Jon Lester

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Alcides Escobar #2 celebrates with teammate Billy Butler #16 after scoring on Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals RBI single to left field in the ninth inning against Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Playoff Pinch Hits: It’s All Kansas City In The American League Playoffs

The Royals have a six-game winning streak in the 2014 MLB postseason. And now they head back to Kansas City with a 2-0 lead over the Orioles in the ALCS.

10/12/2014

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Levine: White Sox Should Have Money To Chase Top Free Agents

Chicago will keep an eye on the likes of Victor Martinez and James Shields.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2014

The Kansas City Royals celebrate their 9 to 8 win over the Oakland Athletics in the 12th inning of their American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium on September 30, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Royals Outlast A’s 9-8 In Extra Innings, Move On To ALDS

It had been 29 years since the Kansas City Royals had last been to the postseason — nearly three decades spent mostly in baseball’s backwater, a small-market organization on a shoe-string budget trying in vain to compete with the big boys. On Tuesday night, they returned to the game’s grand stage in dramatic fashion.

10/01/2014

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 19: Starting pitcher James Shields #33 of the Kansas City Royals delivers to home plate during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

Playoff Pinch Hits: AL Wild-Card Tale Of 2 Underdogs

The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics are both small-market teams with big MLB Playoff aspirations.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2014

The White Sox's Marcus Semien is tagged out by Cubs catcher Welington Castillo on May 5. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Cubs, White Sox Both Nab Protected Draft Picks

It pays to be really bad instead of middle-of-the-pack bad.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2014

White Sox left-hander John Danks. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Preview: Athletics-White Sox

Jon Lester opposes John Danks tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2014

Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Levine: White Sox Don’t Rule Out High-Profile Free Agents

Rick Hahn has to decide to chase a couple big names or spread money around to a half-dozen guys.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2014

Athletics left-hander Jon Lester. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Levine: Cubs’ Pitching Plan Might Include Run At Lester

Acquiring pitching will be Chicago’s main offseason objective.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2014

Athletics left-hander Jon Lester. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

What’s Cubs’ Interest In Hamels Mean In Lester Sweepstakes?

The Cubs have now shown they have money available to chase a big-name pitcher.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2014

Cubs second baseman Javy Baez. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Hoyer: Cubs Will Let Baez Be Himself This Season

Plus, Jed Hoyer also addresses Jorge Soler’s timeline and the need for starting pitching.

CBS Chicago–08/06/2014

Yoenis Cespedes (Photo Credit: Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

5 MLB Trade Deadline Winners

After one of the craziest MLB trade deadlines ever, let’s take a look at who made the best moves of the day.

08/01/2014

(Photo Credit: Getty Images/Scott Iskowitz)

Top 5 Starting Rotations If The Playoffs Started Today

By Jordan Tracy The trade deadline has come and gone. All that is left is possibly waiver wire trades that could include someone like Cliff Lee being dealt but major moves have been made before […]

07/31/2014

John Lackey. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Cardinals Send Craig, Kelly To Red Sox For Lackey

It was Boston’s second big trade of the day, as it earlier shipped Jon Lester to Oakland.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2014

Jon Lester. (Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Reports: Red Sox Trade Lester To A’s For Cespedes

A blockbuster deal has gone through on the morning of trade deadline day.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2014

White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Preview: White Sox-Red Sox

Jose Quintana opposes Jon Lester this afternoon at Fenway Park.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2014

BOSTON, MA - JULY 6: Nelson Cruz #23 of the Baltimore Orioles prepares to face Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

American League Mid-Season Team MVPs

Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the American League’s mid-season team MVPs.

07/10/2014

Chris Sale. (Getty Images)

Levine: Sale Gets No Decision In Great Pitching Duel

If Chris Sale was pitching in the 1970s, he might have been able to determine his own fate on Thursday evening.

04/18/2014

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Jon Lester #31 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.

Five Things You Missed: World Series, Game 5

The Red Sox take a 3-2 lead back to Boston. Here are five things you missed from game 5.

10/29/2013

Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is congratulated by teammates Adam Dunn and Gordon Beckham after hitting a three run home run in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game on July 17, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Youkilis Leads White Sox To 7-5 Win Over Boston

Kevin Youkilis hit his first homer at Fenway Park as a visitor, driving a three-run shot over the Green Monster to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

07/17/2012