| Dec 17, 2012
| 9:19 AM
Talking baseball while hoping Alshon Jeffery learns to use his size:
1. Yes, the Cubs came close to landing a big fish last week. But now that Anibal Sanchez has re-enlisted with the Tigers, thanks to Mike Ilitch finding a spare $32 million during the...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 2:38 PM
The Giants gather in a tight circle at an end of the dugout before games, always with Hunter Pence somewhere in the middle. They scream, yell and throw things as they prepare for the game in a way that would upset the moms of most Little Leaguers.
| Mar 18, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Mesa, Ariz.—Gavin Floyd was the scheduled starter for the White Sox against the Cubs on Sunday, but heavy overnight rains and an iffy forecast forced the Sox to switch to Zach Stewart.
Floyd instead threw three simulated innings on a Sox...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 4:14 PM
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With his spot in the rotation seemingly secure, Jeff Samardzija has the luxury of working on refining his pitches this spring.
Samardzija was on the mound again Friday, giving up 10 hits and seven runs in an eventual 10-8 victory...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 8:34 PM
More than most Aprils in the city, baseball's opening day arrives open for interpretation.
Baseball romantics see the rebirth of something wonderful on both sides of town and anticipate a rush of summer babies named Robin or Theo.
| Apr 5, 2012
| 2:41 PM
Expectations for the Chicago Cubs may be the lowest in years heading into a new season, but everyone's somewhat optimistic on Opening Day.
The Cubs and Washington kicked off the 2012 season Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field with Ryan Dempster facing...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 6:29 AM
Cubs fans claimed they would be patient and understanding with the idea of sitting through a rebuilding program.
Not that fans had any experience at it. The Cubs always acted like the Yankees with a learner’s permit. The Cubs were always about...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 2:47 PM
Wait, aren’t Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol supposed to be the proven guys in the Cubs bullpen?
The Cubs seem as capable of running themselves out of games as pitching themselves out of them. I thought this was a new season.
It might’ve only...
| Apr 8, 2012
| 7:52 PM
On Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals copied the formula that gave them two victories to start this season — except for the important part. Their offense stalled. Their pitching, in this case seven stellar innings from Jordan Zimmermann,...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 6:45 AM
How did the Cubs’ Kerry Wood spend the night before his team’s season opener against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field?
By decorating cupcakes.
Wood — all 6-foot-5 of him — squeezed the cream cheese frosting out of a...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:16 AM
Late Wednesday night, someone named Tom Hamilton sent me this email with the subject line “And I am a Cubs fan’’:
“I was all excited about our new YOUNG Management team, thinking they would make a difference. Interesting Fact...