Found February 29, 2012 on Chicago Tribune:
TEAMS: Chicago Cubs
MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs are not only working overtime on fundamentals in Camp Sveum, they’re also looking to improve mentally.

Chicago Cubs: 3 Up and 3 Down

Since the Chicago Cubs last made the playoffs in 2008 they have been experiencing a steady decline that culminated with last season’s 5th place finish and 71-91 record. Enter new President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein. Luring Epstein to the north side is the front office equivalent of the Angels signing Albert Pujols. Actually, it might be like landing Pujols and Prince...

No News is Good News...I Guess

It certainly has been a rather drama free first week of camp, which doesn't give me much to react to...but I'll do my best. - A Dave Kaplan tweet says Dale Sveum would bat Starlin Casto third if the season started today. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with that leading to Darwin Barney probably batting second. Hopefully the front office can talk some sense...

Soriano may move to cleanup for Cubs

(Eds: Updates.) After losing two of their top three run producers from last season, the Chicago Cubs might open 2012 with outfielder Alfonso Soriano as their cleanup hitter. Spring training games don't start until Sunday, and new manager Dale Sveum said his lineup is still very much a work in progress. But his early thoughts include newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus leading...

Alfonso Soriano can’t escape contract

MESA, Ariz. — More than five years later, is it finally time to get over Alfonso Soriano’s contract? The last of the megabucks Cubs would like to think so. ‘‘We’ve got to see when the season starts,’’ said Soriano, whose eight-year, $136 million contract has made him a lightning rod since...

Caption This: Jeff Samardzija has hungry eyes

Jeff Samardzija shows off his new mullet hat

Improving Soto will miss spring opener

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto, sidelined with a strained groin, is improving but isn't expected to be ready by Sunday's Cactus League opener, manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday.

James Russell has chance to blossom with Sean Marshall gone

MESA, Ariz. — James Russell was back home in Texas, kicking back on the couch with his dad during the holidays, when he found out about Cubs teammate Sean Marshall. ‘‘We were flipping through channels, and then all of a sudden we see Sean got traded,’’ Russell said. ‘‘It was a big surprise...

Cubs, fans eager to see prospect Jackson

Dale Sveum sounded just like a Cubs fan when he talked about his first impressions of Brett Jackson. Cubs fans are excited to see what Jackson can do, too.

Competitive Garza animated on and off mound

You've seen Matt Garza on the top step of the dugout, cheering, clapping and extolling the Cubs on days he's not pitching. All the gyrations and animation don't go unnoticed by his teammates.

Samardzija making a push for Cubs' rotation

Jeff Samardzija is eager to build off last season and grab one of the spots in the Cubs' rotation.
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