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On his first day at Cubs camp, Trever Miller was simply looking for someone to play catch with. As fate would have it, he found Ryan Dempster, and the two quickly realized they were more than just pitchers. They're also dads with daughters dealing with life-threatening disorders.

Pilgrims Progress at Fitch Park

The off-season is (thankfully!) over and it's time to play baseball again at Fitch Park. The pitchers & catchers reported last weekend, and a lot of the position players have now arrived, too. At this point, morning workouts are consisting of half of the pitchers throwing "bullpen" sessions in the ten-mound bullpen each day, Pitchers Fielding Practice (known as...

Cubs eager to put new ways into practice

MESA, Ariz. -- Since the day the Chicago Cubs introduced Theo Epstein as their new president of baseball operations there's been ongoing discussion of the new "Cubs Way." The Cubs want a uniform approach, from Single-A to the majors. They want clear expectations of how things are done. They want a culture of hard work and focus to produce a culture of winning. But...

Blake DeWitt glad to be with Cubs

After taking one of the strangest routes to spring training, Blake DeWitt took the high road Thursday when he arrived at Fitch Park.

Key for Soriano will be to break bad habits

Alfonso Soriano's defensive play sometimes leaves fans shaking their heads. There are times when he doesn't react well and gets a late break on the ball, or doesn't run hard enough out of the box. But bad habits are not easy to break.

Alfonso Soriano on Zambrano and Ramirez: It’s time to move on

MESA, Ariz. — Considering the emphasis on the new direction the Cubs are taking — not to mention a significant de-emphasis of some old clubhouse presences — Alfonso Soriano had a right to be the most surprised Cub to still have a uniform and locker stall at Fitch Park this spring. But the Cubs’...

Sveum to Cubs' Castro: Just focus on baseball

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday he has no plans to address Starlin Castro's off-field situation with the young shortstop when he arrives for spring training, which is expected to be Thursday.

LaHair to start, but will take nothing for granted

Bryan LaHair, who won the Pacific Coast League MVP Award last season after belting 38 homers and driving in 109 runs for Triple-A Iowa, enters spring camp with a spot on the Cubs' Opening Day roster. Finally.

Sveum expects Castro to be focused this spring

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said that he does not expect offseason allegations to be a distraction for Starlin Castro, who should be in Cubs' camp on Friday when the team has its first full-squad workout.

Sveum's position on hustle is no pose

Cubs manager will speak to Soriano about running out long fly ballsFor all the tough talk this winter about yanking players for not hustling, manager Dale Sveum didn't sound like he was in any rush to employ left fielder Alfonso Soriano as Exhibit A.

Castro doesn't address assault claim but says, "Got to be careful'

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro met with the media on Thursday but declined to talk about the claim by a Chicago woman that he sexually assaulted her in his apartment in September.

Cubs pitcher Chris Volstad earns praise

MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs wasted little time deciding not to retire Carlos Zambrano’s number. With the ink still wet on the $15.3 million check the Cubs sent to the Miami Marlins to take the problem-child pitcher, the club gave his No. 38 to non-roster backup catcher candidate Jason Jaramillo. Just...

Bryan LaHair finally gets his chance with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. — Get ready for the Cubs’ version of Linsanity. Not to mention the pun parade if long-overlooked slugger Bryan LaHair does anything like the New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin has done. Brace yourself for late-inning ‘‘LaHair-oics’’ and long home runs that were ‘‘LaHair today...
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