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Stevie Sunshine finds the good in some bad Cubs play
Stevie Sunshine is here for you this morning. Stevie Sunshine is finding something good amid something bad. No, this isn’t about the White Sox. They appear indecipherable and unsalvageable. Instead, this is about the Cubs. You might not have realized it at the time and might not have thought about...
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Audit finds wards stranded in shelters, psych hospitals
CHICAGO (AP) - A state audit finds children in the care of Illinois' welfare system are being housed in psychiatric hospitals and shelters hundreds of days longer than necessary because of the difficulty of finding placements in foster care. The review of the Department of Children and Family Services was ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Chicago Chicago Tribune Tribune Company WGN-TV Chicago Sun-Times Chicago metropolitan area Chicago Cubs Psychiatric hospital
Morning Spin: Team Rauner tries to rebrand November message
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign team is seeking to re-label the partisan impasse that has stifled state government ahead of the Nov. 8 Illinois...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Chicago Cubs Rod Blagojevich Chicago Tribune Lisa Madigan Illinois
Who was the greatest Chicago manager?
With your help, the Chicago Tribune is creating the greatest Chicago baseball team of all time. We've narrowed it down to several players for both Cubs and White Sox but need your help in choosing the best of the best. Vote for your favorite manager below. Read more about the Greatest Team of All...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs National League Baseball San Francisco Giants Chicago White Sox Chicago WGN-TV
Schimp's 4 RBIs and Richard's gem lifts Padres to 14-1 win
SAN DIEGO — Ryan Schimpf hit a three-run homer and tied a career-high with four RBIs and Clayton Richard pitched seven scoreless innings as the San Diego Padres crushed the Colorado Rockies 14-1 on Thursday night.Schimpf, a rookie second baseman, hit his 18th home run of the season, all coming since July 1.Richard (2-3) was sharp as he scattered six hits, walked two and had eight strikeouts.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball statistics Florida Marlins Major League Baseball Baseball San Francisco Giants National League San Diego Padres Chicago Cubs
Aroldis Chapman and Jorge Soler eager to see fellow Cuban Yulieski Gurriel
The sight of Yulieski Gurriel playing first base surprised fellow Cubans Aroldis Chapman and Jorge Soler.But Chapman and Soler have no doubts Gurriel will succeed with the Astros as he has in an impressive international career."He's an excellent athlete," Chapman said. "He has been a great asset,...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs Baseball World Series New York Yankees World Baseball Classic Cuba National League
Hernan Perez leads hits parade as Milwaukee Brewers blast St. Louis Cardinals
By Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange ST. LOUIS -- In his career, St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has been very tough against the Milwaukee Brewers.
9 points by UPI | St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs Baseball Baseball statistics Major League Baseball Florida Marlins Milwaukee Brewers San Francisco Giants
Strasburg avoids nightmare scenario, but will he pitch this season?
WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg has a strained flexor mass in his elbow and the Nationals don’t know when he will pitch again, but the team said it was relieved the right-hander did not re-tear a ligament. Manager Dusty Baker and director of athletic training Paul Lessard voiced optimism after an MRI exam did not reveal...
