3/14/2014 | Valbuena homers after Hendricks' sharp start
Luis Valbuena's two-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning after Kyle Hendricks held the Dodgers scoreless in the first three frames, as the Cubs won, 5-4, on Friday in front of a record crowd.
3/14/2014 | Cubs feel Starlin will be ready by opener
Starlin Castro is still on schedule to get into Cactus League games next week, and Cubs manager Rick Renteria says there is enough time for the shortstop to be ready by Opening Day.
3/14/2014 | Hammel getting his work in against Minor Leaguers
Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel has been spending too much time in the Minor League camp. That's because Hammel has made just one Cactus League start, but has pitched in a "B" game and went six innings Thursday against Cubs Minor Leaguers to stay on schedule. The right-hander is used to prepping on the back fields.
3/14/2014 | Kalish enjoys being part of first Cubs review
Ryan Kalish is a fan of instant replay in the National Football League, and on Wednesday, his close play at first base was the first Cubs play to be reviewed in Major League Baseball's new system.
3/14/2014 | Samardzija set for second straight Opening Day start
The weather may be similar to when Jeff Samardzija and his Valparaiso, Ind., high school team faced Michigan City -- when there were snow flurries so thick he couldn't see the pitcher from the outfield -- but the right-hander doesn't care. He'll be starting on Opening Day for the second straight year, kicking off the Cubs' 2014 season against the Pirates.
3/14/2014 | Beeler, Hatley assigned to Minors; Bryant, too
The Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa and assigned right-hander Marcus Hatley to the Minor League camp on Friday. The moves reduced Chicago's spring roster to 54 players.
3/14/2014 | Samardzija will make second Opening Day start
Cubs manager Rick Renteria named Jeff Samardzija as the Opening Day starter Friday. The right-hander will face Pittsburgh in the opener for the second consecutive year.
3/13/2014 | McDonald labors in start but finds the positive
James McDonald threw 64 pitches -- 26 for strikes -- over 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and five walks against the Mariners on Wednesday night.
3/13/2014 | Olt homers twice and Baez drills another
Mike Olt drilled two homers among his three hits, Javier Baez hit another and Jeff Baker cracked a three-run double for the Cubs in a 10-inning loss against the Mariners on Wednesday night.
3/12/2014 | Cubs challenge call vs. Mariners, but it stands
Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged a call at first base in which his player was called out against the Mariners on Wednesday night, but after a review, the call stood.
3/12/2014 | Choosing sides: Schierholtz eyes full-time role
Nate Schierholtz is an oddity in baseball: a lefty batter who hits left-handed pitchers better than right-handers. Still, he'd like to play full-time, but new manager Rick Renteria hasn't made that decision yet.
3/12/2014 | Unlike prior outing, Jackson throws variety of pitches
Edwin Jackson mixed up his pitches against Minor Leaguers on Wednesday, after throwing only fastballs in his previous Cactus League outing.
3/12/2014 | Bryant, Almora, Soler among first spring cuts
The Cubs made their first cuts of the spring, with three-fourths of their "core four" -- Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler -- sent to Minor League camp on Wednesday.
3/12/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Bryant will outhomer Baez
Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is the choice to outhomer everyone in the Minor Leagues this season. He's the best college power-hitting prospect to come along in years, and he's just getting started in terrorizing pro pitchers.
3/11/2014 | Wood shrugs off outing as 'one of those days'
Travis Wood is hoping the Cubs get all the dropped balls and strange plays out of their system this spring. In Tuesday's 13-0 loss to the Rockies, the Cubs lefty was charged with five runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, with two runs scoring on singles that never left the infield. The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first, and with two outs in the third, Nolan Arenado was credited with a triple on a ball that center fielder Junior Lake lost in the sun.
3/11/2014 | Wood, relievers roughed up as Cubs blanked
Starter Travis Wood allowed five runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, while Hector Rondon served up two of the Rockies' four home runs in the Cubs' 13-0 loss Tuesday in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,840 at Cubs Park.
3/11/2014 | Accentuating the positive, B. Jackson having fun again
Brett Jackson is having a good time playing baseball again, and it shows. The young Cubs outfielder couldn't say that last season, when he battled injuries and finished the year at Double-A Tennessee. He couldn't say that in 2012, when he led the Pacific Coast League with 158 strikeouts while playing for Triple-A Iowa.
3/11/2014 | E. Jackson to stay on pace, meet with Renteria
Edwin Jackson will face Minor League hitters on Wednesday at the Cubs' complex to stay on schedule, while James McDonald gets the start that night against the Mariners.
3/10/2014 | Samardzija focused on doing his job, not rumors
Jeff Samardzija felt he controlled his tempo well, was able to mix his pitches the way he wanted, including his splitter, and took advantage of catcher Eli Whiteside's background with the Giants. And no matter what he does, the Cubs right-hander's name keeps popping up in trade rumors. Samardzija shrugs them off.
3/10/2014 | Samardzija solid as Cubs rally past Giants
The Chicago Cubs overcame Matt Cain's five perfect innings by capitalizing on San Francisco's seventh-inning defensive lapses to claim a 3-2 Cactus League decision over the Giants.
3/10/2014 | Bryant has solid footing thanks to parents
The player who has been getting the most attention in Cubs camp is the one with the fewest professional at-bats, and his parents had no idea. Kris Bryant, the second player selected overall in last June's First-Year Player Draft, has been the first player the national media targets whenever they stop by the Cubs' new facility.
3/10/2014 | Cautious Cubs holding back Castro
Starlin Castro hopes to begin running and hitting off a batting tee Tuesday and said he could be back in Cactus League games by the weekend. However, Cubs manager Rick Renteria was a little more cautious, predicting the shortstop would return next week.
3/10/2014 | Despite injuries, Sweeney not ready to give up glove
Ryan Sweeney says he hasn't thought about switching to the American League so he can be a designated hitter and avoid any more freak injuries in the field. The Cubs outfielder had to leave Sunday's game because of soreness in his right knee suffered while chasing a ball in right.
3/10/2014 | Improving Arrieta eager to face hitters soon
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, slowed this spring because of tightness in his right shoulder, threw his second side session Sunday and is continuing to make progress.
3/9/2014 | Ruggiano homers, drives in three vs. Brewers
Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in three runs, Junior Lake smacked a tiebreaking RBI single and Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI triple in the Cubs' 10-8 win over the Brewers on Sunday in front of a Cactus League-record crowd of 14,770 at Cubs Park.
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