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October 15, 2003 | Ross Newhan, Times Staff Writer
With help from the Florida Marlins, history seemed to hammer the Chicago Cubs again Tuesday night when the billy goat surfaced in the form of one of their own faithful fans, breathing life into the curse when it appeared ready to die.
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October 13, 2003 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
The Florida Marlins clung to life like the catch of the day sprawled on a dock, flipping madly and gasping for air. Then a determined young man named Josh Beckett came along and placed them gently back in the water before it was too late.
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October 13, 2003 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Florida Marlin Manager Jack McKeon has elected to start Carl Pavano instead of Brad Penny in Game 6 of the National League championship series Tuesday at Wrigley Field, saying he likes the way Pavano matches up against the Chicago Cubs. McKeon would not elaborate, but Pavano has given up three runs in nine innings against the Cubs during the regular season and playoffs. Pavano took the loss in a 5-1 Chicago win in July after giving up three runs in seven innings.
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October 11, 2003 | From Associated Press
The way right-hander Matt Clement figures it, the Florida Marlins got the better end of the deal when they traded him to the Chicago Cubs last year. Clement said Friday that the Marlins "might be ahead in the trade" because they dumped Clement's $2.5-million salary in exchange for young left-hander Dontrelle Willis. "He's brought baseball back to life down here, which is great," Clement said. "I think it's worked out great for both of us, which is how trades should go.
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October 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Consider Mark Prior and Brad Penny opposite sides of the college baseball coin. Prior, 23, came out of USC one of the most heralded college pitchers of all time, which accounted for his being the second pick of the 2001 draft. He spent all of seven weeks in the minors last year before coming to the Cubs and staying. His pitching opponent in Game 2 today, Penny, 25, came out of Broken Arrow, Okla., without college and spent four years in the minor leagues.
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October 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Pitcher John Smoltz has seen dozens of alterations to the Atlanta roster during more than 15 years with the team. None will compare to what will happen if this year's club again fails to win the World Series, he said. "There is absolutely 100% across the board understanding that this could probably be it," Smoltz said. "If we do not win it all, this team is going to change greater than it has ever changed."
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February 20, 2003 | Ross Newhan
This was the first day of his new life in the uniform of the Chicago Cubs -- darker blue replacing Dodger blue -- and there was much that Mark Grudzielanek couldn't say with certainty. He couldn't say if he will play second base, return to shortstop or move to third base. He couldn't say if he will be playing all three positions at times or watching others play them.
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February 7, 2003 | Ross Newhan
The December trade brought an unceremonious conclusion to his 11-plus seasons as the Dodgers' first baseman, a stint in which he became the Los Angeles franchise record holder for home runs while ranking second in extra-base hits and fourth in games played. Eric Karros will leave his Manhattan Beach home next week to join the Chicago Cubs at their training base in Mesa, Ariz., the first time in his 15-year professional career he has gone anywhere except Vero Beach for spring drills. Baggage?
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August 9, 2001 | Associated Press
More than 300 "guest conductors" have led the crowd at Wrigley Field in singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch. When former Chicago Bear tackle Steve McMichael got his chance, he did what the likes of Bill Murray, George Foreman or a purple dinosaur named Barney had never done. He got himself removed from the building by an umpire.
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