2 points by New York Post | Injury Cy Young Award Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs Baseball statistics Physical trauma Tommy John surgery Philadelphia Phillies
Astros passed on Kris Bryant in draft, but future looks bright
Despite passing on Kris Bryant with the first pick in the 2013 draft, the Astros aren't exactly lacking talented young players. The Cubs visit Houston this weekend in a matchup that one national publication forecast as a 2016 World Series preview back in the spring. A slow start and a failure to...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball World Series Chicago Cubs Houston Astros Boston Red Sox San Francisco Giants Baseball
Cubs fans take home pieces of Wrigley
What would you do with a grassy patch of Wrigley Field? Rich Gracia has a plan: "I'm going to try to extract DNA from it, and maybe I can clone Kris Bryant." He was one of many fans who came to Wrigley on Wednesday and Thursday for the free giveaway of Wrigley sod, after the Cubs replaced much...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field Chicago White Sox 2003 National League Championship Series Ernie Banks Major League Baseball 2008 Chicago Cubs season Chicago Bears
Cubs' Joe Maddon has no problem with postseason roster guessing game
The Jason Hammel decision has seemingly been made much easier by Hammel's recent first-inning nightmares in Denver and Milwaukee, leaving Cubs manager Joe Maddon with one fewer postseason roster problem to ponder.If Hammel has issues in his first inning — he has a 5.00 ERA — he is of no use out...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball statistics Baseball Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon Handedness Wrigley Field Left-handedness Run
Former big league pitcher endorses Maine's 'Wrigley Field'
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A retired Major League Baseball pitcher is embracing a Wrigley Field replica that's being constructed in Maine. Lee Smith was on hand Wednesday for a groundbreaking ceremony held by the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville for the refurbished Purnell Field. The former player considered one of ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Baseball Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field Chicago White Sox National League Fenway Park Chicago
Joe Maddon has no problem with roster guessing game
The Jason Hammel decision has seemingly been made much easier by Hammel’s recent first-inning nightmares in Denver and Milwaukee, leaving manager Joe Maddon with one less postseason roster problem to ponder. If Hammel has issues in his first inning, where has a 5.00 earned-run average, he certainly...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball statistics Baseball Joe Maddon Run Handedness Chicago Cubs Home run Left-handedness
Video shows Chicago man, 71, shot and robbed on front lawn
A young suspect is seen shoving the man to the ground, shooting him and bolting off on his bike.
238 points by Daily News | Chicago Tribune Tribune Company Chicago WGN-TV Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Cubs Mike Royko Chicago metropolitan area
Tim Tebow knows baseball: Ex-QB signs with New York Mets
The Sports Xchange Tim Tebow is officially a baseball player.
3 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Heisman Trophy Chicago Cubs New York Mets United Press International San Francisco Giants National League Oakland Athletics
Scenes throughout Progressive Field during today's Cleveland Indians game: Follow along on Facebook Live, Snapchat
Add cleveland.com on Facebook and Snapchat to see coverage of everything that goes into staging an Indians game. Scenes throughout Progressive Field during a Cleveland Indians game: Follow along Thursday on Facebook Live, Snapchat CLEVELAND, Ohio - Have you ever wondered what goes into staging a Cleveland Indians game - from the all the delicious concessions to the visiting clubhouse crew to merchandising, and more? Follow cleveland.com on Facebook and Snapchat today to see how it all comes together before and during the Indians' day game against the Houston Astros. Cleveland.com will have several reporters stationed all over Progressive Field and social media coordinators Maura Zurick and Hayden Grove will show you all the stations on Facebook Live and Snapchat. Here's how you can follow along: Follow cleveland.com on Facebook here. Add cleveland.com on Snapchat. Our username is clevelanddotcom Tune in to see all the behind-the-scenes work, including preparing food to collecting tickets and getting the gift shops ready. We'll also be spending time with the visiting clubhouse crew, vendors and our favorite drummer, John Adams. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m. but the coverage will begin a couple of hours before the game on Facebook and Snapchat.
23 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Houston Astros Progressive Field Chicago Cubs World Series Boston Red Sox Cincinnati Reds
Joe Maddon says Cubs don't miss a beat even when regulars rest
 As far as manager Joe Maddon is concerned, it's just another night for the Cubs even when Kris Bryant and Addison Russell receive a rest. "Truthfully, I don't think it's hard," Maddon said Tuesday night of the balance between resting his regulars and fielding a competitive team. "We have so many...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball positions Chicago Cubs First baseman Major League Baseball Baseball rules Catcher
Tigers minors: West Michigan wins playoff game on walk-off in 11th
A look at how the Tigers’ minor league affiliates fared Wednesday        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Midwest League West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball statistics Michigan Comstock Park Michigan Baseball Indiana Chicago Cubs
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg exits game early with elbow pain
Strasburg ended up pitching just 2 1/3 innings and 42 pitches.         
