3/28/2015 | Maddon likes idea of pitcher hitting in No. 8 spot
On Saturday, Jake Arrieta batted eighth, the first time he's done that this spring. It worked out well in the first inning vs. the Rockies, as he belted his first spring homer, a three-run shot. Arrieta isn't the first Cubs pitcher to be moved up out of the traditional No. 9 spot. It may become more of the norm with manager Joe Maddon's lineup.
3/28/2015 | Cubs grant lefty Doubront unconditional release
The Cubs granted left-hander Felix Doubront his unconditional release on Saturday. Doubront is owed 45 days of termination pay, or about $473,000. He had signed a contract with the team for $1.925 million.
3/28/2015 | Rizzo gets chance to showcase leadoff skills
Anthony Rizzo joked with bench coach Dave Martinez that he'd like to lead off, so that's where the Cubs' first baseman batted on Saturday against the Rockies.
3/28/2015 | Soler could be Maddon's man in 2-spot
Right fielder Jorge Soler doesn't fit the typical No. 2-hitter mold, but manager Joe Maddon said the young slugger could be an outside-the-box candidate to fill the role.
3/28/2015 | Fowler knocks first spring homer as Cubs fall to Reds
Dexter Fowler went deep, and Junior Lake added a pair of RBIs, but it wasn't enough for a split-squad of Cubs on Saturday in a 9-5 loss to the Reds.
3/28/2015 | Arrieta, Bryant lead big day for bats in win over Rox
Jake Arrieta belted a three-run homer in a seven-run first and added a RBI double in the second to lift the Cubs' split-squad to an 18-4 victory over the Rockies on Saturday. Kris Bryant went 4-for-5 and scored three runs for the Cubs, who collected 21 hits in front of a sellout crowd of 15,266 at Sloan Park.
3/27/2015 | Valaika aids Cubs' youth before reassignment
Though 29-year-old journeyman Chris Valaika wanted to be one of the Cubs' 25 on Opening Day, he did what he could during Spring Training to help the numerous young players who were competing against him for a roster spot.
3/27/2015 | Hammel edges Shark in battle of former teammates
Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija, teammates last season on the Cubs and again when packaged in a trade to the Athletics, joked about the possibility of facing each other now that they're on different Chicago teams. After Friday's 6-3 Cubs win, Hammel has bragging rights.
3/27/2015 | Maddon sees NL Central as the new AL East
Now that he's moved to the Midwest, Joe Maddon knows there's some buzz about the National League Central being the new American League East, and he can't wait to check it out for himself. He insists he'd love nothing better than for the next five years to be regular battles between his Cubs and opponents regarded as the teams to beat in the NL.
3/27/2015 | Baez shaken up on collision Thursday during double play
Joe Maddon was a little worried about Javier Baez after a collision at second base on Thursday. The 22-year-old second baseman stayed in the game and turned another double play later in the game.
3/27/2015 | Top prospect Bryant aims to break Epstein's track record
Whether or not Kris Bryant will be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster has been a hot topic, and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday that no decision has been made regarding the team's top prospect.
3/27/2015 | Cubs crush four homers against former ace
Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan each belted two-run homers, and Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro added solo shots to power the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox at Sloan Park on Friday.
3/27/2015 | View's different, but Bryant looks like natural in left
Kris Bryant did fine in left field on Thursday, showing his baseball acumen when he backed up a play at third, and he also turned a double play in the sixth, getting his first outfield assist since he was 13.
3/27/2015 | R.B.I. Baseball 15 available on next-generation consoles
R.B.I. Baseball 15 will be available on next-generation consoles beginning Tuesday. These editions of the iconic and easy-to-play game also will be available for pre-order via GameStop.
3/26/2015 | Bryant passes all tests in first start in left
Kris Bryant passed all the tests Thursday his first game in left field for the Cubs, but the move didn't help his hitting.
3/26/2015 | Wood shows off power with pinch-hit homer
Travis Wood may have started Wednesday night, but that didn't stop the Cubs pitcher from getting an extra at-bat on Thursday, and he took advantage of it.
3/26/2015 | Opening Day 'in jeopardy' for injured Denorfia
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia, who has not played since March 17 because of some soreness in his left hamstring, is expected to get at-bats in Minor League games next week, but most likely will not be ready to go by the start of the season.
3/26/2015 | Cubs assign 12 players to Minor League camp
The Cubs assigned 12 players to Minor League camp, including right-handed pitcher Blake Parker and left-handed pitcher Joe Ortiz, who were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
3/26/2015 | Olt goes deep, Bryant flashes leather in loss
Mike Olt belted a two-run homer in the fourth and pinch-hitter Travis Wood smacked a solo shot in the fifth for the Cubs, who rank second in the Majors with 32 home runs this spring.
3/26/2015 | 'Dead arm' a dead issue for Lester
Cubs' offseason prize Jon Lester, who missed a Cactus League start last week with the commonplace "dead-arm" syndrome, is all right. In fact, he us much better than that, writes columnist Mike Bauman.
3/26/2015 | Lester has 'good, normal' outing in Minors game
The Cubs' Jon Lester threw 54 pitches in a Minor League game Thursday, and he wanted to focus on his next start and what he needs to do to prepare for that rather than look ahead to Opening Night.
3/25/2015 | Maddon: Jackson getting lost 'can't happen'
Edwin Jackson's misdirection didn't go over too well with Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Jackson went to the wrong ballpark for his start on Tuesday because he followed the directions on his Google Map app, which sent him to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The trouble is, the game was being played at Hohokam Stadium, just 3.6 miles from where the Cubs train.
3/25/2015 | Cubs prospect Bryant to see action in left field
Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant will get to play the outfield on Thursday. Bryant has played third base and was the designated hitter while limited because of fatigue in his right shoulder in Cactus League games so far. He's been doing outfield drills this week with bench coach Dave Martinez, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that the plan is to have Bryant try left field.
3/25/2015 | Maddon: No decision on Baez's roster status
Joe Maddon has made it known he's impressed with Javier Baez's defensive play and the young infielder's baseball acumen, but neither the manager nor anyone else in the front office has told Baez that he has made the Cubs' Opening Day roster.
3/25/2015 | On the Cusp: Chicago Cubs
The Cubs have been collecting talent in their prospect bank and soon many of their assets will reach maturity. It will be time to cash in the stash and collect the dividends.
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