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June 16, 2011
DIDN'T SOMEONE PROOFREAD the slogan emblazoned on T-shirts worn by several Cubs players as they worked out before batting practice on Tuesday? Oh, the words were spelled correctly, but their meaning could be taken in a rather beastly way. Seems there can only be one reason why the Cubs are one of the worst teams in baseball: the dreaded "Curse of the Billy Goat. " The curse dates to 1945 when a fan was asked to leave a World Series game between the Tigers and Cubs at Wrigley Field because his goat had BO. Upon leaving the fan vowed that the Cubs would never win a World Series.
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August 11, 2009 | by David Murphy
8:05, Wrigley Field, Chicago. TV: Channel 17. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Phillies RHP J.A. Happ (8-2, 2.74) vs. Cubs RHP Rich Harden (7-7, 4.41) Phillies update: Happ grew up 2 hours outside of Chicago, spent 3 years at Northwestern, and lived in the Windy City in the offseason while preparing for a looming spring-training roster battle. Now, he returns riding the wave of the most impressive start of his career, a shutout of the Rockies in which he threw a career-high 127 pitches ... Happ's previous career-high pitch count was 112 ... Since replacing Chan Ho Park in the rotation, Happ is 6-2 with a 2.80 ERA and has held opponents to a .230 batting average.
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July 24, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Chicago Cubs began a thorough inspection of the concrete on the underside of Wrigley Field's upper deck yesterday after a team employee found a third piece of concrete that apparently fell from the 90-year-old stadium's upper deck. After concrete chunks fell at different spots on June 9 and July 16, a team employee found a fragment Wednesday that was "relatively small, palm-of-your-hand" sized, said Mike Lufrano, the Cubs' vice president for community affairs. Shane Spencer cut his right foot when he stepped on some broken glass in a New York bar, and the Mets outfielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
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June 7, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Slugger Sammy Sosa yesterday depicted a fractured relationship with Don Baylor in the wake of the manager's unflattering comments about his defense, and he criticized the Cubs organization for what he deemed as a lack of respect. Over the weekend, Baylor said the Cubs would have to consider trading Sosa if they fell further out of contention. To Sosa, the comment was Baylor's latest shot in a series. Baylor talked about making Sosa a more "complete" player moments after being hired on Nov. 1. At the time, Baylor also said scouting reports about Sosa's defense were "not favorable.
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September 23, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
The Chicago Cubs are back on track, even if Sammy Sosa isn't. The visiting Cubs moved into a tie for the National League wild-card spot, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last night. No thanks to Sosa. Chicago's slugger is mired in his worst slump of the season (0-for-21 and counting) at the worst time of the season. "Everybody knows I've been in a tough situation, but I'm going to come back," pledged Sosa, whose Cubs are tied with New York, 5-3 losers to Montreal last night.
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October 4, 1989 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
The Cubs might very well be able to beat the Giants in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series that begins tonight at Chicago's Wrigley Field. But they most likely won't have an easy time doing it. There is no such thing as a safe lead against the NL West-winning Giants, who refuse to get rattled no matter how many runs they are down going into the ninth inning. "Somewhere along the line, that club, like our club, got the idea that there was no deficit that was too big for them to come back from," said Cubs manager Don Zimmer.
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March 4, 2011
THE CHICAGO CUBS' dugout rarely has been a safe place to be, whether you're a teammate, a manager or an umpire within chasing distance. On Wednesday, pitcher Carlos Silva and third baseman Aramis Ramirez added to the legend of the unfriendly confines. The trouble erupted when a frustrated Silva was upset with the fielding behind him as he came off the field following a three-error, two-homer, six-run first inning against Milwaukee. Ramirez, who dropped a pop fly in the inning, had to be separated from Silva by teammates and coaches.
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August 8, 1988 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Sports Writer
They've been playing professional baseball games at night for 53 years now. They've been playing them in Cincinnati and Los Angeles and New York and San Francisco and Baltimore. They've been playing them in Amarillo and Reno and Fresno and Spokane. But they have never played one in Chicago at Wrigley Field. Until tonight. Tonight, to the joy of some and the disgust of others, the Cubs finally are going prime time. They will face the Phillies in the first of seven night games to be played at Wrigley this year.
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October 10, 1989 | By Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
The television guy was talking earnestly into the minicam. And he was saying something about how the Cubs had failed again. Say, what? Well, this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, after all, and people are going to remember what happened last. And that is simply that those lovable losers, the Cubs, did it again. Their proud starting rotation imploded and they lost the National League Championship Series to the Giants in five games. What will be forgotten is that this is a team that was picked to finish fourth, fifth, even sixth in the NL East this year.
