| Jul 31, 2013
Avisail Garcia is 22, maybe a little bit overweight and definitely unproven. He's also a far better bet for the White Sox than Jake Peavy was four years ago, when he came to Chicago less than two years' removed from winning the National League Cy Young...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 7:17 PM
Everybody loves a swashbuckler, especially when he has a Cy Young Award in his trophy case.
General manager Ken Williams fell for Jake Peavy in 2009, and the trade that brought him to Chicago proved a poor return on investment, both for Chairman Jerry...
| Aug 6, 2013
Two old bed sheets. One simple message.
Almost 12 years later, the time that Joe and Gail Bosch of Darien spent making a banner to welcome the New York Yankees back to the field after the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, will be repaid in a way beyond the...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 3:58 PM
Down to their final out, the Toronto Blue Jays got consecutive run-scoring singles from Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the ninth inning Sunday to rally for a 6-5 win over the Angels, snapping the Angels' modest three-game winning streak and wiping...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Tigers (1): Victor Martinez has been a beast in the second half, hitting .371 with a .945 OPS. The Rays' Wil Myers (.385) is the only AL hitter with a higher average.
2. Dodgers (2): No wonder Don Mattingly...
| Aug 20, 2013
1. Dodgers (2): They were 30-42 on June 21. Do the math. Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig and the big-money lineup tend to get the attention, but they're winning mostly with pitching, holding opponents to 2.9 runs per game since the All-Star break.
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:46 PM
Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kansas City 3-2 on Friday night, ending the Royals' winning streak at five games.
Adam Lind drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who have won...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 3:58 PM
On the off chance Cubs fans need some good news right about now, here's a projection that might provide comfort: If President Theo Epstein succeeds in building the "player development machine'' that is his goal, and it later falls apart, he — or his...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 8:39 AM
I have noticed that when managers need to look up information in the dugouts that they use a notebook. Why haven't they started using laptops or some other devices that would be quicker and more insightful? -- Barry, Carmel, Ind.
I once saw a Stanford...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 1:07 PM
Ryne Sandberg sold his three-bedroom unit in a vintage building in downtown Chicago in March. He had listed it a year earlier, less than six months after Cubs President Theo Epstein handed Dale Sveum the job Sandberg always wanted when he was riding...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 7:27 PM
BRADENTON, Fla. — Thirteen players and coaches have worn No. 56 for the Cubs. Could Mark Buehrle one day become the 14th?
"What if?'' Buehrle said on a sunny Wednesday in the visiting clubhouse at McKechnie Field. I had asked him what would have...