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  • Javier Baez made his moment memorable Aug 6, 2014 7:08 AM
    Javier Baez began his career with a strikeout and many more firsts were destined to follow. When a player is this hyped, everything he does is historic. This was Baez's moment, and he made it memorable, though it took nearly until midnight Chicago time.

     
  • Clinic owner, A-Rod’s cousin arrested in steroid case Aug 5, 2014 10:26 AM
    A cousin of Alex Rodriguez who injected the baseball star with steroids and a onetime clinic owner accused of providing the performance-enhancing drugs to several players have been arrested in connection with a drug conspiracy, authorities said Tuesday.

     
  • Dunn pitches as White Sox lose laugher Aug 5, 2014 11:56 PM
    Losing a game 16-0 is nothing to laugh about, but Adam Dunn lightened up the White Sox' lopsided loss to Texas when he pitched 1 inning of relief Tueaday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

     
  • Baez just the boost Chicago baseball needed Aug 5, 2014 6:42 AM
    Sports have become event-centric. Bucking the trend, Major League Baseball has become eventless, and Chicago baseball is even less than that this season. Well, starting Tuesday night that changes for the Cubs, though perhaps only temporarily: Fans will be able to watch on TV as super-hyped super prospect Javier Baez debuts at Denver and then in person Friday when he arrives in Wrigley Field to play Tampa Bay.

     
  • Javier Baez hits game-winning homer for Cubs in debut Aug 6, 2014 6:47 AM
    As far as Cubs President Theo Epstein is concerned, the time is right for Javier Baez. And was it ever in Baez's major-league debut Tuesday night. He hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Cubs a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

     
  • Abreu’s numbers add up to awards Aug 4, 2014 11:16 PM
    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu continues to pile up the awards this season. Abreu is the American League Player and Rookie of the Month for July. He is the first player in major-league history to win Player of the Month honors twice as a rookie.

     
  • Baseball's unwritten rules not worth the trouble Aug 4, 2014 11:39 AM
    Baseball seems to have a lot of unwritten rules when it comes to things like showboating, stealing bases and bunting with large leads. Len Kasper, in his weekly Cubs Insider column, considers these unwritten rules as mostly ridiculous and not worth the stress they seem to cause.

     
  • Cubs’ bullpen needs some relief Aug 4, 2014 8:49 PM
    If ever a team needed a day off, it's the Cubs, who enjoyed Monday off in Denver before opening a three-game series Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. Cubs manager Rick Renteria has used and used and used his relief pitchers, working them especially hard during a recent stretch of 13 games in 13 days.

     
  • Highly touted prospect Baez to join Cubs Aug 4, 2014 3:10 PM
    The Cubs will bring up infielder Javier Baez to join them for Tuesday's game at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. The 21-year-old Baez posted 23 home runs, 80 RBI, 34 walks and 130 strikeouts in 388 at-bats for Class AAA Iowa this season.

     
  • White Sox win but are still looking for some relief Aug 4, 2014 11:19 PM
    Thanks to a solid outing from starter Hector Noesi and bad weather Monday night, the bullpen was not a factor in the White Sox' rain-shortened 5-3 win over the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

     
  • Just how do the White Sox fix their deficiencies? Aug 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    With the team four games under .500 and with almost two months to play, the White Sox' deficiencies are clear. Going about making corrections are a bit more complicated, though, unless they wait until the winter.

     
  • Sox surrender 16 runs to Twins in loss Aug 3, 2014 6:21 PM
    Rookie Danny Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins scored nine runs in the eighth inning of a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. Santana had two hits and two RBIs in the Twins’ big inning, when they sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the rookie center fielder, who was one off his best for RBIs set June 7 against Houston. Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for the Sox, who were hurt by poor bullpen work. Relievers Javy Guerra (1-3), Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Andre Rienzo allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings. Kyle Gibson (10-8) was the beneficiary of Minnesota’s big day at the plate. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings while improving to 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last four starts. Chicago starter Jose Quintana struggled through three errors and two rain delays (for a total of 45 minutes) in the first two innings. He managed to get through five innings on 116 pitches, leaving with a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run fourth for the White Sox. Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double and scored on Viciedo’s 13th homer. Minnesota responded three runs in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez had a run-scoring single before Santana’s two-run double gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead.

     
  • Eaton a bright spot at top of White Sox order Aug 3, 2014 9:02 PM
    It's been another trying season for the White Sox, but there are a couple of bright spots. One is Adam Eaton, who has plugged a longtime hole at the top of the Sox' lineup.

