Tito, Theo receive warm welcome in return to Boston

    For Terry Francona and Theo Epstein, Thursday was a night of recognition and reminiscing, but also a happy homecoming. They were at the Boston Baseball Writers Awards Dinner on behalf of the Indians and Cubs, the two teams who staged an epic World Seri…

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    Smith misses HOF in final year on writers’ ballot

    Whether Lee Smith will get into the Hall of Fame is now in the hands of the Eras Committee. The former Cubs reliever received 151 votes (34.2 percent) in the last year he was eligible for Cooperstown in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of…

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    Rizzo relishing final flurry before work begins

    Two years ago, Anthony Rizzo predicted the Cubs would win the National League Central. In 2015, they won the NL Wild Card Game and reached the NL Championship Series, but they topped that in 2016 by winning the World Series, which ended the franchise’s…

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    Maddon rides coffee-shop ‘vibe,’ crafts lineup

    Opening Day is not until April 2, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon followed his pregame routine on Wednesday and emailed what he called a “faux lineup” to first-base coach Brandon Hyde. It’s a good indicator of what Cubs fans may see when the team opens the…

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    Cubs should go with Zobrist over Baez at second

    Can Javier Baez remain patient? That’s one of the questions hanging over the Cubs as they prepare to defend the championship they won in spectacular fashion last November. As Joe Maddon puts together the pieces of a roster that is the deepest in the Ma…

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