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cubs likely to start own media network after 2019 season


move over, yes network?“it’s a great time to be us,” crane kenney said saturday regarding the possibility the cubs could start their own media network after their contracts with nbc sports chicago, abc-7 and wgn-9 expire after the 2019 season.“we have a big passion for controlling our own destiny,” added kenney, the cubs president of business operations. “it’s sort of like conversations in the real estate market. we like controlling our own destiny. you start adding partners and it becomes a lot more complicated.”that likely indicates the cubs are looking to walk away from their 20 percent share of nbc sports chicago, a share similar to ones owned by the white sox, bulls and blackhawks.“(bulls and white sox chairman) jerry reinsdorf has been an amazing partner, as has comcast,” kenney said






wrigley field's major renovations on schedule, team says


if you have driven by or flown over wrigley field lately, you know more major renovations are under way.the most noticeable difference this season will be the relocating and widening of the dugouts, which will be moved from 15 to 30 feet down the left and right field lines and should provide more air circulation and better sight lines for the players.this week, a cubs official confirmed that the work is on schedule, despite the cold weather. the cubs are expected to reveal more details at the cubs convention, which starts friday.much of the excavation on the first and third base sides is designed for the makers mark barrel room and the w club and is scheduled to open in 2019. construction on the catalina club, located in the upper level behind home plate, also is targeted for 2019.the amer






wrigley field in mix for a future all-star game


commissioner rob manfred confirmed the cubs are being considered for an upcoming all-star game, but stressed that several clubs are in the bidding process.the 2018 game will be held in washington, with the 2019 game in cleveland. manfred is looking at sites for 2020, 2021 and 2022 — and may announce them all at once.the cubs haven’t hosted one since 1990, when the all-star game was much smaller in scope and its limited space for players and media wasn't as big of an issue.“we have a group of clubs that are interested,” manfred said. “we’ve moved into a much more competitive evaluation of those various bids, taking into accounts things like the city’s involvement, have they built a new stadium for the club, have they done particular things that are helpful to a club, the availability of key






series preview: cubs at reds


all games on wscr-am 670.season series:cubs 8-5.tuesday: 6:10 p.m., wgn-9rh john lackey (10-9, 4.67) vs. rh homer bailey (4-6, 8.44)wednesday: 6:10 p.m., csnlh mike montgomery (3-6, 3.64) vs. tbathursday: 6:10 p.m., csnrh jake arrieta (13-8, 3.63) vs. rh sal romano (3-5, 5.32)storylines: with jon lester on the disabled list with left shoulder soreness, montgomery will make his ninth start this season. he's 2-3 with a 5.13 era as a starter, compared with 1-3 with a 2.57 era in relief.trending: the cubs' sweep last weekend of the blue jays was their fifth three-game sweep of the season. … the cubs have won 26 of their last 35 against the reds. … the reds' joey votto has reached base in 25 straight games.






jason heyward staying with the process after 0-for-11 start to spring


jason heyward's deep drive to right field thursday landed in the glove of ryan raburn for the first out of the cubs' 6-2 loss to the reds.but this is only the exhibition season, and heyward remains encouraged by the consistency of his modified swing and plate discipline despite an 0-for-11 start."the last couple games, i’m starting to feel better," heyward said. "i’m starting to feel more comfortable. i like that i’m swinging at strikes. and it just feels like the only thing to do is play, and right now that's how it is."heyward joked that he hoped one of his balls would miss a defender."regardless of what happens, i can get hits and hit a ball in the hole and and there’s a ground ball and i would be happy it’s a hit," heyward said. "but you want to do it the right way. so i'm just focusin






cubs finalize brandon morrow deal and sign rehabbing left-hander drew smyly


general manager jed hoyer was firm in his assessment that this is the slowest offseason he can remember.but that relative lack of overall movement doesn’t apply strictly to his cubs, who finalized their two-year, $21 million agreement with free agent reliever brandon morrow on tuesday and signed injured left-hander drew smyly to a two-year contract.smyly, 28, underwent tommy john surgery last summer, and the hope is that he can return to help the bullpen in the second half of 2018 and compete for a starting spot in 2019.smyly was 7-12 with a 4.88 era in 30 starts with the rays in 2016 before he was dealt to the mariners. he was diagnosed with a left flexor strain in spring training and later suffered a setback in his rehabilitation that made the surgery necessary.smyly was a second-round p






