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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.


3/24/2015 | GPS issues start rough day for Jackson

It was a tough Tuesday for Cubs starter Edwin Jackson, who got lost on the way to the ballpark, then gave up eight runs vs. the A's.


3/24/2015 | Bryant's 9th homer not enough for Cubs

Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant belted his Major League-leading ninth spring home run, but the A's busted out for 10 runs in the first three innings, beating Chicago, 14-2, Tuesday.


3/24/2015 | Maddon remains confident in Baez despite strikeouts

Javier Baez leads the Cubs in strikeouts this spring and is batting less than .150, but if you're only looking at that part of the infielder's game, you're not seeing the whole picture, manager Joe Maddon says.


3/24/2015 | Given birthday off, recovered Castro ready to return

Shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined with a tight right groin, is expected to return to the Cubs lineup on Wednesday, manager Joe Maddon said.


3/24/2015 | 9 is fine: Bryant homers -- again

Kris Bryant belted his ninth spring home run in the third inning Tuesday against the Athletics, connecting on the first pitch from Drew Pomeranz, who had struck out Bryant in the first.


3/24/2015 | Lester set for Minor League start

Jon Lester's next start will be in a Minor League game on Thursday so the Cubs can control his pitch count.


3/24/2015 | Spring power outage not a concern for Rizzo

The Cubs rank second in the Majors this spring in home runs even though Anthony Rizzo, who led the team last year with 32, has zero, and yet he feels really good at the plate.


3/24/2015 | After 'pen session, Lester confident he's on track

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, scratched from his last start because of a tired arm, threw a bullpen session on Monday, and he said he's on schedule for Opening Night, April 5.


3/23/2015 | Walk-up music for Maddon? Better tune in

Manager Joe Maddon, who always has music blaring from his office, would like three songs for certain in-game situations. And he's willing to ask Cubs fans for suggestions.


3/23/2015 | Wheels turning in Maddon's head over roster

There's less than two weeks to go before the Cubs open the season, and although Joe Maddon is still learning his players, he has discovered one thing: All the power makes him feel as if he's still managing an American League team. And he's had an epiphany about the makeup of the final roster, though it did not come after Kris Bryant's first or second home run on Saturday.


3/22/2015 | Maddon tries out pitcher in eighth-spot of lineup

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has quizzed the club's "brainiac" department regarding the pros and cons of having the pitcher bat eighth, and during Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Padres, he tested it with Jason Hammel. It won't be the last time.


3/22/2015 | Hammel fans 9 Padres in scoreless start

Jason Hammel struck out nine over five scoreless innings in the Cubs' 6-1 loss to the Padres on Sunday.


3/22/2015 | Cubs could play homer-happy Bryant in outfield

Kris Bryant passed all the tests at third base, and the next step will likely be having the Cubs' top prospect play some outfield.


3/22/2015 | Cubs lose locks for 'Respect Bald' campaign

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and more than 20 players had their heads shaved near one of the practice fields at the Cubs' complex as part of the first "Respect Bald" campaign.




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