Cubs claimed their 97th victory -- 9-2 over the Reds on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

9/21/2016 | Vote: 5 stars up for Best Hitter

Babe Ruth once said of hitting, "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it."

9/21/2016 | Cardinals, Cubs gear up for giant division series

The Cardinals come to Chicago for a series of huge importance, though the rivalry between the Cubs and Cards essentially creates a playoff atmosphere in every game. Mike Leake will square off with Jake Arrieta in the opener on Friday.

9/21/2016 | Cubs to open 2016 postseason run at Wrigley

When the Cubs begin the 2016 postseason, they will do so within the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

9/21/2016 | Lackey looks to lock down sweep vs. Reds

The Reds have John Lackey's number this season, but the veteran Cubs right-hander will get a chance to fix that in the series finale Wednesday night at Wrigley Field with Chicago seeking a sweep.

9/20/2016 | Cubs defeat Reds, clinch NLDS home field

The postseason is two weeks away, and even though the National League Central-champion Cubs are waiting for other teams to get in, pitcher Jon Lester's foot is nowhere close to lifting off the gas. Not only did Lester pitch seven robust innings to pick up his NL-high 18th win, he provided the game's first run with a rocket of an RBI double in a 6-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

9/20/2016 | Lackey's slider a postseason tool for Cubs

As hard as this might be to believe, the Cubs have a secret weapon on their side as they head toward the postseason. It's John Lackey. Specifically, Lackey's slider.

9/20/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Ross rumbles home

After starting pitcher Jon Lester drilled a line-drive double to right-center field in the second inning of the Cubs' 6-1 win Tuesday night against the Reds at Wrigley Field, catcher David Ross scored the game's first run from first base. As the 39-year-old catcher rounded third, he was beginning to slow down and breathe heavily.

9/20/2016 | Strop set to rejoin Cubs' bullpen Friday

Right-hander Pedro Strop, who's been on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a torn meniscus in his left knee, threw a simulated relief appearance Tuesday at Wrigley Field and came out of it feeling good.

9/20/2016 | Hammel not auditioning for postseason roster

Manager Joe Maddon doesn't want Jason Hammel thinking each remaining start is an audition for a spot on the Cubs' postseason roster.

9/20/2016 | Cy Young candidate Lester takes on Reds

Jon Lester gets another chance to bolster his bid for the National League Cy Young Award when he takes the mound Tuesday against the Reds at Wrigley Field. The left-hander, who has won eight straight decisions, will reach at least 30 starts for the ninth consecutive season.

9/19/2016 | Cubs battle back with power surge vs. Reds

As the Cubs spend the next two weeks preparing themselves for the postseason, the National League Central champions were given a chance to inch closer to their 100th win against a Reds team they've had their way with most of this season. By erupting for three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, Chicago emerged with the 5-2 victory at Wrigley Field on Monday night.

9/19/2016 | Vote: 5 stars up for Esurance Best Major Leaguer

They are the reason we buy tickets. They hit for average and power, they run, they throw, they defend and they thrill, night after night.

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