| Mar 15, 2015
| 8:38 AM
KISSIMMEE — Chad Qualls has played with Craig Biggio and Randy Johnson, two members of the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame class.
Qualls, a right-handed reliever, has watched Derek Jeter field groundballs behind him. He has shared a clubhouse with...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 10:43 AM
MESA, Ariz. -- Slugger Anthony Rizzo noticed a change in the mood of the Chicago Cubs’ organization well before the hiring of manager Joe Maddon and before Rizzo predicted the Cubs would win the National League Central.
“I think when we made...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 8:22 AM
The big offseason moves made by the Cubs and White Sox haven't gone unnoticed by the betting public.
According to the latest odds from Bovada.lv, the Cubs are a 6-1 pick to win the National League pennant (trailing only the Nationals at 13-4 and the...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 2:57 PM
Try to ignore that next cold front sweeping through Chicago—because you know another one's coming—and think baseball for a minute.
The Cubs begin spring training on the heels of the most exciting offseason in recent memory. They added...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 5:24 AM
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, a graduate of Umatilla High School, is making an unexpected road trip to Washington. It has nothing to do with playing the Nationals.
It's not often that a ballplayer gets to attend a State of the Union address...
| Jan 18, 2015
| 7:40 AM
There has been tangible excitement lingering around this weekend's Cubs Convention. It was only fitting that the organization devoted an hour to exploring its last playoff run.
Several former Cubs, including Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster, Mark...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 7:21 PM
If adding prized left-hander Jon Lester and manager Joe Maddon didn’t raise enough optimism, first baseman Anthony Rizzo fueled more hype on the eve of Cubs Convention.
“We’re going to win the NL Central,” Rizzo said Thursday...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 10:20 PM
As a minor league pitcher, Jon Lester arrived too late to fully enjoy the Red Sox's first World Series title in 86 years in 2004.
But after discussions with team officials and former players, Lester wasn't about to pass up what he sees as a chance to...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 7:41 PM
To Tyler Christofferson, Jon Lester always will be the Little League teammate who wore his hat backward and No. 24 jersey like hero Ken Griffey Jr. did, the grade-school buddy who matured into a better person than player even though he's a major league...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 6:18 AM
The wow factor started as a freshman at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash., and continued in games in which left-hander Jon Lester didn't pitch.
"He was too good not to play when he wasn't pitching," longtime Bellarmine coach Rick Barnhart recalled. "If...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 6:52 AM
That creaking you heard in the wee hours of Wednesday morning was the Cubs’ championship window officially opening.
Talk about an overnight sensation. While Chicago slept, left-handed pitcher Jon Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million...