Nothing says spring better than the crack of a baseball against a bat, the smell of hot dogs and the smiles on the faces of fans during their favorite team's home opener. So to get you into the spring spirit, we've gathered photos from both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs during s…
MESA, Ariz. | Jeff Samardzija pitched two shutout innings before an overflow crowd in the Cubs' opener at their new stadium, a 5-2 loss to an Arizona Diamondbacks split-squad on Thursday.
MESA, Ariz. | The question of what went wrong was a familiar one for the Cubs last season.
MESA, Ariz. | The Chicago Cubs are ready to take to the baseball diamond of their new springtime home.
CHICAGO | Mention Indiana University product Micah Johnson to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, and he goes into enthusiastic detail about Johnson’s legs, bat and overall athleticism.
CHICAGO | Pay him or trade him.
ST. LOUIS | With a small sample size from which to choose, Chris Rusin can easily pick his best performances. His latest ranks toward the top.
PHILADELPHIA | Jeff Samardzija has often been the victim of poor run support throughout the 2013 season.
CHICAGO | The Cubs were on their way to salvaging the second game after dropping the opener, right until the ball popped out of shortstop Starlin Castro's glove.
The Cubs' Darwin Barney avoids the tag of Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy to score on an RBI single by Carlos Villanueva during the fifth inning of Tuesday's Game 1.
Last week in this space, I wondered why youth baseball leagues didn't uniformly use reduced injury factor baseballs and why they don't have automated external defibrillators on hand at each field.
SAN FRANCISCO | As tough as it was for Chicago manager Dale Sveum to say goodbye to Alfonso Soriano, he sure likes how the Cubs played without the slugging outfielder.
NEW YORK | Alfonso Soriano took one look around Yankee Stadium and broke into a big, familiar smile.
ARLINGTON, Texas | The Texas Rangers finally have Matt Garza in their starting rotation.
A White Sox fan by birth and Houston Astro by grooming, De La Salle alum Brian Bogusevic stayed far away from the strangeness of “Cubbie occurrences”…until now.
CHICAGO | Carlos Villanueva gave his manager exactly what he asked of him. It still wasn't enough.
CHICAGO | Even at his lowest point, Edwin Jackson kept believing he would somehow turn his season around.
CHICAGO | Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a 13-2 rout of the Cubs on Wednesday night.
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is renowned for a steel-trap mind that grasps every detail of every player in his organization.
NEW YORK | Baltimore slugger Chris Davis powered past Detroit Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the final week to claim the most fan votes in All-Star game balloting, and Washington outfielder Bryce Harper used a final surge to win a spot in the National League's starting lineup.
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