Mlb Spring Training
MESA, Ariz. | Valparaiso native Jeff Samardzija will start opening day for the Chicago Cubs on March 31 at the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs announced Friday.
GLENDALE, Ariz. | The White Sox thought they'd have a handle on the identity of their new closer by now.
Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws during the first inning of a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz.
Grounds crew members prepare the infield before the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Cubs in a spring training baseball game on Thursday in Mesa, Ariz. It was the Cubs' first Cactus League game in their new spring training facility.
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.
Travis Wood was the Cubs' best starting pitcher in a 2013 season in which he went 9-12 with an ERA of 3.11 and a WHIP of 1.145 in 200 innings pitched.
MESA, Ariz. | The question of what went wrong was a familiar one for the Cubs last season.
SURPRISE, Ariz. | George Brett juggles three baseballs near the mound of a practice field, then loosens up his right arm and delivers a pitch to Mike Moustakas to start off batting practice.
Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, left, talks with pitcher Chris Capuano during spring training in Phoenix. It's been more than two decades since Koufax last wore a major league uniform, but his old team lured him back into blue this spring as a special adviser to owner …
GLENDALE, Ariz. | Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't like the manner in which his team carried itself in an 8-1 loss to the Cubs on Thursday.
MESA, Ariz. | One spot over in the clubhouse at HoHoKam Stadium means everything to Cubs catcher Welington Castillo.
SURPRISE, Ariz. | Yu Darvish is more at ease in his second spring with the Texas Rangers, and he is still throwing hard.
MESA, Ariz. | Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has a mild side strain and is expected to miss only a week of spring training camp.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum, right, bumps fists with Matt Garza during spring training Thursday in Mesa, Ariz.
Major league baseball teams started coming to Florida for spring training almost a century ago, traveling by rail from the often still-frozen North to get in shape and play some exhibition games in the sun.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. | Braden Looper's only brush with baseball last year came when he coached his son's Little League team.
MESA, Ariz. | Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has been busy in the 16 months since his family took control of the legendary team that hasn't won the World Series since 1908.
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