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Trade deadline day: Tim Beckham headed to Orioles in last-minute deal

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The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their injury-depleted infield by acquiring Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays for a minor league pitcher just before the trading deadline expired. Beckham is batting .259 in 87 games with the Rays. He’s played second base, third and shortstop.

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Cubs rally for 7-3 win over Rays

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Jon Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking two-run single an inning later, helping the Chicago Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. The Cubs appeared to be headed for their sixth loss in eight games before Jay drove a 1-2 pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (4-3) over the wall in left-center for a tying three-run shot with two out in the sixth inning. Jay then popped out…

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Rays win reunion with Joe Maddon, beat Cubs 6-5

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Tim Beckham homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays won their reunion with Joe Maddon, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday. Beckham’s two-run drive highlighted a five-run fourth against Jon Lester (5-5). Alex Colome gave up two runs in the ninth, but the Rays won their first meeting against Maddon since he left to manage Chicago following the 2014 season. Colome threw 38 pitches in the ninth but came away with his 22nd save in 26 chances. He gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. and walked Jon…

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On Election Day, let’s talk baseball …

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Grumpy and possibly jealous old men — some with newspaper columns — disapproved of Saturday’s comedy debut of Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, and Tallahassee homeboy David Ross. Fresh off their World Series win, the trio swung by Saturday Night Live to sing “Go Cubs Go” with superfan and trained professional comedian Bill Murray, and to bump and grind with Benedict Cumberbatch in a tasteless-by-design sketch starring cast member Aidy Bryant, a gifted practitioner of physical comedy who makes anyone who shares her stage look terrific. The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal dissed the…

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With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

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The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn’t have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs. It was as if the gods finally cut this snake-bit franchise a long overdue break. One hundred and eight years overdue. Shell-shocked after blowing a three-run lead with four outs to go in Game 7 of the World Series, the Cubs looked more like deer staring into headlights as they headed to extra innings against the Cleveland Indians. A series of head-scratching moves…

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Dueling droughts: Cubs, Indians to meet in World Series

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At long, long last, it’s true: Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series. The matchup between teams that forever waited till next year – next century, really – is finally here. A classic Fall Classic, for sure. Do-it-all Javier Baez, flashy Francisco Lindor, MVP caliber Kris Bryant and a bevy of young stars. Lights-out relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, and wily skippers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. Plus, intrigue if injured All-Star starter Danny…

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Joe Maddon should seek advice from Terry Francona

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Joe Maddon has his work cut out for him. He must convince his team that they can accomplish the next-to-impossible. Good luck with that. Maddon’s Chicago Cubs are looking at a 3-0 deficit in their National League Championship Series against the New York Mets. New York’s pitching has been better than their opponents from Chicago’s north side. More importantly, the Mets’ starters have been better than the Cubs’ potent, but young, hitters. So what does a manager say to his…

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