     
  • White Sox bullpen hits new low in loss to Twins Aug 3, 2014 9:02 PM
    The White Sox' bullpen has struggled for much of the season, and the unit hit rock bottom Sunday. In a 16-3 loss to the Twins, Sox relief pitchers matched a franchise record by allowing 15 runs.

     
  • Coghlan’s HR leads Cubs over Dodgers Aug 3, 2014 7:03 PM
    Edwin Jackson pitched six innings for his first victory in six weeks and Chris Coghlan hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, leading the Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Jackson (6-11) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked none. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 7.39 ERA in his previous seven starts since beating Pittsburgh 6-3 on June 20 at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers dropped two of three to the team with the third-worst record in the majors. Los Angeles’ NL West lead was trimmed to 2 1/2 games over San Francisco, which won 9-0 at the New York Mets. Matt Kemp trimmed Chicago’s lead to 3-2 in the sixth with his fifth homer in six games and No. 13 on the year. But Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo helped preserve the lead in the seventh, making a leaping grab of Carl Crawford’s line drive and turning it into an inning-ending double play by trapping Drew Butera off second. The Dodgers got a run in the eighth off Pedro Strop, but Luis Valbuena responded in the ninth against Chris Perez with his 10th homer. Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett (6-6) gave up three runs and six hits in four-plus innings in his fifth straight start when he failed to get past the fifth. The three-time All-Star is 3-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts since his no-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia. Beckett, facing the Cubs for the first time since Aug. 28, 2005, struck out Ryan Sweeney with the bases loaded in the third. But he surrendered a leadoff double by Jackson in the fifth, and Coghlan followed with his sixth homer. The Cubs made it 6-2 in the eighth with John Baker’s RBI groundout and a two-run single by pinch-hitter Starlin Castro, who was rested after starting each of the team’s first 109 games. TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: Newly acquired left-hander Felix Doubront had a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium while continuing his rehab from a left calf strain. Dodgers: Catcher A.J. Ellis missed his second straight game because of a sore right knee, which was struck by a foul tip off Rizzo’s bat in the sixth inning of Friday’s series opener. ... Butera was struck in the groin by a foul tip off the bet of Nate Schierholtz on the fourth inning and was given as much time as he needed to collect himself before going back behind the plate. ON DECK Cubs: Left-hander Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10 ERA) matches up against Colorado lefty Brett Anderson (1-3 3.12 ERA) Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field. Dodgers: Their next four games are against the Angels, with right-hander Zack Greinke (12-6, 2.65 ERA) opposing Garrett Richards (11-4, 2.74 ERA) on Monday night at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers have won only one season series from the Angels in the previous 14 years, going 4-2 in 2006.

     
  • White Sox collapse late in 8-6 loss to Twins Aug 2, 2014 11:16 PM
    Adam Eaton admitted he made a bad mistake trying to stretch a single into a double in the eighth inning of a one-run game. Alejandro De Aza said he should have caught a liner that fell for a two-run double. The Chicago White Sox made mistakes in the field and on the base paths, and their bullpen struggled again in an 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

     
  • Dodgers beat Cubs 5-2 on Ramirez’s 3-run HR Aug 3, 2014 1:05 AM
    Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Dee Gordon hit a two-out single against Blake Parker (1-1), stole his major league-leading 51st base and came home when Ramirez drove a 1-0 pitch into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field for his 12th homer after a full-count walk to Justin Turner.

     
  • Mistakes lead to White Sox’ loss to Twins Aug 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The White Sox' bats have been carrying the load since the all-star break, but poor relief pitching, outfield defense and baserunning were too much to overcome in Saturday night's 8-6 loss to the Twins.

     
  • Abreu quite a big hit with White Sox Aug 2, 2014 11:56 PM
    White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu was expected to be an impact bat, but he has quickly emerged as one of major-league baseball's most dangerous hitters. Abreu is making a Triple Crown run in his first season with the Sox.

     
  • Cubs beat Dodgers 8-2, ending LA’s streak at 6 Aug 2, 2014 1:38 AM
    Kyle Hendricks scattered four hits over seven innings, Starlin Castro had three hits and scored three runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles 8-2 on Friday night, snapping the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak. Making his fourth major league start after being called up from Triple-A, Hendricks (2-1) allowed one earned run, struck out three and walked one in his return to Dodger Stadium, where he pitched in high school. The rookie had two of Chicago’s 13 hits.

     
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