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5/5/2016 | Zobrist hits the power switch to spark offense

On Wednesday, Ben Zobrist hit a three-run homer while batting left-handed. On Thursday night, he belted a two-run shot from the right side. "It's a good sign for me," said Zobrist, who drove in four runs in the Cubs' 5-2 win on Thursday over the Nationals.

5/5/2016 | Fowler ejected for asking about strike zone

Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler was ejected from Thursday's series opener against the Nationals in the third inning for arguing a called third strike with home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza.

5/5/2016 | Cubs swat Nats as Zobrist's bat logs 4 RBIs

Ben Zobrist smacked a two-run single in the fourth inning and a two-run homer in the eighth to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Nationals on Thursday night in a battle between first-place teams.

5/5/2016 | Scherzer, Lackey set for marquee pitching matchup

The second of a four-game set at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon will feature a matchup between Nationals ace Max Scherzer and Cubs righty John Lackey.

5/5/2016 | Ramirez to bereavement list; Patton fills spot

Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez was placed on the bereavement list on Thursday to attend his grandmother's funeral, and right-handed reliever Spencer Patton was called up from Triple-A Iowa.

5/5/2016 | Heyward back in action after Fowler's ejection

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, who has missed the last four games because of a sore right wrist, did everything on Thursday as if he was starting in hopes that he can return to the lineup on Friday.

5/5/2016 | Jay, Urias among top prospect performers Wednesday

A new month has already brought better results for Tyler Jay, who, on Wednesday, fired a season-high 6 1/3 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old lefty scattered five hits, walked two and matched his season high with seven strikeouts while also inducing six ground-ball outs.

5/4/2016 | Clash of titans: Can Nats slow Majors-leading Cubs?

Sometimes everything works out just right, even the timing. Bryce Harper is bringing the Nationals to Wrigley Field on Thursday. Jake Arrieta's Cubs are going to be there and waiting.

5/4/2016 | Cubs' dominant pitching sets tone for success

In a matchup between the two top teams in the National League Central, the Cubs' 6-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday completed a three-game sweep at PNC Park. Chicago's recipe for success includes a key component -- outstanding pitching.

5/4/2016 | Ross, Hendricks to start as NL leaders clash

The Cubs are set to open a four-game series with the Nationals on Thursday night at Wrigley Field. It's a matchup of two of the top teams in baseball.

5/4/2016 | La Stella embracing role, proving valuable

Cubs bench player Tommy La Stella has proven to be a valuable piece as the Cubs have streaked out to the lead in the National League Central.

5/4/2016 | Cubs using caution with Heyward's wrist

The Cubs continue to be cautious with outfielder Jason Heyward, who was out of the lineup for a third straight game as the Cubs faced the Pirates for the finale of a three-game series at PNC Park on Wednesday.

5/4/2016 | Lester throws gem, glove in Cubs' sweep

Already off to their best start in more than 100 years, the Cubs further cemented their status as the National League Central's team to beat on Wednesday, finishing a three-game sweep of the Pirates with a 6-2 win at PNC Park.

5/4/2016 | Stats of the Day: Arrieta continues epic run

Jake Arrieta limited the Pirates to two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 7-1 Cubs win. Arrieta is the eight pitcher in the live-ball era to win at least 17 consecutive decisions, and the first to do it since White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras won 17 in a row in 2005-06.

5/4/2016 | Cubbie comeback: Kalish returns to Majors

Ryan Kalish's harmless flyout in the eighth inning on Tuesday may not have affected the outcome of the game the Cubs won, 7-1, or drawn any attention beyond one line in a box score, but it meant something -- a whole lot of something -- to the man who hit it.

5/4/2016 | Jake the great: Amazing run for Arrieta

Right-hander Jake Arrieta's incredible run continued on Tuesday night at PNC Park as the Cubs' ace upped his record to 6-0 with a masterful seven shutout innings of two-hit baseball in a 7-1 win over the Pirates.

5/3/2016 | Pirates need big start from Nicasio vs. Cubs

Coming off a start in which he was in "complete command," according to manager Clint Hurdle, Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio will try to shut down the Cubs' dangerous lineup in the series finale at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon. Chicago is going for a sweep behind left-hander Jon Lester.

5/3/2016 | Utter dominance: Arrieta (6-0) stellar vs. Bucs

Jake Arrieta walked the Pirates' first two hitters Tuesday night, and that was about as bad as it got for the Cubs. Returning to PNC Park for the first time since the National League Wild Card Game, Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-0 in the Cubs' 7-1 win over the Pirates.

5/3/2016 | Szczur (hamstring) to DL; Kalish recalled

The Cubs placed Matt Szczur was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a mild right hamstring strain, and Ryan Kalish called up from Triple-A Iowa.

5/3/2016 | Sore wrist keeps Heyward sidelined

Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward did not start for the second straight game Tuesday because of a sore right wrist injured during a series in Arizona in early April.

5/3/2016 | Cubs could take a page from soccer playbook

The sporting world was mesmerized by Leicester City's clinching of the prestigious Barclays Premier League title Monday. And because a certain National League squad hasn't won the World Series since 1908, it's easy to draw a baseball parallel to Leicester ending its 132-year wait for glory.

5/3/2016 | Nothing contrived about Cubs-Pirates rivalry

For a rivalry to really work, a few elements have to be in order: Both teams have to be good, they have to have a lot on the line every time they play, and they have to -- at least between the lines -- not like each other very much.

5/3/2016 | Szczur (right hamstring) to undergo MRI

Cubs right fielder Matt Szczur exited Monday's 7-2 win against the Pirates with tightness in his right hamstring after scoring in the fifth inning.