| Apr 11, 2015
Minutiae is in the eye of the beholder, as the Jon Lester pickoff controversy proved.
After giving up three stolen bases to the Cardinals on opening night, the Cubs' $155 million pitcher was forced to answer the charge of intentionally ignoring opposing...
| Apr 5, 2015
| 9:40 PM
After a stirring rendition of the national anthem by Wayne Messmer and a touching tribute to the late Ernie Banks on Wrigley Field's new video board, the Cubs quickly reverted to their struggling ways against the defending National League...
| Apr 5, 2015
| 8:38 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched six innings of five-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday night in the major leagues opener.
Jason Heyward had three hits in his St. Louis debut and Matt Holliday drove in...
| Mar 29, 2015
| 4:07 PM
LAKELAND, Fla. — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny isn't worried about having hot water in the visiting clubhouse showers Sunday night when the season opens at under-construction Wrigley Field.
After all, it wouldn't be the first time the Cardinals...
| Mar 20, 2015
| 7:04 PM
GLENDALE , Ariz. — The Cubs are taking no chances with the $155 million left arm of Jon Lester, and they are exploring creative ways to maximize some of the $22 million left on the contract of Edwin Jackson.
Lester, 31, the centerpiece of the...
| Mar 25, 2015
| 2:58 PM
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer looked amply ready to start on opening day for Washington, striking out nine in six shutout innings during the Nationals' 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Nationals manager Matt Williams...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The baseball team at Highland Park High, just outside of Dallas, needed some fresh talent for the coming season.
It was the fall of 2002 when the coach wandered over to football practice, curious to see whether any freshmen might be athletic enough to...
| Aug 10, 2014
| 5:06 PM
Buck Showalter has been frustrated by the ambiguity of baseball’s new replay review system, so when a call was overturned against the Orioles in the seventh inning of the club’s 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, the...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 1:42 PM
J.P. HOWELL, 32 in April, relief pitcher.
Final 2014 stats: 2.39 earned-run average and 3-3 in 68 games, with a 1.14 WHIP, .183 batting average, team-high 27 holds and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Contract status: Second of two-year deal at $4...
| Oct 12, 2014
| 10:48 PM
Silence fell over Busch Stadium, ominous in its omnipresence. The best fans in baseball, as they like to call themselves, sensed that they might be seeing their last home game this year.
It was bad enough that the St. Louis Cardinals had needed only two...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Reader Patrick Gallagher of Long Beach demands more notes columns. Statistics say we'd better respond.
In a recent scientifically inconclusive Los Angeles Times readership poll of 200 nuns, 47 ex-felons and 622 out-of-work lawyers, my regular readership...