Here's the latest from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Jon Lester on his Tuesday night start: "There are a lot of things that need to be fixed, and they will."
- The Cubs are obviously hoping for the best with their recent signing of Rafael Soriano, although Joe Maddon admits that he has no idea what Soriano is going to look like until he gets to the big club.
- Maddon on all of the Kyle Schwarber talk: "Everybody's been talking about it. I'm just playing along."
- Cash Kruth takes a closer look at the Cubs' third-round pick Bryan Hudson, an 18-year-old left-handed pitcher from Alton, Illinois.
- There was another update on the All-Star voting released on Tuesday and Kris Bryant remains the highest-placing Cub at a position, still in second place behind Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers looks at the perfomance so far this season from Jon Lester and says that Lester simply can't have all of these off-nights.
- And for all of the talk that surrounded Kyle Schwarber the past week or so, Rogers declares that he never thought that the Cubs would call Schwarber up to be the designated hitter for the upcoming interleague games.
- If there was ever a good match between a player and a team, Rogers says that it would be David Price and the Cubs.
- If you have some (or probably a lot of) spare cash and are looking to get some Andre Dawson memorabilia, there will be an auction of Dawson items -- including his 1987 MVP award and his 1982 Gold Glove -- this summer at the National Sports Collector's Convention in Chicago.
From CBS Chicago:
- Bruce Levine writes that the Cubs stayed true to form with their pick of Ian Happ in the first round of the draft.
- Joe Maddon seems to enjoy talking with the media on a daily basis. That wasn't the case in one particular instance 33 years ago.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- The Cubs aren't shy about using the Cape Cod League as a measuring stick for evaluating pro prospects, writes Mark Gonzales.
- The right field bleachers are set to open today -- and the Cubs are more than ready for it.
- In case you're wondering how the Cubs have fared with the pitcher hitting eighth, here's a breakdown of the numbers so far.
- And if you're planning on telling Joe Maddon that batting the pitcher eighth is overrated, be prepared for a healthy debate.
- For the baseball card collectors out there, you'll be happy to know that Kris Bryant will be appearing in the Topps Series 2 set that will be released on Wednesday.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- If the Cubs are planning on pursuing David Price this offseason, Gordon Wittenmyer suggests that the front office better start loading up the wheelbarrow full of cash.
- With Kris Bryant doing as well as he is for the Cubs... it seemed like a good idea to draft his doppleganger.
- From the "Did You Know" and the "Whoda Thunk It" files: Anthony Rizzo and former White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas both started their careers the same way. They both had a triple for their first career hit.
- [VIDEO] Why does Rizzo want to play in this year's All-Star Game? Because he just loves Cincinnati.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Hopes of a quick return for Javier Baez seem to be fading as the timetable is moving toward six to eight weeks -- as opposed to the hoped four to six -- to recover from his broken left ring finger.
- Even though the Cubs have signed Rafael Soriano, they apparently are still in talks to acquire the services of Jonathan Papelbon.
- Move over, Kansas City: This year's Southern League All-Star Game will feature seven players from the Tennessee Smokies.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- More honors down on the farm, as Christian Villanueva was named the PCL Player of the Week on Monday.
Today's food for thought:
- If you want to send a really big rocket into space, you need an even bigger building in which to build it.
- Now this is a cool find. Contractors doing work on at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City to install new white boards began by removing the existing chalkboards that were in place. In the process of taking down the chalkboards, they found another set of chalkboards underneath them that still had writing and illustrations on them from 1917.