Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Report: Cubs, White Sox among five teams to bid on Tanaka ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs and White Sox are among five teams who have made formal offers to Japanese free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to a report out of Japan. Nikkan Sports reported the Yankees, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are the other three, with all the teams offering more than $100 million for six years. Nikkan Sports reported the Diamondbacks’ offer at six years and $120 million, which would be the largest in club history. The Yankees and Dodgers made similar offers, according to the report. Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013. He is 99-35 … ]]> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:01:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball by the numbers ]]> Lead story image

This week’s names and numbers in baseball: CUBS NINE TO KNOW 1. Mark Grace holds the Cubs record with 42 hits in the first month of the season (1996). Emilio Bonifacio’s career high is 25 hits in 21 games in April 2009. 2. Early and often: Edwin Jackson has allowed 150 first-inning runs, more than any other inning in his career. In 33 first innings as a Cub, he has allowed 25 runs. 3. You notice that Carlos Marmol gave up a grand slam for the Marlins on Wednesday? He allowed five in 96 bases-loaded opportunities with the Cubs. Those … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:36:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ CHAD: Yankees back to being the Yankees ]]> Lead story image

In 2013, the New York Yankees put themselves on a budget and missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 seasons. So, in 2014, the familiar World Series-or-bust Yankees are back, willing to bury the budget and break the bank. Goodbye, Walmart; hello, Waldorf-Astoria. In the past, the Yankees’ idea of fiscal restraint was to take lobster ravioli off the training table. Then last season, management decided to put itself in a position to get player payroll under $189 million — the cutoff for the luxury tax — but winning only 85 games dashed that impulse. So, in … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:18:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball by the numbers ]]> Lead story image

This week’s names & numbers in baseball: WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW 1. When the White Sox open at home Monday against the Twins, they come in 59-54 on Opening Day, 27-23 at home. 2. Paul Konerko has started every Opening Day for the Sox at first since 2001. In 1999 and 2000, he was the DH. The 15 starts tie him with Luke Appling for the most in franchise history. 3. Konerko opens the season with 2,997 hits, just two behind ‘‘Jolly Cholly’’ Grimm and HOF’er Kiki Cuyler. 4. Ray Schalk, behind the plate, and Appling, at short, hold … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:32:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ The Sitdown: Slugger Paul Konerko on his World Series ring, teammates, kids ]]> Lead story image

Team captain Paul Konerko, who is embarking on his last season, was in a reflective mood before a morning workout with the White Sox as opening day — Monday — approached. Konerko took a few moments last week to discuss the 2005 World Series championship, former teammates and everything non-baseball related from his guitar to his favorite movies to being a father of three. ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:28:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tigers to pay Miguel Cabrera a MLB-record $292 M over 10 years ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers are doubling down on Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. The team has agreed to pay Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person, who said the contract is subject to a physical, spoke Thursday night to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract that runs through 2015, and the person says the slugger will make $248 million over eight … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:54:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Barry Bonds back in Giants camp coaching ]]> Lead story image

Barry Bonds is wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform once again, now as a hitting coach at spring training. ]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:42:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hair stylist had Cuban pride ]]> Lead story image

Maria Xiques-Lepko was known to stand on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago wearing a red silk boxer’s robe to attract business to her hair salon, Upper Cuts. Ms. Xiques died Feb. 16 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of complications from cancer. She was 56 and provided a welcoming committee to Chicago for the first recent wave of Cubans to play for the White Sox. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:57:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orioles’ prospect Josh Hart didn’t know who Frank Robinson was ]]> Lead story image

Josh Hart needed a history lesson at spring training. The outfielder, selected 37th overall in last June’s amateur draft, was visiting Baltimore’s major league spring training camp on Monday when manager Buck Showalter introduced him to Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Showalter asked Hart if he knew who Robinson was. The 19-year-old did not. ]]> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ A-Rod withdraws lawsuit against MLB to overturn suspension ]]>

Alex Rodriguez has withdrawn his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig and the players’ association to overturn his season-long suspension, a sign the New York Yankees third baseman may be prepared to accept the penalty. ]]> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez suspended for 2014 season ]]> Lead story image

Alex Rodriguez’s drug suspension was cut to 162 games from 211 by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, a decision that sidelines the New York Yankees third baseman the entire 2014 season. Rodriguez also would be sidelined for any postseason games under the decision announced Saturday. ]]> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:55:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ MLB to unveil expanded replay in 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Major League Baseball ramped up its instant replay system Thursday, with owners, players and umpires approving sweeping changes in how close calls will be reviewed. A look at the new way of putting extra eyes on the umps: WHAT CAN BE REVIEWED? Most every call on the field, except balls-and-strikes and checked swings. A notable exception is the “neighborhood play” at second base on potential double plays. There might be times when runners are called out, even if middle infielders aren’t quite on the bag with the ball — there were safety concerns from many about the danger of hard … ]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:54:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to 7-year, $215M deal ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit. Kershaw would have been eligible for free agency after the … ]]> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:15:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jack Clark wants Albert Pujols’ ‘juicer’ suit tossed ]]>

Former Cardinals first baseman Jack Clark is asking a court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by fellow former St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols. ]]> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson’s rookie of the year trophy sells for $402,000 ]]>

Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Rookie of the Year award for the season he broke baseball’s color barrier has sold for $401,968. ]]> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alex Rodriguez suing MLB over drug suspension ]]> Lead story image

Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players’ union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension. ]]> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:36:05 -0500