| Mar 23, 2012
| 4:14 PM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With his spot in the rotation seemingly secure, Jeff Samardzija has the luxury of working on refining his pitches this spring.
Samardzija was on the mound again Friday, giving up 10 hits and seven runs in an eventual 10-8 victory...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 8:34 PM
More than most Aprils in the city, baseball's opening day arrives open for interpretation.
Baseball romantics see the rebirth of something wonderful on both sides of town and anticipate a rush of summer babies named Robin or Theo.
| Apr 5, 2012
| 6:29 AM
Cubs fans claimed they would be patient and understanding with the idea of sitting through a rebuilding program.
Not that fans had any experience at it. The Cubs always acted like the Yankees with a learner’s permit. The Cubs were always about...
| Apr 8, 2012
| 7:52 PM
On Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals copied the formula that gave them two victories to start this season — except for the important part. Their offense stalled. Their pitching, in this case seven stellar innings from Jordan Zimmermann,...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 8:10 AM
The Cubs were built to lose 100 games, so what was with the obsession to avoid it?
The actual issue is losing 100 games and still not getting the top pick in the draft. So Cub.
I can understand players not wanting to be a part of 100 losses. I...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 7:40 PM
The Cubs wanted Starlin Castro to be a model citizen, improve his fielding, add a little power and use his speed more often this year.
Castro did all of those things to some degree and ultimately was rewarded with a seven-year, $60 million deal, with a...
| 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...
| May 3, 2012
| 7:26 AM
The blog for people who don’t have all day to read blogs:
Bulls players faced adversity in the third quarter of Game 2 of their playoff series against Philadelphia --- the first time they faced a hard playoff test coming at them since Derrick...
| May 18, 2012
| 2:16 PM
Yes, there also was a baseball game Friday. Amid all the hoopla of the NATO visit, rumors of President Obama visiting Wrigley Field and Kerry Wood picking this weekend to retire, the City Series finally got to take center stage.
The Cubs and White Sox...
| May 19, 2012
| 8:13 PM
Cubs manager Dale Sveum helped out the White Sox, and John Danks did the rest on Saturday night.
The White Sox’s left-handed starter has had more trouble with left-handed hitters than righties this season. His confidence in throwing his changeup to...
| 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...