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Castro and Baez Can Coexist and Cubs News from Spring Training...

Starlin Castro had a MRI on his hamstring and according to multiple reports, there were “no surprises” and “nothing bad” showed up on the MRI. Castro said the stiffness had subsided and he was scheduled to walk in the pool on Tuesday according to Carrie Muskat. Castro said he may be back sooner than 7-10 […]The post Castro and Baez Can Coexist and Cubs News from Spring Training appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Ruggiano, Olt power Cubs to 6-4 win over A’s

MESA, Ariz. — Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 win Tuesday over an Oakland Athletics split-squad. Cubs infielder Mike Olt connected for a two-run shot in a three-run eighth that broke a 3-all tie. Left-hander Tommy Milone, competing for a spot in the A’s rotation, gave up three runs and five hits, including Ruggiano’s homer, in three innings. Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks gave up one run and one hit, a run-scoring single by Brandon Moss,

Wrigley Field groundbreaking was 100 years ago today

It was amid some fanfare 100 years ago Tuesday that ground was broken at Clark and Addison streets on what would become Wrigley Field.

Castro welcomes Baez — no shortstop rivalry

MESA, Ariz. — Four years ago, when teenager Starlin Castro arrived at spring training as the next big shortstop prospect, incumbent Ryan Theriot threw down the gauntlet: “He’s going to have to come and get it.” Barely two months later, he did. Now Castro is the incumbent, though he’s sidelined for the next week or more with a hamstring injury, and Javy Baez, the Cubs’ top-ranked prospect, is off to another strong start. He’s raising eyebrows and cries from Chicago to Mesa to give him a job out o

Ted Lilly joins Cubs’ front office

MESA, Ariz. — At first glance, the Cubs’ hiring of Ted Lilly as a front-office special assistant looks like a classic case of a popular ex-player getting a cushy retirement gig. But general manager Jed Hoyer said, “He made it clear right away that he wanted to work and wants to get involved in scouting.” If that’s the case, veteran pitcher Jeff Samardzija — who knows Lilly better than anyone else in the clubhouse — said he could give the Cubs something often missing in today’s “advanced” player

A Little Speed, A Little Power – Cubs 6, Athletics 4

Spring Training Game Five – Cubs 6, Athletics (SS) 4 WP – Zac Rosscup (1-0) LP – Michael Ynoa (0-1) Save – Brian Schlitter (1) The Cubs posted the organization’s first win at Cubs Park on Tuesday afternoon after scoring three runs in the eighth on a RBI single by Albert Almora and a two-run […]The post A Little Speed, A Little Power – Cubs 6, Athletics 4 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Olt starting to see things going well

Mike Olt homered on Wednesday in just his third spring at-bat, a welcome relief for a player trying to overcome vision problems.

Cubs 6, Athletics 4: More Of The Future, On Display Now!

It's the very first win at the Cubs' new spring-training park in Mesa. MESA, Arizona -- If you like watching the future of the Cubs before it arrives at Wrigley Field, Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Athletics, the Cubs' first win in their new spring-training home, was the game for you. Albert Almora broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI single up the middle and two batters later, Mike Olt smashed a two-run homer that landed about 20 feet in front of me on the left-field berm. (A coupl

R&R: Ruggiano and Rizzo put A's to rest

Justin Ruggiano and Mike Olt homered, and Kyle Hendricks made his first Cactus League start for the Cubs on Tuesday in a win over the A's.

Spring Training Miscellany: A’s 4, Cubs 6 – March 4, 2014

Justin Ruggiano and Mike Olt each hit two-run homers.

Yes, there's more to Jokisch than just a no-hitter

Eric Jokisch threw a no-hitter in the Minors last year, but the pitcher actually wants the Cubs to look past that, to see some of his other qualities and accomplishments.

Overflow Thread: Cubs vs. Athletics, Tuesday 3/4, 2:05 CT


Baez should start season with big club

Cubs' prospect Javier Baez hit a home run in the Cactus League on Monday. Surely the fan clamor for him to start the season in the major leagues instead of the minors will heat up again.

Castro says Baez would not be an imposition

Starlin Castro is the starting shortstop. But what about Javier Baez, the Cubs' top prospect who also plays the position? Baez likely will start the season in the Minors, but how long can he stay there?

First Pitch Thread: Cubs vs. Athletics, Tuesday 3/4, 2:05 CT


Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Athletics – 03/04/14

Spring Training Game Five: Cubs (1-3) vs. Athletics (SS) (4-1) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Kyle Hendricks (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Tommy Milone (0-1, 13.50, 3.00) The Cubs return home this afternoon for a matchup against an Oakland A’s split squad. While Kyle […]The post Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Athletics – 03/04/14 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

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

I'll be there checking out Cubs Park for the first time.

