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  • Manager Joe Maddon eager to take measure of National League counterparts

    Manager Joe Maddon eager to take measure of National League counterparts
    MESA, Ariz. — Joe Maddon isn't likely to glare over at the opposing dugout and shout profanities at the rival manager the way Dusty Baker and Tony La Russa often did when the Cubs and Cardinals faced each other a decade ago. At least not right...
  • You can laugh with Joe Maddon but not at him, nor his Cubs anymore

    You can laugh with Joe Maddon but not at him, nor his Cubs anymore
    MESA, Ariz. — After Cubs second baseman Javier Baez was pummeled trying to turn a double play the other night against the Angels, manager Joe Maddon rushed out of the dugout wondering if he would need smelling salts. "Javy (was) clocked like an...
  • Jon Lester not worried about 'dead' arm

    Jon Lester not worried about 'dead' arm
    MESA, Ariz. -- Jon Lester arrived at the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse Saturday morning with his backpack and nothing that would indicate he is suffering from a "dead" left arm. "I don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about," Lester said...
  • Cubs have ideas to utilize both Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson in rotation

    Cubs have ideas to utilize both Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson in rotation
    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...
  • MLB hopes to add excitement on season's final day with simultaneous starts

    MLB hopes to add excitement on season's final day with simultaneous starts
    With five playoff spots in each league, there is a good chance that a race or two extends to the last game of the season. In an effort to amplify the drama, Major League Baseball has scheduled every game on the final day of the regular season to start...
  • Astros reliever's baseball odyssey includes 8 teams

    Astros reliever's baseball odyssey includes 8 teams
    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...
  • Anthony Rizzo relishes greater expectations with Cubs

    Anthony Rizzo relishes greater expectations with Cubs
    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...
  • Bettors going all in on Cubs, White Sox

    Bettors going all in on Cubs, White Sox
    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...
  • 'Baseball Tonight' host: Cubs will be in wild-card mix

    'Baseball Tonight' host: Cubs will be in wild-card mix
    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...
  • Brewers catcher Lucroy to attend State of the Union address

    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...
  • Former Cubs reminisce on 2007, 2008 seasons

    Former Cubs reminisce on 2007, 2008 seasons
    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...