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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/03/14

Five Players to Watch: Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa The CCO wraps up our three-part series today that has looked beyond the top 20 lists and explored other players in the Cubs organization that may have an impact on the Major League club. Over the years, the CCO has profiled players such as Arismendy Alcantara […]The post Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/03/14 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Cubs’ Mike Olt says he’ll be ready if he gets his shot

MESA, Ariz. — Third baseman Mike Olt unwrapped the heavy treatment pack from his right shoulder as he talked, all the while trying to make it clear it’s not an injury and that the “little bit of dead arm” would not prevent him from competing in the field this spring. “I’ve had this the last couple of spring trainings,” said Olt, who’s scheduled for his first game in the field Monday at first base, after playing only as the DH before that. “Definitely the last week, week and a half, it’s gotten a

With Castro’s injury, calls for Javy Baez are getting louder

MESA, Ariz. — The Twitter buzz started almost as soon as news got out Sunday about Starlin Castro’s “mild” hamstring strain early in an exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals. It only intensified when his replacement at shortstop, Javy Baez, doubled and singled later in the game. One example: “Baez is a beast. I am sold. Find him a spot.” Another tweet: “It’s time to let the kids show if they can play.” It should come as no surprise that despite an injury Castro said should sideline him

Sveum would have done nothing different as Cubs manager

MESA, Ariz. — Dale Sveum still hasn’t gotten together with the guy who fired him five months ago. “But we’ve texted and talked on the phone a little bit,” the ex-Cubs manager said of team president Theo Epstein. “We’ll go to dinner before it’s all over.” They should have plenty to talk about, considering Sveum still doesn’t believe he’s been given justification for being fired, though he says he’s long moved past any bitterness. “You understand that we have all these jobs to someday be fired. Th

Edwin Jackson eager to put 18-loss season behind him

MESA, Ariz. — It’s hard to imagine a Cubs player more irritated by Saturday’s two rained-out exhibition games than pitcher Edwin Jackson, whose spring debut got postponed to Sunday. “When you have a [expletive] season, naturally, as an athlete and a competitor you want to come back and play the way you know how to play,” Jackson said. The sooner the better. “Clearly, I don’t think I’m an 18-game-losing pitcher,” said Jackson, who was among the worst starting pitchers in baseball last year in sev

Starlin Castro leaves Cubs game with ‘mild hamstring strain’

MESA, Ariz. – Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, the two-time All-Star, left Sunday’s game after one inning because of what the team called a “mild right hamstring strain.” His status is to be evaluated daily, but he’s expected to miss at least a few days of action as the Cubs take a cautious approach to the injury with a month left before the season opens. Castro was hurt on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the first inning. He was replaced defensively in the top of the second by top-prospect

Cubs fall to Royals 5-3; Moustakas hits 2 HRs

MESA, Ariz. — Mike Moustakas homered twice, Eric Hosmer added three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Sunday. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left after the first inning with a slight strain of his right hamstring. He hurt himself trying to steal a base. Moustakas hit a drive off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson to lead off the second inning. He hit a two-run shot off Carlos Villanueva in the third. Hosmer doubled twice, and all of his hits went to the opposite field. Lorenzo

Cubs starters should be respectable, but for how long?

In the past two seasons, the Cubs have traded away starting pitchers Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Scott Feldman and Matt Garza. Will Jeff Samardzija be the next to go? Until then, the team has to trot out a rotation, and it's one whose numbers suggest that rotation is better than it looks.

The Moose Was Loose In Mesa – Royals 5, Cubs 3

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 3, Royals 5 WP – Wade Davis (1-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Michael Mariot (1) On a chilly day in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,680, Mike Moustakas hit a pair of home runs and drove in three of the Royals’ five runs […]The post The Moose Was Loose In Mesa – Royals 5, Cubs 3 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Royals 5, Cubs 3: Strikeouts And Home Runs

If you like K's and long balls, Sunday was the game for you. MESA, Arizona -- Two pitchers went two innings each Sunday for the Cubs. One will be in the rotation for sure. The other might, depending on injuries and other needs. Neither one pitched all that well, and the Cubs lost to the Royals 5-3, and the Cubs are still winless this spring. Mike Moustakas was the hitting star of the game. An equal-opportunity power hitter, he hit a solo home run to right field off Edwin Jackson in the second,

Moustakas hits 2 homers, Royals down Cubs

MESA, Ariz. — Mike Moustakas homered twice, Eric Hosmer added three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Sunday.Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left after the first inning with a slight strain of his right hamstring. He hurt himself trying to steal a base.Moustakas hit a drive off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson to lead off the second inning. He hit a two-run shot off Carlos Villanueva in the third.Hosmer doubled twice, and all of his hits went to the opposite field. Lorenzo Cai

Spring Training Miscellany: Royals 5, Cubs 3 – March 2, 2014

The Cubs will win a fake game one of these days.

