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  • Edwin Jackson goes 4 innings, but Cubs lose to D-backs 9-5 Mar 20, 2015 12:50 AM
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Starlin Castro hit a two-run double and Edwin Jackson pitched four innings for the Chicago Cubs in a 9-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa also went four innings, giving up two runs and two hits. He walked four and struck out five. Jackson allowed three runs, one earned, and four hits. He walked one and struck out three. The right-hander has given up seven runs this spring but only one was earned. Jackson and Dexter Fowler had RBI doubles for Chicago in the third. Gerald Laird hit an RBI double during the Diamondbacks’ three-run fourth. Socrates Brito’s run-scoring single sparked a five-run eighth for the Diamondbacks. Brito tied the game with his single off Anthony Carter, and Chris Owings added an RBI single through a drawn-in infield. Arizona has won four straight.

  • Busy spring for NL Central rivals Mar 18, 2015 3:07 PM
    Daily Herald staff writer Bruce Miles takes a whip-around look at the National League Central. The St. Louis Cardinals are concerned about a lack of power hitters coming up through their farm system.

  • Bryant backs Boras, but he’s happy with Cubs Mar 18, 2015 11:59 PM
    Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant told reporters Wednesday that he supports his agent, Scott Boras, while at the same time saying he's been treated well by Cubs management. The Cubs are likely to start Bryant in the minor leagues this season, and that drew critical remarks from Boras in published reports.

  • Rozner: There’s no villain in the Kris Bryant saga Mar 18, 2015 3:12 PM
    Nothing is new in the Kris Bryant saga. Theo Epstein will do what’s right for the Cubs, and Scott Boras will abide by the CBA and apply his justice down the road. What has changed is the reaction from a portion of Cubs fans who now believe the Basic Agreement should be changed for just for Bryant.

  • Will Cubs phenom Bryant fulfill his hype? Mar 17, 2015 6:59 AM
    Mike North thinks Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant could be as important to the team as Frank Thomas was to the White Sox.

  • Hammel throws 4 scoreless innings, Cubs top Royals Mar 17, 2015 11:43 PM
    Jason Hammel threw four scoreless innings and Anthony Rizzo reached base three times on Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3. Hammel came in with a 10.80 ERA in his previous two outings over five innings, but had good downward action and fastball command against the Royals.

  • Wood looking good as Cubs’ fifth starter Mar 17, 2015 5:04 PM
    Like all teams, the Cubs wanted to go into spring training with more than five viable pitchers for the starting rotation. The Cubs did that, but with just over a couple of weeks left of Cactus League games, the rotation is beginning to sort itself out, with left Travis Wood looking good for the fifth spot.

  • Like Wood, Cubs should be careful with phenom Mar 16, 2015 4:21 PM
    The more home runs Cubs phenom Kris Bryant hits in spring training, the louder the calls will be to put him on the opening-day big-league roster. The Cubs are not likely to do that, however, as they seek to delay Bryant's free-agency clock. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles notes there is plenty of precedent for that.

  • Rozner: Cubs’ young players will need time, patience Mar 16, 2015 12:34 PM
    The Cubs’ kids are coming and some are already here, but to think that they’ll be dominant from the first day is improbable, which means next year might not be here.

  • With sports psychology and mental skills training, Cubs looking for an edge Mar 14, 2015 3:48 PM
    The Cubs' front office has stepped up its efforts in what it views as another key area: sports psychology and "mental skills." Team president Theo Epstein has put a staff in place, and the efforts have the full blessing of new manager Joe Maddon, who has championed these kinds of efforts in his past jobs.

  • Cubs win over Brewers,Athletics Mar 14, 2015 10:37 PM
    The Cubs spring training split squad racked up two wins Saturday — one over the Milwaukee Brewers in Phoenix and the other over the Oakland Athletics in Las Vegas.

  • Ex-Cubs Maholm, Marquis on comeback trail with Reds Mar 12, 2015 10:53 PM
    A couple of former Cubs starting pitchers are trying to make it as nonroster invitees for the Reds. Also on the ex-Cubs front, pitcher Matt Garza has tweaked his mechanics, and right-hander Andrew Cashner is pitching with a lot on his mind.

  • Lester shines in Cubs’ win over Dodgers Mar 11, 2015 9:44 PM
    Zack Greinke gave up two runs in his spring debut for the Dodgers, being outpitched by Jon Lester in Los Angeles’ 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

  • Mike North video: Ernie Banks deserved a better end Mar 11, 2015 10:16 AM
    It was nice of the Ricketts family to pick up the tab for Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks’ funeral. But with all Ernie did for the Cubs organization over the years, he deserved better than this type of turmoil over his estate.

