| Aug 24, 2008
| 5:41 PM
Ryan Dempster got used to pitching in heavy humidity in Florida early in his career, while Rich Harden grew accustomed to pitching in cool, dry weather during his days in Oakland.
So perhaps it was a good omen that the hot, sticky weather Dempster...
| Aug 27, 2008
| 8:41 PM
After disposing of Pittsburgh 2-0 Wednesday to sweep the series at PNC Park, the Cubs begin a stretch that will test their character, perseverance and overall strength.
Starting with Thursday night's game against Philadelphia at Wrigley Field, the Cubs...
| Aug 29, 2008
| 7:46 PM
Lou Piniella is from the old school, so when he was asked if his Cubs might be a team of destiny, he went back to the ABC's of baseball:
"I don't believe in destiny. I believe in good pitching and good defense and timely hitting. That's destiny. You do...
| Aug 30, 2008
| 8:17 PM
It was a very rare scene in the Cubs' clubhouse Saturday: Quiet.
Usually the stereo is blaring and players are jabbering at each other. But here it was eerily subdued, because the Cubs (gasp) lost a home game.
It doesn't happen very often, just 17 times...
| Sep 2, 2008
| 10:43 PM
The Cubs' problems have gone from bad to worse as Carlos Zambrano's arm has gone from "tired" to iffy.
Zambrano left Tuesday night's 9-7, 11-inning loss to Houston after five innings and 86 pitches and "told pitching coach [Larry Rothschild] he wasn't...
| Sep 5, 2008
| 8:13 PM
Cubs' manager Lou Piniella and coach Matt Sinatro got lost driving from Chicago to Cincinnati Friday.
They might wish they had kept going because right now their entire team looks lost, and while the meandering tour of Ohio might have been good for...
| Sep 6, 2008
| 10:40 PM
Having seen all he could take after six straight losses, Cubs manager Lou Piniella shook up his lineup and issued a warning of other changes to come.
Now, after Saturday night, he can't wait to see more.
Hitting a season-high five home runs—...
| Sep 14, 2008
| 10:23 PM
When Geoff Blum sent a line drive toward the right-field line leading off the eighth inning Sunday night, the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano feared his no-hit bid was over.
"I thought that ball was falling," he said.
But right fielder Mark DeRosa raced toward...
| Sep 17, 2008
Kerry Wood knew there were only a few things that could happen Tuesday night when he faced Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder with a one-run lead in the ninth, the tying run on third and two men out.
Fielder already had hit two home runs, including one off...
| Sep 20, 2008
| 9:51 PM
The Cubs have learned to accept the fact that playing on the North Side means having to deal with all the pressure surrounding the quest to end the longest championship drought in pro sports.
Now, after beating St. Louis 5-4 Saturday to earn their second...
| Sep 24, 2008
| 10:10 PM
Lou Piniella was only a few syllables away from naming Ryan Dempster as his Game 1 starter in the playoffs Wednesday after the Cubs 9-6, 10-inning victory over New York at Shea Stadium.
Another clunker from Carlos Zambrano, combined with Dempster's 14-...