CHICAGO | In his farewell tour that took him through U.S. Cellular Field last week, Mariano Rivera has received accolades befitting the best reliever in history and a Hall of Famer five years from now.
Pitcher Ryan Dempster is that Christmas present under the tree that everyone hopes is for them.
ATLANTA | The Atlanta Braves are falling deeper behind NL East leader Washington, thanks in part to their difficulties against the Cubs, the last-place team in the NL Central.
ATLANTA | The Cubs hoped Chris Volstad would return from the minors a better pitcher, more mature and better equipped to avoid big innings.
Jeff Samardzija pitches against the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
Before Thursday's game, Cubs manager Mike Quade said the biggest factor in his team's improvement since the All-Star break was better defensive play. He might have spoken too soon.
Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney makes a diving catch of Atlanta batter Dan Uggla's short fly to right field in front of Chicago teammate Marlon Byrd in the fifth inning Sunday at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano allowed a career-worst five homers Friday night in Atlanta, and manager Mike Quade said he then left the team. Quade said, "His locker is empty. He walked out on 24 guys ... I don't know where he's gone or what he's doing."
Noah Simmons, center, warms up Tuesday as the Willowcreek Braves eighth-grade boy's basketball team prepares for the Braves Battle Cancer night. The Willowcreek Middle School squad played the Hobart Middle School Brickies in Portage. Under the leadership of Noah, the team wore pink uniforms …
The Willowcreek Braves eighth-grade boy's basketball team prepares for their game with the Hobart Middle School Brickies on Tuesday at Willowcreek Middle School in Portage during the Braves Battle Cancer night.
Hank Aaron played for the Milwaukee Braves,
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