| May 9, 2014
| 8:32 PM
It didn't happen immediately, but Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen slowly is emerging as the pitcher who excelled for the club in its surprising 2012 playoff run.
That could be a huge development for a team that sits alone, at least for now, atop the...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 7:11 PM
With baseball at the ceremonial midpoint of the season, the biggest overachievers and underachievers are division rivals.
The American League West is home to the teams with the major leagues' best records, the Oakland Athletics (59-36) and the Los...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 8:15 PM
Ah, summer. Who doesn't love a good summer romance? As a kid, my summer social existence revolved around the golf course pool. If a girl was lucky and the guy of her dreams happened to hang out at the pool while she was lifeguarding, there was a chance...
| Jul 6, 2014
Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games:
OAKLAND: AL's best pitching staff (3.18 ERA) gets a lot better with addition of Samardzija and Hammel. (1)
DETROIT: Victor Martinez has nearly as many home runs (21) as...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 3:38 PM
So what are Cubs fans going to talk about now that they can't speculate when Jeff Samardzija is going to be dealt?
While you were drinking beer this weekend and either blowing up stuff or watching other people blow up stuff, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 9:03 PM
With the departures of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta said he’s ready to take on a more prominent role with the Chicago Cubs as he makes his final start of the first half Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
| Jun 24, 2014
| 10:18 PM
The only sense of dejection from Jake Arrieta late Tuesday night stemmed from the probability that he might not have Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel as teammates for much longer.
“I’ve always wanted to pitch at a high level for whatever...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 10:34 AM
Both Chicago managers were jeered Tuesday night, though Robin Ventura probably couldn’t hear White Sox fans shouting at their TVs from his dugout spot in Baltimore, some 700 miles away.
It was one of those rare nights of Chicago baseball symmetry,...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 11:25 AM
BOSTON -- It was fitting that Jake Arrieta pitched the final game of June as the Chicago Cubs concluded one of their most successful months in recent history.
Arrieta's 7 2/3 innings of one-hit ball at Boston capped a 15-13 month for the Cubs, who won...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 11:39 AM
BOSTON -- Junior Lake's snapping of his bat over his leg following one of his four strikeouts Monday night was overshadowed by Jake Arrieta's 7 2/3 innings of one-hit ball at Fenway Park.
Nevertheless, Lake is on the bench Tuesday night while in the...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:16 PM
PHILADELPHIA – Jake Arrieta knows about expectations dating back to his days as the opening day starter with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012.
Since joining the Chicago Cubs last July, Arrieta has shown brief flashes of dominance offset by bouts of...