anthony rizzo in cubs' lineup, kris bryant in right field


an 18-inning game sunday night and an injury to jason heyward's right knuckle has caused manager joe maddon to shake up the chicago cubs' lineup monday night at stormy coors field.kris bryant will move from third base to right field, where he will start for the first time this season. tommy la stella will become the first cubs player other than bryant to start at third this season.javier baez will start at shortstop in place of addison russell. anthony rizzo, who was drilled by a 98.6 mph pitch from aroldis chapman of the new york yankees on  sunday, will start at first base.the cubs didn't arrive at their hotel until after 5 a.m. local time.the outfield at coors field was struck by hail about 3 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch.here's the cubs' lineup:schwarber lfbryant rfrizzo 1






cubs and giants tied at 1-1 after 3 innings


eddie butler has been hit and miss on the mound this season and the right-hander made his third start when the chicago cubs faced the san francisco giants on thursday afternoon at wrigley field.after three innings, the game was tied at 1-1. the giants opened the scoring in the top of the first on an run-scoring double by brandon belt and the cubs answered in the bottom half on kris bryant's 11th home run of the season.butler was brilliant in his first start when he became the first pitcher since 2006 to throw at least 6.0 scoreless inning in his team debut may 12 against the st. louis cardinals. in his next start, butler was erratic in taking a no-decision against the milwaukee brewers on may 19.former cubs hurler jeff samardzija (1-5, 4.57 earned-run average) started for the giants.zobris






cubs lead pirates 2-1 - chicago tribune


cucubs 2, pirates 1 after 4 inningson the 12th pitch of his second-inning at-bat, the pirates' david freese roped a double down the right-field line off kyle hendricks to score gregory polanco and give the visitors a 1-0 lead against the cubs on friday.national league mvp kris bryant led off the cubs' fourth with a double to left and tied the score 1-1 on ben zobrist's single to left field.javier baez doubled in the fifth and scored on kyle schwarber's single to put the cubs ahead 2-1.cubs pitchers have held the opposition to a .191 average and a .581 ops going into friday’s game against the pirates, both tops in the major leagues.hendricks will look to continue that trend for the cubs, who have averaged 10.10 strikeouts per nine innings, which is second in baseball.hendricks (1-0, 6.00 er






cubs-cardinals game postponed, rescheduled for thursday


wednesday's cubs-cardinals game at busch stadium has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather.the game has been rescheduled for thursday at 12:45 p.m. john lackey will keep his turn in the cubs' rotation and will face lance lynn.jon jay was set to start in center field for the cubs. it's a homecoming for jay after spending his first five seasons (2011-15) as a member of the cardinals.javier baez was set to get the day off, as ben zobrist returned to second base and the cleanup spot. miguel montero was supposed to make his first start of the season behind the plate.






pirates lead cubs 4-2 - chicago tribune


pirates 4, cubs 2 after 7 inningson the 12th pitch of his second-inning at-bat, the pirates' david freese roped a double down the right-field line off kyle hendricks to score gregory polanco and give the visitors a 1-0 lead against the cubs on friday.national league mvp kris bryant led off the cubs' fourth with a double to left and tied the score 1-1 on ben zobrist's single to left field.javier baez doubled in the fifth and scored on kyle schwarber's single to put the cubs ahead 2-1.but the pirates scored three times in the sixth, including twice on francisco cervelli's double off justin grimm.hendricks was lifted after giving up two consecutive singles to start the inning. he pitched five-plus, allowing three runs, six hits, two walks and striking out three on 91 pitches.cubs pitchers hav






cubs to cap successful april with series finale sunday against red sox


the cubs have assured themselves of a winning record in april with a 13-10 mark.but they'd like to continue their run of winning series with a victory over the red sox on sunday night at chilly fenway park.the cubs have won six of their first seven series to start a season for only the fifth time since 1916.albert almora jr., who is 3-for-20 on this trip, will start in center field and jon jay in left. in a strange twist, javier baez won't start against left-hander eduardo rodriguez. baez is a career .262 hitter against left-handers and .233 against right-handers.here's the cubs' lineup:schwarber dhbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist 2brussell ssheyward rfcontreras calmora jr. cfjay lfhendricks p






