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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Arenado hits 3-run homer, Rockies beat Cubs 7-5 Mar 7, 2015 9:55 PM
    Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run and doubled to help the Colorado Rockies to a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The 23-year-old Arenado has two Gold Gloves at third in as many major league seasons. The Rockies are looking for him to become a force at the plate after a strong 2014 finish.

  • 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.

  • Cubs’ Black feels bad about Pence injury Mar 6, 2015 6:09 PM
    MESA, Ariz. — Young Cubs pitcher Corey Black realized something was wrong when Hunter Pence screamed in pain. At that point, there was nothing he could do. Black was feeling bad Friday after he threw a fastball in his first spring outing that broke Pence’s left forearm, sidelining the San Francisco outfielder for six to eight weeks. Pence, one of the leaders for the World Series champions, has played in 383 straight games — the longest active streak in the majors since the Giants traded for him in July 2012. “You don’t want to hit people, first of all, and then hurting someone on top of that is even worse,” said Black, who was acquired in the July 2013 trade that sent Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees. “So it’s a bad feeling and I just hope he heals up quick.” Black quickly looked away when he saw a replay of the sixth-inning pitch in the Cubs’ clubhouse on Friday morning. He walked two straight batters in Thursday’s outing before hitting Pence, and said he was a little nervous in his first game. Black and Pence are represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council, and Black found out about the extent of the slugger’s injury while he was having dinner with his agent that night. “I have no hard feelings toward him,” Pence said. “It’s something that happens. We all know what we’re getting into. I could hit a pitcher with a line drive. I don’t mean to, and I feel bad, but it’s part of the game. This is respect among competitors. This is nothing.” Black, 23, reached out to Pence over Twitter, and said he also hopes to talk to him. Black, who likely will begin the season at Triple-A Iowa, said he received some negative messages from Giants fans on social media, but many were supportive after he apologized. “I’ve already walked by him and I said, ‘Don’t you dare worry about any of that,”’ manager Joe Maddon said before Friday’s 5-2 loss to Cincinnati. “That’s part of the game. That just happened. It happens once in a while. It’s awful when it happens. He wasn’t trying to do that. That’s part of the game of baseball.”

  • Lester pitches 2 scoreless innings in spring debut with Cubs Mar 6, 2015 5:51 PM
    MESA, Ariz. — For Jon Lester, it was just the beginning of the road to opening day. Nothing more, nothing less. Lester pitched two scoreless innings Friday in his spring debut with the Chicago Cubs, who lost 5-2 to the Cincinnati Reds. The veteran left-hander got Billy Hamilton to fly out to right leading off the game, and then struck out Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce all swinging. He broke Chris Dominguez’s bat on a one-out single in the second, and Kristopher Negron followed with a double-play grounder. “It was all right,” Lester said. “Tempo was good, I felt good about that. Just ball was up a little bit for me. I threw a couple good cutters, but like I said, first one, got some jitters, amped up and all that stuff, so ball’s going to be up a little bit. But got some stuff done in the bullpen as far as fixing that. Like I said, now it’s time to build off that.” Lester was one of the top free agents in the offseason, and opted for a $155 million, six-year contract with Chicago. He went 16-11 with a career-low 2.46 ERA in 32 starts with Boston and Oakland last season. The Cubs finished with a losing record in each of the last five years, but they begin this season with high expectations following an active winter highlighted by the big deal with Lester. “If you’re not expecting yourself to win, then why are you playing the game?” said Lester, who also will get the ball for the first regular-season game against St. Louis. “I don’t show up to lose. That’s definitely not something I enjoy.” Brennan Boesch hit a three-run homer in Cincinnati’s five-run seventh in front of a Cactus League-record crowd of 15,331. Boesch is in camp on a minor league deal and is trying to win a spot as a reserve outfielder. Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani worked out of a pair of jams while pitching two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, struck out two and walked one. “He’s really focusing so much on his delivery,” manager Bryan Price said, “just to make sure that everything stays solid within his delivery so his shoulder stays strong and healthy. So I think it’s only going to get better as far as his stuff goes.” Cingrani, 25, was sidelined by a sore shoulder for much of last season. The Reds traded away Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon in December, giving Cingrani a prime opportunity to make the rotation. “The different mechanics make my arm feel loose,” Cingrani said. “Last year after that first start, I felt the shoulder and never really recovered. My mechanics will keep that from happening again, I think.” ON THE CLOCK Lester and plate umpire Kerwin Danley had a brief discussion before the start of the third about the new pitch clock for warming up before each half-inning. “That second inning I was a little late getting out there and he was just asking me if I felt like I had enough time,” Lester said. “So figure out all that stuff later.” Lester said he didn’t even notice the clock. TRAINER’S ROOM Reds: 1B Joey Votto will make his spring debut Saturday against Kansas City. The 2010 NL MVP played in only 62 games last season because of strained muscles above his left knee. ... Price wants RHP Homer Bailey to throw two more bullpens, using more curveballs, before he pitches live batting practice and then in games. Bailey had surgery on his right elbow in September. Cubs: OF Junior Lake was shaken up on a play at second in the fourth inning and departed with a face contusion. It looked as if Lake may have run into Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips as he went for a high throw. STARTING TIME Reds: Paul Maholm pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Cingrani. Maholm also is competing for a spot in Cincinnati’s rotation. Cubs: Lester has made at least 31 starts in each of the last seven years.

  • Fowler ready to be Cubs’ leading man Mar 4, 2015 8:15 PM
    As the Cubs get set to open Cactus League play Thursday, they'll have a new leadoff hitter and center fielder in Dexter Fowler, obtained this winter in a trade with Houston. Fowler says he's looking forward to returning to the National League and being the Cubs' leadoff hitter.

  • Healthy Coghlan looks to nail down starting spot with Cubs Mar 4, 2015 1:00 AM
    Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan won the Rookie of the Year award in 2009. But his career was plagued by injuries. Last year, he enjoyed a rebirth with the Cubs. He's at spring training hoping to nail down the starting job.

  • Chicago’s winter delays Cubs plans? Who woulda thunk it? Mar 3, 2015 11:13 PM
    Wrigley Field renovation behind schedule because not even Cubs' legal team could turn Wrigleyville into Margaritaville.

  • You could win 'Back to the Future' DeLorean if prediction comes true Mar 4, 2015 5:43 AM
    The 1989 film “Back to the Future Part II” predicted it, its star character Marty McFly planned to bet on it, and now Volo Auto Museum is making it the centerpiece of a contest. The museum will give away an exhibition model DeLorean made famous in the “Back to the Future” series if the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2015, the museum announced Monday.

  • Cubs: Wrigley's right-field bleachers may be delayed until June Mar 3, 2015 5:38 AM
    An extremely cold February has the Cubs scrambling in the first phase of their Wrigley Field renovation project. The team Monday said that the left-field and center-field bleachers will be ready May 11, but that right field May not open until early June.

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