Bryant fizzles out in anticipated debut

Apr 18, 2015

Bryant fizzles out in anticipated debut

Kris Bryant absorbed the sights and smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. He cherished playing in front of 30,000 charged-up fans. He appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut. Only two things were missing — a ...

Apr 8, 2015

Wada impresses in simulated game

Chicago Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada looked sharp in a simulated game on Tuesday as part of his rehab as he recovers from a left thigh injury. The 34-year-old former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks ace threw 64 pitches to 19 minor leaguers at the Cubs’ spring ...

Cardinals open with victory

Apr 6, 2015

Cardinals open with victory

Adam Wainwright on opening night at Wrigley Field was a perfect combination for the St. Louis Cardinals. Wainwright threw six innings of five-hit ball, and St. Louis chased Jon Lester in the fifth inning of a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday ...

Story lines aplenty as MLB regular season draws near

Mar 27, 2015

Story lines aplenty as MLB regular season draws near

Even before Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and the rest of the ramped-up Washington Nationals hit the field for their first full-squad workout at spring training, they got the message. There it was, printed across the top of a practice schedule posted in the clubhouse ...

Feb 21, 2015

Wada brings new cutter into camp

One of the first things Chicago Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada did after arriving at spring camp was try out the cut fastball he’s been working on. “It felt good,” Wada reported of the pitch that he hopes will help him land a spot in ...

Cubs great Banks dies

Jan 24, 2015

Cubs great Banks dies

Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of “Mr. Cub.” Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on ...

Wada proud to represent MLB

Nov 15, 2014

Wada proud to represent MLB

by Jason Coskrey

Tsuyoshi Wada entered Game 2 of the MLB-Japan All-Star Series on Friday night at Tokyo Dome to the strains of Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Free Fallin’,” which was serving as the de facto soundtrack to Rob Wooten’s exit from the game after having given ...

Maddon aiming to get Cubs into playoffs in first season

Nov 4, 2014

Maddon aiming to get Cubs into playoffs in first season

Joe Maddon’s unusual road to the manager’s office at Wrigley Field included a job interview at an RV park in Pensacola, Florida. The first public stop was a bar across the street from the iconic ballpark, where Maddon offered to buy a beer and ...

Cubs ax Renteria, hire Maddon

Nov 1, 2014

Cubs ax Renteria, hire Maddon

Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball’s best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had ...

Wada takes loss as Brewers squeeze past Cubs

Sep 28, 2014

Wada takes loss as Brewers squeeze past Cubs

The Chicago Cubs lead the major leagues in strikeouts, and Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta took full advantage of their free-swinging ways. Peralta struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, and the Brewers beat the Cubs 2-1 on Saturday night. It marked the sixth ...

Cubs stumble down stretch in loss to Dodgers

Sep 19, 2014

Cubs stumble down stretch in loss to Dodgers

The also-ran Chicago Cubs learned a valuable lesson from the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Dodgers: Don’t take anything for granted in a pennant race. The Cubs held a three-run lead on Thursday night before they came apart in an 8-4 loss that snapped their three-game ...