| Jul 10, 2014
| 5:46 AM
There are lot of things about the Cubs’ plan that I get. What Theo Epstein is doing with prospects is smart. They need new grandstands and better player amenities. I get all that. What I don't get is the Ricketts' insistence on all the outfield...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 5:15 PM
Three night games are scheduled, followed by two 3:05 p.m. starts when the shadows will start to creep over Wrigley Field before pregame batting practice.
But quirks of the schedule aside, the Cubs are relieved to be home after playing 14 of their...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 5:04 PM
CINCINNATI — Left-hander Travis Wood will be hard pressed to match 3.11 ERA of 2013, but he believes he will benefit from the hard knocks he has sustained this season.
"You always learn more when you see your faults and how they're going against...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 1:00 PM
CINCINNATI - The Chicago Cubs were recipients of back-to-back home runs by Chris Coghlan and Ryan Sweeney in the sixth inning off Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
But that wasn't enough, as left-hander Travis Wood allowed three runs in the first and...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 4:42 PM
PHILADELPHIA — When Manny Ramirez shows up to join his Triple-A Iowa teammates, Ryan Sweeney believes the controversial slugger will provide the young hitters with plenty of help as a player-coach.
"He was telling me different stuff," said...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:39 PM
MIAMI — With at least six scouts evaluating Jason Hammel, the Cubs' exceptional pitching rental didn't turn in one of his sharper performances.
Perhaps those same evaluators will see a more tantalizing performance from ace Jeff Samardzija on...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 7:40 PM
MIAMI — Ryan Sweeney remembers making the difficult telephone call in the summer of 2003.
But telling Tony Gwynn he was going to sign with the White Sox for a $785,000 bonus instead of playing for Gwynn at San Diego State didn't compare to...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:55 PM
Jason Hammel insists he is oblivious to trade rumors that naturally accompany an impressive performer on a last-place team.
Baseball, after all, is a bottom-line business. Yet Hammel continues to pitch like nobody's business.
The towering right-hander...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 9:54 AM
I've noticed over the past few years, it seems the Cubs are the only team that continues to deploy a left and right-handed lineup card depending on the starting pitcher. To me, that seems like it would be hard for anyone to get in a groove. Why not just...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 6:23 PM
PITTSBURGH — Despite a rough start in a part-time role, Chris Coghlan never lost faith in his swing.
His patience has paid off, and his playing time has increased as a result of his increased production that has been sandwiched around the demotion...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 2:03 PM