| Jul 23, 2013
| 7:32 AM
The Cubs played chicken with Matt Garza’s scheduled start in Arizona on Monday. The Rangers blinked when they heard AL West leader Oakland was trying to barge into the trade talks. Deal.
The White Sox can’t set a Thursday deadline in advance...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 9:01 AM
Talking baseball while hoping Jay Cutler’s first pass was an outlier, not foreshadowing:
1. Jose Dariel Abreu is out of Cuba, and perhaps on his way to Chicago. He is an ideal fit for the White Sox’s attempt to re-tool and attempt to build...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 5:15 PM
The Angels on Monday shut down Albert Pujols for the rest of the season because of a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left heel, a decision the slugger conceded was best for him and the organization.
“I’m bummed out because I want...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 12:56 AM
It’s one thing to play meaningless games in late September. Plenty of teams do that. It’s another to be so far out of playoff contention that you’re playing them in mid-August, with a quarter of the season left.
That’s a fate...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:11 PM
Josh Phegley got the Gatorade bath. The happy beating from his teammates. And a special something Gordon Beckham had learned from A.J. Pierzynski.
Which was fitting, because the former Sox catcher was behind the plate when Sox rookie catcher Phegley...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Tigers (1): Victor Martinez has been a beast in the second half, hitting .371 with a .945 OPS. The Rays' Wil Myers (.385) is the only AL hitter with a higher average.
2. Dodgers (2): No wonder Don Mattingly...
| Sep 2, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Talking baseball while wishing NIU and Northwestern were playing each other in football this season (fingers crossed for a BCS Bowl, maybe):
1. As we enter the last month of Chicago’s longest baseball season, there’s some good news for fans:...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 6:55 PM
After a lengthy closed-door meeting with pitchers Jered Weaver, Jason Vargas and Garrett Richards before batting practice Thursday, Manager Mike Scioscia said he will not scale back the workload of the Angels starters in the final three weeks of the...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 4:50 PM
Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion needs surgery on his left wrist and will sit out the remainder of the season.
All-Star left-hander Brett Cecil is also being shut down by the Blue Jays for the final 13 games because of a sore elbow....
| Sep 21, 2013
| 7:28 PM
As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away.
Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip.
Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 2:46 PM
Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam with two outs in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 Sunday in a matchup of AL wild-card contenders.
The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL West with the Rangers' loss.
| Sep 23, 2013
| 6:51 PM
Albert Pujols, who suffered a season-ending left heel injury in late July, felt good enough in early September to begin jogging with the intention of returning if the Angels made a run at the playoffs.
The first baseman was shut down a week ago as the...