Cubs map out first ST starts for rotation arms

February 24, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs’ projected starting five will make their first Cactus League starts next week, and Jon Lester appears to be lined up to start Opening Day. Tyler Chatwood will make his Cubs debut on Monday against the Mariners, and will be followed by Lester on Tuesday against the White Sox, Kyle Hendricks on Wednesday against the Athletics, and Yu Darvish on Thursday against the Rockies. All four…

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Zobrist easing into action with back tightness

February 24, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — Ben Zobrist felt some tightness in his back about a week before he was scheduled to come to Arizona, and traveling from his home in Nashville didn’t help. The Cubs veteran, who has yet to participate in activities on the field because of soreness in his back, said he’s getting closer to taking part in batting practice. MESA, Ariz. — Ben Zobrist felt some tightness in his…

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Happ gets first look at leadoff spot in opener

February 23, 2018

PHOENIX — Let the competition begin. Ian Happ was the Cubs’ leadoff man Friday in the Cactus League opener and is one of at least four players who will be tested there this spring. “We’re going to try to audition the dudes who we think will be in that spot,” manager Joe Maddon said. “There’s nothing to be read into [Friday’s game]. It’s a Spring Training lineup.” View Full Game…

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Bote, Vosler thrilled to work with Trammell

February 23, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — When Cubs prospects David Bote and Jason Vosler reported to the Arizona Fall League, they didn’t expect to get some encouragement from a soon-to-be Hall of Famer. The Cubs prospects played on the Mesa Solar Sox along with players from the Tigers’ organization last fall. Alan Trammell, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, was a guest instructor for a short time…

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Cub full circle: Hendricks, Chatwood reunited

February 18, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — The summer after their junior year in high school, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood played on a baseball travel team in southern California called the Southland Shockers. Back then, the two never thought they’d be teammates again. Now, Hendricks and Chatwood are reunited on the Cubs. “It was fun,” Chatwood said of their time together as prep players. “To be back with him again is pretty cool.”…

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Reliever Simmons, Cubs agree to contract

February 16, 2018

Free-agent righty reliever Shae Simmons has agreed to a Major League split contract with the Cubs, the club announced on Friday. Simmons, 27, has a career 3.50 ERA in 36 innings over three seasons, but has missed significant time due to injuries. He only pitched in nine games in 2017 with the Mariners due to a right elbow strain and missed the ’15 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Free-agent…

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Tearful Rizzo speaks at vigil for Florida victims

February 16, 2018

Standing on the same stage in the park where he has hosted a charity walk-a-thon, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tearfully addressed a prayer vigil in his hometown of Parkland, Fla., on Thursday night following the tragic shooting at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Rizzo returned home to be with his family and the community after Wednesday’s tragedy, where a gunman shot and killed 17 people. Standing…

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Darvish 'focused' in first side session for Cubs

February 15, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs’ plan is to let Yu Darvish be himself. The newest addition to the Cubs’ rotation had his first side session on Thursday, and manager Joe Maddon was pleased with what he saw from the right-hander. MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs’ plan is to let Yu Darvish be himself. The newest addition to the Cubs’ rotation had his first side session on Thursday, and manager Joe…

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Montgomery accepting of role in Cubs' bullpen

February 14, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — This offseason, Mike Montgomery prepared as if he would start for the Cubs, and he will continue to train as if he’s in the rotation, even though the left-hander most likely will be a reliever on Opening Day. “I liked winning the World Series a couple years ago, and even getting to the playoffs last year, you realize being on a winning team is the most important…

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Maddon using art to inspire Cubs this spring

February 14, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — Baseball players are artists, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon made that point when he met with pitchers and catchers on Wednesday prior to the club’s first workout of Spring Training, using art to present his 2018 themes in a colorful way. Maddon’s messages were included on two paintings by Tampa, Fla., artist Jason Skeldon. One features Michelangelo’s David statue on the pitcher’s mound at Wrigley Field, and…

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