| Jun 19, 2012
| 8:28 PM
Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood wants home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor to know there’s an inside corner.
But the shoelaces were a strike?
Showing great savvy in adjusting to Bucknor’s sometimes incomprehensible strike zone...
| Mar 29, 2012
| 8:21 AM
Lovie Smith has to say he likes his group of offensive linemen. Just like we have to slam our palms to our foreheads.
Lovie Smith also has to say he’s “comfortable’’ with a left tackle who gave up the most sacks and committed...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 7:09 PM
The White Sox were extremely pleased with the development of their pitching staff in 2012, particularly the rookie relievers who experienced the pressure of a division race.
In fact, general manager Ken Williams resisted any temptation to trade any of...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 6:25 PM
Robin Ventura? I guess this means "All in" is now "Everybody out of the Pool!" The only way this works is if Ventura gets to grow as they let the kids play as KW was quoted as saying recently. Otherwise, if they get a bench coach with managerial...
| Oct 17, 2012
| 7:16 PM
A pitching staff that included Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Marmol went belly up in 2012, despite prolonged stretches of dominance from those four starters and the closer.
The Cubs finished 24th among all major...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 9:24 PM
What White Sox ace Chris Sale called a disgrace after his four-inning outing Tuesday, pitching coach Don Cooper brushed off as a bad day.
What qualified as frustration Thursday for fellow Sox first-year starter Jose Quintana in a 5-3 loss to the Orioles,...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 5:30 PM
It's all about Luke Gregerson. Says a lot, doesn't it?
Over the last two seasons, the best thing about the Padres has been their bullpen. It carried Bud Black's team to the threshold of the playoffs in 2010 and was the backbone of a bad team last year as...
| May 20, 2012
| 2:54 PM
During spring training, Jake Peavy said he wouldn’t try to become a pitcher who relies on guile after surgery robbed him of the power he used to have. Peavy lied, and good for him. He has become as smart as he is good. When he lost the plate in...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 8:44 PM
One of the big discussions in the press box before Friday’s game was whether Jason Hammel will be an All-Star.
Not whether he is worthy – he has been the Orioles’ best starter this season – but whether he’ll be named to...
| Apr 21, 2012
| 7:32 PM
That pitch that got away from A.J. Pierzynski to end Phil Humber's perfect game Saturday? The same pitch that Michael Saunders and John Jaso couldn't lay off earlier in the ninth?
Those were sliders, wicked, wicked sliders.
"Hard, sharp and quick," said...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 6:17 PM
Jake Peavy allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings during a Friday rehabilitation start for AAA Charlotte against Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
Peavy was making his first start since April 18 when he left a Double-A game with discomfort in the area of his surgery...