| Aug 19, 2013
| 8:14 PM
Nate Schierholtz homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, powering Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs to an 11-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Schierholtz connected for a three-run shot in the first and a two-run...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 7:25 PM
CHICAGO — The Dodgers celebrated the evolution of both their cash-infused franchise and cutter-throwing closer Saturday.
Their 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was their 13th consecutive road win, establishing a new franchise...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 8:59 PM
Terry Francona was run out of Philadelphia before he became an overnight success in Boston. Bobby Cox, who soon will be on his way to the Hall of Fame as a manager, ran up a 262-323 record in his first stint as Braves manager.
Clint Hurdle, the...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 7:08 PM
Kris Bryant wanted as much money as he could get. This being America, who is going to knock him for that?
But as was the case with Albert Almora a year ago, it was really, really hard — impossible, almost — to picture the Cubs' first-round...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Nothing in sports drags incessantly like the countdown to baseball's trade deadline, not even the NFL preseason or a Chris Berman home run call.
It seemingly begins shortly after opening day and lasts until July 31, when a brief respite from rumors...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Congratulations, you've almost made it to football season.
To get you through the last stretch of unwatchable baseball, I'm going to tease you with a special "visions of the future" column because the present is unbearable.
WARNING: The future will...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Baseball has stats for everything. Has anybody figured out the Cubs' team ERA in the eighth inning? It's gotta be in the teens. Ken, Portland, Ore.
Not quite. The Cubs had a 5.42 ERA in eighth innings as of July 10, with an .818 OPS. Not good. But ERA-...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 7:34 PM
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole's frustration of no longer being perfect was still evident nearly a half-hour after the game ended.
After finishing a post-game interview, the rookie right-hander walked toward the shower room and slapped one of...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 7:34 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Whether he earns an invitation or not, Francisco Liriano at least is pitching like an All-Star.
The arm problems and struggles that weighed him down in recent seasons appear to be behind him. Now, all he's doing is breezing...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 5:53 PM
It hasn't been that many years ago that hockey in this city was a relative afterthought — a footnote to more serious sports discussions about the Bears, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox.
Sports talk radio producers and station managers admonished their...
| May 27, 2013
| 9:37 PM
Where have you gone, Carlos Zambrano?
You too, Milton Bradley?
On a night when the city was glued to a hockey game in Detroit, the 17th edition of the City Series began with thousands of empty seats at U.S. Cellular Field, each reflecting Chicago's...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 7:17 PM
The easiest thing for the Cubs to do would have been to let the Astros make their pick for them. But it's a disappointing night at the theater when easy stands in for best, and President Theo Epstein's stable of scouts doesn't work 20-hour days to go...