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2/26/2015 | Lester set for first live batting practice session

Javier Baez, Mike Olt and Jorge Soler will be the first to take some swings against new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, who is scheduled to throw his first live batting practice session on Friday.


2/26/2015 | Maddon emphasizes 'Respect 90' message

Ernie Banks used to come up with a saying every year for the Cubs. This season, manager Joe Maddon's message has been painted along the first base line of Field 1 at the Cubs' complex: Respect 90.


2/26/2015 | La Stella adjusting to move to third base

Tommy La Stella was told he may need to be able to do more than play second to make the team.


2/26/2015 | Cubs prospect Russell embracing new team

A first-round pick in 2012, Russell noticed a change immediately after he was dealt.


2/26/2015 | Former Cards Motte, Chambers see other side of Cubs rivalry

Chicago signed Motte to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million and gave Chambers a Minor League deal and a non-roster invite to Spring Training.


2/25/2015 | Rizzo touts Sosa's legacy

In early December, Anthony Rizzo was at a restaurant in Florida and saw Sammy Sosa. He introduced himself to the slugger and talked about the high esteem in which he holds the former Cubs slugger on Wednesday at Spring Training.


2/25/2015 | Cubs owner Ricketts hopes to reward fans' loyalty

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts met with the players prior to Wednesday's first full-squad workout and part of his message was to "treat our fans like gold." That's because they've helped Ricketts during the losing seasons.


2/25/2015 | Bard refreshed for comeback with Cubs after taking time off

Daniel Bard went from being one of the best setup pitchers in the game with the Red Sox in 2009-11 to struggling against Minor League batters last summer. Now with the Cubs at Spring Training, the right-hander said he's ready to resume his mound work after a much-needed break from baseball.


2/25/2015 | No matter what, Rizzo a fearless player

The Cubs didn't need to wrap Anthony Rizzo or Starlin Castro in bubble wrap Wednesday, the first day the club's batters faced pitching. One can't blame Chicago sports fans for being a little nervous after injuries to Derrick Rose of the Bulls and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks.


2/25/2015 | Ready to get to work, Manny praises Cubs' talent

Manny Ramirez was in uniform Wednesday, ready to start his new job as a hitting consultant with the Cubs. But he didn't rule out possibly playing baseball again.


2/24/2015 | Name day: Cubs dedicate Sloan Park

The Cubs' Spring Training ballpark was officially dedicated as Sloan Park on Tuesday. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts attended the ceremony along with Mesa Mayor John Giles and several city councilmen.


2/24/2015 | Cubs counting on Castro to continue to pull weight

Starlin Castro is prepared to carry the Cubs on his back. The shortstop literally did just that in preparation for the season. One of the drills strength coach Tim Buss had Castro do to strengthen his legs was carry 210-pound teammate Mike Olt on his back, and run forward and backward.


2/24/2015 | Cubs 'cooperating' in investigation of Maddon hiring

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday he expected the investigation into allegations of tampering by the Cubs in the hiring of manager Joe Maddon to be completed before the regular season begins. Manfred, meeting with the media Monday in Arizona, said they wanted to do a thorough investigation.


2/24/2015 | Cubs establish new mental skills program

On Tuesday, the Cubs announced the establishment of their mental skills program, which will include noted sports psychologist Dr. Ken Ravizza as a consultant.


2/24/2015 | Cubs hire Manny, Youkilis as consultants

Manny Ramirez is back in the big leagues, hired by the Cubs as a hitting consultant. The Cubs also announced Tuesday they have added Kevin Youkilis as a part-time scouting and player development consultant.


2/24/2015 | Fans can purchase Cubs single-game tickets March 6

Excited about the 2015 season and new Cubs manager Joe Maddon? Cubs single-game tickets go on sale March 6 at 10 a.m. CT.


2/24/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Cubs boast top collection of prospects

The Cubs outpace both Minnesota and Boston when it comes to young talent. They graduated Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara from the Top 100 to the big leagues in 2014, the beginning of a tidal wave of position players about to crash on Wrigley Field.


2/23/2015 | Edwards keeping watchful eye on how veterans do it

Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards is trying to keep up with his teammates. And that means keeping up with the big league pitchers.


2/23/2015 | Bryant ready to prove he belongs with Cubs

Kris Bryant had his one-on-one meeting with Joe Maddon on Monday, and, no, the Cubs' top prospect did not tell the manager that he belonged on the Opening Day roster. Bryant, 23, is confident, but knows he has to show Maddon and the Cubs he's ready.


2/22/2015 | Cubs appear to have a bargain in Soler

With all the attention on Yoan Moncada, Jorge Soler looks like one of the best bargains in baseball, given his potential as a complete player with the power to hit 30-plus home runs.


2/22/2015 | Maddon: Spring Training games important

Joe Maddon wants the Cubs to play just as hard in March as in June, July or August, and hopefully, in October. That will be part of his message Wednesday when he addresses the full squad.


2/22/2015 | Ross experimenting with different helmet styles

Cubs catcher David Ross is experimenting this spring with what catcher's helmet to use.


2/22/2015 | Ross feels right at home with the Cubs

All David Ross has asked of his new Cubs teammates so far is to guide him so he doesn't go to the wrong field for drills. Ross may not know his way around the Cubs' complex, but he can definitely handle a pitching staff. And so can the Cubs' other two catchers.


2/22/2015 | Wood turns page in hopes of better year

The 2014 season was humbling for Cubs pitcher Travis Wood. What is Wood focused on this spring? He says he's getting back to basics. Wood doesn't blame a change in mechanics or anything else.


2/22/2015 | Strong body and mind fuel Cubs' Arrieta

Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta continues to benefit from a sports psychology program he started during his college career at TCU.




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