PITTSBURGH | Jeff Samardzija knew about the reports that had his teammate and friend Ryan Dempster on the verge of being traded to the Atlanta Braves as he got ready to take the mound Monday night for the Cubs.
You loved the way he risked his body slamming into outfield walls, barreling over second basemen, or running bases as if being chased by a grizzly.
CHICAGO | Derrek Lee came off the disabled list and hit a go-ahead grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cubs 7-5 on Saturday.
PITTSBURGH | For the Cubs, the first half of their 10-game trip felt all too much like summer dog days for a team that had the NL's second-worst record when it started.
PITTSBURGH | Starlin Castro homered and Matt Garza pitched seven shutout innings to lead the Cubs to a 1-0 win over the sliding Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH | Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs' season-high six home runs and the Cubs had a season-best 23 hits in an 11-6 victory over the fading Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
PITTSBURGH | Starlin Castro had three hits and Carlos Zambrano survived six choppy innings as the Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night to spoil slugger Derrek Lee's two-homer debut with his new team.
At Major League Baseball's traditional all-star break, players and fans alike take stock of the season to date and anticipate how the pennant races will shape up.
PITTSBURGH | Ryan Dempster won for the first time in five starts despite arguing with manager Mike Quade after he was lifted after five innings, and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Saturday night.
CHICAGO | Aramis Ramirez ended a long home run drought, Ryan Dempster threw six solid innings and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in a rain-delayed game Sunday.
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