Chicago Cubs News for March 5, 2014
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No Shortage at Shortstop, Arrieta Throws Off a Mound and Other...

The Cubs’ shortstop is Starlin Castro and Iowa’s shortstop is Javier Baez at least that is what Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. But with every home run Baez hits and every play he makes in the field while Castro is out of the lineup, the noise from the fan base gets louder about Baez breaking camp […]The post No Shortage at Shortstop, Arrieta Throws Off a Mound and Other Cubs Spring Training News appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Cubs’ Coghlan healthy again after pie went awry in 2010

MESA, Ariz. — Did you hear the one about the outfielder who got hurt pushing a towel full of shaving cream into a teammate’s face? It left a pie hole in the lineup.

Samardzija is a real pressure pitcher

MESA, Ariz. — The pressure is on Jeff Samardzija like it’s never been before. And he knows it. He got his chance to prove he could be a starter two years ago. Last year was about showing he could last a full season and throw 200 innings. This time around, there’s nothing left for the Cubs’ ace to show but performance. The kind of performance his 200 strikeouts last season suggest is in him. The kind of performance behind his unwillingness to give the Cubs a hometown discount on a contract. “Yeah

Samardzijia struggles as Cubs lose to Rockies

MESA, Ariz. — Jeff Samardzija struggled with his command at times in a three-inning outing Wednesday in a Colorado Rockies split-squad’s 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The Cubs’ possible opening-day starter gave up two straight singles then, after a sacrifice bunt, hit a batter and walked the next in a rocky two-run third inning. In three innings, he gave up three runs and four hits. Rockies projected starter Tyler Chatwood gave up one unearned run in 2 2-3 innings. He walked tw

Cubs Throw Away A Long, Sloppy Spring Training Game – Rockies...

Spring Training Game Six – Cubs 5, Rockies (ss) 7 WP – Chris Martin (1-0) LP – Chris Rusin (0-2) Save – Scott Oberg (1) Javier Baez and George Kottaras hit back-to-back spring jacks in the sixth inning that tied the game at three but Rosell Herrera hit a Little League Grand Slam in the […]The post Cubs Throw Away A Long, Sloppy Spring Training Game – Rockies 7, Cubs 5 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

Wright, Russell head Cubs relief corps

The Cubs' middle-relief situation last year was not so much a revolving door but a wildly spinning door. Management hopes that settles down this year. The Cubs have added lefty Wesley Wright to take some of the load off James Russell, and they may have a closer of the future in Pedro Strop.

Rockies 7, Cubs 5: Error... Error... Error... Home Runs... Loss...

100 BCB points to anyone who can name the Star Trek Original Series episode referenced in the headline. MESA, Arizona -- All you can do is laugh. After a seventh inning like today's in Mesa, that is. The seventh inning, which lasted nearly an hour and produced six runs, five hits, five walks, two absurd errors and a wild pitch, felt like a game in a T-ball league, not a major-league game, not even acknowledging the fact that this is still the first full week of spring training and mostly minor

Samardzijia struggles for Cubs in loss to Rockies

Jeff Samardzija struggled with his command at times in a three-inning outing Wednesday in a Colorado Rockies split-squad’s 7-5 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.The Cubs’ possible opening-day starter gave up two straight singles then, after a sacrifice bunt, hit a batter and walked the next in a rocky two-run third inning. In three innings, he gave up three runs and four hits.

Baez, Kottaras go deep in loss to Rockies

Javier Baez and George Kottaras hit back to back home runs for the Cubs, but the Rockies took advantage of a throwing error by Christian Villanueva to post a 7-5 win on Wednesday in front of 10,598 at Cubs Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Spring Training Miscellany: Rockies 7, Cubs 5 – March 5, 2014...

Baez and Kottaras went deep, but the Cubs gave away a few too many runs.

Samardzija focusing on fastball command, sinker

Jeff Samardzija is preparing for Opening Day, but he wasn't about to name himself as the Cubs' starter on March 31 against the Pirates.

