| Feb 28, 2015
| 9:29 AM
MESA, Ariz. – Jon Lester downplayed the suggestion that his success is tied solely to catcher David Ross.
“I think a lot of that stuff is getting overblown now,” Lester said Saturday. “It kind of makes it sound like I can’t...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 6:11 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Teammates said left-hander Jon Lester treated his first live batting practice session with the Cubs as if he was pitching a regular-season game.
And the batters suggested Friday that Lester appeared to be in midseason form.
| Feb 26, 2015
| 9:55 AM
Expect to see plenty of Jon Lester jerseys at Wrigley Field this summer. The Cubs ace moved more jerseys than all other Chicago baseball players and cracked the top 10 overall, according to sales figures from sports apparel retailer fanatics.com....
| Feb 23, 2015
| 7:33 PM
PHOENIX – The Cubs managed to sign Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract in December without the backing of a massive local television contract.
While the Cubs still are in pursuit of marquee pitching, they're reluctant to backload a...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 3:27 PM
It's pretty hard to find fault with the rotation that carried the Orioles to the American League Championship Series last season, but the perception remains that it lacks a true No. 1 starter.
Chris Tillman doesn't take offense, even though he has...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 8:46 PM
MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs begin preparation for the 2015 season Friday, but they also hope to begin to a lay a foundation for long-term success when they conduct their first workout for pitchers and catchers under new manager Joe Maddon.
| Feb 20, 2015
| 4:50 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Jon Lester changed leagues, uniform colors and spring training venues.
But the confidence Lester developed over nine seasons with the Red Sox remains strong as he seeks to help the Cubs win a World Series for the first time in 107...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 6:25 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Jake Arrieta played long toss from a distance of about 160 feet — a sign that he won't be placed on any limits one year after missing the first month of the 2014 season because of shoulder stiffness.
"I think in the...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 2:57 PM
Try to ignore that next cold front sweeping through Chicago—because you know another one's coming—and think baseball for a minute.
The Cubs begin spring training on the heels of the most exciting offseason in recent memory. They added...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 8:35 AM
Manager Joe Maddon was happy to learn his spring training roster will consist of 60 players.
He deems it a manageable number that will allow him and a retooled coaching staff ample time to distinguish those likely to make the opening-day roster and...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 5:36 PM
Before the San Francisco Giants enjoyed their third parade in five years, before a Chevrolet executive memorably advised World Series most valuable player Madison Bumgarner he had won a truck equipped with "technology and stuff," before the "Mad Bum"...