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  • Carpenter hasn’t given up on pitching again Feb 11, 2013 6:07 PM
    St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter hasn't ruled out pitching again, including this year. If that seems remarkable, remember that it's Carpenter, whose sporadically brilliant career has included several comebacks from injury.

  • Baseball reflects on Hall of Famers Weaver, Musial Jan 20, 2013 8:30 AM
    One was born in St. Louis, the other became a star there. Aside from that, Earl Weaver and Stan Musial were about as different as two Hall of Famers could be. Weaver was a 5-foot-6 rabble rouser; Musial was a humble slugger. “Talk about your odd couple,” said George Vecsey, the longtime sports columnist for The New York Times.

  • Images of the proposed renovation of Wrigley Field Jan 19, 2013 5:00 PM
    Renovating Wrigley Field has been a hot topic for several years. On Saturday, the Cubs unveiled an ambitious and expensive plan to renovate the almost 100-year-old landmark. The plan would require five off-seasons to complete at a cost of $300 million, but Cubs officials want the city to lift some landmark restrictions.

  • Buffalo Grove man’s lithographs capture history of Jews in baseball Nov 7, 2012 10:40 AM
    The legacy of Jews in Major League Baseball, from Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax to current All-Star Ryan Braun to Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf to Commissioner Bud Selig, has been immortalized in a new series of prints produced by Buffalo Grove resident Greg Harris of Art O Graphs Limited. "This is something that will be displayed prominently on the wall, and then handed down to sons and grandsons," said Harris.

  • Brenly leaves Cubs broadcasting booth Oct 17, 2012 6:12 PM
    Bob Brenly says he won't return to the Cubs broadcasting team next season. WGN-TV and Brenly released a joint statement Wednesday announcing his departure from the Cubs. Brenly says he's looking for another baseball broadcasting position. Brenly leaves the team after eight years and a 101-game losing season.

  • Beltran, Freese hit 2-run HRs as Cards beat Giants Oct 15, 2012 12:06 AM
    This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead — and held onto it, barely. Beltran and Freese hit two-run homers and these wild, wild-card Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the NL championship series. The defending World Series champions took an early 6-0 cushion and made it stand up. Only two nights earlier, the Cardinals came back from a 6-0 deficit, using a four-run rally in the ninth inning at Washington in the deciding Game 5 of the division series. The St. Louis bullpen delivered with 5 1-3 scoreless innings after starter Lance Lynn was chased. Edward Mujica, the fifth St. Louis pitcher, struck out the side in order in the seventh for the win. Jason Motte finished for his second save of the postseason. The Cardinals gave first-year manager Mike Matheny a win against his former club. Matheny’s crew hardly looked road weary after a cross-country trip. The Giants dropped to 0-3 at home so far during these playoffs, outscored 20-6 at AT&T Park. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night. Chris Carpenter pitches for the Cardinals against Ryan Vogelsong. This is the first time the previous two World Series winners are facing off in the postseason since the 1958 World Series between the Braves and Yankees. Beltran’s fourth-inning drive into the seats in left-center chased San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, who has been a far cry from the impressive pitcher he was during the 2010 World Series run. It was Beltran’s 14th career postseason home run and third this October. Beltran spent the second half of the 2011 season with San Francisco after a trade from the Mets, but the Giants missed the playoffs last fall a year after the capturing an improbable championship. The orange towel-waving sellout crowd of 42,534 let him have it with boos at every opportunity — during pregame introductions and each time he stepped into the batter’s box. Both teams were well rested a day after a rough night of travel. The Giants barely beat the Cardinals to the Bay Area early Saturday after they were delayed three hours on the tarmac in Cincinnati on Friday night — to refuel and for a mechanical problem after waiting out the Cardinals-Nationals game to know where they were headed next. Matheny stuck with the same winning lineup that he sent out for Game 5, and some of the same faces came through again. Daniel Descalso, who hit a tying, two-out single in Friday’s 9-7 win, added two more hits with a double. Descalso hit a one-out double in the fourth, then rookie Pete Kozma drove him home with a double of his own. In the ninth inning Friday, Kozma followed Descalso with a go-ahead, two-run single. Descalso shined playing in his native Northern California. He spends his offseasons in San Francisco’s Marina district. St. Louis 18-game winner Lynn didn’t allow a hit until Marco Scutaro’s single to left leading off the fourth. Hunter Pence singled two outs later and Brandon Belt drove him home with a single. Gregor Blanco followed with a two-run triple, then Brandon Crawford hit an RBI double. Pinch hitter Aubrey Huff — a 2010 postseason star now in a diminished role — drew a walk to cheers of “Aubrey! Aubrey!” And, just like that, Lynn was done. Bumgarner and Lynn each lasted only 3 2-3 innings. That made for a long night on both bullpens. The pressure is now on for the Giants not to fall behind 2-0 at home again. They lost the first two games of their division series here to the Reds last weekend before winning three in a row at Cincinnati. They went 48-33 at AT&T Park this season. Bumgarner, a 16-game winner for the NL West champs, lost Game 2 of the division series at home to the Reds exactly a week earlier. He pitched a 1-2-3 first on Sunday but ran into trouble in the second when Yadier Molina singled on an 0-2 pitch with one out. Freese then drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Bumgarner needed 30 pitches to get through the second, and now has a 11.25 ERA in his two postseason starts this year. Lynn returned to the rotation for the NLCS and his first career postseason start after making four relief appearances in the division series. Matheny needed another starter after left-hander Jaime Garcia injured his left shoulder in Game 2 against the Nationals. NOTES: Matheny caught for the Giants in 2005-06. ... Freese’s two RBIs gave him 25 for his postseason career, tied with Molina for third most on the Cardinals. Albert Pujols in No. 1 with 52, while Jim Edmonds has 41. ... Both teams kept their rosters intact from the division series. ... The clubs split their season series 3-all. ... Giants assistant batting coach Joe Lefebvre took over 1B coaching duties in place of Roberto Kelly, who sustained a concussion after being hit in the head while on the field during batting practice Saturday on a ball hit by Buster Posey. ... Matheny received a nice ovation during pregame introductions. ... More fans packed the viewing portwalk outside the ballpark beneath the right-field arcade.