eddie butler takes mound for cubs vs. giants


eddie butler has been hit and miss on the mound this season and the right-hander will make his third start when the chicago cubs face the san francisco giants on thursday afternoon at wrigley field.butler was brilliant in his first start when he became the first pitcher since 2006 to throw at least 6.0 scoreless inning in his team debut may 12 against the st. louis cardinals. in his next start, butler was erratic in taking a no-decision against the milwaukee brewers on may 19.former cubs hurler jeff samardzija (1-5, 4.57 earned-run average) will start for the giants.zobrist, 2bschwarber, lfbryant, 3brizzo, 1bhapp, cfheyward, rfmontero, cbaez, ssbutler, p






cubs try to set more history in season opener at st. louis


the chicago cubs will try to make more history sunday night as they open defense of their 2016 world series title against the rival st. louis cardinals at busch stadium.the cubs will try to advance to the postseason for the third consecutive season for the first time since 1906-08. the cubs will try to win consecutive season openers for the first time since 2009-10.sunday's opener features the two winningest teams since the start of the 2015 regular season. the cubs are 200-123 (.619 winning percentage) and the cardinals 186-138 (.574) during that span.jon lester will become the third cubs' left-hander in franchise history to start multiple opening games, joining hippo vaughn (1915, 1917 and 1919) and paul minner (1952, 1954). lester is 1-2 with a 4.08 era in his five opening day starts.an






1997 cubs still remembered for their astounding futility to start season


when the cubs returned to wrigley field for the 1997 home opener, after starting out the season losing six straight in miami and atlanta, hopes weren't exactly high.the team was already doa, and to make things worse, former cub greg maddux was dominating for the braves."our history says we could sign our free agents for the next 10 to 15 years, and maddux is still going to come up," lamented tribune co. executive james dowdle, the cubs' boss, before the opener.the cubs hadn't gone to the playoffs in eight years, and the sheen off the electric 1989 season was long gone."they say, 'let's go take in a game at wrigley field,' not, 'let's go watch the cubs,'" mark grace said.the home opener april 8 was typically brutal, weather-wise, with a 29-degree game-time temperature and a one-degree wind






1997 cubs still remembered for their astounding futility to start season


when the cubs returned to wrigley field for the 1997 home opener, after starting out the season losing six straight in miami and atlanta, hopes weren't exactly high.the team was already doa, and to make things worse, for cub greg maddux was dominating for the braves."our history says we could sign our free agents for the next 10 to 15 years, and maddux is still going to come up," lamented tribune co. executive james dowdle, the cubs' boss, before the opener.the cubs hadn't gone to the playoffs in eight years, and the sheen off the electric 1989 season was long gone."they say, 'let's go take in a game at wrigley field,' not, 'let's go watch the cubs,'" mark grace said.the home opener april 8 was typically brutal, weather-wise, with a 29-degree game-time temperature and a one-degree wind chi






brewers-cubs first pitch scheduled for 2:15 p.m.


the chicago cubs announced the start of wednesday's game against the milwaukee brewers will start at approximately 2:15 p.m. due to rain.the cubs hope to take the third and deciding game of their series while resting several starters.left fielder kyle schwarber, second baseman ben zobrist and right fielder jason heyward will get a rest as manager joe maddon tries to take advantage of thursday's scheduled day off. that ploy often was referred by hall of fame manager tony la russa as a "two-for-one" during his days with the oakland athletics.only third baseman kris bryant and first baseman anthony rizzo will have started in each of the cubs' first 15 games.jon jay will start in left field, albert almora jr. in center and matt szczur in right. it is szczur's first start of the season. here's






start of cubs-orioles game delayed by rain


the start of friday night's game between the chicago cubs and baltimore orioles will be delayed after light rain postponed the second half of the cubs' pre-game batting practice.the cubs will open the second half with ben zobrist at the leadoff spot and kyle schwarber handling the designated hitter duties.this marks the 15th time zobrist will bat leadoff this season for the cubs, who are trying to climb out of a 5 1/2-game deficit in the national league central.ian happ will start in center field, with javier baez playing second base.before the game, the cubs optioned reliever dylan floro to triple-a iowa to make room for left-hander jose quintana, who was acquired thursday from the chicago white sox for four prospects.floro, 26, has a 6.52 era in three appearances with the cubs. floro is