  • Cubs building things worth waiting for Mar 11, 2015 9:47 AM
    There are striking parallels between the Cubs' rebuilding job on the field and their renovation of Wrigley Field. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles urges fans to take the long view with both because the planned end results look pretty spiffy.

  • Cubs hit 3 HRs in a row vs. Indians but stay winless Mar 10, 2015 8:15 PM
    The new-look Chicago Cubs are trying to build a team that soon will win a lot of games. In the meantime, maybe just one victory would be nice. Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant hit consecutive home runs for the Cubs and yet they still became the only winless team in the majors this spring, falling to the Cleveland Indians 10-6 Tuesday.

  • So far, three catchers not a crowd for Cubs Mar 9, 2015 8:42 PM
    With their catching situation, will the Cubs be saying "three is a crowd" before spring training is over. The Cubs ended last season with Welington Castillo as their No. 1 receiver, but over the winter, they added two veterans in Miguel Montero and David Ross, who has served as a "personal catcher" to ace Jon Lester.

  • Cubs fall 6-4 to Rangers Mar 8, 2015 7:32 PM
    MESA, Ariz. — Ross Ohlendorf struck out five in two perfect innings and prized prospect Joey Gallo homered over the berm in right field, leading a Texas Rangers split squad over the Cubs 6-4 on Sunday. Ohlendorf was out of the majors for Washington last season while dealing with a back strain. He provided a nice boost to an ailing pitching staff that might see ace Yu Darvish need Tommy John surgery. “I was really happy with how it went,” he said. “I felt like I had really good life on the fastball and the offspeed was good, too.” Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a home run in his first at-bat after reconstructive surgery on his left ankle in June. “I’ve been counting the days anticipating going out and playing,” Moreland said. “I had a blast and felt great.” Cubs starter Jake Arrieta pitched two innings in his spring debut. He walked three, struck out two and gave up hit, the homer by Moreland. “I didn’t make enough of an adjustment to realign myself in direction of the plate,” he said of the walks. “There were some good things. More efficiency on first-pitch strikes.” The Cubs, with new manager Joe Maddon, and Milwaukee remain the only teams in the majors without a win this spring. STARTING TIME Rangers: Manager Jeff Bannister and pitching coach Mike Maddux both came to see the right-handed Ohlendorf instead of staying with Texas’ other split squad at home. “I was glad they came on the trip,” Ohlendorf said. “You always want to pitch well but I noticed they were here. I only have so many opportunities to show them what I can do.” Cubs: Arrieta doesn’t feel the need to prove anything after his breakout season in 2014. “I don’t view it that way,” he said. “Individually, I just try and put as much emphasis on being the best I can be, whatever that means, and personally I think that means quite a bit.” TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: Junior Lake was back in the lineup after a collision at second base on Friday when he tried advancing on a wild pitch. He sustained a bruised forehead after colliding with Reds 2B Brandon Phillips. POWER SOURCE Gallo hit 42 home runs in the minors last season. On the Cubs bench was Kris Bryant, who went deep 43 times in the minors last season. Bryant homered in Saturday’s game. Gallo connected in his second at-bat, hitting a long drive off LHP Eric Jokisch. “We never really talked about it,” Bryant said of last year’s home run race with Gallo. “But I knew he was right behind me or he was right ahead of me.” BARD’S BOUNCE BACK Righty reliever Daniel Bard is trying to once again become an effective pitcher after having a procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome, where a rib is removed to help with a compression injury. He took most of last year off, but is back with the Cubs after they claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox. The 29-year-old Bard, once a key part of Boston’s staff, threw a simulated game on Sunday. There isn’t an exact timetable for him to enter an exhibition game. “He looked good and the ball was out of his hand well,” Maddon said. “The velocity looked good. I was pleased with that and it was outstanding to watch.”

  • Miles: Cubs going to WAR with an impressive bunch Mar 8, 2015 7:30 AM
    The additions of Jon Lester and Jason Hammel may have vaulted the Cubs to having the best starting rotation in the National League Central. Of course, they still have to play the games and everybody has to stay healthy, but by some measures, the Cubs' starters have the best credentials in the Central.

  • Rozner: Schilling’s Twitter fight truly frightening Mar 8, 2015 2:00 PM
    Curt Schilling tweeted congrats to his daughter. The response he got on Twitter was some of the most frightening, misogynistic filth anyone has ever seen on social media -- or anywhere.

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