Found May 03, 2012 on Cub Reporter:
Dundee-Crown HS alum Ryan Court reached base five times on two doubles, a single, and two walks, leading the Diamondbacks to an 11-4 drubbing of the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa, AZ. Stephen Drew (2011 broken ankle rehab) arrived at Fitch Park after the game started and played the middle three innings at shortstop, batting once in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings. Facing LHP Hunter Ackerman, Drew walked in the 4th, grounded out 4-3 in the 5th, and reached base on an HBP in the 6th. He also committed a fielding error at SS in the bottom of the 5th that eventually resulted in an unearned run scoring for the Cubs. SS Junior Lake (back injury suffered during Spring Training) continued his EXST rehab in today's game, playing shortstop for all nine innings (started one DP and was the middle-man in another) and batting once each in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th innings. Lake went 1-6, grounding out 6-3 in the...

Carlos Marmol out as Cubs closer

Struggling Marmol removed from closer role

Cubs manager Dale Sveum says he has decided to take Carlos Marmol out of the closer's role. Sveum says he talked to Marmol in his office on Friday morning, and the right-hander understood the decision. The first-year manager says he plans to close games by committee for now, featuring right-hander Rafael Dolis and left-hander James Russell. The move comes one day after a particularly...

Cubs' Dempster, Wood activated from DL

The Chicago Cubs activated right-handed pitchers Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, while sending pitchers Scott Maine and Randy Wells to Triple-A Iowa. Dempster, who turned 35 Thursday, will start against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. He is 0-1 with a 1.33 ERA in three starts this season. He missed time with a strained right...

Montero rewarding Diamondbacks for belief

Miguel Montero was 17. Every major-league club but one already had rejected him. He was ready to quit baseball, finish high school and go study mechanical engineering in college. The Arizona Diamondbacks were his last hope. Junior Noboa, the teams vice president of Latin operations, had flown to Venezuela to oversee the tryout from his native Dominican Republic. Noboa's plane...

Dodgers topped by Cubs in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Paul Maholm pitched six crisp innings for his third consecutive win and the Chicago Cubs held on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Maholm (3-2) allowed one run and three hits while improving to 1-5 with a 4.91 ERA in nine career starts against Los Angeles. The left-hander has won his last three outings after dropping his first two, allowing...

Reds 4, Cubs 3(10)

Wild Cubs closer Carlos Marmol helped Cincinnati rally for three runs in the ninth to tie it, and Scott Rolen hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning that swept the Reds to a 4-3 victory Thursday and two-game split. Marmol let a 3-0 lead slip away by walking three of the five batters he faced, allowing Cincinnati to tie it with only one hit in the inning. It was his third blown save...

Reds' bats go quiet against Cubs

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart hit solo homers -- a major outburst for the power-challenged Chicago Cubs -- and Jeff Samardzija pitched into the eighth inning on Wednesday night for a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs opened the rain-shortened series with only their third multihomer game of the season. They managed only nine home runs in April, the...

Game 26 Thread - Maholm vs. Billingsley

Right now, the Cubs have 14 Home Runs on the year, Matt Kemp 12...the race is on. If you're in the area, apparently there are some $4 tickets available thanks to the wonders of dynamic pricing. I'd certainly pay that to Kemp play. Dodgers Cubs Gordon, SS *DeJesus, RF M. Ellis, 2B *Campana, CF Kemp, CF Castro, SS *Ethier, RF *LaHair, 1B Rivera, LF Soriano, LF...

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Daniel Hudson is injured, but Wade Miley is doing much more than just pick up the slack for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Miley looks to win a third consecutive start in place of Hudson as the visiting Diamondbacks open this three-game series against the slumping New York Mets on Friday night. Hudson won 16 games last year and posted a 3.15 ERA after the All-Star break while helping...

Ransom, D-backs rally late to top Mets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cody Ransom hit a two-run homer and a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Mets 5-4 on Friday night, handing New York its fourth straight loss. Paul Goldschmidt hit a tying, two-run double in the eighth and Arizona won a one-run game after losing two in a row at Washington, each by a run. Arizona improved to 1-7 when trailing...

Nationals win on Desmond's walk-off HR

Arizona was within one out of its fourth straight win before J.J. Putz blew his second save of the season. Leading 4-3 in the ninth inning Wednesday night, Putz got two outs after Bryce Harper's leadoff double. The Diamondbacks closer then gave up a game-ending homer to Ian Desmond that gave the Nationals a 5-4 win. "It won't be the last time it happens to us this...

Kennedy's streak snapped, D-backs fall to Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bryce Harper showed why his manager put him in the No. 3 spot for his fifth career game. The 19-year-old phenom hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth inning, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Ross Detwiler (3-1) did his part as well. The left-hander allowed one run and three hits over 6 1-3...

Mets honor Beastie Boys' MCA, aka Adam Yauch, with walk-up music

Because you didn't watch the game, note that all of the NY Mets used Beastie Boys songs as their walk-up music last night Arizona Diamondbacks in honor of Brooklyn-born rapper Adam Yauch, aka MCA,... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

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