MESA, Ariz. | Valparaiso native Jeff Samardzija made a strong spring debut and the Cubs scored four unearned runs in the first inning against San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain, then held on for a 4-3 victory Sunday at HoHoKam Stadium.
VALPARAISO | Gary native Lloyd McClendon has been employed by Major League Baseball for most of his adult life. As a player, coach and manager, he's seen a lot of trends and has learned how to accept a few of them — although sometimes grudgingly.
ARLINGTON, Texas | A.J. Pierzynski can joke with Texas manager Ron Washington about last season's All-Star snub now that he's the starting catcher for the Rangers.
Valerie Czapkowicz, of Munster, receives a free manicure and hand massage Wednesday from volunteer Natalie Orozco, a student from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in Highland, at the Wicker Park Social Center.
Family members take photos Monday of the Schererville Shock 13U team before its departure from the Schererville baseball fields for the Babe Ruth 13U World Series in the state of Washington .
The Schererville Shock 13U baseball team waits for its bus Monday during a send-off at the Schererville baseball fields as it goes to the Babe Ruth 13U World Series in Kitsap County, Wash.
Stacie Reardon, left, says goodbye Monday to her son, Partick Reardon, 13, a member of the Schererville Shock 13U baseball team, before its departure from the Schererville baseball fields to the Babe Ruth 13U World Series in Kitsap County, Wash.
Family members and friends say goodbye Monday to the Schererville Shock 13U baseball team at the Schererville baseball fields before its departure for the Babe Ruth 13U World Series in Kitsap County, Wash.
Crown Point All Stars manager Bill Nelson said, "that's baseball," after Northwest Bakersfield, Calif., rallied from a 5-2 deficit to defeat his team 13-5 in a Monday pool-play game of the Cal Ripken Baseball 10-year-old World Series at Bentonville, Ark.
CHICAGO | Like all White Sox pitchers, Chris Sale has a trump card – batterymate A.J. Pierzynski.
VALPARAISO | The city will play host this summer to a national sporting event that promises to infuse the region economy with nearly $2 million.
Moose Skowron, a five-time World Series champion and one of only two players to hit three home runs in Game 7s, died Friday of congestive heart failure at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. He was 81.
Dusty Baker would like a do-over.
Theo Epstein and his Boston posse, in.
ST. LOUIS | David Freese swooped in, expecting Elvis Andrus to bunt. He did, but the ball trickled wide of the line.
ARLINGTON, Texas | Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.
ARLINGTON, Texas | Mike Napoli took a mighty swing, tossed his bat aside and trotted around the bases. Fireworks exploded in the air, and Texas Rangers fans cheered wildly.
ST. LOUIS | The coolest person at the World Series is C.J. Wilson.
ARLINGTON, Texas | The Texas Rangers know who they're playing in the World Series.
ST. LOUIS | That chant of "Happy Flight! Happy Flight!" has been exceptionally joyful lately for the St. Louis Cardinals.
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