153 points by Arizona Republic | National League Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs San Francisco Giants World Series Cincinnati Reds National League East
Sneed: Ricketts patriarch going to Cubs playoffs
Go Cubbies! Hey! Hey! Flotsam and field notes hot off the steamin’ Cubbie ballpark: • Covering all bases: Sneed is told Joe and Marlene Ricketts, the conservative Republican/anti-Trump parents of Chicago Cubs’ Tom Ricketts, are expected to hit the Cubs playoffs next month, as well as Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Donald Trump supporter. • Covering […]
32 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Donald Trump Chicago Cubs WGN-TV Republican Party Harry Caray Trump International Hotel and Tower Ivana Trump Fred Trump
Lack of drama down stretch won't spoil Cubs' division-clinching party
The Cubs division-clinching victory may feel a bit anticlimactic considering they have had a double-digit lead in the National League Central since Aug. 6. But Kris Bryant said if it does happen, the Cubs party won't be low key. This is a team, after all, that has its own party room and a fog machine...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | National League Major League Baseball Baseball Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field Left-handedness Joe Maddon Designated hitter
Anthony Rizzo talks way into lineup, and turns on power in 2-1 Cubs loss
The Cubs are biding their time until the clincher, pretending it's not over until it's over, even if everyone else knows they know it's over. It has been more than a century since the Cubs had a lead this big, and Frank Chance, the manager of the 1907 edition that won the National League by 17...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon Major League Baseball National League Home run St. Louis Cardinals Present tense
Cleveland Indians halt Houston Astros' win streak with 6-5 victory
By Jim Ingraham, The Sports Xchange CLEVELAND -- It certainly didn't come easy.
3 points by UPI | Cleveland Indians Baseball Baseball statistics Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Home run Chicago Cubs Houston Astros
Watch: Jake Arrieta takes Zack Greinke deep with 465-foot home run
All-Star pitcher Jake Arrieta already owns the mound, but he's not too shabby at the plate either.
-1 points by UPI | Cy Young Award Chicago Cubs Boston Red Sox National League San Francisco Giants Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Cleveland Indians
Cubs' uniforms get golden touch
MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs will commemorate their 2016 World Series title with a golden touch for the first two home games. The lettering on the Cubs' uniforms will be stitched in gold for their first two games on April 10 and 12 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, gold trim will...
5 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball San Francisco Giants Chicago Cubs World Series Chicago White Sox Pacific Coast League National League Atlanta Braves
Surge pricing for parking near Wrigley could have been worse
Parking rates are doubling to $4 an hour. Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown wanted to boost parking to $12 a hour during events at Wrigley Field.
44 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Parking meter Parking Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Alderman
Tunney remains opposed to street closures around Wrigley
Amid opposition from the alderman and the neighbors, Mayor Emanuel has twice rejected the Cubs' requests to shut down Addison and Clark on game days.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Major League Baseball Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Chicago Baseball Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball All-Star Game Federal League
Theo Epstein: ‘World’s greatest leader’
Fortune magazine on Thursday named Theo Epstein as the “world’s greatest leader.” The Cubs president of baseball operations beat out such luminaries as Pope Francis and Jeff Bezos.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball Baseball St. Louis Cardinals National League Wrigley Field
Cubs' Jake Arrieta relishes reunion with Olympics teammate Brett Anderson
Jake Arrieta was amused that he's been reunited with 2008 U.S. Olympic teammates Brian Duensing, Trevor Cahill and Dexter Fowler since joining the Cubs. And the latest addition is Brett Anderson, who was named Thursday as the Cubs' fourth starter. "He's very cerebral, a very smart pitcher," Arrieta...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Baseball at the 2008 Summer Olympics Major League Baseball National League Cy Young Award Chicago Cubs American film actors
Veteran Lester thinks Cubs' youth helps chance for repeating
MESA, Ariz. — No baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees reigned from 1998 through 2000.There are reasons, starting with the fact that a title-winning team's offseason is so short.Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs have a few legs up on the situation. Young legs.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Boston Red Sox Baseball Chicago Cubs San Francisco Giants Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Rays National League
Tom Ricketts leaving tough decisions about Jake Arrieta to Theo Epstein
The riches and notoriety of winning a World Series may go only so far in retaining marquee players such as Jake Arrieta. "That's a Theo and Jed decision," Chairman Tom Ricketts said Saturday in referring to President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer after addressing his Cubs players before...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Baseball Chicago Cubs World Series San Francisco Giants Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals Chicago White Sox
Las Vegas’ Ken Korach embarks on 22nd season in A’s broadcast booth
Veteran play-by-play man Ken Korach has called a perfect game and witnessed many baseball thrills, but has yet to catch a foul ball in the booth.
