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1000 Words: Wood does it all in Cubs win

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It’s all in a day’s work for Cubs All-Star Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79 ERA). The left-hander notched his 18th quality start of the season Sunday, pitching 7.0 innings and giving up only four hits and no earned runs, to lead the Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Giants. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate to raise his batting average to .293 and blasted his third home run of the year. The Cubs finished their 10-game West Coast trip against the Rockies, Diamondbacks and Giants 6-4.

1000 Words: Lake is making it look easy

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Outfielder Junior Lake hit his first career home run Monday night. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Since his July 19 call-up, outfielder Junior Lake has fit right into the Cubs’ offense. Though it’s an extremely small sample size, the 23-year-old has a .529/.556/.765 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line in 18 plate appearances. He picked up his first career home run Monday night in a 4-2 win over Arizona.

After spending the majority of his minor league career at either shortstop or third base, Lake has been in center field for all four of his major league games—his first four starts at the position since signing with the organization in 2007.

1000 Words: An Evening—and Early Morning—with Pearl Jam

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A thunderstorm rolled through Chicago Friday night, delaying the Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field for a few hours. But when the storms passed, Eddie Vedder and Co. got back on stage and played well into the night, wrapping up festivities at around 2 a.m.

1000 Words: Travis Wood, All-Star

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Left-handed starter Travis Wood will represent the Cubs in the 2013 All-Star Game Tuesday night. Even though Wood threw on Sunday, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the 26-year-old is available to pitch tonight at NL manager Bruce Bochy’s discretion.

Wood, who has a 6-6 record this year, has quickly emerged as one of baseball’s toughest left-handers. He’s compiled a 2.79 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP—both good for top 10 in the NL—and a league-best 17 quality starts over 122.2 innings pitched. It’s Wood’s first All-Star selection.

1000 Words: Sveum and Stanley

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As part of the first pitch ceremonies on Sunday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville brought the Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field, where players and coaches—like manager Dale Sveum—snapped photos of the championship hardware.

1000 Words: Happy Fourth of July!

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Wishing you and your family a happy Fourth of July from Vine Line and the Chicago Cubs.

1000 Words: Time stands still

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With the Cubs sporting the 1909 throwback uniforms on Saturday, DH Alfonso Soriano ripped an 11th-inning, two-run homer to give the North Siders a 5-3 win over the Mariners. The Cubs took two of three over the weekend in the organization’s third-ever series in Seattle. They open a three-game set in Oakland Tuesday night.

1000 Words: Happy anniversary, Anthony Rizzo

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One year ago today, first baseman Anthony Rizzo made his Cubs debut in a 5-3 victory against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field. The then-22-year-old got off to an auspicious start, going 2-for-4 with a double and the go-ahead RBI. In 161 games for the Cubs, Rizzo has hit .270/.341/.466 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. In May, the team locked up the cornerstone player with a seven-year, $41 million contract that includes two option years.

1000 Words: Congrats to the 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks

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On Monday night, the Blackhawks celebrated their second Stanley Cup title in four seasons by defeating the Bruins 3-2 to claim a six-game series victory. After Boston took a 2-1 third period lead, Chicago mounted a furious comeback with a pair of goals—separated by only 17 seconds—with just 1:16 left in the game. Winger Patrick Kane was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the series MVP.

1000 Words: Sweeney’s Career Day

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Outfielder Ryan Sweeney is taking full advantage of the chance to play every day as a result of David DeJesus’ unfortunate shoulder injury. In Sunday’s 14-6 home win over the former division rival Houston Astros, Sweeney had a career day, going 3-for-5 with a double, a three-run home run and six RBI. In 39 games this season, the versatile outfielder has put up a .309/.356/.521 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line.

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