| Jul 21, 2014
| 8:10 PM
Before we resume our annual obsession with all things Bears, Chicago must acknowledge how surprisingly sturdy the bridge was that connected the stretch of baseball between the end of the Blackhawks and the beginning of Bourbonnais.
Seldom have sports...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Thank goodness the Cubs got back to being the Cubs.
I have no idea what they were doing winning – a season-high five games in a row – but they had to stop that.
And on Sunday, mercifully, they did. They failed to hit in the clutch and they...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:39 PM
MIAMI — With at least six scouts evaluating Jason Hammel, the Cubs' exceptional pitching rental didn't turn in one of his sharper performances.
Perhaps those same evaluators will see a more tantalizing performance from ace Jeff Samardzija on...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:33 PM
MIAMI — After laboring through six innings Tuesday night, the wait until Jeff Samardzija's next start may seem like an eternity.
While pitching in front of at least six scouts from pitching-thirsty playoff contenders, Samardzija weaved in and...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:17 PM
MIAMI -- After receiving his seventh no-decision in puzzling season, ace Jeff Samardzija insisted late Tuesday night that he was unaware of any suggestion that the Chicago Cubs were making a late push to sign him to an extension in the midst of...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 7:14 PM
MIAMI — Third baseman Kris Bryant caught the eye of several Cubs players in spring training, so they were among the least surprised Wednesday with his long-awaited promotion from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa, where he will join top prospect...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 7:20 PM
MIAMI — While ace Jeff Samardzija can control his future after the 2015 season, Jake Arrieta is making the Cubs feel better about their own.
Arrieta took another step toward becoming a more reliable part of the Cubs' future with his latest...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 6:58 PM
A refrain that is all too familiar to Cubs fans: "Wait till next year," also will apply to top slugging prospect Kris Bryant, who hit 22 home runs at Double-A Tennessee before being promoted to Triple-A Iowa and hitting another home run in his debut...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 5:36 PM
All games on WGN-AM 720.
Season series: Reds lead 3-2.
Monday: 7:05 p.m., WCIU-26.
RH Alfredo Simon (10-3, 3.05) vs. RH Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.60).
Tuesday: 7:05 p.m., CSN.
RH Homer Bailey (7-3, 4.68) vs. RH Jake Arrieta (3-1, 1.98)....
| Jun 21, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Bill Shaikin ranks the 30 teams. Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:
1. OAKLAND: Raiders owner wants to “tear that Oakland Coliseum down the minute the 2015 baseball season’s over.”...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 1:14 PM
Welington Castillo will make his first start at catcher Monday night since returning from the 15-day disabled list when the Chicago Cubs play host to the Cincinnati Reds.
Castillo, who missed nearly three weeks because of rib cage inflammation, struck...