33 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Major League Baseball Baseball Oakland Athletics San Francisco Giants New York Yankees Chicago Cubs National League Atlanta Braves
Cubs count on catcher Willson Contreras to mature into productive regular
The Cubs' confidence in Willson Contreras almost matches the self-assurance the 24-year-old catcher displayed during the team's run to its first World Series title since 1908. Contreras maintains an array of support staff members from manager Joe Maddon to coach Mike Borzello to a veteran pitching...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Baseball statistics Joe Maddon Pitcher Confidence Boston Red Sox Figure It Out Chicago Cubs
Cubs' Jason Heyward unaware of popularity of World Series speech
Jason Heyward's speech during the Game 7, 10th-inning rain delay was so popular that Lego included it as part of its version of the 2016 World Series. But the Cubs' right field was unaware of the Lego version as well as the popularity of his speech. “Surprised?" Heyward said Saturday morning. "I...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs National League Cleveland Indians Houston Astros
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts hoping for Patriots-like stretch of domination
It started out seven years ago trying to win the National League Central. Now the Ricketts family wants the world. After addressing the full squad Saturday at the Cubs' spring training complex, Chairman Tom Ricketts said he would like the team one day to be considered "one of the great sports organizations...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals Thomas S. Ricketts Chicago White Sox Wrigley Field Boston Red Sox National League
White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie: orthotics caused 'worst time of my life'
Brett Lawrie spent months trying to figure out what was causing the leg problems that put him out of action after July 21 for the rest of the season. The mystery took so long to solve the White Sox second baseman even cut out sugar from his diet to see if that would help. Finally, he decided it...
6 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Baseball Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs Ripple effect Ice hockey Carlos Lee
Cardinals' Dexter Fowler – whose wife is from Iran – weighs in on Trump's travel ban
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler said President Trump’s travel ban will dissuade he and his wife from visiting her family in Ira...       
745 points by USA Today | St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs Supreme Court of the United States Major League Baseball Federal government of the United States Appeal Family President of the United States
Patience, faith pay off for Tigers’ Leon Durham
Twenty-three years. That’s how long it’s been since Leon “Bull” Durham has been in the big leagues.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Major League Baseball World Series Pittsburgh Pirates Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals League Championship Series National League Championship Series Baseball statistics
Manfred: Red Sox were considered when punishing Cardinals for hacking Astros
LAKELAND, Fla. — MLB’s top official is seeing red.When Rob Manfred slapped the St. Louis Cardinals with a $2 million fine and took away a pair of draft picks for hacking into the Houston Astros’ email and baseball database, the commissioner was conscious of the punishment he gave the Red Sox last summer for violating international amateur signing rules.The Red Sox were caught signing players for a price effectively higher than a $300,000 limitation they had.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox World Series San Francisco Giants National League New York Yankees Chicago Cubs
Watch: Greg Maddux pranks Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant
Alex ButlerFeb. 16 (UPI) -- Joe Maddon's Chicago Cubs clubhouse promotes perennial pranking.