Lilly joins front office as special assistant

Former pitcher Ted Lilly will be a special assistant to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, and he will do a variety of tasks, such as helping with scouting and developing young players.

A List of the Top Talents Under 25 Looks Good for the Cubs, Better...

Things look bright for the Cubs, but maybe not bright enough, relatively-speaking.

Cubs, Athletics Meet At Mesa

You can find all of Tuesday's game threads right here. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Cubs lineup: Coghlan LF, Roberts 2B, Valbuena 3B, Lake CF, Baez SS, Cunningham DH, Baker C, Valaika 1B, McDonald RF Athletics lineup: Aoki CF, Valencia 2B, Hosmer 1B, Maxwell DH, Moustakas 3B, Peguero LF, Cain RF, Hayes C, Ciriaco SS Pitchers here. Today's game is on with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie. Gameday Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. For spring-training games, we'

Cubs vs. Athletics at Mesa Preview, Tuesday 3/4, 2:05 CT

The Cubs look for their second win of spring 2014. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- The weather has improved tremendously in the Valley of the Sun, though it's a bit cloudy this morning. It should be ideal baseball weather for the next couple of weeks, sunny with temps in the high 70s or low 80s. It wasn't that way Saturday, as you know with the two Cubs games being rained out. But what you probably did not know that the weather could have been worse at Cubs Park Saturday afternoon. An EF-0 tornado touc

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Bike Race Cancelled Because...

The race typically takes place in August, but won't be happening this year.

Cubs Hire Ted Lilly as Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and...

The Cubs announced Tuesday that Ted Lilly has returned to the organization. The Cubs have hired Ted Lilly to be a special assistant to President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer. Ted Lilly is in Mesa working with the team. Ted Lilly pitched for the Cubs from 2007 until July of 2010 and went […]The post Cubs Hire Ted Lilly as Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Ted Lilly Named Cubs Special Assistant

He's back! SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Right now, all we have is this information: Ted Lilly named special assistant to #Cubs GM — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 4, 2014 Three years after being traded away for what wound up being negligible return, Ted Lilly returns to the Cubs in a front-office capacity. (Wonder if he could repurchase his old house at 1305 W. Waveland?) This is interesting on several levels. First, it was always clear that Ted was a thoughtful baseball mind, and he can cer

Ted Lilly is Back! Joins Cubs Front Office as a Special Assistant...

I can only assume his duties will include "being a badass."

Replay Review Gets Its First Test

Monday, several games were set up for replay review. And the first reviews of review are positive. The Cubs/Brewers game Monday in Maryvale was one of several games set up for Major League Baseball's first replay-review test. Unfortunately (fortunately?), there were no plays that either Rick Renteria or Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had cause to challenge. So the "first" in what will likely be many reviews goes to a play in the Twins/Blue Jays game Monday in Fort Myers, Florida, as recounted by

Starlin Castro to Miss 7-10 Days, Darwin Barney Among Those to...

Interesting, given that the Cubs have plenty of other options to cover shortstop.

Know Your Enemy: Boston Red Sox

What, you again? Normally, the Cubs would play an American League East opponent once every three years or so. Or, as in the case of the Orioles, Rays and Blue Jays, every six years (the Cubs haven't played any of those three since 2008). The Cubs will be playing the Red Sox this summer in a three-game series in Boston. It will be the third time the teams have met in the last four years. I wonder why that is? Anyway, which Red Sox team do we get this year? The one that crashed and burned with a

A Modest Offseason for the Cubs and Other Bullets

The Cubs didn't do a whole lot of improving by way of transactions this offseason, according to MLBTR. Well, and everyone else.

When BP’s Jason Parks Visits Cubs Spring Training (Part Two –...

A deep dive on each of Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and Kris Bryant.

The Myth of Greg Maddux, the Soft Tosser

Every year, fans and media tout a pitcher in the Cubs' system with the high 80s fastball who had a great year in Tennessee or Iowa the prior season, saying that pitcher deserves a shot. This year, that pitcher is Kyle Hendricks. Invariably, that pitcher with the underwhelming fastball is compared... To read the rest of the post, be sure to visit us at

Cub Tracks Clamors For More Baez

With Starlin Castro sidelined, the calls for "MORE BAEZ" are getting even louder. He and the other prospects are trying to be patient while showing good attitudes. Meanwhile, Dale Sveum has no regrets, Mike Olt wants a shot, and we remember Harry. I dislike the Oscars and other big award shows. Why? Because sports writers think they are witty when they do show tie-ins. From Comcast SportsNet The Royals say they know Dale Sveum can develop young players. The team's former manager has no regrets

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