| Jul 1, 2009
PITTSBURGH -- Aramis Ramirez has an opt-out clause in his contract after the 2010 season, giving him an opportunity to test free agency if his $14.6 million salary is below fair-market value.
But after learning how valuable he is to the Cubs during his...
| Jul 9, 2009
Lou Piniella was in no mood to regurgitate his pregame comments about the lack of offense after Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Atlanta pushed the Cubs back to .500 at 41-41.
"There's no sense talking about it anymore," the Cubs manager said.
The Cubs wound...
| Jul 12, 2009
Winning at Wrigley Field has become routine for Ted Lilly. The way he earned his victory Saturday was anything but.
For only the second time all season, the Cubs got RBIs in the same game from Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley, and the...
| Jul 21, 2009
PHILADELPHIA -- They aren't far apart mile-wise, but Washington's and Philadelphia's baseball teams might as well be separated by a million miles.
After sweeping the Nationals in four games, the Cubs traveled to Philadelphia, where it's an entirely...
| Jul 25, 2009
The countdown to the July 31 trade deadline is on, and the Cubs remain in a wait-and-see mode.
They are 1 1/2 games behind first-place St. Louis after Friday's 8-5 victory over Cincinnati.
The Cubs have won 8 of their last 11, a streak that roughly...
| Jul 29, 2009
Ted Lilly joked before Tuesday night's game that Ryan Dempster never should have tried to imitate him when he jumped over the dugout fence three weeks ago and broke his big right toe.
"I tried to warn Ryan," Lilly said. "That was something [ Jason]...
| Jul 30, 2009
Randy Wells could be the Cubs' second straight Rookie of the Year.
Wells may have put himself into serious contention Wednesday with eight shutout innings in a 12-0 romp over Houston.
It was not only Wells' seventh victory in his last eight starts,...
| Aug 5, 2009
CINCINNATI -- Few of Jim Hendry's off-season moves have worked out the way he wanted, as evidenced by the Cubs' first-half malaise.
But the deadline deal that brought left-handers Tom Gorzelanny and John Grabow from Pittsburgh has paid early dividends....
| Aug 15, 2009
What a difference a couple of innings and some bad pitching makes.
Before Friday's game, Cubs' manager Lou Piniella was denying this season was "doom and gloom" while admitting it had been "a long, grinding, tiring season."
But after two innings, his...
| Aug 20, 2009
SAN DIEGO -- After Rich Harden threw seven scoreless innings Wednesday night to lead the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Padres, the team headed up Interstate 5 to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in a rematch of last year's playoff series.
| Sep 10, 2009
PITTSBURGH -- If they both end up retired in a few years, Carlos Zambrano and Lou Piniella could team up and take their comedy act on the road across America.
Their act is so polished by now that it seems as though they have been rehearsing it for years....