kris bryant sets arbitration record, wonders if there's room for bryce harper in


after netting a record contract for a first-year arbitration-eligible player, kris bryant coyly danced around the possibility of las vegas friend bryce harperjoining the cubs in 2019.“i don’t make those decisions, and i don’t think i ever could make those decisions,” bryant said friday, hours after he and the cubs agreed to a $10.85 million contract before the start of the cubs convention. “but who wouldn’t want bryce harper on their team? he’s 25, and six years in the league he’s a superstar. he would bring a lot to any team. that will be an interesting to follow next offseason.”while harper awaits free agency with the nationals, bryant said he enjoyed the arbitration process for the first time.“i don’t look at money records,” bryant said. “the records on the field are way more important






top 10 prospects to watch in the cubs system


no room in the big leagues? no problem.with a major-league roster stacked with young talent, cubs manager joe maddon, who spent 15 seasons in player development with the angels, understands that some of the organization's top prospects can make great use of their time in the minors while waiting for an opening."a lot of our young players, they need opportunity," maddon said. "but they also need to kill it in the minors a little bit. i believe in players earning their right to be in the major leagues."the cubs need more upper-level pitching talent, but maddon believes the farm system doesn't get enough credit. at least two of their top prospects — infielders ian happ and jeimer candelario — are likely to start the 2017 season at triple-a iowa.meanwhile, this will be an important year for lo






prepare to pay handsomely for season tickets to cubs' new premier clubs


the cubs promise the new premier clubs under construction at wrigley field will allow some fans to "experience the magic of cubs baseball and wrigley field in a whole new way."fans purchasing season tickets for the clubs will certainly have to dip into their pocketbooks in a whole new way.prices for the four new clubs — including the "american airlines 1914 club" that will open next season in the lower deck behind home plate —have been revealed, and fans will have to pony up to experience games in luxury.the cost of 600-plus season tickets for the 1914 club will range from $400-$695 per ticket per game—as much as $56,295 for the 2018 season. the price includes taxes, food, soft drinks, beer, wine and liquor. the most expensive tickets will be closest to the field and decrease in price the






start of phillies-cubs game to be delayed


the chicago cubs announced they are expecting a short delay to the start of monday night's game against the philadelphia phillies.rain fell on wrigley field several hours before first pitch.meanwhile, javier baez will make his second start at shortstop. baez will start in place of addison russell, who batted .263 on the cubs' recent nine-game trip. baez will start tuesday night at second base, manager joe maddon said monday.here's the cubs' lineup:schwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist 2bheyward rfcontreras cbaez ssanderson pjay cf






cubs-cardinals game postponed, rescheduled for thursday


wednesday's cubs-cardinals game at busch stadium has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather.the game has been rescheduled for thursday at 12:45 p.m.jon jay was set to start in center field for the cubs. it's a homecoming for jay after spending his first five seasons (2011-15) as a member of the cardinals.javier baez was set to get the day off, as ben zobrist returned to second base and the cleanup spot. miguel montero was supposed to make his first start of the season behind the plate.






cubs try to conquer pirates starter gerrit cole


the chicago cubs will try to solve ace gerrit cole when they face the pittsburgh pirates tuesday night at pnc park.cole is 9-2 with a 3.00 era in 12 career starts against the cubs, incluing a 4-2 win over kyle hendricks at wrigley field on april 16. ben zobrist, who will start at second base, is 3-for-8 lifetime against cole and anthony rizzo 9-for-26 (.346). albert almora jr., who has not faced cole, will start in center field.hendricks, who led the majors with a 2.13 era last season, has allowed three earned runs or more in each of his first three starts.here's the cubs' lineup:schwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bzobrist 2brussell ssheyward rfcontreras chendricks palmora jr. cf






bryant, cubs break out in 11-6 win over brewers


milwaukee — kris bryant once again was a driving force for the chicago cubs.the nl mvp broke out of his early slump with his first three rbis of the season and the cubs overcame a shaky start by kyle hendricks to beat the milwaukee brewers 11-6 saturday night.bryant had managed a mere single in 16 at-bats this year before going 3 for 6. he hit a two-run double in the third inning and an rbi single in the fourth."as a team, i think it was a great display of some weak hits, but that's usually how things start," bryant said. "it was really good. hopefully we kind of turn the page on this opening week and start playing our game."javier baez had two hits and drove in two runs, a day after he was bruised around the left eye in an outfield collision and left the game. the world series champions g






