Baseball

Thu, 04/19/2012
As Gordon Beckham's grounder skipped through the left side of the infield and into left field Wednesday night, a large majority of a crowd of 13,818 voiced their approval. But that cheer paled in comparison to the positive reaction after Adam Dunn hit an opposite-field, three-run double later that reinforced manager Robin Ventura's theme of...
Thu, 04/19/2012
As Gordon Beckham's grounder skipped through the left side of the infield and into left field Wednesday night, a large majority of a crowd of 13,818 voiced their approval. But that cheer paled in comparison to the positive reaction after Adam Dunn hit an opposite-field, three-run double later that reinforced manager Robin Ventura's theme of...
Fri, 04/06/2012
All games on WSCR-AM 670. Season series: Tied 4-4 in 2011. Friday: 1:05 p.m., CSN. LH John Danks (8-12, 4.33 ERA in 2011) vs. RH Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40). Saturday: 7:05 p.m., WGN-Ch. 9. RH Jake Peavy (7-7, 4.92...
Fri, 04/06/2012
Like the 51 Cubs managers before him — from Amalfitano to Zimmer — Dave Sveum discovered Thursday that managing with the wind blowing in at Wrigley Field is a first-class ticket to second-guessing. And that is especially true for those who managed mediocre teams, of which there have been many...
Thu, 04/05/2012
MIAMI — Now that Marlins Park has been christened, with $106-million shortstop Jose Reyes and some of baseball's most facility-starved fans joining their futures together, with the retractable roof open and the case to move the team to Las Vegas closed, only one question remains about the Florida, er, Miami Marlins. Do they have to return...
Thu, 04/05/2012
 All games on WGN-AM 720. Season series: Nationals 4-3 in 2011. Thursday: 1:20 p.m.; WGN-Ch. 9. RH Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 1.50 ERA in 2011) vs. RH Ryan Dempster 10-14, 4.80). Saturday: 12:05 p.m.; CSN. LH...
Wed, 04/04/2012
HOUSTON - Manager Robin Ventura's criteria for selecting a closer involves throwing more than one pitch for strikes and limiting walks. Ventura could have somewhat of a diliemma as he declines to publicly reveal who his closer will be when the regular season starts Friday...
Fri, 03/23/2012
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brian Bruney knows there's the assumption he's old, essentially because he has pitched in the major leagues since 2004. But to enhance his chances of returning to the majors, Bruney had to turn a page back to his youth...
Tue, 03/20/2012
Chris Sale showed no signs Monday of a virus that had nagged him the last few days. More impressive was that Sale handled a veteran Reds lineup with ease, limiting them to two hits over six innings while striking out six and walking none...
Thu, 02/23/2012
GLENDALE, Ariz. — New manager, open battles. That's what Robin Ventura was claiming Wednesday on the eve of the White Sox's first workout. "There is competition with everything," Ventura said. "As far as guys...