Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is "doing well" after undergoing surgery Thursday to have his pacemaker replaced, the team announced Friday on Twitter. The team said last Saturday that the 89-year-old Lasorda had been in the hospital and was resting comfortably. Lasorda has spent almost seven decades in the Dodgers' organization, starting as a minor league pitcher in the Brooklyn system in 1949. He has been a pitcher, coach and manager for the Dodgers, and guided them to their last World Series championship in 1988. He is a special adviser to the chairman and is a consistent presence in the seats next to the Dodgers' dugout, where Magic Johnson -- part of the team's ownership
Beyond the center field wall at Citizens Bank Park, retired Phillies uniform No. 14 was draped in black cloth on Saturday afternoon. Jim Bunning, who wore that number during six seasons with the club, died late Friday night at his home in Kentucky. The Hall of Fame pitcher, who went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, was 85.
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000. LOS ANGELES -- A winning homestand -- and a spot atop the National League Central -- followed by their first theme trip of the season. The Chicago Cubs are starting to look and feel like the Cubs team that took the league by storm under manager Joe Maddon, leading to last fall's World Series title. It may not be a coincidence that the fun off the field has corresponded to the wins on it, as the schedule is finally playing in the Cubs' favor. "The beginning of the season has been so abstract," Maddon said before leaving on the trip, which includes a three-game series against the Los