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  • The Chicago Cubs’ Starlin Castro celebrates after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Castro hit two homers, but the Pirates still won 7-6.

    Pirates overcome Castro’s 2 HRs to beat Cubs 7-6Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pedro Alvarez had two hits and two RBIs and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame two home runs by Starlin Castro to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Tuesday night. Russell Martin drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for Pittsburgh and Jason Grilli closed with a perfect ninth.

  • Enjoy New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, while you can as he closes his Hall of Fame career this season.

    Jeter a player to celebrate, not hateApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Derek Jeter will be in Chicago for a week in May and when he’s here you might want to contemplate what he’s accomplished and how he’s done it. He’s a player to celebrate, not hate.

  • Baez no concern for CubsApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cubs president Theo Epstein and manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday that shortstop prospect Javier Baez learned from a rough weekend at Class AAA Iowa. Baez was ejected from Saturday's game and was talked to by his teammates.

  • Anything to speed up baseball games, pleaseApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Major League Baseball executive reportedly has proposed shortening games to seven innings. Preposterous! Except that maybe it's something to think about.

  • Hank Aaron waves to the crowd during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run before the start of Tuesday’s game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets in Atlanta.

    Selig hints Aaron is still baseball’s home-run kingApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hank Aaron is still the home run king to many. Even baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has a difficult time seeing it any other way. Aaron was honored before the Braves game against the New York Mets on Tuesday night with a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run, the one that pushed him past Babe Ruth and gave him the major league record.

  • White Sox starting pitcher Felipe Paulino waits as the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning Monday night.

    It’s early, but Sox’ Paulino struggles againApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    In his second start for the White Sox, Felipe Paulino was once again burdened by a high pitch count. He got away with it against the Twins, but Paulino and the Sox fell to the Rockies 8-1 at Coors Field Monday night.

  • Marcus Semien of the White Sox breaks his bat on a groundout in the sixth inning of the MLB baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 7, 2014, in Denver.

    Rockies clobber White Sox 8-1Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM

  • With instant replay in place, don’t expect MLB managers like the Cubs’ Rick Renteria to come kicking and screaming out of the dugout to protest a call. Now they need to find ways to stall while they wait to determine if the call warrants a challenge.

    With replays, baseball managers aren’t fighting madApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Replay review in Major League Baseball is changing the face of the game, both literally and figuratively, according to Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles. Watch how managers position themselves when they discuss disputed plays, he says. Also, Miles takes a closer look at outfielder Ryan Kalish's comeback from serious injury.

  • Always remember: Some prospects remain prospectsApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's hard not to hope for big things from all those Cubs and White Sox hitting prospects. Then again, there's always the memory of Ricky Seilheimer to temper the enthusiasm.

  • White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez throws out Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, April 6, 2014. The White Sox won 5-1.

    Sox offense looks exciting, but bullpen and defense must improveApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    After a single week of play, we try to extrapolate a 162-game campaign because sometimes uncertainty is a little too difficult to handle. The truth is, there’s still a lot about the 2014 White Sox that we don’t know because of the arrival of new, young, unproven talent and it will be weeks or months before we have a clearer idea of this team’s identity.

  • Ryan Kalish hits a 2-run double during the sixth inning of the Cubs’ victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.

    Cubs make their hits countApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    After scoring a grand total of 8 runs over their first five games, the Cubs came out swinging Sunday. They scored 4 runs in the first inning and 4 in the sixth to beat the Phillies at Wrigley Field.

  • Ryan Kalish runs to third after hitting a triple during the first inning of a baseball game scoring Emilio Bonifacio against the Philadelphia Phillies in Chicago, Sunday, April 6, 2014.

    Two losses don’t affect VillanuevaApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pitcher Carlos Villanueva has been a go-along, get-along guy for the Cubs in his role as a swing man. He lost twice as a reliever last week in Pittsburgh, but he got rewarded with a victory in Sunday's 8-3 Cubs win over the Phillies.

  • Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop, right, celebrates with catcher John Baker after the Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, April 6, 2014.

    Kalish, Cubs rip Phillies 8-3Apr 6, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Chicago White Sox left fielder Adam Eaton (1) and right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) celebrate following a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, April 6, 2014. The White Sox won 5-1.

    Sale shuts down Royals, Sox win 5-1Apr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chris Sale gave up four singles in eight scoreless innings as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers each drove in a pair of runs as the White Sox won the series finale after dropping the first two games.

  • Jordan Danks had a strong spring training with the White Sox, but his only ticket out of Triple-A ball is likely an injury to Dayan Viciedo or Alejandro De Aza.

    Some names Sox fans should follow this seasonApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The White Sox have their deepest minor-league system in years, and beat writer Scot Gregor looks at some key prospects that could help at the major-league level this season or in the near future.

  • Ryne Sandberg watches batting practice before his Phillies played the Cubs on Friday. Sandberg said he doesn’t think about the Cubs unless he’s managing against them.

    Cubs only a memory now for SandbergApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    After six years in the minors and 42 games at the Phillies’ helm to conclude last season, the novelty has worn off and Ryne Sandberg is merely managing now, but the winter and the spring gave him a chance to build a coaching staff and start molding the team in his image.

  • If Jose Abreu makes the necessary adjustments as the season goes along, Matt Spiegel says watch out.

    We’ve learned a thing or two about our baseball teamsApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    One week in, we fight temptation to offer grand pronouncements and refuse to draw long-term conclusions about our local sports teams. Except when we’re sure we’re right. I do think we’ve already learned a few things.

  • Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, top, throws to first after forcing out Chicago Cubs’ Junior Lake during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Chicago Cubs’ Mike Olt was safe at first.

    Sandberg explains reason for not challenging close playApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    There was one awkward moment in Saturday's 2-0 Cubs loss to the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg thought about challening a call on a double-play ball, but he felt the video was inconclusive, and his team already was warming up for the next half-inning.

  • Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, left, talks to Emilio Bonifacio as he walks walks back to the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Chicago, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

    Same old song and dance for CubsApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Cubs wasted yet another good pitching performance in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Jeff Samardzija turned in his second straight quality start, but Cubs hitters were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, making them 4-for-40 in that department for the season.

  • Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Samardzija sharp, but Lee shuts out Cubs 2-0Apr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chase Utley went 3-for-3 and homered for the second day in a row, and Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the Cubs on Saturday. Dominic Brown drove in Utley for the Phillies’ other run with a single in the fourth inning.

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