October 3, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- Cubs second baseman Mark DeRosa was asked if Thursday night's game against the Dodgers was "do or die" for Chicago in the best-of-five National League division series. "Yeah, I think it's pretty do or die," he said. "I do. You don't want to get on that 4 1/2 -hour plane flight [to Los Angeles] down 0-2." But Cubs Manager Lou Piniella strongly disagreed. "You've got to win three ballgames in these things," he said.
October 2, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- There was an unusual amount of facial hair on Chad Billingsley's boyish face Wednesday, but the 24-year-old right-hander said he wasn't growing a playoff beard. "I haven't had a start in a long time," Billingsley said. Billingsley says he only shaves on the day of his starts, something he hasn't had in eight days. He plans to maintain his routine this morning, though not everything about the latest cycle in his life is routine.
October 2, 2008 |
Kosuke Fukudome may get a second chance to prove himself in the postseason, because Cubs Manager Lou Piniella said before Game 1 that he would like to start Fukudome in every game of the National League division series. "I'd like to stay just the way we are," Piniella said. "Fukudome is very capable of having a nice postseason, so let's see. With the wind blowing and everything else, we went with good defense in the outfield. " Fukudome started in right field and batted second Wednesday night but went 0 for 4 in the 7-2 loss to the Dodgers, which may cause Piniella to change his mind today.
October 1, 2008 |
STATS Corner The numbers may tell the story when the Dodgers and Cubs meet in the best-of-five-game National League division playoff series beginning this afternoon at Wrigley Field. Here are some facts and figures about the two clubs that might prove pivotal, provided by STATS LLC: Ramirez is a road warrior Manny Ramirez has hit 14 postseason home runs on the road, more than anyone else in baseball history. Ramirez's 29 runs batted in in playoff road games rank third all-time. Ramirez's .
August 14, 2008 |
Tribune Co., publisher of the Los Angeles Times, reported a second-quarter net loss of $4.53 billion after writing down the value of its publications. The loss compared with a profit of $36.3 million a year earlier and included a $3.83-billion expense to reflect the falling value of its newspapers, the Chicago-based company said. Sales fell 5.7% to $1.11 billion. Newspaper advertising sales tumbled 15%, Tribune said. The worsening advertising slump has made it harder for investor Sam Zell, who took Tribune private in December, to manage $12.5 billion in debt after the buyout.
July 25, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Tribune Co. is inviting at least three potential buyers who submitted bids for the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field near or above $1 billion to participate in a second round of proposals, according to a person involved in the process.