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  • Chicago Cubs Justin Ruggiano reacts after striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 4, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Phils spoil Cubs home opener with 7-2 winApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chase Utley hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cubs 7-2 on Friday in the opener of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary season. John Mayberry Jr. also had a two-run drive for his fourth career pinch-hit homer as Philadelphia bounced back after dropping the last two games of its opening series in Texas.

  • Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.comMark Maroon of Aurora, takes a picture of his brother-in-law Ross Fisette, Flat Stanley style before the Chicago Cubs opening day game against Philadephia Phillies Friday April 4, 2014, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Fisette will be retiring from the Air Force this year and his family was getting pictures of his Flat Stanley style picture all over the place.

    For openers, Wrigley Field ready to partyApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    After 100 years, Wrigley Field certainly shows its age, but that doesn’t mean the iconic ballpark doesn’t enjoy a good party. With cool temperatures and strong winds, the Cubs opened the 100th season of Wrigley hosting one of their former icons, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and his Philadelphia Phillies for a 1:20 p.m. game.

  • Cubs' Hall of Famers, from left, Billy WIlliams, Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, and Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg prepare to toss out ceremonial first pitches.

    Images: Chicago Cubs Home Opening Day vs. Philadelphia PhilliesApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Images of a home Opening Day 7-2 loss for the Chicago Cubs against Ryne Sandberg and the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The afternoon game began Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary celebration.

  • Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks last May about proposed renovations at Wrigley Field. The Ricketts family, which purchased a 95 percent ownership stake in the team in 2009, has seen its $300 million stadium renovation stall as talks continue with neighborhood rooftop owners.

    Report: Cubs considering selling minority sharesApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the Chicago Cubs set to celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th year during their home opener Friday, the team’s owners are considering a new twist to help fund the stadium’s five-year renovation project.

  • Tiger Woods listens to a question during his news conference at the 2010 Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.

    Prediction: Masters winner will be first-timerApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    With no Tiger and a potentially injured Phil … good luck making your Masters picks this year.

  • Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop (46) celebrates with teammates after getting the final out in the ninth inning to preserve a 3-2 Cubs win in a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Cubs edge Pirates 3-2 to pick up first winApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The weary Cubs’ bullpen needed a break. New manager Rick Renteria needed a win. Jason Hammel did a pretty solid job providing both. The veteran right-hander pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday for their first victory of the season.

  • Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson winds up during the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Jackson allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits in 5⅓ innings.

    Cubs battle deep into the night, only to loseApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    You’ll have to get used to the Cubs playing a lot of tight, low-scoring games this season, given their decent pitching and an offense that will struggle to score runs. You also can get used to new manager Rick Renteria trotting out all kinds of different lineups. All such things were on display Wednesday night as the Cubs battled back and took the Pittsburgh Pirates deep into extra innings only to fall 4-3 in the 16th.

  • Kane County outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr., whose father played for the Cubs, has earned a spot on the Cougars roster.

    Cougars counting on speed, pitching this seasonApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    After experiencing one of the harshest winters in recent history, suburban baseball fans will be happy to hear these two words spoken next week at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark — play ball. The Cougars open the Midwest League season on the road Thursday, with their home opener next Tuesday.

  • Ron Coomer, the new color analyst for Cubs radio broadcasts.

    Best of both worlds in Cubs booth for CoomerApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Believe it or not, the broadcasting bug bit Ron Coomer just as early as the baseball bug bit. Coomer, a Chicago native, has begun his new job as the Cubs' color analyst in the radio booth. Coomer says he fondly remembers listening to Jack Brickhouse on Cubs telecasts while growing up.

  • In this May 1, 2013 photo, Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks in Chicago about proposed renovations at Wrigley Field.

    In a century at Wrigley, innovations aboundMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    It’s hard to think of Wrigley Field as anything but a place of heartbreak — a place where fans wait, season after season, for an elusive World Series title that never comes. Yet in the century without a championship, the ballpark has been in first time and time again in changing the way America watches baseball.

