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  1. Cubs have long way to go in tough division

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- The Cubs ended their home season on a positive note, putting a crimp into Pittsburgh's quest for a division title. The Pirates, who clinched a playoff berth with a win Monday, are on the verge of being eliminated from the division race aft...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  2. The (not-so-) Friendly Confines in 2013

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have set few records over the past three seasons, but on Tuesday they broke one for home losses in a season, racking up their 50th after an 8-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The previous record was 49 home losses in...

    Blog | September 25, 2013
  3. The future is now for Semien and Garcia

    Bruce Levine

    The results of a meaningless September are rarely overanalyzed, but White Sox brass are paying close attention to their young core of players. Solo home runs by Marcus Semien and Avisail Garcia on Monday might be a snapshot of the future core of the ...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  4. Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- The White Sox used a pair of home runs and strong starting pitching to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. How it happened: The White Sox and Jays were making up a game rained out on June 12. Jose Qu...

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  5. Rapid Reaction: White Sox 12, Twins 1

    Bruce Levine

    Home at U.S. Cellular Field, the Chicago White Sox were hoping to break a horrendous slump that had them reeling in a six-game losing skid. How it happened: Rookie Erik Johnson was making his third major league start. RHP Liam Hendricks was on th...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  6. Rapid Reaction: Indians 14, White Sox 3

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 14-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians at home on Thursday: How it happened: The White Sox were looking to play spoiler against the Indians, who started the day 1½ games out of the secon...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  7. Starlin Castro wants to close strong

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- Although two-time All-Star Starlin Castro has appeared lost at the plate for most of the season, the Chicago Cubs' shortstop says he feels his salvation may come in September. Castro hit what proved to be the winning home run in the six...

    Blog | August 31, 2013
  8. Sandberg welcomed back to Wrigley

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- Hall of Fame Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg received a big ovation from the crowd as he took the Philadelphia Phillies lineup to home plate in his return to Wrigley Field on Friday. Sandberg, who was passed over twice by the ...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  9. Homers part of the equation for Sox success

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- When Ken Williams took over as general manager of the Chicago White Sox in 2001, he believed the way to win in a ballpark that played small was to hit home runs and outpitch other clubs. If that equation is still true, then a good portion ...

    Blog | August 26, 2013
  10. Rizzo is bright spot in loss to Nats

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum made a key move before Wednesday's game by moving up struggling shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the top of the batting order. The move paid off, as Rizzo hit two home runs and ...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  11. Rapid Reaction: Nationals 11, Cubs 6

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 11-6 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field: How it happened: Former Cub Scott Hairston hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning off worn-out left-h...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  12. Rapid Reaction: Reds 5, Cubs 0

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday: How it happened: The Cubs were shut out for the fourth time in the past five home games. The Cubs started a makeshift lineup which included a number ...

    Blog | August 14, 2013
  13. Cubs designate Borbon for assignment

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment on Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Cubs selected the contract of infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Iowa. Borbon was hitting .202 with one home run and thr...

    Blog | August 03, 2013
  14. Samardzija allows career-high four HRs

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- It certainly wasn't the outing Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija expected. The Cubs' leader in strikeouts had given up 10 home runs in his previous 18 starts combined in 2013. He surrendered four home runs in 4.33 innings of wor...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  15. Soriano, Cubs staying hot

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum came up with a proper headline for Tuesday night's win over the Los Angeles Angels. "The Sori show continues," Sveum said, describing Alfonso Soriano's current hot streak. Soriano hit two home runs off ...

    Blog | July 09, 2013
  16. Chicago teams headed toward changes

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- The Cubs continued their 2013 dominance over the White Sox in an 8-2 blowout win on Monday evening. The Cubs completed the four-game sweep of the home-and-home matchup, sending the south siders to their 10th loss in 12 games. But the s...

    Blog | July 09, 2013