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Tribune staff reporterWhat does it mean when a team strands 15 of its 17 base runners and still pulls out a victory? Four words: Jon Lieber was pitching. "It was the same Lieber as always," catcher Joe Girardi said. The same Lieber who won 20 games last year and continues...
Tribune staff reporterAfter Sunday's game James Baldwin will board a plane to Atlanta, where he will pitch in his first All-Star Game. And Jon Lieber will hop a flight to Mobile, Ala., where he will help construct a baby room for his wife, Jessica, who is expecting their...
Tags: Sammy Sosa, Jerry Manuel, Joe Girardi, Mobile, Eric Young
Tribune staff reporterSAN DIEGO—The Cubs returned to their old, hackneyed ways Wednesday night. They're a one-man gang. And that one man, Sammy Sosa, cannot do it by himself. Sosa homered twice Wednesday but his supporting cast let him down again in the Cubs' 4-3 loss to...
Tribune staff reporterJon Lieber approached manager Don Baylor before the ninth inning Sunday to tell him that he felt strong. That was Lieber's way of lobbying for the chance to earn his fourth career shutout. Lieber could have saved his breath. Even though the veteran...
Tags: Sammy Sosa, Ichiro Suzuki, Lobbying, Fred McGriff, Baseball
Nomar Garciaparra, who didn't get into any spring training games because of pain in his right wrist, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by Boston. Saturday's move is retroactive to March 22, meaning Garciaparra could be activated next Saturday, but...
Tribune staff reporterThe last time the Cubs fell out of contention before the Wrigley Field ivy was in full bloom was in 1997, when they set a National League record for futility, starting the season at 0-14. Though this year's edition isn't anywhere near as hopeless, it...
Tribune staff reporterEric Karros' return to Dodger Stadium on Friday night would have been big local news if the city wasn't so obsessed with the latest developments concerning Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kobe Bryant. Karros received a warm reception in his first game back...
Tribune staff reporterThe inning that wouldn't die started with Moises Alou's double and ended with a groundout by Fred McGriff. In between the Cubs benefited from two bloop hits, one Paul Konerko error, one Jose Valentin misplay and plenty of feistiness against three White...
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