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Samardzija Allows 4 Homers in Sox Loss to Cubs

March 28, 2015

Six innings, 92 pitches and nine strikeouts and scoreless relief had White Sox scheduled Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija feeling pretty good about Friday’s Cactus League contest vs. the Cubs. OK, with the exception of the four home runs that accounted all of the Cubs’ runs in a 6-3 Sox loss. A reminder to Sox […]

Facts and Figures, Baseball and Otherwise

March 8, 2015

Sunday smorgasbord: Promising prospect Kris Bryant hit a home in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-5 loss Saturday to the Colorado Rockies. You may read similar sentences before his big-league career is over. Well, as soon as his big-league career begins. * Ex-Cub of the day: Outfielder Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer in Seattle’s 11-7 victory […]

Time to Switch From Snow Balls to Calls of ‘Play Ball’

February 19, 2015

And so it begins. Hello, spring training (or at least pitchers and catchers reporting, if not the full-blown roster). The warmth of spring envelops the baseball fan — psychically, if nothing else. It does serve as some solace for those of us enduring sub-zero temperatures and double-digit snowfalls. * OK, so maybe spring training doesn’t […]

That 80s show: As in Cubs, White Sox victory totals

February 18, 2015

Midweek musings: The fine folks at Bovada, (, Twitter: @BovadaLV) have projected victory totals for the 2015 baseball season. The Cubs are fifth and the White Sox sixth. Oh, wait. That’s the alphabetical list. In ranking most victories to fewest, the Cubs are 13th (behind National League Central rivals St. Louis and Pittsburgh) and the […]

JRW Players Deserve Better, But Not a Title

February 14, 2015

Stop. Please stop. Please stop casting the Jackie Robinson West baseball players as worthy of being hailed as Little League champions. Yes, they won the U.S. championship. And did so with players who lived outside the boundaries for the team. Consequently, Little League stripped JRW of its title. It’s unfortunate that youngsters have to pay […]

Adults Fail Jackie Robinson West Players

February 12, 2015

Something says Jackie Robinson would cringe at the story of Jackie Robinson West. A team named for the noble man who broke baseball’s color line in 1947 was stripped of its 2014 Little League U.S. championship because it broke the rules by using players from outside the team’s boundaries. The feel-good story of the summer […]

Rizzo Says (Seriously) Cubs Will Win NL Central

January 16, 2015

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has spoken: “It’s [winning the National League Central] going to happen this year. It’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to play and we’re going to win the NL Central, you can quote me on that. We should be the team, with all due respect to every other […]

Lester’s Signing a Big Deal for Cubs

December 10, 2014

Midweek musings: It is guaranteed that Jon Lester will take less time to say yes or no to pitches his catcher calls for than he did to decide which team to play for in 2015 and beyond. Which is good news for Chicago Cubs fans. Yes, the free-agent left-hander agreed to a deal late Tuesday […]

Double Doubleheaders: Split Decisions for Cubs, Sox

August 31, 2014

Sunday smorgasbord: For some reason, splitting doubleheaders tends to feel better when your team wins the second game. In the case of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, they lost the second games after winning the first Saturday. Which means both teams still have the same won-lost record. Oh, joy. Or as much joy as […]

Two 5-Run Innings Enough for White Sox to Win

August 16, 2014

The Chicago White Sox might have injured outfielder Avisail Garcia back sooner than expected. Meaning sometime soon. As in before the end of the season. Which is good news for the Sox because the guy can hit. It would be even better news if he could pitch. * Speaking of the Sox, starter Hector Noesi […]

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