cubs gradually stockpiling pitching - chicago tribune


as the cubs seek replacements in their starting rotation to replace john lackey and jake arrieta, they’re starting to stabilize their rotation for subsequent seasons.four starters — jon lester, kyle hendricks, jose quintana and newcomer tyler chatwood — are under contract or team control through at least 2020. left-hander drew smyly, who agreed to terms tuesday, likely won’t be available until the second half because of tommy john surgery, but is signed through 2019.the wild card is left-hander mike montgomery, who reportedly would like to start for the cubs or get an opportunity elsewhere, sources told national baseball writer ken rosenthal.but the reality is that the cubs need montgomery’s versatility to start or relieve, and he’s not even arbitration eligible until 2017.montgomery has p






brett anderson, kyle hendricks named cubs' 4-5 starters


national league era leader kyle hendricks won't pitch until the fifth game of the cubs season.the cubs rotation to start the season will go like this: jon lester, jake arrieta, john lackey, brett anderson and hendricks.the cubs have a reason for the alignment announced thursday by manager joe maddon.lackey will pitch the third game april 5 in st. louis, followed by anderson on april 7 in milwaukee.the cubs moved anderson up to the fourth game to prevent him and lester, a fellow left-hander, from pitching in consecutive games.the alignment means that arrieta, who will pitch the second game at st. louis on april 4, will start the home opener against the dodgers on april 10.hendricks will make his 2017 debut april 8 in milwaukee.mike montgomery will open in the bullpen.






ben zobrist returns to cubs' lineup, optimism for second half?


ben zobrist will make his first start since june 12 as the chicago cubs try to avoid a three-game sweep sunday against the cincinnati reds.zobrist was activated saturday and grounded out as a pinch-hitter as the cubs fell 5-3 to fall one game under .500 (40-41) at the halfway point of the season.zobrist missed nearly three weeks due to a sore left wrist.zobrist will play right field, with javier baez starting at second base despite collecting only one hit in his last 16 at-bats.there is some encouraging news for cubs fans entering the second half.of the 81 games remaining, 42 are against n.l. central opponents. the cubs are 20-14 against teams from the n.l. central this season, the best record any n.l. central team has against its own division.of the 81 games remaining, 57 are against team






tommy la stella bats 5th, jason heyward in cf for cubs' series finale at phillie


the cubs and john lackey will try to extend their winning ways with a unique lineup sunday when they conclude a three-game series at philadelphia.tommy la stella, who hit two home runs in saturday's 17-2 rout, will bat fifth for only the second time his season.jason heyward will start in center field for only the 11th time this season.the cubs hope this formula works as john lackey takes the mound. the cubs are undefeated in lackey's last eight starts and are attempting to win their third consecutive road series.sunday's game concludes a stretch of 13 consecutive games against last-place teams, with the cubs currently posting an 8-4 record during that stretch.here's the cubs' lineup:zobrist rfschwarber lfbryant 3brizzo 1bla stella 2bbaez ssheyward cfrivera clackey p






alderman urges cubs not to create own cable network


a powerful alderman on wednesday called on the chicago cubs not to pursue plans to create their own cable network, saying the move would shut out many of the team's loyal fans from being able to watch games on tv.southwest side ald. edward burke laid out three arguments on behalf of his resolution, which carries only symbolic value: cubs fans stuck by the team through many lean years before the 2016 world series championship. the city council already approved plans to allow the cubs' owners, the ricketts family, to add massive video boards to generate more advertising revenue at historic wrigley field. and the team recently raised ticket prices, making it more expensive for fans to attend games.many cubs games already air on cable via comcast sportsnet chicago, but the resolution contends






alderman urges cubs not to create own cable network


a powerful alderman on wednesday called on the chicago cubs not to pursue plans to create their own cable network, saying the move would shut out many of the team's loyal fans from being able to watch games on tv.southwest side ald. edward burke laid out three arguments on behalf of his resolution, which carries only symbolic value: cubs fans stuck by the team through many lean years before the 2016 world series championship. the city council already approved plans to allow the cubs' owners, the ricketts family, to add massive video boards to generate more advertising revenue at historic wrigley field. and the team recently raised ticket prices, making it more expensive for fans to attend games.many cubs games already air on cable via comcast sportsnet chicago, but the resolution contends






series preview: brewers at cubs


all games on wscr-am 670.season series: cubs 4-2.friday: 1:20 p.m., csn.tba vs. rh eddie butler (1-0, 0.00).saturday: 1:20 p.m., csn.rh chase anderson (2-0, 3.43) vs. rh jake arrieta (4-3, 5.44).sunday: 1:20 p.m., wgn-9.rh jimmy nelson (2-2, 3.86) vs. rh john lackey (4-3, 4.37).storylines: the brewers were 11-7 on the road entering play thursday. butler, who blanked the cardinals on may 12 in his cubs debut, is making his first start at wrigley field as a cub.trending: the brewers were tied with the pirates for fifth in the national league with a 4.16 era. cubs relievers carl edwards jr. and wade davis have combined to strike out 46 batters in 34 2/3 innings.






