| Jul 8, 2014
| 11:15 PM
The Oakland Athletics made their intentions clear last week when they bolstered an already stout rotation by trading for Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija and right-hander Jason Hammel. The best team in baseball won't be satisfied with a third straight...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 12:55 PM
Last week’s trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics, which sent pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a prospect package that includes top 10 prospect Addison Russell, kicked off the MLB trade season in...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 8:07 PM
To explain his recent struggles, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson compared his pitching to golf. In his previous start, when he gave up three home runs in 41/3 innings, he was way off in the woods.
Against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Angel...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 7:23 PM
CINCINNATI — Arismendy Alcantara earned three more days in the major leagues and fellow rookie Kyle Hendricks left a more than credible impression in his debut start.
In the process, the Cubs sustained their pride Thursday in an emotionally...
| 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.
| Jul 12, 2014
| 3:11 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Parity has been one of the biggest stories of baseball's first half, with almost everyone still in the wild-card hunt.
"Parity is good," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said recently. "More people are in it. Hope is always good."...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 7:24 PM
BOSTON — The chance to run his hometown team wasn't as attractive at this time for Jason McLeod as the opportunity — he hopes — to watch many prospects blossom into major league stars.
McLeod told reporters Monday that he will remain...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 8:35 PM
BOSTON — Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy has been traded twice to contending teams, so he understands what Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija is experiencing with the July 31 trade deadline looming.
"It's a crazy time in your life," said Peavy, who spoke with...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 5:45 PM
Following a quick turnaround after Saturday night's rain-delayed game, the Cubs and Pirates reported for duty Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
"I work pretty good on 4-6 hours' sleep," Cubs manager Rick Renteria quipped.
Apparently his players...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 9:25 PM
For the past two weeks, manager Rick Renteria has spoken glowingly about a Cubs rotation that has come close to matching the prowess of its bullpen with several dependable performances.
The likes of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel have provided...
| 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...