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3/5/2015 | Schwarber's slam highlights Cubs' offense vs. Giants

Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, provided the bulk of the offense in Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Giants and showed everyone why he's a top prospect with a grand slam to right field in the second.


3/5/2015 | Olt flexes muscle as Wood turns in solid debut

Manager Joe Maddon's Cubs debut ended in a tie. The Cubs and Athletics played to a 2-2 tie Thursday in a split-squad game at Sloan Park in the manager's first game at the helm.


3/5/2015 | Fowler irked by switch-pitcher's change of hand

Dexter Fowler was warming up in the on-deck circle prior to leading off the Cubs third inning Thursday, trying to time Athletics pitcher Patrick Venditte, who was throwing right-handed. But then Venditte, a switch-pitcher, told home-plate umpire Brian Gorman that he was going to throw left-handed.


3/5/2015 | Maddon sees 'another level' for Jackson

Joe Maddon has managed Edwin Jackson before. He likes the fact the right-hander is a good athlete. But Maddon also recognizes that Jackson has yet to get on track, especially with the Cubs.


3/5/2015 | Cubs prospect Schwarber turns 22, hits grand slam

Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber celebrated his 22nd birthday in a grand way Thursday. Schwarber, the 2014 No. 6 prospect in the Cubs organization according to MLB.com, hit a grand slam off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in the second inning of Thursday's contest.


3/5/2015 | Umpire injury leads to odd strike-calling scenario

After home-plate umpire Dale Scott was hit by a pitch and had to leave Thursday's game between the Cubs and Giants, Jim Joyce took over calling balls and strikes, doing so from behind the pitcher's mound.


3/5/2015 | Cubs reach deals with remaining players

The Cubs have agreed to contracts with all 20 players on the 40-man roster with zero to three years of Major League service.


3/5/2015 | Schlitter hopes loving home awaits stray pup

Cubs pitcher Brian Schlitter is hoping someone will adopt a young dog he found near the team's Spring Training complex. Schlitter and his wife, Kara, can't keep him, and neither could any of his Cubs teammates. The Chihuahua and terrier mix is now at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway, which is next to the Cubs' complex.


3/5/2015 | Coke reportedly headed to Cubs on Minors pact

The Cubs have reportedly signed reliever Phil Coke to a Minor League deal, according to FOXSports.com.


3/4/2015 | Cubs motivated by coach Martinez's reward system

Jorge Soler had three stars on his cap. Justin Grimm received two in one day. Even advance scout Kyle Phillips was recognized. Each day, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez acknowledges a player and/or coach of the day by giving him a small shiny star to stick to his baseball cap. It's the same little metallic-colored stars your grade-school teacher probably used for a good book report.


3/4/2015 | Cubs considered calling Miller Park home in 2015

With major renovations underway at Wrigley Field this winter, the Cubs considered playing their entire 2015 home schedule at Miller Park in Milwaukee, team president of business operations Crane Kenney told CBS Radio.


3/4/2015 | Cubs to begin Maddon tenure, season of Banks tributes

What will Joe Maddon do as the new Cubs manager? Fans will get their first look when Maddon and the Cubs open Cactus League play Thursday with split-squad games, including a home contest at newly named Sloan Park against their new neighbors, the Athletics.


3/4/2015 | Radar guns early in spring? Cubs offer their take

The Brewers will not be using radar guns for the first two weeks of Spring Training games so their pitchers can focus on command, not how hard they're throwing. Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup agrees with the philosophy.


3/4/2015 | Castillo adjusting to new spot on depth chart

Welington Castillo will be behind the plate Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., in one of the Cubs' split-squad games. Where he'll be when the season opens is to be determined.


3/4/2015 | Top 15 fantasy rookies led by pair of Cubs

Who are the best fantasy prospects for this season? Unlike MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which is based on long-term potential, the rankings here are determined solely by expected big league production in 2015.


3/3/2015 | Fowler's footwork, voice key to patrolling center

Dexter Fowler has had to play in some giant-sized ballparks with the Rockies and Astros. Wrigley Field will be a little different, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he's seen of the center fielder.


3/3/2015 | Experienced depth behind the plate eases Maddon's mind

Carrying three catchers on the 25-man roster is a real possibility for the Cubs because David Ross, Miguel Montero and Welington Castillo have each been successful.


3/3/2015 | Mind back on baseball, Almora emphasizing mental approach

Albert Almora played last season with a heavy heart and mind as he watched his father battle prostate cancer. Now, with those concerns put aside, the Cubs prospect believes he has gained a greater perspective on the game.


3/3/2015 | Hendricks hard at work to keep No. 4 spot in Cubs rotation

Joe Maddon slotted Kyle Hendricks in the rotation, but the right-hander knows he has to work even harder this spring to keep the spot.


3/2/2015 | Renovation of Wrigley Field progressing as planned

Phase One of the Wrigley Field 1060 Project remains relatively on target despite a cold winter, Cubs officials said Monday afternoon during a media tour of the construction zone.


3/2/2015 | Wood, Jackson battling for fifth spot in rotation

No one has to say anything to Travis Wood or Edwin Jackson. Both pitchers know how important this spring is.


3/2/2015 | Maddon will adjust to playing fewer night games at home

The Cubs may not play enough night games for Joe Maddon. "I'm a horrible morning person," the Cubs manager admitted Monday. "Thank God, we don't play at 10 o'clock in the morning."


3/2/2015 | Soler comes to camp prepared for big league pitching

Jorge Soler arrived in Spring Training 25 pounds heavier and with a better understanding of what big league pitchers are trying to do to him.


3/2/2015 | Maddon names Lester Opening Night starter

Manager Joe Maddon made it official Monday: Jon Lester will start Opening Night, April 5, for the Cubs against the Cardinals.


3/2/2015 | Grimm relieved to know role after breakout season

Justin Grimm seems best suited to be a reliever. The antsy right-hander can barely sit still in the Cubs' clubhouse. It's hard to imagine him going four days without pitching.




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