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July 23, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards. “He's an extremely talented pitcher that's had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who's throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said in a statement released by the team. “It's a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we've got, and he was available.
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July 4, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- Recently acquired reliever Carlos Marmol has accepted a minor-league assignment with the Dodgers. The concession was the latest made by Marmol to join the Dodgers, who acquired him in a trade with the Chicago Cubs this week. Marmol had to waive his limited no-trade clause for the trade to go through. The Dodgers were on the list of teams to which he could block a deal. Marmol then consented to being placed on outright waivers, which he had to clear to be sent to the minor leagues.
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July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER -- The Dodgers will attempt to revive the career of another floundering former All-Star closer, as they acquired Carlos Marmol, cash and cap space from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Matt Guerrier. They got Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners under similar circumstances last year and League pitched well enough to convince the Dodgers to re-sign him for $22.5 million. As was the case with League last year, Marmol has lost his job as the closer on a non-contending team.
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July 2, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER - The Dodgers temporarily fixed Brandon League last year after picking him up from the scrap heap. They hope to do the same this year with Carlos Marmol, the deposed closer they acquired Tuesday from the Chicago Cubs. While there is no guarantee Marmol will ever recover the form that made him an All-Star in 2008, the Dodgers aren't taking much of a gamble. The Dodgers sent the Cubs right-hander Matt Guerrier, who, like Marmol, was designated for assignment last week.
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July 1, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers appear to be making progress on a deal to acquire embattled reliever Carlos Marmol from the Chicago Cubs, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because a trade hasn't been finalized. Marmol, 30, was designated for assignment last week. He was an all-star in 2008, but was 2-4 with a 5.86 earned-run average this season and lost his job as the Cubs' closer. Marmol is in the final year of a three-year contract and is still owed around $5 million.
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June 3, 2013
Left-hander Patrick Corbin became the major leagues' first nine-game winner, laboring through six innings Sunday in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-4 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Corbin (9-0) gave up four runs and six hits, tying the team record for consecutive wins at the start of the season, set by Brandon Webb in 2008. The Diamondbacks are 11-0 in his starts. The Angels traded Corbin in 2010 as part of the deal for right-hander Dan Haren . Etc. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 20th home run to ignite a three-run seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles got a strong pitching performance from rookie Kevin Gausman in a 4-2 comeback victory over the Detroit Tigers at Baltimore.
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May 18, 2013
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at two first basemen who have been surprising through the season's first quarter, and another who is off to a dreadful start. ON THE UPSWING Mark Reynolds, Cleveland Despite averaging more than 27 home runs per season, Reynolds is known for his ability to not hit the ball. After all, he did strike out more than 200 times three times. But in the last three years, it has been Reynolds' batting average that has kept fantasy owners at arm's length.
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March 23, 2013
Angels 5, Milwaukee 1; Chicago Cubs 7, Angels 6 AT THE PLATE: Mike Trout singled and scored on a passed ball in the first inning and walked in the third against the Brewers. The leadoff batter is hitting .395 (17 for 43) with a team-leading 18 runs. Howie Kendrick, who is batting .481 (26 for 54), hit a run-scoring triple in the first, and Peter Bourjos doubled in a run in the seventh. ON THE MOUND: Joe Blanton pitched well against the Cubs, giving up two earned runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out five and walking none to lower his earned-run average to 3.46.
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March 21, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Chicago Cubs 4. AT THE PLATE: A.J. Ellis was two for three and raised his spring average to .393. Alex Castellanos hit his fourth home run of the exhibition season. Matt Kemp, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is starting to look like his old self. He tripled to right in the fifth inning. ON THE MOUND: Stephen Fife, whom Manager Don Mattingly has described as the most-improved player in camp, made another solid start. Fife held the Cubs to three runs (two earned)
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