| Apr 3, 2009
| 4:34 PM
NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
CHICAGO CUBS (97-64, 1st)
MANAGER: Lou Piniella (3rd season)
PAYROLL: $145 million
X-FACTOR: Isn't combustible Milton Bradley, now on his sixth team, the only choice for this category everywhere he goes?
BEST CASE: A deep...
| Mar 11, 2009
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Rich Harden would prefer questions about his health to disappear.
But because of arm problems the past few seasons, the issue won't go away for the Chicago Cubs right-hander.
"I totally understand, that's just the way it is," said...
| Aug 23, 2008
| 4:46 PM
It started six months ago in Mesa, Ariz., when Ryan Dempster stood in the parking lot of Fitch Park before the opening day of spring training and calmly declared the Cubs were going to win the World Series.
Dempster wasn't afraid of jinxing the team with...
| Aug 24, 2008
| 5:41 PM
Ryan Dempster got used to pitching in heavy humidity in Florida early in his career, while Rich Harden grew accustomed to pitching in cool, dry weather during his days in Oakland.
So perhaps it was a good omen that the hot, sticky weather Dempster...
| Aug 27, 2008
| 8:41 PM
After disposing of Pittsburgh 2-0 Wednesday to sweep the series at PNC Park, the Cubs begin a stretch that will test their character, perseverance and overall strength.
Starting with Thursday night's game against Philadelphia at Wrigley Field, the Cubs...
| Aug 28, 2008
| 10:49 PM
After turning 65 Thursday, Cubs manager Lou Piniella had but one birthday request.
"Get a win," Piniella said late Thursday afternoon. "That's it."
Before the game against the Phillies, Piniella was happy to receive a commemorative bottle of sake from...
| Sep 9, 2008
| 11:11 PM
Lou Piniella's fuse has been getting shorter and shorter as the Cubs' September slump grows longer and longer, and he finally erupted on Tuesday after his club's latest meltdown.
After St. Louis came back from a three-run deficit to notch a 4-3 victory...
| Sep 14, 2008
| 10:22 PM
Any more questions?
In a sequence of events reminiscent of Mike Scott's no-hitter to clinch a division championship for Houston in 1986, Carlos Zambrano single-handedly reawakened the excitement of nervous Cubs fans on Sunday night.
Facing the Houston...
| Sep 14, 2008
| 10:39 PM
The decision to move two of the three Cubs-Astros games affected by Hurricane Ike to Miller Park was a hot topic of debate Sunday night. Was it fair to make Houston play the Cubs in what's often referred to as "Wrigley North?" Was it the only realistic...
| Sep 16, 2008
| 8:51 AM
After Carlos Zambrano finished off his no-hitter Sunday night at Miller Park, Cubs manager Lou Piniella spoke to Ted Lilly about his start on Monday.
"I told him 'You've got a tough act to follow, young man,' " Piniella said. "He said that game charged...
| Sep 17, 2008
Kerry Wood knew there were only a few things that could happen Tuesday night when he faced Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder with a one-run lead in the ninth, the tying run on third and two men out.
Fielder already had hit two home runs, including one off...
| Sep 20, 2008
| 9:51 PM
The Cubs have learned to accept the fact that playing on the North Side means having to deal with all the pressure surrounding the quest to end the longest championship drought in pro sports.
Now, after beating St. Louis 5-4 Saturday to earn their second...