BOOM: Javier Baez Goes Deep to the Opposite Field (VIDEO)

If you wanted to see Javier Baez blast one against the Rockies today, you're in luck.

Now healthy, Olt optimistic about his future

Once among the top prospects in baseball, Mike Olt has had to endure a couple tough years of struggles and injuries, but the young slugger is confident his career is back on track.

Overflow Thread: Cubs vs. Rockies, Wednesday 3/5, 2:05 CT

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First Pitch Thread: Cubs vs. Rockies, Wednesday 3/5, 2:05 CT

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Pitching always in the back of Wells' mind

If Casper Wells had his way, he'd be able to pitch and play the outfield in the big leagues.

Arrieta throws off mound, reports no issues

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw off the mound for the first time this spring on Tuesday, and he said his right shoulder passed all the tests.

Pipeline Perspectives: Almora's bat makes him best bet

Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora is a natural leader, a veteran of international play with USA Baseball, the kind of player teammates will gravitate to, even if he's younger. Those intangibles will also allow him to play above his tools. Almora is the kind of player who invariably ends up on winning teams.

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/05/14

Spring Training Game Six: Cubs (2-3) vs. Rockies (SS) (1-5) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00, 1.50) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-0, -.–, -.–) Rick Renteria and the Cubs wrap up the first week of spring games with the first of […]The post Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/05/14 appeared first on Chicago Cubs Online.

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

I'll be back at Cubs Park today, and Javier Baez is back in the lineup.

Cubs, Rockies Meet At Mesa

Looking for Wednesday's game threads? You have come to the right place. SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Cubs lineup: Coghlan LF, Roberts 2B, Valbuena 3B, Lake CF, Baez SS, Cunningham DH, Baker C, Valaika 1B, McDonald RF Rockies 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 cubs.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie. MLB.com Gameday Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. For spring-train

Cubs vs. Rockies at Mesa Preview, Wednesday 3/5, 2:05 CT

Sunshine, temperatures near 80, and baseball. What could be better? SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- As I have often written, wins and losses in spring training are virtually meaningless. Games aren't really played "to win" -- teams substitute players and pitchers for the purpose of analysis, not necessarily winning, and spring-training records have almost no bearing on regular-season records. (Although: the Royals, who had the best record of anyone in 2013 spring action -- 25-7 -- did build on that to h

Another Cubs Prospect with a Top Tool … and It’s a Pitcher

Kyle Hendricks has the best command in the minors.

Around the League: Reds Ticket Sales, Kinsler Comments, Dodgers...

The Reds didn't sell as many season tickets as they would have liked ... because of negative media coverage?

Know Your Enemy: New York Yankees

Cracks have appeared in the Yankee armor. Which direction will that take them? The New York Yankees missed the playoffs in 2013. That's big news in New York. As Cubs fans we'd have probably loved an 85-77 season in 2013. Truth be told, the Yankees probably shouldn't have been even that good. They had a negative run differential (-21), outperformed their Pythagorean win estimate by six games and finished 10th in the American League in runs scored. In large part, that was due to injuries to key

Lukewarm Stove: Hopefully Incorrect Report on Justin Masterson’s...

Masterson is reportedly seeking only three or four years, and $40 to $60 million in an extension.

Theo Epstein Slaps Your Cookie-Reaching Hand and Other Bullets...

Don't spoil the annual feast, Cubs fans. That is to say: there won't be anything given that stands in the way of the greater goal.

MLB Bullets Is A Total Sleazeball

Ian Kinsler doesn't like his former boss much. Instant replay was used for the first time. The Dodgers are gearing up for Australia. A pair of outfielder will miss half the season. There's a new look at pitch framing and please, don't drink the water in Sarasota. Something clever this way comes. Robert Sanchez of ESPN the Magazine did a profile of Ian Kinsler adjusting to life with his new team, the Detroit Tigers. But what is making headlines around the game is the shots that Kinsler took

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