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  • Pierzynski adds to Cubs’ woes again Jul 26, 2014 11:24 PM
    Not only did the Cubs drop a 6-3 decision to rival St. Louis on Saturday, they lost in part due to a successful Cardinals debut by free-agent acquisition A.J. Pierzynski, the active player Cubs fans love to hate more than any other.

  • Sale shuts down Twins in White Sox’s 7-0 win Jul 26, 2014 10:30 PM
    Chris Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins. Sale (10-1) scattered five hits — all singles — and became the first White Sox starter to win 10 of his first 11 decisions in a season since Mark Buehrle in 2005. It was also Sale’s 15th career game with 10 or more strikeouts, moving him into a tie for second on the team’s all-time list with Juan Pizarro.

  • Cardinals sign veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski Jul 26, 2014 3:36 PM
    For A.J. Pierzynski, the opportunity for a fresh start with a perennial contender was too good to pass up. Pierzynski on Saturday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, choosing them from among several suitors, 10 days after being released by the Boston Red Sox.

  • Thomas a true fan favorite Jul 27, 2014 12:04 AM
    White Sox fans have flocked to Cooperstown to watch the best hitter in franchise history, Frank Thomas, be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

  • Thomas always driven to be great hitter Jul 26, 2014 11:23 PM
    Frank Thomas was always driven to become one of the greatest hitters in major-league history. He accomplished that goal over 19 major-league seasons, 16 spent with the White Sox, and the Big Hurt's next accomplishment is entering the Hall of Fame.

  • Thomas, Maddux overcame PEDS to reach HOF Jul 26, 2014 9:08 PM
    As the six newest Hall of Famers sat in one room Saturday afternoon, meeting the media together for the first time this weekend, it was hard to avoid the contradiction that was the men who got here despite steroids in baseball -- and those who profited so much from it.

  • Reinsdorf out of hospital after fainting scare Jul 26, 2014 11:18 PM
    White Sox/Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was resting comfortably Saturday, a day after fainting at a Hall Of Fame dinner in Cooperstown, N.Y. Reinsdorf plans on attending Sunday's ceremonies, when former Sox slugger Frank Thomas and manager Tony La Russa are inducted into the Hall.

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Well wishes for Wayne Catalano Jul 25, 2014 3:10 PM
    A few days after winning yet another big race at Arlington International, trainer Wayne Catalano is in a fight for his life.

  • Reinsdorf hospitalized in Cooperstown Jul 25, 2014 11:06 PM
    The White Sox say owner Jerry Reinsdorf has been hospitalized after feeling lightheaded in Cooperstown, New York. The team says all tests Friday night indicate he is fine. The 78-year-old Reinsdorf, also chairman of the Bulls, is coherent and resting comfortably, according to the club.

  • Big thrill for Cary resident at Cubs game Jul 25, 2014 10:40 PM
    Aimee Suyko, a breast-cancer survivor from Cary, had the honor of throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field before the Cubs' game Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Abreu’s 30th homer blasts Sox past Twins 9-5 Jul 26, 2014 12:51 AM
    Manager Robin Ventura is no longer surprised when Jose Abreu hits a long home run or does something else spectacular. Abreu hit his major league-leading 30th homer and drove in three runs, leading the White Sox past the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Friday night. "I think we're past the point of unexpected with him," Ventura said. "You just expect him to be in the middle of things when it's happening."

  • Cubs climb out of 3-0 hole and best rival Cardinals Jul 25, 2014 9:15 PM
    No matter how bleak things have looked for the Cubs this season, manager Rick Renteria has been consistently positive, noting how his team always "grinds." The Cubs did just that Friday in a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals before the largest crowd of the season at Wrigley Field.

  • Long games don’t bother Renteria Jul 25, 2014 10:41 PM
    There's no doubt the pace of baseball games has slowed these days, often to a crawl. The Cubs are big offenders, but manager Rick Renteria said many factors contribute to the length of games and that good pitching and defense speed things up.

  • Mike North video: Wrong about Rizzo and Castro Jul 24, 2014 10:28 AM
    Mike North admits he was wrong about Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo and says Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein might have been right to sign them to 6 year deals.

  • 31 special things about Greg Maddux Jul 25, 2014 3:35 PM
    Did you know Greg Maddux led the National League in innings pitched for five consecutive seasons? With Maddux heading into the baseball hall of fame this weekend, we look back at his career with 31 thoughts, facts, moments and memories of No. 31.

  • 35 special things about Frank Thomas Jul 25, 2014 3:53 PM
    White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor lists 35 facts, moments and Memories for No. 35, White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. The Big Hurt is going to be inducted into the Hall on Sunday.

  • Noesi, Eaton lead White Sox past Twins, 5-2 Jul 25, 2014 12:12 AM
    An impressive start from Hector Noesi was just a couple of pitches away from being something really special. Noesi allowed three hits over 7⅔ innings, and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

  • Cubs' struggles continue in 13-3 loss Jul 24, 2014 11:50 PM
    Things went from bad to ridiculous for the Cubs on Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Facing the worst-hitting team in baseball, Cubs pitchers allowed 14 hits in a 13-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Before the game, manager Rick Renteria talked of needing veteran pitchers Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood to step up in the wake of the July 4 trade of starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. The Cubs are 3-13 since that trade.

  • Renteria says Castillo miscue out of character Jul 24, 2014 9:29 PM
    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo heard boos from the Wrigley Field crowd Wednesday night, when he failed to run out a ground ball back to the pitcher in the sixth inning. The pitch jammed Castillo and seemed to startle him, but it also looked like he gave up once it went to the pitcher. Castillo has not been a player known for those kinds of plays.

  • Maddux reflective as Hall induction nears Jul 25, 2014 8:20 PM
    As he looked around the hotel the last 24 hours, running into Hall of Famer after Hall of Famer, Greg Maddux was struck by the comparison. He never threw 97 mph and never employed the devastating breaking pitch that could leave hitters buckled and beaten. Maddux did it with his mind.

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