-2 points by UPI | Baseball Chicago Cubs Atlanta Braves National League Cy Young Award United Press International Major League Baseball Greg Maddux
Photos: Thousands march in Loop protest
Thousands of immigrant protesters started Thursday morning at Union Park and marched to a rally at the Federal Plaza. Sun-Times photos by Maria Cardona
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago United States Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Cubs Immigration Immigration to the United States Trump International Hotel and Tower President of the United States
Photos: Man shot to death in Avondale
A man walking to a bus stop with his girlfriend Thursday morning was gunned down in the Avondale neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Sun-Times photos by Ashlee Rezin
-2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Democratic Party Chicago Sun-Times Chicago Tribune Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago Cubs Illinois Greg Maddux
Kris Bryant gets pranked by Cubs great Greg Maddux
Kris Bryant got the best of a many top pitchers last season, but it took a Cubs Hall of Famer to totally punk him. Greg Maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly TV sound man for a Red Bull commercial and zipped a few pitches by the unsuspecting National League MVP while hurling some zingers...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Cy Young Award Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs Greg Maddux St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants Roger Clemens Pitcher
Cubs can't avoid celebrity status
Javier Baez admitted Tuesday that people still recognized him despite bleaching his hair blond, and Kris Bryant acknowledged Wednesday that the popularity of the Chicago Cubs has swollen since winning a World Series title. “Kris can’t go anywhere without being recognized with that beautiful hair...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs Arizona Diamondbacks Beard Major League Baseball San Francisco Giants Babe Ruth Cap Anson Chicago
Howard high schoolers go to bat for Cuban baseball
Sitting in the dugout last summer at a baseball game, John Roschella's mind started to wander. As coach of a youth boys travel team in Howard County, he had taken his team to play in a variety of places from Virginia to Ohio to Cooperstown, N.Y. On that summer day, he set his mind in a whole new...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Baseball Puerto Rico Baseball clothing and equipment Chicago Cubs Baseball
Indians still reliving World Series nightmare, but ready to pen a new ending
Still, 2017 offers promise: "If we win it this year, I can’t think of a better story.’’         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Cleveland Indians Chicago Cubs World Series Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Baseball San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals
Family takes U-46 to court over assault of South Elgin 7th-grader
The family of a South Elgin middle school student who suffered serious injuries in an in-school attack two weeks ago is taking Elgin-area School District U46 to court in an effort to find out more about what happened. The petition filed in Kane County Circuit Court also describes for the first...
997 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs High school Attack Wrigley Field Illinois Attack! Injury Kane County Illinois
Cubs must adjust to bullpen relocation at Wrigley Field
The Cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster- and location-wise. Aroldis Chapman and Travis Wood are out, Wade Davis and Koji Uehara are in and the actual bullpens at Wrigley Field have been moved under the bleachers, where pitchers will be out of sight — though...
276 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Major League Baseball Pitcher Chicago Cubs Relief pitcher Bullpen Wrigley Field Starting pitcher
Cubs forced to adjust to bullpen relocation at Wrigley Field
The Cubs bullpen has undergone some changes since last offseason, both roster-wise and location-wise. Aroldis Chapman and Travis Wood are out, Wade Davis and Koji Uehara are in, and the actual bullpens at Wrigley Field have been moved to underneath the bleachers, where the pitchers will be out...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Pitcher Chicago Cubs Relief pitcher Major League Baseball Warming up Bullpen Wrigley Field
Cubs' Kyle Schwarber officially cleared to catch
Kyle Schwarber will get his wish, as the Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday morning that their prized slugger has been cleared to resume catching. Schwarber, 24, who tore two ligaments in his left knee on April 7, will be relegated to catching drills once or twice a week while his main defensive...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs Baseball Major League Baseball National League WGN America Chicago