Lou Piniella

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As the minute-hand ticked by on the big clock atop the historic Wrigley Field scoreboard, James Russell thought he was safe and sound.

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Starlin Castro stands at his locker and takes the heat when things go wrong. He never asks for days off. He won’t let the money or the trade rumors change him.

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PHILADELPHIA – Jeff Samardzija is a homegrown player who’s not afraid of the big-market pressures. He has the 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to carry 200 innings.

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Ryne Sandberg spent six years slumming it in the minors ... for this?

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MILWAUKEE – The Kris Bryant debate would be a lot more fun if the Cubs had any sense of urgency.

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