giants-cubs 1st pitch targeted for 7 p.m.


the start of tuesday night's game between the san francisco giants and chicago cubs has been tentatively set for 7 p.m. after showers fell on wrigley field prior to the scheduled 6:05 p.m. start.meanwhile, ben zobrist apparently is locked into the chicago cubs' leadoff spot.zobrist will bat first, followed by former leadoff man kyle schwarber when the cubs face formidable johnny cueto.this marks the third consecutive game zobrist will bat leadoff.ian happ returns to the cubs' lineup and will bat fifth and play center field.javier baez, who hit a game-winning home run off cueto in game 1 of the national league division series off cueto, is not starting. baez is 0-for-6 lifetime against cueto in the regular season.kris bryant (3-for-5) and jon jay (13-for-38) are the only cubs position playe






joe maddon hope cubs ‘embrace the suck’ with latest t-shirt


there was the target, which cubs manager joe maddon urged the cubs to embrace.there was the “suck,” which maddon encouraged the cubs to try not to do.now, maddon is hoping his team will “embrace the suck.”maddon sported a camouflage green t-shirt friday with those words on it, the latest in a line of shirts maddon has pushed since arriving in chicago before the 2015 season.the phrase, commonly used in the military, first came to maddon’s attention during spring training, when minor-league mental skills coordinator josh lifrak suggested the slogan to maddon.maddon said a deal was worked out in which maddon’s “respect 90” foundation and the military will split proceeds from the sale of the shirts.maddon also thought it appropriate to marry two popular phrases that graced his t-shirts in the






joe maddon hope cubs ‘embrace the suck’ in latest t-shirt


there was the target, which cubs manager joe maddon urged the cubs to embrace.there was the “suck,” which maddon encouraged the cubs to try not to do.now, maddon is hoping his team will “embrace the suck.”maddon sported a camouflage green t-shirt friday with those words on it, the latest in a line of shirts maddon has pushed since arriving in chicago before the 2015 season.the phrase, commonly used in the military, first came to maddon’s attention during spring training, when minor-league mental skills coordinator josh lifrak suggested the slogan to maddon.maddon said a deal was worked out in which maddon’s “respect 90” foundation and the military will split proceeds from the sale of the shirts.maddon also thought it appropriate to marry two popular phrases that graced his t-shirts in the






series preview: brewers at cubs


all games on wscr-am 670.season series: cubs 4-2.friday: 1:20 p.m., csn.rh paolo espino (0-0, 0.00) vs. rh eddie butler (1-0, 0.00).saturday: 1:20 p.m., csn.rh chase anderson (2-0, 3.43) vs. rh jake arrieta (4-3, 5.44).sunday: 1:20 p.m., wgn-9.rh jimmy nelson (2-2, 3.86) vs. rh john lackey (4-3, 4.37).storylines: the brewers are 12-7 on the road. butler, who blanked the cardinals on may 12 in his cubs debut, is making his first start at wrigley field as a cub.trending: the brewers entered play thursday tied with the pirates for fifth in the national league with a 4.16 era. cubs relievers carl edwards jr. and wade davis have combined to strike out 46 batters in 34 2/3 innings.






japanese craft leaves space station to conduct space-junk experiment


a japanese cargo ship undocked from the international space station today (jan. 27) and will spend the next week doing a science experiment in orbit before burning up in earth's atmosphere on super bowl sunday (feb. 5). htv-6, also known as kounotori 6, is japan's sixth cargo resupply mission to the space station. it arrived at the orbiting lab in december with nearly 5 tons of supplies, including food, water, science gear, spare parts and christmas gifts for the crewmembers. it also brought along new lithium-ion batteries for a major power upgrade that took two spacewalks and weeks of robotic work to complete. after spending seven weeks docked to the space station's harmony module, the uncrewed cargo ship was sent away to eventually burn up in earth's atmosphere along with a few tons of