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.
3/9/2014 | Parker knows stakes are high for 'pen candidates
Blake Parker knows it doesn't matter what he did last year, or the year before. The right-hander is fighting for a spot in the Cubs' bullpen, and he's not alone.
3/9/2014 | Renteria knows Rizzo's power will show
Cubs manager Rick Renteria isn't concerned that Anthony Rizzo hasn't gone deep in Cactus League play, he knows the first baseman has power.
3/9/2014 | Mom and Dad on hand for Hendricks' start
Sunday's game was much better timing-wise for Kyle Hendricks' parents. They didn't have to drive 11 hours in one day to see the right-hander pitch. John and Ann Marie Hendricks were among the record crowd of 14,770 at Cubs Park to watch Kyle. They arrived Saturday.
3/9/2014 | Castillo continuing to mature as a player
Last year, Welington Castillo knew he was going to be the Cubs' regular catcher, but still felt he had to prove himself. This spring, it's still his job and, this time, Castillo knows he can handle it.
3/8/2014 | Hammel understands perils of pitching in division
Jason Hammel has spent five seasons in the American League East. The National League Central won't be any easier. Or anybody else the new Cubs pitcher faces.
3/8/2014 | Schierholtz's big bat backs up Hammel
Nate Schierholtz cracked a two-run homer in the first inning and Jason Hammel allowed just two hits over three scoreless innings as the Cubs downed the Reds, 9-0, on Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark.
3/8/2014 | Russell expects to see game action next week
Cubs reliever James Russell, slowed because of a tired arm, threw off the mound on Saturday, and the lefty said he felt fine and should be ready for Cactus League games next week.
3/8/2014 | Jackson wrote own script in second start
Edwin Jackson decided to only throw fastballs on Friday, and apparently didn't tell Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio or manager Rick Renteria, who planned to chat with the pitcher to figure out what happened.
3/8/2014 | Bryant showing pop in early Cactus League action
Prospect Kris Bryant has been compared physically to former Major Leaguer Troy Glaus, and although some scouts predict Bryant will end up moving from third to the outfield, Cubs manager Rick Renteria likes what he's seen of Bryant at third base.
3/8/2014 | Rizzo joining forces with Motte to benefit charity
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is wearing a new T-shirt, part of Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte's cancer initiative, this spring that he hopes will help cancer patients across the country.
3/7/2014 | Jackson: Game will tell if young stars are ready
Edwin Jackson was 20 years old when he made his Major League debut in September 2003. The pitcher has seen the young talent in the Cubs camp, including Kris Bryant, who hit his second spring homer on Friday, and is wondering the same question most fans are asking: When is the right time to promote them to the big leagues?
3/7/2014 | Jackson sticks to fastball vs. Indians; Bryant homers
Right-hander Edwin Jackson allowed three runs, including a two-run homer, over three innings in the Cubs' 7-2 loss to the Indians on Friday at Cubs Park. Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer, his second of the spring.
3/7/2014 | Valaika, Soler spark ninth-inning rally vs. Angels
A youthful Cubs split-squad roster rallied for a 3-2 win over the host Angels on Friday in Cactus League action. Chris Valaika drove in the two runs, including the tying tally with two outs in the ninth, and Jorge Soler followed with an RBI triple to complete the comeback.
3/7/2014 | Transition to Cubs like night and day for Ruggiano
There have been some free agents in the past who sign with the Cubs and relish the idea of playing at Wrigley Field, but have a tough time adjusting to day games. That won't be a problem for Justin Ruggiano.
3/7/2014 | Castro feeling better, intent on playing every day
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined since Sunday with a mild right hamstring strain, hopes to begin baseball activities early next week, and has the same goal as years past of playing all 162 games.
3/7/2014 | Barney sees value in getting comfortable at shortstop
Once a full-time shortstop, second baseman Darwin Barney could give the Cubs more flexibility if he's able to regain a comfort level at the position.
3/6/2014 | Wood not worried about Opening Day assignment
Travis Wood and Jeff Samardzija have been the two constants in the Cubs' rotation the last two seasons, and the pair appear to be the front-runners for the Opening Day assignment. They're just going about their business as usual.
3/6/2014 | Wood sharp in spring debut as Cubs fall in shutout
Travis Wood made his spring debut in the 1-0 loss to the Indians on Thursday, turning in three scoreless innings and finishing with three strikeouts, no walks and one hit allowed.
3/6/2014 | Bonifacio an early hit in the Cubs' clubhouse
Emilio Bonifacio was one of the last players added to the Cubs' roster, signing a Minor League contract on Feb. 15, and he's been the center of attention in the clubhouse in his neon-colored clothing, chatting non-stop with the other Latin players.
3/6/2014 | Baez's bat generates buzz around Cubs' camp
Javier Baez lay on the ground for a few seconds after fouling a ball off his left ankle on Wednesday, but stayed in the game. In his next at-bat, he hit an opposite-field home run. Guess he was feeling OK.
3/6/2014 | Renteria optimistic about Soler's progress
Jorge Soler was hitless in five Cactus League at-bats but Cubs manager Rick Renteria has seen a lot of positives from the Cuban outfielder in practice.
3/6/2014 | Sweeney bringing renewed relentlessness to outfield
Ryan Sweeney joined the Cubs last April 3, signing a Minor League deal after he was released by the Red Sox. The left-handed hitting outfielder was promoted on May 6, and batted .266 in 70 games.
3/5/2014 | 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.
3/5/2014 | 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.
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