John Lackey - the best personalized free web-based Email en en John Lackey Panik homers as Giants beat Lackey, Cubs 6-4 CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Panik felt a little better the past couple days in St. Louis. He felt a lot better after his performance Monday night. Panik hit his first career leadoff homer and doubled twice, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs. Brandon Belt also connected and Ty Blach (2-2) pitched into the ... Tue, 23 May 2017 04:25:00 GMT 2017-05-23T04:25:00Z Brewers, Cubs rained out at Wrigley Field, makeup on July 6 CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward's return to the Chicago Cubs lineup will have to wait another day. The game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon was rained out. It will be made up at 1:20 p.m. CT on July 6. "Nothing you can do about (the weather), that's why we're here to embrace the suck," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, refe... Sat, 20 May 2017 18:25:00 GMT 2017-05-20T18:25:00Z Schwarber, Rizzo HR, Cubs top Reds 9-5; Maddon's 1,000th win CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon paired his 1,000th win with a glass of red wine made by Big Smooth wines out of Lodi, California. A nod to his past on a very sweet night. Slumping sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber homered to help the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on Tuesday, handing a landmark victory to their beloved manager. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:24:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:24:00Z LEADING OFF: Keuchel tries for 7-0, Rangers go for 7 in row A look at what's happening all around the majors today: HOUSTON, PROBLEM SOLVED After taking a step back last season, Dallas Keuchel has regained the form that earned him an AL Cy Young Award in 2015, and he can become the majors' first seven-game winner when the Astros play at Miami. At a time when pitchers are thro... Tue, 16 May 2017 06:14:00 GMT 2017-05-16T06:14:00Z After late, late show with Yankees, Cubs get needed break DENVER (AP) — Kris Bryant was in a race to beat the rising sun. He won, too, with his head hitting the hotel pillow in Denver moments before daybreak. A well-earned victory for the Chicago Cubs third baseman after a draining 5-4, 18-inning loss to the New York Yankees in a game that lasted 6 hours, 5 minutes and spilled into Monday morning. By innings, it was the longest int... Tue, 09 May 2017 02:54:00 GMT 2017-05-09T02:54:00Z LEADING OFF: Sale faces Santana, Mets' Cabrera gets MRI A look at what's happening all around the majors today: MARQUEE MATCHUP Two of the top pitchers in the American League this season square off when Chris Sale (2-2, 1.38 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox face Ervin Santana (5-0, 0.66) and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Sale has 63 strikeouts and eight walks while allo... Sun, 07 May 2017 06:09:00 GMT 2017-05-07T06:09:00Z LEADING OFF: Mets' Cabrera gets MRI, Sale faces Santana A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: NOT AGAIN Already missing a string of key players due to injuries, the New York Mets hope for good news when steady shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has an MRI. Cabrera hurt his left thumb trying to make a diving stop Saturday night against Miami. The team said X-ray... Sun, 07 May 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-05-07T01:50:00Z Contreras' slam powers Arrieta, Cubs to 12-8 win over Reds CINCINNATI (AP) — After a sputtering start, the Cubs' offense is finally rolling. And it's no surprise that they're breaking out at Great American Ball Park, a place that's just their style. Wilson Contreras hit his first career grand slam and Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward added three-run shots on Saturday, powering Chicago to a 12-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:59:00 GMT 2017-04-22T21:59:00Z LEADING OFF: Yanks go for 9th straight, Thames on homer run A look at what's happening all around the majors today: BRONX BOOM The Yankees aim for their ninth straight win when Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound against the visiting White Sox. The 23-year-old righty struck out 11 Tampa Bay hitters over seven innings in his last start and has fanned 17 in 12 innings... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:46:00 GMT 2017-04-18T07:46:00Z Thames, Braun power Brewers past struggling Cubs 6-3 CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have found a left-handed complement for Ryan Bryan in the batting order, and everything is right in their world at the moment. Early season sensation Eric Thames homered in his club record-tying fifth straight game and the streaking Brewers turned back the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Monday night. The victory was their sixth in the last seven games. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 04:26:00 GMT 2017-04-18T04:26:00Z Former Korean star Thames homers in 5 straight for Brewers CHICAGO (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames has tied a franchise record by homering in five straight games. The former Korean baseball star hit a solo shot off Chicago Cubs right-hander John Lackey in the third inning Monday night. Thames' streak ties him with Jeromy Burnitz in August 1997 for the franchise mark. Thames h... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:40:00 GMT 2017-04-18T01:40:00Z McCarthy dominates, Toles homers as Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers spent the past few days watching a flag go up and the opponent get its glitzy rings in the ballpark where they lost the NL Championship Series last season. Even so, they're more concerned about the future than the past. And they'll take more games like this. Brandon McCarthy pitched four-hit ball o... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:32:00 GMT 2017-04-13T05:32:00Z Cubs get World Series rings to go with historic championship CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have their glittering rings to go with that historic championship. The team was given its crowning jewels before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with fans at Wrigley Field roaring as the ceremony unfolded. That put the final punctuation on a celebration 108 years in the making, one that started when the Cubs beat Clevel... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:53:00 GMT 2017-04-13T04:53:00Z Rizzo, Cubs raise banner, beat Dodgers 3-2 in home opener CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo sliced the ball into left field, and it was time to party — again. Quite a night for the All-Star slugger. Rizzo hit a game-winning single off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday after raising a World Series championship banner for the first time at Wrigley Field. ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:12:00 GMT 2017-04-11T07:12:00Z Molina: "Dumb" to ask about substance on chest protector ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the bizarre sight — a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector , in plain view of everybody except him. But the St. Louis star didn't think it was so funny when asked if a foreign substance helped the thing cling. "Did I put anything on my chest protector ... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:15:00 GMT 2017-04-07T07:15:00Z Almora's catch aids Arrieta in Cubs 2-1 win at St. Louis ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. provided a big lift for the Chicago Cubs with a birthday present for his mom. Almora robbed Matt Adams of a home run and Javier Baez made a terrific sliding stop on Kolten Wong's game-ending grounder, sending Jake Arrieta and the Cubs to a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. I... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:01:00 GMT 2017-04-05T05:01:00Z Royal Returns: KC's Duffy, Perez back in Cactus League Danny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training. Following a stint with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, Duffy allowed three runs over six innings for the Kansas City Royals in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. It was Duffy's first start with the Royals since March 5 because of the international tournament. ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:05:00 GMT 2017-03-25T03:05:00Z Scherzer experiments with new grip after knuckle injury Max Scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury — by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball. The Washington Nationals ace won the NL Cy Young Award last season despite a stress fracture on his right ring finger in the second half. The problem didn't totally heal during the winter, so Scherzer is trying something different this spring. ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-03-08T01:27:00Z