| Apr 5, 2015
| 1:57 PM
After concluding his final tuneup of spring training Tuesday, Jon Lester was asked to elaborate on how much time he would devote to his opening night start against the Cardinals.
"How much time do you got?" Lester replied.
Lester said he always...
| Apr 4, 2015
| 6:52 PM
2014: 88-74, second place. Last year in playoffs: 2014.
The Pirates scored the most runs in the division last season and had the best earned-run average. None of the regulars is 30, and all but two reached...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 9:58 AM
Wrigley Field is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Major League Baseball, but these days the "friendly confines" look more like "Baghdad," Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel said.
The Cubs will host National League Central rival St. Louis on...
| 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 27, 2015
| 7:29 PM
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...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 8:00 PM
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...
| Mar 21, 2015
| 11:25 AM
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...
| 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 19, 2015
| 6:40 PM
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...
| 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...