Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Shota Imanaga throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 1, 2024, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Erin Hooley)

Working in short sleeves on a cold, gray afternoon, Imanaga struck out nine in Chicago’s home opener. The Japanese left-hander, who signed a $53 million, four-year contract with the Cubs in January, allowed two singles and walked none.

A rendering of a proposed new White Sox stadium and surrounding development, including housing, at The 78 site. (Credit: Related Midwest)
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’s “reluctant” to use taxpayer funds to help the White Sox move from Bridgeport to the South Loop.

Chicago Cubs’ Cody Bellinger waits to hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Sept. 15, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Matt York, file)

The slugger can opt out of the deal after each of the first two seasons, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the agreement was pending a physical. 

(Ryne Sandberg via Instagram)

Ryne Sandberg, a Chicago Cubs legend and Hall of Famer, announced that he is battling metastatic prostate cancer.

 Japan’s relief pitcher Shota Imanaga throws during the fourth inning of the first round Pool B game between South Korea and Japan at the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, March 10, 2023. (AP Photo / Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Japanese left-hander Shōta Imanaga and the Chicago Cubs finalized a $53 million, four-year contract on Thursday, a deal that includes a club option that could make the agreement worth $80 million over five seasons.

Chicago Cubs new baseball team manager Craig Counsell listens to a question during a press conference in Chicago, Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The Cubs introduced Craig Counsell as their 56th manager on Monday, one week after they lured him away from the Milwaukee Brewers with a record contract. He became the majors’ highest paid manager with a five-year deal worth more than $40 million.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell waves to the crowd as he is honored as a former Arizona Diamondbacks player, during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin, File)

After the blockbuster Cubs signing, the Brewers now must try to keep winning in Major League Baseball’s smallest market without the manager who led them to their greatest run of sustained success.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell looks on before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, April 1, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Quinn Harris, File)

The Chicago Cubs hired manager Craig Counsell away from Milwaukee on Monday in a surprising move, replacing David Ross after the team slipped out of a playoff spot in the last part of the season.

Artwork from Patrick Vale is on display at Gallery Victor in Chicago through Aug. 26, 2023. (WTTW News)

Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ commissioned an artist to capture the game from a player’s perspective. But the artist, an Englishman, didn’t know much about baseball. So Happ introduced his new friend to his workplace.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, March 30, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Erin Hooley)

Chicago Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman committed Major League Baseball’s first pitch-clock violation in the third inning of Thursday’s opening day game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts takes the stage on the opening day of the baseball team's fan convention Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Erin Hooley)

The Chicago Cubs plan to honor Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg with a statue outside Wrigley Field and put him in an exclusive club that includes Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Ferguson Jenkins and Harry Caray.

All-Star shortstop Dansby Swanson, alongside Jed Hoyer, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, speaks during baseball press conference Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune via AP)

The addition of Swanson is the biggest of three major moves by the team since the end of its second straight losing season. Right-hander Jameson Taillon signed a $68 million, four-year contract, and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger got a $17.5 million, one-year deal.

Dansby Swanson catches a ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sept. 17, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson, File)

The Chicago Cubs and Dansby Swanson agreed to a $177 million, seven-year contract on Saturday, adding the All-Star shortstop to their rebuilding project.

Bruce Sutter warms up in St. Louis in 1981. (Scott Dine / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Bruce Sutter, who debuted with the Chicago Cubs in 1976, is considered one of the first pitchers to throw a split-finger fastball. The right-hander played 12 seasons in the major leagues, was a six-time All-Star and ended up with 300 saves over his career.

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A Chicagoland artist is making their Wrigley Field debut with a sculpture meant to encourage community. Arts correspondent Angel Idowu introduces us to “Cohere” and the visual artist behind the bronze beast.

The New York Yankees, left, and the Boston Red Sox lineup for the national anthem before a baseball game in London on June 30, 2019. (AP Photo / Tim Ireland, File)

Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs will play a two-game series on June 24-25, 2023, at London Stadium. The NL Central rivals were supposed to play in London in 2020, but the games were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.