| Jul 9, 2014
| 1:21 AM
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MLB Team Report - Houston Astros - INSIDE PITCH
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Houston Astros are doing double duty these days as baseball players and politicians.
On Monday, manager Bo Porter was urging everybody who came his way to vote...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Why is Arismendy Alcantara at Triple-A Iowa not considered a core player? He hits for average, is a strong fielder with good speed and can play multiple positions. --Scott Schubert, Tulsa, Okla.
Scott, you’ve identified many skills that Arismendy...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 3:27 PM
The Chicago Cubs cut ties with reliever Jose Veras by designating him for assignment Tuesday.
Veras had an 8.10 ERA in 12 appearances. The Cubs owe Veras $3.85 million this season and a $150,000 buyout for 2015.
The Cubs also placed catcher Welington...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 11:20 AM
PITTSBURGH -- The spotlight will be on Gregory Polanco as the prized rookie makes his major league debut Tuesday night for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
But the Chicago Cubs hope to see a revival from rookie third baseman Mike Olt, who returns to the starting...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 6:07 PM
PITTSBURGH — In the eyes of Indiana baseball coach Tracy Smith, catcher Kyle Schwarber checked off every box with an exclamation mark.
"After (Cubs President) Theo Epstein interviewed him this spring in Arizona, he told me it was one of the best...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 1:16 PM
The Houston Astros signed right-handed reliever Jose Veras to a minor league contract on Sunday.
Veras, the Astros' former closer, started this season with the Chicago Cubs.
Veras, 33, was released by Chicago last Tuesday. He allowed 12 earned runs in...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:18 AM
Picking through the dumpster that was the Cubs in 2013 -- and 2012, for that matter -- I thought they’d found something on the mound beyond Travis Wood.
And that was reliever Pedro Strop, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever acquired from...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 11:31 AM
I'd love to have the luxury of comparing the Cubs to a show like "The Walking Dead," or any popular scripted drama for that matter. Alas, in terms of quality, drama and critical acclaim, the Cubs are more like a sitcom. A sitcom on its way up, no doubt,...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The Choice (and remember, death is not an option):
Jose Veras closing games for the Cubs or Edwin Jackson starting them?
At least the Cubs are willing to look at other closer options. Veras can just sit there while the likes of Hector Rondon, Pedro...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Re-signing or replacing third baseman Juan Uribe figures to be at or near the top of the Dodgers’ to-do list at baseball’s winter meetings, which start Monday in Florida.
General Manager Ned Colletti said the Dodgers have already made...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Detroit completed a four-game sweep of Cleveland on Thursday night, turning a three-game lead in what for months was a tight American League Central race into a seven-game bulge, when the message came across Twitter.
"Congratulations to the Tigers,...