| Jun 14, 2013
| 5:53 PM
It hasn't been that many years ago that hockey in this city was a relative afterthought — a footnote to more serious sports discussions about the Bears, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox.
Sports talk radio producers and station managers admonished their...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 7:16 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Liriano pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 Friday for their major league-leading 10th shutout, matching Pittsburgh's total for all of last season.
Liriano (4-2) walked...
| May 29, 2013
In the White Sox clubhouse Tuesday, the East Coast teenage right wing within Paul Konerko waxed nostalgic about the sport that still warms his heart if not pays his bills.
"I can go back to every year since I can remember and tell you every Stanley...
| May 28, 2013
| 9:13 PM
Having emerged from his senior season of high school with a reputation as a Nolan Ryan/Tom Seaver hybrid, Todd Van Poppel was a can't-miss kid in the spring of 1990. The Braves had the first draft pick and were set to stake their future on him.
| May 30, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Monday afternoon, when the White Sox were 24-24 and rolling — at least by the low standards of our civic baseball drought — Adam Dunn was talking about how easy it is to start pressing when things go wrong.
"I'm the world's worst at it,''...
| May 30, 2013
| 10:15 AM
Exhausted, but ready for more. I'm writing this from a bed, I won't lie. Once the refs took away Niklas Hjalmarsson's game winner, paramedics were summoned to my house.
But I was resuscitated, despite the sign I carry with me that says "do not...
| May 23, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Right about the time you're settling down for some Memorial Day barbecue and beverages on Monday, the Cubs and White Sox will renew their Crosstown Classic rivalry. This year it's only four games—two at each ballpark—and they're all back to...
| May 26, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Starting pitching is everything, right?
After all, the 10 major league teams that had the lowest starters' earned-run average averaged 91 wins last season. This year, eight of the top 10 teams in ERA are winning almost 60 percent of their games,...
| May 14, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Talking baseball while congratulating the Boston Bruins on one of the great playoff finishes of all time:
1. In less than two years with the Cubs’ organization, Anthony Rizzo has earned himself a $41 million guarantee, which he says guarantees...
| May 9, 2013
| 8:24 PM
Rafael Soriano has been so successful closing games for Washington that his teammates want to follow his lead, right down to the untucked jersey.
Soriano converted his 12th save in 13 chances to end the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on...
| May 10, 2013
| 8:10 PM
Ian Desmond’s three hits included a two-run homer and an RBI double, and Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki also drove in runs with doubles, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 for their season-high fifth consecutive victory....