Samardzija sharp as A's romp over Astros, 13-1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- It took Jeff Samardzija six starts to get 13 runs of support from the Chicago Cubs at the outset of the season, and he only got 41 runs total in 17 starts before he finally was freed from Windy City bat-less bondage.

So to see ...

Javier Baez's versatility boosts Cubs' options

Javier Baez played catcher on his summer league team before his senior season at Arlington Country Day High School in Florida.

Theo Epstein won't go that far to address the lack of upper level depth at catcher, but the Cubs' president of baseball...

Samardzija sharp as A's romp over Astros, 13-1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jeff Samardzija allowed just four hits over eight innings and Brandon Moss hit his third grand slam of the year as the A's beat the Houston Astros 13-1 on Thursday at the Coliseum.

Samardzija (2-1) gave up a single to Jose ...

Hamels masterful in Phillies win over Giants

The 90th strike fired by Cole Hamels was an 85-mph changeup that darted to a precise spot, low and away from Michael Morse. The San Francisco outfielder flailed at Hamels' signature offering. Hamels, who has the innate skill every fifth day to ...