Cubs set new attendance record in loss to Royals

Mike Moustakas belted two home runs to power the Royals to a 5-3 Cactus League victory over the Cubs on Sunday in front of a Cactus League single-game record crowd of 14,680 at Cubs Park.

Promising slugger Baez developing patience at plate

Javier Baez's quick hands result in an aggressive, almost violent swing, but the young slugger has made progress toning down his leg kick and first move to the ball, as well as with an overall patience at the plate.

Overflow Thread: Cubs vs. Royals, Sunday 3/2, 2:05 CT

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Castro leaves game with mild hamstring strain

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left Sunday's game after one inning because of a mild right hamstring strain. Castro was hit by a pitch with one out in the first by the Royals' Wade Davis, and was then thrown out trying to steal second.

God’s Wrath Watch: Starlin Castro Leaves Early with “Mild” Hamstring...

There's probably nothing to be too concerned about just yet. Castro missed time last Spring with a similar issue.

Sveum returns to Cubs Park ... with the Royals

Dale Sveum, who was dismissed last October after two seasons as the Cubs' manager, returned to Cubs Park on Sunday in his new role as the Royals' third-base coach.

First Pitch Thread: Cubs vs. Royals, Sunday 3/2, 2:05 CT

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Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/02/14

Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (0-2) vs. Royals (2-1) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Edwin Jackson (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Wade Davis (0-0, -.–, -.–) Field permitting … The Cubs will try to resume their Cactus League schedule this afternoon after rains washed […]The post Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/02/14 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Olt set for first action in field this spring

Finally, Mike Olt will get on the field. Olt has been limited to the designated-hitter role, as he nurses a tender right shoulder. He's scheduled to start at first base for the Cubs on Monday in a makeup "B" game against the Giants at Cubs Park.

Hammel will start Cubs' makeup with Giants

After having two games canceled because of rain, the Cubs will play a makeup "B" game on Monday at 10 a.m. MT at Cubs Park against the Giants, with Jason Hammel getting the start.

Pre-Gamin’: Royals v. Cubs (2:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info,...

Back to action at Cubs Park, which has presumably been adequately drained for today's game.

Cubs vs. Royals at Mesa Preview, Sunday 3/2, 2:05 CT

The weather has cleared and there will be baseball Sunday! SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- After being rained out of two games Saturday, the Cubs will definitely play baseball at Cubs Park Sunday afternoon. Most of the guys you really wanted to see play Saturday -- Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Jorge Soler -- will be playing in the morning "B" game Monday against the Giants. Jason Hammel, who was to have made his debut today against the Royals, will pitch in that game instead. Incidentally, that's a change --

Rain's Gone: Cubs, Royals Meet Sunday Afternoon

All of Sunday's game threads can be found right here. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- xx Cubs lineup: Bonifacio 2B, Lake CF, Castro SS, Roberts 1B, Bryant 3B, Soler RF, Olt DH, Coghlan LF, Whiteside C Royals lineup: Gregorius SS, Pollock CF, Parra RF, Prado 2B, Jacobs 1B, Tuiasosopo 3B, Duncan DH, Marte LF, Blanco C Edwin Jackson, who was to pitch Saturday night's game, will start today, and be followed by Carlos Villanueva. Jason Hammel, originally scheduled today, will start in the "B" game Monda

Know Your Enemy: San Francisco Giants

Just which Giants team will we see this year? Exactly who are the San Francisco Giants? Are they the pitching-dominant team that won two of the last four World Series? Or are they the oft-injured, pitching-fail team that allowed more runs than the Cubs did last year (okay, so only two more) and finished 10 games under .500? Don't get me wrong. The Giants are a good team that should score runs -- they've got a power-hitting third baseman, a power-hitting catcher, and a right fielder who hit .28

I Hate That the Weather Remains a Story and Other Bullets

The tedium of discussing the weather in your daily life is enough. It needn't be a baseball focus, too.

Fan Favorites By The Numbers: Jody Davis

If the fans consistently chanted your name, you're a candidate for Fan Favorites. "Jody, Jody, Jody!" Fans of a certain age, that being those who can remember almost any of the '80s (the middle, in particular), remember that chant raining down at Wrigley. The popular and durable Cubs backstop debuted in 1981 in a part-time role at age 24. He took over the Cubs' catching duties full-time the following season and held those duties from 1982 until youngster Damon Berryhill pushed Davis to a part

Braves Sign Cuban Catcher Yenier Bello, Cubs Were One of the...

The 29-year-old backstop hasn't played in a couple years as he defected from Cuba.

Cub Tracks Shows Off Its Socks

Games are under way, so it is time to dress appropriately. A number of players are making early impressions. Today's edition bounces all over, from prospects going good to memories of prospects gone bad. Some players are answering the challenge. And one is selling awesome socks. There are a bunch of good links today, so click away. Click here and vote for Mesa as the best spring training city! From Comcast SportsNet Emilio Bonifacio may end up forcing the issue at second base. Pedro Strop's

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