  • Baseball fans in Wrigley Field’s left field bleachers scramble for a batted ball during a Chicago Cubs baseball game in Chicago. Wrigley was the first ballpark where fans could keep foul balls.

    10 Things to Know about Wrigley FieldMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs and the Phillies played the highest scoring game in Major League Baseball history, a 26-23 affair the Cubs won, at Wrigley on Aug. 25, 1922. The Phillies only used two pitchers the entire game.

  • First base umpire Bob Davidson, right, and home plate umpire John Hirschbeck talk over headsets as a pickoff safe call at first base is reviewed in the 10th inning Monday in Pittsburgh. The safe call was overturned, and the Cubs’ Emilio Bonifacio was ruled out.

    Replays don’t go Cubs’ wayMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs wound up 0-for-3 in replay challenges during last Saturday’s spring exhibition finale in Phoenix. They also lost a pair of decisions in Monday’s regular-season opener in a 1-0 loss to the Pirates as Major League Baseball begins its first season of expanded replay.

  • The Cubs’ Emilio Bonifacio is caught in a rundown between third and home by Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the eighth inning Monday in Pittsburgh. Bonifacio was tagged out, but not before teammate Starlin Castro advanced to second on the play. The Pirates won 1-0 in ten innings.

    Epstein hoping Cubs spring a surprise or twoMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a city where rain is often the norm, the sun could not have been shining any more brightly Monday at PNC Park. Cubs President Theo Epstein was in an equally sunny mood before the team he has built went out and lost 1-0 in 10 innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neil Walker hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th against Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva.

  • Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Images: Chicago Cubs Opening Day vs. Pittsburgh PiratesMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Images of a ten-inning 1-0 Opening Day loss for the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.

  • The Pirates’ Neil Walker rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning home run while Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo walks off the field Monday in the season opener in Pittsburgh.

    Cubs lose opener on 10th-inning HRMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Neil Walker homered off Carlos Villanueva leading off the 10th inning Monday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates benefited from an overturned to call to beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on opening day Monday. Emilio Bonifacio went 4 for 5 for Chicago, but the Cubs were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and wasted a fine start by Jeff Samardzija, who scattered five hits over seven innings.

  • The White Sox began rebuilding last July with the acquisition of right fielder Avisail Garcia.

    2014 will not be dull for Cubs, White SoxMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Neither the Cubs nor White Sox have much hope of finishing .500 or playing games in October, but there’s no shortage of interesting and important stories on both sides of town in 2014.

  • Is it possible that current Little League shortstops will reach the big leagues before Javier Baez does? That’s just one of many questions heading into the 2014 baseball season.

    So many baseball questions, so few answersMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Baseball questions without answers, incluiding will the Cubs and White Sox be so unseasonably cold by June that we'll wish we were back in February shoveling snow?

  • Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura (23) talks to relief pitcher Deunte Heath (54) in a spring exhibition baseball game against the Oakland Athletics earlier this month in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Editorial: Baseball and its glorious season of renewalMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial predicts a Cubs-White Sox World Series! Well, OK, not this year, but maybe at some point in our lifetimes. OK, maybe not. But at least baseball is here again. And with it, spring, the promise of sunshine and above all, the spirit of hope and optimism.

  • Jeff Samardzija makes his second straight opening-day start for the Cubs when he faces the Pirates at Pittsburgh.

    Cubs’ Samardzija continues to learn on his baseball journeyMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jeff Samardzija will make his second straight opeing-day start for the Cubs Monday at Pittsburgh. A few short years ago, that might have been unthinkable to many Cubs fans. But Samardzija has come a long way,and he admits there was much to learn on the journey.

  • Opening Day is all about firstsMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Opening Day never disappoints. It has been my favorite day of the entire sports calendar since I can remember.

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