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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.

1000 Words: Party on Borbon Street

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Apparently nothing in Chicago gets decided without a little overtime these days. In the bottom of the 14th inning, pinch-hitter Julio Borbon ripped a two-out, walk-off base hit to score Starlin Castro from third, propelling the Cubs to a 6-5 win over Cincinnati on Thursday. The victory snapped a 12-game home losing streak to the Reds.

1000 Words: Baez belts four homers

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Hard-hitting Javier Baez is widely considered one of the Cubs organization’s top minor league prospects, and the shortstop hasn’t failed to live up to the hype this season. Though he struggled to find his stroke early, Baez is now hitting .291/.339/.570 (AVG/OBP/SLG) and is in the top four in home runs and RBI in the High-A Florida State League. But nobody could have predicted the near-perfect night the 2012 first-round pick had on Monday, when he went 4-for-4 with four homers and seven RBI, propelling Daytona to a 9-6 win over visiting Fort Myers.

Baez hit a two-run homer in the first, led off the third with a solo shot to center, ripped another two-run home run to left in the fifth, and wrapped up his night with a solo shot to left in the seventh. He now has 13 bombs on the year to go along with 44 RBI.

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1000 Words: Rizzo to the rescue

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It was a lot of travel for a brief, two-game series, but Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo made the westward journey to Anaheim worthwhile Wednesday night. After Angels slugger Mark Trumbo tied the game with a solo homer (his first of two) in the eighth inning, Rizzo came through with two outs in the 10th, driving a bases-clearing, three-run double down the right-field line to boost the Cubs to an 8-6 victory over the Angels.

1000 Words: Getting good (Travis) Wood

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Travis Wood’s 2013 campaign has been nothing short of incredible. On the mound this season, the 26-year-old southpaw is 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 72 innings. But it’s what he’s done in the batter’s box that has really captured Cubs fans’ attention.

The right-handed hitter owns a .292/.320/.583 (AVG/OBP/SLG) line with a pair of homers and seven RBI. In the fourth inning of Thursday’s tilt with the White Sox, Wood ripped a Jake Peavy cutter into the left-field stands for a grand slam, propelling the North Siders to an 8-3 win.

The grand slam was the first by a Cubs pitcher at Wrigley Field since Burt Hooten accomplished the feat in 1972.

And Wood isn’t the only pitcher on the staff who’s having success at the plate. According to Elias, the 19 RBI by Cubs pitchers in May is the most in a calendar month since the 1940 Tigers drove in 20. Wood (7) and fellow starter Scott Feldman (6) alone each have more RBI than any other pitching staff. Also, the pitching staff has produced more RBI this month than the Cubs No. 3 hitters (17), and they have matched the total from the No. 4 spot (19).

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