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June 26, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITER
Elementary school teacher Leslie Isaacs says it's easy for her to see how her students are doing as young health journalists. "They have this light from within because they want to help the world," said Isaacs, whose students at Highland Park in Upper Darby have been part of the Healthy NewsWorks student journalism program for several years. Now the College of Physicians of Philadelphia has added its own kudos, giving Healthy NewsWorks the 2016 Organizational Public Health Recognition Award.
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June 10, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The only good news to come from Wednesday's 8-1 drubbing, Pete Mackanin said, was that the Phillies will no longer have to face the Chicago Cubs this season. The Phillies have played the Cubs six times in the last two weeks. They lost five of those games and could have lost all six if it was not for a few heroics on Tuesday night. The six games provided a measuring stick for the Phillies against baseball's best team. "There is a pretty big gap," Mackanin said. ". . .We know where we're at and we know where we want to be. We would like to be like the Cubs.
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June 10, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Vince Velasquez did not grab his shoulder or wince in pain Wednesday afternoon as he exited the Phillies' 8-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He threw just two pitches at Citizens Bank Park before calmly returning to the dugout with soreness in his right biceps. The 24-year-old pitcher appeared to stay cool, but the scene was alarming. It could be the first major injury faced by the team's young pitching staff. The Phillies will have a better idea about the extent of the injury on Thursday when the righthander is reevaluated.
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June 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
When Jeanmar Gomez trotted Tuesday night from the bullpen to the Citizens Bank Park mound, the most difficult of save situations awaited him. The Cubs, winners of 40 of their first 56 games, loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning. The heart of Chicago's lineup was due up. Gomez not only had to preserve a two-run lead, he had to record six outs to seal a 3-2 Phillies win. Pete Mackanin handed Gomez the ball. The Phillies manager retreated to the dugout and noticed a difference in the tranquil Venezuelan closer.
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June 8, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
For Adam Morgan, his urgent task was not so simple. The Phillies lefthander faced the best team in baseball, the Cubs, for the second time in 11 days. The Cubs, who had won 39 of their first 55 games. The Cubs, who battered Morgan for six runs in four innings at Wrigley Field last month. Morgan pitched Monday night for his rotation spot. The Phillies lost, 6-4, but they learned something about the 26-year-old starter. He endured a 30-pitch first inning that teetered toward disaster to complete six innings with three runs allowed to a powerful offense.
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June 3, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
As May became June, the rebuilding Phillies were hailed as many things. They were surprising. Exciting. Resilient. Lucky. The typical superlatives used to describe a team that entered the season with zero expectations and surpassed most of them in a matter of weeks. The current state, extended Wednesday in a lifeless 7-2 loss to first-place Washington at Citizens Bank Park, is boredom. The Phillies at least waited until June to adopt a dull brand of baseball. They have a losing record for the first time since April 24. In fairness, Max Scherzer pitched Wednesday.
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May 31, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - The Phillies' surprising start - one of baseball's best stories this spring - faded away over Memorial Day weekend as the calendar unofficially turned to summer. The team's miserable six-game road trip came to a close Sunday with a 7-2 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. They were swept for the first time since dropping the first three games of the season. They mustered six hits Sunday and did not score until the seventh inning. Manager Pete Mackanin opted to sit Ryan Howard against a righthanded pitcher, but even that could not spark the team's listless offense.
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May 30, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - Maikel Franco tossed his bat into the air, and watched it flip end over end before it crashed into the dirt near home plate. Another scoreless inning was finished. Another futile at-bat was complete. The team's punchless offense came up empty again. The Phillies did not score a run Saturday afternoon until there were two outs in the ninth, and they fell to the Cubs, 4-1, at Wrigley Field. The Phillies were a routine pop-up from being shut out for the third time this season.
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May 29, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CHICAGO - David Ross walked to the top of the dugout steps on Friday afternoon and doffed his helmet, much to the pleasure of the raucous Wrigley Field crowd. Adam Morgan, who allowed three homers in a 6-2 loss to the Cubs, was left alone on the mound as he weathered another frustrating start. Morgan allowed six runs on eight hits. He was removed in the fifth inning after giving up a leadoff homer to Kris Bryant. Morgan has allowed 22 earned runs in 292/3 innings since being promoted from triple A at the end of April.
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May 29, 2016
The Phillies' game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was stopped because of rain in the top of the seventh inning. The Cubs were leading 6-1 when play was halted.  
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