Yu Darvish

Schwarber doesn't fly with Cubs to Arizona

Quick quiz: Who leads the Cubs pitching staff in ERA since the middle of July?<p>Many would probably answer with Cole Hamels, as the veteran starting …

Chicago Cubs

Adbert Alzolay thinking about 2019 in rehab | MLB.com

MESA, Ariz. -- It was 100 degrees at the Cubs' complex early Monday when Adbert Alzolay played catch. If the season had gone the way the right-hander …

Myrtle Beach

Elegy for ’18 – Texas Rangers

Elegy for '18 Series<p>After entering the season as a question mark, Jurickson Profar leads the team in WAR.<br>(Photo: Keith Allison)<p>With the Texas …

Sports Analytics

Ranking top 2018-19 free agents | MLB.com

While September brings exciting pennant races, it's also a time when many clubs turn their attention to the offseason and begin formulating plans for …

Boston Red Sox

Angels' Shohei Ohtani's Record-Setting Season Makes Him AL Top Rookie

Shohei Ohtani is the Rookie of the Year in the American League this season for what he’s accomplished as the first fulltime two-way player in the Major Leagues since Babe Ruth a century ago.<p>And that’s with all due respect to Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar who have had terrific seasons for the …

Mike Scioscia

Jason Heyward off DL after hamstring injury | MLB.com

CHICAGO -- The Cubs activated Jason Heyward from the disabled list prior their game Sunday against the Reds at Wrigley Field.<p>Heyward was not in the …

Disability

Will Beltre’s last home game come next weekend? If so, here are some of his top moments at Globe Life

The Texas Rangers are in San Diego, which is the best setting for an MLB game in baseball.<p>Petco Park has its quirks, but it’s in the Gaslamp …

Baltimore Orioles

Chicago Cubs: Cole Hamels has earned his spot on Cubs’ rotation next season

Chicago Cubs’ starter Cole Hamels continues to prove that he was worth the investment as a trade deadline acquisition.<p>Not many outside of the Chicago …

Cole Hamels

Everyone getting into the act to keep Cubs rolling in NL Central

The shadows crept over the mound in the fifth inning late Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, a harbinger of the season’s end and the postseason’s arrival.<p>For years fans here were conditioned to brace themselves for disaster, but now it’s taken for granted the Cubs will be there come October, no …

Chicago Cubs

Strop out for the regular season, rest of 'pen ready

As Joe Maddon put it, the Cubs may have won the battle on Thursday in Washington, D.C., but the hope is that they won't lose the war in the …

Chicago Cubs

Yu Darvish undergoes 'debridement surgery,' Cubs expect him ready for 2019

Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish took the latest step in his effort to get back onto the pitching mound by undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery on his …

Chicago Cubs

Osaka's US Open win re-opens identity discussion in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Naomi Osaka's victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese.<p>The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan …

Osaka

Brewers beat Cubs 5-1 to move within 1 game in NL Central

CHICAGO -- Although the Milwaukee Brewers still trail in the NL Central, they believe the pressure has shifted to the first-place Cubs.<p>Curtis …

NL Central

The struggling Cubs say they're tired; nobody wants to hear it

So here the Cubs are, clinging to a sliver of a division lead and going to a place they don’t want to be to play a game they don’t want to play.<p>A 5-1 …

Chicago Cubs

Schwarber (back) sitting again on Wednesday

Kyle Schwarber (back) is out again Wednesday versus the Brewers.<p>Schwarber has been out all week because of a back issue and it's not clear when he …

Fantasy Sports

AL AL West Notes: Felix, Lowrie, Cahill, Skaggs, Calhoun, Listach

• <b>Athletics</b> second baseman <b>Jed Lowrie</b> acknowledged today in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link) that he has had some contact …

Los Angeles Angels

Cubs won't force Brandon Morrow back into closer role when he's back from injury

After an encouraging bullpen session Wednesday, injured closer Brandon Morrow vowed to return to action this month for the first time since …

Chicago Cubs

Baseball notes: Yankees on pace to avoid luxury tax

Yankees on pace to avoid luxury tax for the first time<p>The New York Yankees are set to achieve their goal of coming in under baseball’s luxury tax …

Luxury Lifestyle

MLB wrap: Rockies keep lead on NL West with dramatic walkoff

The Rockies were two outs away from the National League West falling into complete chaos, but DJ LeMahieu wasn't going to allow it.<p>With one on and …

National League (MLB)

Chicago White Sox: Michael Kopech injury a bitter pill for fans

The Chicago White Sox lost their prized pitching prospect for the next calendar year. It should be ok, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt right …

Chicago White Sox

Tennis star Osaka named Nissan ambassador, gives hope to biracial Japanese

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan's Nissan Motor Co has signed U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka as its next brand ambassador, the automaker said on Thursday, tapping the tennis star's youth, drive and Japanese roots to appeal to younger customers.<p>The deal further raises the profile of the 20-year-old …

Osaka

Cubs’ Yu Darvish undergoes elbow surgery, expected to be ready for spring training

Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to remove debris from his right pitching elbow.<p>Darvish, who was shut down three weeks ago after being diagnosed with a stress reaction on the top of his elbow, is expected to be ready for spring training.<p>The surgery was performed by …

Chicago Cubs

Cubs' Brandon Morrow: 'I'll be back'

After throwing a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, closer Brandon Morrow sounded more convinced he will pitch for the Cubs this season – even if in a limited role.<p>“I’ll be back in games,” Morrow said. “I don’t know how close I can get to 100 percent, stuff-wise.”<p>Nevertheless, Morrow is convinced …

Chicago Cubs

A Cubs-Brewers encore in October is just what baseball needs

The Cubs and Brewers finished their season series Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, but hopefully this isn’t the last we see of them together.<p>It may or may not be a true rivalry, depending on you define the word, but the Cubs and Brewers have provided some great entertainment all year long, and an …

Chicago Cubs

‘As long as I made it through the warm-ups, I was happy’

What happened Tuesday night to the beat guys doesn’t happen often, and it usually ends the way it did.<p>But a no-hitter was in progress, deep in …

Dallas

Drew Smyly Will Not Return In 2018

The Cubs decided yesterday that lefty <b>Drew Smyly</b> will not make it back onto the MLB roster this season, as Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com was among those to …

Yu Darvish

Masahiro Tanaka is almost everything the Yankees paid for

Masahiro Tanaka has not been as good as 2014 Masahiro Tanaka or 2018 first-half Luis Severino, but it has been close enough to provide a second-half …

Baseball

The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 598 – 2018 Disappointments in 2019 Drafts

<b>9/10/18</b><p>The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is brought to you by <b>Out of the Park Baseball 19</b>, the best baseball strategy game ever made – …

Fantasy Football

'A new heroine': Japan celebrates first grand slam winner amid Serena row

The combination of her strength and childlike innocence is her charm Yomiuri Shimbun<p>While the tennis world debated the merits of Serena Williams’ tirade against umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday’s US Open final, Japan heaped praise on its first grand slam winner, Naomi Osaka.<p>The 20-year-old …

Tennis

Rozner: You might want to enjoy this era of Chicago Cubs baseball

The last time the Chicago Cubs won three straight division titles was, well, never.<p>They have a chance in the next couple of weeks to do precisely …

Baseball