  • Rain men: Pirates beat Cubs 3-0 after 3½-hour wait Sep 18, 2012 3:28 PM
    With the Pirates still in playoff contention, the teams waited out two storms at Wrigley Field that pushed back the start for 3 hours, 37 minutes. The first pitch was thrown at 10:42 p.m. CDT, and Joel Hanrahan delivered the final one at 1:28 a.m. on Tuesday. Starling Marte's two-run triple put the Pirates over the Cubs in the end.

  • Astros manager would welcome Clemens in clubhouse Aug 24, 2012 9:13 PM
    If the struggling Houston Astros want to bring back Roger Clemens, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco would welcome the 50-year-old pitcher into his inexperienced clubhouse. "I have nothing against Roger. He's a Hall of Fame pitcher and we can use maybe a guy with 300 wins, who knows?" DeFrancesco, 49, said Friday before his team played the New York Mets.

  • Youkilis’ slam leads White Sox past Yanks 7-3 Aug 21, 2012 10:13 PM
    Kevin Youkilis hit a grand slam, Paul Konerko homered and Dewayne Wise had four hits Tuesday night as the White Sox rallied for the second straight game to beat the New York Yankees 7-3.

  • Cubs waste strong effort by Wood, fall to Reds Aug 11, 2012 6:44 PM
    Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run double in the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to a 4-2 win over the Cubs Saturday afternoon. After Drew Stubbs doubled and Brandon Phillips singled off Cubs reliever James Russell (5-1), Ludwick looped a pitch down the left-field line and into the corner.

  • Soriano's HR lifts Cubs over slumping Reds 5-3 Aug 10, 2012 12:53 AM
    Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on a rain-soaked Thursday night.

  • Cubs fall to Dodgers, 6-1 Aug 4, 2012 12:14 AM
    Chad Billingsley won his third straight start since coming off the disabled list, batterymate A.J. Ellis hit two solo homers and had an RBI single, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Friday night.

  • Rizzo homers, Marmol and Cubs hold off Mets 8-7 Jul 6, 2012 10:43 PM
    Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer and Cubs closer Carlos Marmol caught a line drive and started a game-ending double play that blunted the New York Mets' bid for another ninth-inning comeback, giving Chicago an 8-7 win Friday night.

  • D-backs' Hill hits for second cycle of season Jun 29, 2012 9:40 PM
    Aaron Hill has hit for his second cycle of the season Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, becoming the second major league player since 1900 to accomplish the feat twice in the same year.

  • Rizzo buzz keeps getting louder Jun 24, 2012 1:02 AM
    Cubs manager Dale Sveum returned to the lineup he used in the team's first two games against the White Sox last week, moving Bryan LaHair to right field and David DeJesus to center field to make room for much-anticipated prospect Anthony Rizzo at first base. The lineup shake-up didn't work as well Saturday night as it did in the cross-town series, as the Cubs fell 10-5 to the Diamondbacks.

  • Cubs offense could use a jolt from Rizzo Jun 23, 2012 12:51 AM
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 on Friday night, with a double, triple and 3 RBI. It did the Cubs no good, though, because Rizzo was playing against the Round Rock Express in Texas. The Cubs were in Arizona and could have used a little more offense in a 6-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

  • Floyd, Beckham dominate as White Sox beat Cubs 7-0 Jun 20, 2012 10:05 PM
    Gavin Floyd pitched four-hit ball into the seventh, Gordon Beckham homered, and the struggling White Sox beat the Cubs 7-0 Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep. Floyd (5-7) put aside his recent problems. Beckham matched a career-high by driving in four runs, and the White Sox got an easy win after dropping six of seven.

  • Saltalamacchia leads Red Sox past Cubs, 4-3 Jun 16, 2012 10:15 PM
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered to back a strong start by Jon Lester, and the struggling Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Saturday.

  • Cubs use Peralta’s errors to beat Tigers 4-3 Jun 12, 2012 10:57 PM
    Darwin Barney had three RBIs and the Chicago Cubs used shortstop Jhonny Peralta's two throwing errors in the eighth inning to push across the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. With two outs and two on, Tony Campana hit a grounder to Peralta, whose throw pulled Ramon Santiago off the bag at second. Starlin Castro then hit another grounder to Peralta and the veteran infielder threw wide of first, allowing Barney to scamper home.

  • Samardzija roughed up in 11-3 loss to Twins Jun 9, 2012 7:37 PM
    Trevor Plouffe had a double, a homer and four RBIs and Scott Diamond pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 11-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday. The Cubs have lost 20 of their last 24.

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