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  • White Sox’ Lindstrom not ready to move off DLJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Injured White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom said his ankle is feeling better, and he's looking to come off the disabled list ahead of schedule. But Lindstrom is still not able to move laterally, so don't expect him back until August.

     
  • McLeod likes where he’s at with CubsJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cubs scouting and player-development boss Jason McLeod said Monday in Boston that he has taken himself out of the running for the vacant general manager's job with the San Diego Padres. For McLeod, the Padres are the hometown team, but he said this was not the right time.

     
  • Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, drafted by Boston, says he still has friends in the Red Sox organization.

    Fenway trip a bit of a homecoming for Cubs’ Rizzo, HoyerJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    For Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and GM Jed Hoyer, this week's series in Boston marks a pair of homecomings of sort. Rizzo originally was drafted by the Red Sox while Hoyer worked in Boston under current Cubs president Theo Epstein.

     
  • Believe it or not, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is not a sure thing for American League Rookie of the Year. Not the way Masahiro Tanaka is pitching for the Yankees.

    Pattern says White Sox a .500 teamJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Barely past the midpoint of the season, the White Sox have displayed again just how quickly things can change, as White Sox Insider Chris Rongey explains in this week's column.

     
  • Should Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, left, get a spot in the 2014 All-Star Game? Len Kasper believes the selection process needs to change if the result is going to determine home field for the World Series.

    Good time to revisit All-Star Game and festivitiesJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the All-Star Game and its surrounding activities approaching in a couple weeks in Minneapolis, Cubs Insider Len Kasper shares a few thoughts on the format, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, and why he wants to see an Old Timers All-Star Game in the mix.

     
  • Right now, first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the leading indicator of where team president Theo Epstein is taking the Cubs. And this season, things are looking up, especially after last season.

    This pendulum has swung Rizzo’s wayJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the latest update on the Anthony Rizzo-Andrew Cashner trade, the pendulum has swung in favor of Rizzo, the Cubs and Theo Epstein. Stay tuned for futher developments.

     
  • Cubs president Theo Epstein feels strongly about both of his homes — Chicago and Boston — and of the history of both teams.

    For Cubs' Epstein, connections with Boston are realJun 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs are in Boston for an interleague series this week against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. For Cubs president Theo Epstein, the series is personal. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles sat down with Epstein recently for a question-and-answer session that touched on all things Boston and Chicago.

     
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  • Darwin Barney, left, looks to first after forcing out Washington's Anthony Rendon at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

    Renteria not unhappy with Barney despite .201 averageJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    With Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list since mid-June, the Cubs have given second baseman Darwin Barney more playing time. Manager Rick Renteria said he likes Barney's Gold Glove-caliber defense and added that his approaches at the plate have been better of late.

     
  • The White Sox’s Dayan Viciedo, right, celebrates his three-run home run with teammates Adam Dunn, left, and Jose Abreu during Saturday’s game in Toronto. The White Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-3.

    Viciedo homers, White Sox beat Blue Jays 4-3Jun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer, Chris Sale pitched seven innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday. Chicago won back-to-back games for the first time since winning two straight over San Francisco on June 17 and 18. It had dropped 11 of 14 before the consecutive victories.

     
  • Dallas Beeler allowed no earned runs in his major-league debut Saturday at Wrigley Field.

    Rookie shuts down Nationals; Samardzija sees ERA balloon in DB lossJun 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs' future and their immediate present were on display Saturday in a doubleheader loss to the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. During the day, rookie Dallas Beeler made his big-league debut and turned in a quality start. At night, Jeff Samardzija had another rough June outing.

     
  • John Baker watches his 3-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

    Big day for Baker, CubsJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, John Baker took a swing at a pitch that curved just a little too far. The ball zipped down the line and into the right-field corner. The double capped off his first 3-hit game of the season and combined with Jason Hammel’s 5-hit performance to power the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Nationals on Friday at Wrigley Field. “I had to contain a smile,” Baker said. “I kind of feel the same way right now as I would have had I gone 0-for-4, but we still won 7-2."

     
  • This is a 2014 photo of Dallas Beeler of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. This image reflects the Cubs active roster as of Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Beeler thrilled to start Game 1 SaturdayJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs could have gone with any number of pithers to start the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. They settled on right-hander Dallas Beeler, who will make his major-league debut after being called up from Class AAA Iowa. The best advice Beeler got from Iowa teammates? Breathe.

     
  • Cubs outfielders Justin Ruggiano, left, Chris Coghlan, center, and Ryan Sweeney right, celebrate after the Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday. The Cubs are 21-17 since May 17, but playing above .500 baseball will be difficult if — as expected — the team makes a flurry of trades before July 31.

    When will Cubs get out of spin cycle?Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    This season for the Cubs is playing out much like the previous two in the regime of club president Theo Epstein: Bullpen problems hurt the team at the start before getting fixed. The starters pitch well, but only to be attractive to other teams. Will the pattern change at midseason?

     
  • Light-hitting catcher John Baker had three hits, a walk and four RBIs, and Cubs starter Jason Hammel again mastered the Washington Nationals in a 7-2 victory Friday.

    Baker, Hammel help Cubs beat Nationals 7-2Jun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Light-hitting catcher John Baker had three hits, a walk and four RBIs, and Cubs starter Jason Hammel again mastered the Washington Nationals in a 7-2 victory Friday. Baker capped his big day with a bases-loaded, three-run double off reliever Jerry Blevins in the seventh inning. He entered the game with a .160 batting average in 35 games. With the four RBIs, he doubled his season total to eight

     
  • Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll reacts as he works against Toronto Blue Jays during first inning american league baseball action in Toronto on Thursday June 26 , 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Sox drubbed again, fall 7-0 to Blue JaysJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The White Sox dropped another game Thursday night, this one a 7-0 decision at Toronto. As the losses pile up, so does the call for multiple improvements on the pitching staff.

     
  • Justin Ruggiano’s 2-run double against the Washington Nationals in the seventh proved to be the difference maker for the Cubs in their 5-3 win Thursday night.

    Cubs pull 5-3 win out of the fogJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs emerged from their fog, if ever so briefly, Thursday night with a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. Fog rolled in off Lake Michigan and made visibility tough. The Cubs also got an injury scare when center fielder Junior Lake crashed into an outfield door.

     
  • The Cubs’ Justin Ruggiano hits a two-run double against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday.

    Ruggiano’s 2-run double lifts Cubs to victoryJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Justin Ruggiano’s two-out, two-run double broke a tie in the seventh inning, leading the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night. Starlin Castro had two RBIs and Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run scored. The Cubs had dropped four of five games before the win.

     
  • White Sox’ Conor Gillaspie removes his helmet after grounding out to first in the ninth inning to complete his team’s 0-7 loss to Toronto Blue Jays in baseball action in Toronto Thursday.

    Blue Jays beat White Sox 7-0Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Adam Lind had three hits and three RBIs, J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 7 2-3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the White Sox 7-0 Thursday night. Jose Reyes had four hits and scored twice as the AL East-leading Blue Jays handed the struggling White Sox their seventh loss in eight games. The Sox lost for the 10th time in 11 road games.

     
  • Renteria: Despite slow pace, baseball still a special gameJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the World Cup and the NBA draft gaining so much attention on Thursday's sports calendar, it might have been easy to forget about baseball. But Cubs manager Rick Renteria said the national pastime still holds a special spot in the hearts of Americans.

     
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