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You know that news is rather light when you're writing about what you figured would happen all along: Starlin Castro will bat 2nd.
If everybody lives up to their capabilities, hopefully we don't have to do anything [different]," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday of his projected lineup in which David DeJesus will lead off and be followed by Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano, Nate Schierholtz, Welington Castillo, Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney.
"Right now, we'll start the season with [Castro] second," Sveum said of the shortstop, who turned 23 on Sunday. "I think he's matured so much in a year that he might end up in an RBI spot."
The lineup leaves a lot to be desired after Soriano. I'm not as high on Castillo as others, but my guess is that he'll be batting 5th before too long. If Brett Jackson can cut down on some of those strikeouts, he'd probably be a decent bat to hit behind Soriano.
Darwin Barney is a fantastic defe...
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Matt Loosen retired the first ten men he faced and combined with three relievers to throw a four hitter and Jae-Hoon Ha reached base five times on two walks and three singles (including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th), as the Tennessee Smokies edged the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #2, and Barret Loux threw five shutout innings...
Darnell McDonald singled twice, doubled, walked, scored twice, and knocked-in a run, Taiwan Easterling singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and drove-in two runs, Jeffrey Baez drove-in three runs with a two-run double and a bases-loaded HBP, and Dan Vogelbach crushed a tape-measure two-run home run, leading the Daytona Cubs to a 10-7 victory over the Bakerfield Blaze (Cincinnati...
The Chicago Cubs never expected Scott Baker to be ready when the 2013 season started but his availability is still unknown after the pitcher’s latest setback.
Baker is attempting to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.
There has been soreness all spring between Barker and his elbow but until now their was not a high level of concern. The Cubs plan to shut Baker down for a...
Today the rooftop association threw out a scare tactic (please don’t kill our business) press release. As a part of the press release, the rooftop owners graciously told the Chicago Cubs
Rooftops owners release counter offensive, saying Cubs can start rehab of clubhouses, restrooms w/o renegotiating landmark ordinance.
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) March 26, 2013
I wouldn’t say Darwin Barney and I are best friends or anything, but I did meet him once. So… Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
Needless to say, I horribly embarrassed myself as I tried to stammer my way through conversing with one of my favorite athletes of all time. I remember wanting to say, “It’s been a pleasure to meet you, I’m a huge fan and I really appreciate...
The Cubs are going to toss some guys on the disabled list to open the season and have trimmed the spring roster to 35. As of now there are a couple spots up for grabs: bench guy and bullpen guy. My best guess for bullpen guy is that it goes to lefty Hisanori Takahashi, who would be a complement to James Russell as the southpaw contingent of the pitching staff. As for bench...
Patrick Mooney posted this article late last night with some quotes from Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Most of the article deals with stuff we’ve addressed over the past year-plus of Theo’s tenure as head honcho, including the Cubs’ budget and the rebuilding project (both literal and figurative).
Theo recognizes the importance of Wrigley Field, which...
Johnny Cueto pitched six shutout innings in a smooth warmup for opening day and Todd Fraizer homered to send the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija also had a good night in his final outing before the season opener. He gave up one run and five hits in five innings, striking out five.
Cueto had a hit in the third...
Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias collected three hits a piece, as the Giants defeated the Cubs 9-3 in Cactus League action this afternoon at Dwight Pattrerson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
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Donald Lutz slugged a three-run home run to cap a nine-run 9th, as the Cincinnati Reds drubbed the Cubs 11-1 in Cactus League action this evening at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
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