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GEORGE CASTLE: Did dogging-it Rios hurt potential deal?

GEORGE CASTLE: Did dogging-it Rios hurt potential deal?

CHICAGO | Alex Rios said all the right things before Friday’s 6-4 White Sox loss to the Atlanta Braves.

July 19, 2013 10:45 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Behind his words, what Hahn is likely thinking and planning

GEORGE CASTLE: Behind his words, what Hahn is likely thinking and planning

CHICAGO | Reading tea leaves is a necessary skill tracking White Sox management in crisis.

June 30, 2013 6:00 pm
Cubs duel Red Sox in ’03 World Series in ‘Alou Makes the Catch’

Cubs duel Red Sox in ’03 World Series in ‘Alou Makes the Catch’

Times baseball writer George Castle’s 11th book presents 10 “What if’s” in Cubs history. “Alou Makes the Catch: An Alternative History of the Chicago Cubs” plays off real persons and events to show how the star-crossed team’s championship drought might have been broken on several occasions s…

December 23, 2012 10:19 pm Photos

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Short memory, focus necessity for Sox stretch drive

Short memory, focus necessity for Sox stretch drive

CHICAGO| A short memory with a laser focus.

September 03, 2012 8:59 pm
Doubts start to overwhelm the Humber story

Doubts start to overwhelm the Humber story

CHICAGO |After his last losing start Tuesday, Philip Humber was upbeat and could even get off a humorous line or two.

June 10, 2012 7:24 pm Photos

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Sox pitching depth, togetherness tested by Danks’ injury

Sox pitching depth, togetherness tested by Danks’ injury

CHICAGO | Where have you gone, Daniel Hudson?

May 24, 2012 9:30 pm
Konerko shiner’s ugly, but bat’s still pretty

Konerko shiner’s ugly, but bat’s still pretty

CHICAGO | Paul Konerko’s been so good the past few years he probably could hit with one eye.

May 22, 2012 9:30 pm
Sox risk more red flags by returning Sale to rotation

Sox risk more red flags by returning Sale to rotation

CHICAGO | The White Sox are performing so many contortions and gyrations about Chris Sale’s health that a knuckleball would be stable and level by comparison.

May 11, 2012 10:15 pm
Comings and goings at Cubs, Sox, Cards all connected

Comings and goings at Cubs, Sox, Cards all connected

Theo Epstein and his Boston posse, in.

October 31, 2011 5:30 pm Photos

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Change finally under way for Cubs in Ricketts' Year 2

Change finally under way for Cubs in Ricketts' Year 2

The old axiom, "It will get worse before it gets better," was an apt description of the 2011 Cubs.

October 01, 2011 6:45 pm
De Aza escapes Ozzie's tarring, sets himself up for ‘12

De Aza escapes Ozzie's tarring, sets himself up for ‘12

CHICAGO | Alejandro De Aza's doing well for himself in late summer 2011 -- and especially on Wednesday.

September 14, 2011 7:01 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Buehrle deserves to keep going with Sox -- somehow

GEORGE CASTLE: Buehrle deserves to keep going with Sox -- somehow

CHICAGO | The message is as simple and direct as Mark Buehrle's repertoire, but the answer is as complicated as the White Sox's prospects going forward this season in the American League Central.

August 17, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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GEORGE CASTLE: This time, Sox must streak to cushion above .500

GEORGE CASTLE: This time, Sox must streak to cushion above .500

CHICAGO | Sixty and sixty.

August 14, 2011 7:15 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Spectacular Santo statue reminds of HOF's unfinished business

GEORGE CASTLE: Spectacular Santo statue reminds of HOF's unfinished business

CHICAGO | The impact of Ron Santo's statue outside Wrigley Field goes far beyond sculptor Lou Cella's spectacular three-color depiction of the third baseman, standing on one leg and leaning right, ready to fire the ball cross-body to first in his patented 1960s image.

August 10, 2011 8:45 pm
Rios considers changing swing in off-season workouts

Rios considers changing swing in off-season workouts

CHICAGO | The surest way to agitate Ozzie Guillen these days is ask a question about Alex Rios' now-rationed playing time.

August 04, 2011 9:42 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Big boppers in pipeline, but barrier is hitting MLB fastball

The 50th anniversary of the rookie-of-the-year season for Billy Williams, the last home-grown Cubs power hitter, was a good time to ask about any power prospects who combine size, strength and swing.

July 22, 2011 8:00 pm Related
GEORGE CASTLE: Zero hour finally passes for snakebitten Danks

GEORGE CASTLE: Zero hour finally passes for snakebitten Danks

CHICAGO | By no stretch of the imagination did John Danks want to out-do Anthony Reyes or Thornwood alum Mark Mulder, the only other pitchers since 1961 to sport 0-8 records before June 1.

June 06, 2011 10:00 pm

Cubs Randy Wells interview

April 06, 2011 5:54 pm
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April 04, 2011 12:00 am
Know baseball trivia? Enter weekly contest

Know baseball trivia? Enter weekly contest

Answer this week's baseball trivia question and become eligible for this week's prize, a copy of George Castle's latest book, "When the Game Changed: An Oral History of Baseball's True Golden Age, 1969-1979." Those who enter the correct answer at www.nwi.com/baseballtrivia will be entered in…

April 04, 2011 12:00 am Related
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