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.
The White Sox's Jose Abreu, front, leaves the stage after the opening ceremony of the baseball team's SoxFest annual fan convention Friday.
CHICAGO | White Sox general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura likely knew what was in store Saturday during a question-and-answer session at SoxFest, the team's annual fan convention — testy questions from fans.
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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. | Ever since the game was invented, before television or even radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key decisions will be made in a studio far away.
This Oct. 1, 2013 file photo shows New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrivng at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled t…
Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine, left and Greg Maddux, right, pose with Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas after a press conference announcing their election to the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in New York. The trio will be inducted into the Hall o…
NEW YORK | Greg Maddux could break a 22-year-old record today, though he won't become the first unanimous selection in the history of the baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot.
Greg Maddux, above, and Tom Glavine were fixtures in the Atlanta Braves rotation for years. Now they await word on another possible honor that will keep them together: induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, left, and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty chat while leaving baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Thursday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | Baseball officials are up front about this: They want to ban home-plate collisions to guard their investments.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | The Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic.
CHICAGO | Veteran slugger Paul Konerko is returning to the Chicago White Sox.
New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, right, shakes hands with general manager Jack Zduriencik after they posed for photographers on the field following a news conference Thursday in Seattle.
SEATTLE | Lloyd McClendon wanted this news conference three years ago. He wanted the showy introduction and to be posing for pictures holding his new jersey. He wanted to be asked about his managerial philosophy and why it didn't work his first time out in Pittsburgh.
Two time zones and 2,400 miles away from his Porter County home, Lloyd McClendon's region roots remain intact as the Seattle Mariners' new manager.
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