3/7/2014 | Jackson: Game will tell if young stars are ready
Edwin Jackson was 20 years old when he made his Major League debut in September 2003. The pitcher has seen the young talent in the Cubs camp, including Kris Bryant, who hit his second spring homer on Friday, and is wondering the same question most fans are asking: When is the right time to promote them to the big leagues?
3/7/2014 | Jackson sticks to fastball vs. Indians; Bryant homers
Right-hander Edwin Jackson allowed three runs, including a two-run homer, over three innings in the Cubs' 7-2 loss to the Indians on Friday at Cubs Park. Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer, his second of the spring.
3/7/2014 | Valaika, Soler spark ninth-inning rally vs. Angels
A youthful Cubs split-squad roster rallied for a 3-2 win over the host Angels on Friday in Cactus League action. Chris Valaika drove in the two runs, including the tying tally with two outs in the ninth, and Jorge Soler followed with an RBI triple to complete the comeback.
3/7/2014 | Transition to Cubs like night and day for Ruggiano
There have been some free agents in the past who sign with the Cubs and relish the idea of playing at Wrigley Field, but have a tough time adjusting to day games. That won't be a problem for Justin Ruggiano.
3/7/2014 | Castro feeling better, intent on playing every day
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined since Sunday with a mild right hamstring strain, hopes to begin baseball activities early next week, and has the same goal as years past of playing all 162 games.
3/7/2014 | Barney sees value in getting comfortable at shortstop
Once a full-time shortstop, second baseman Darwin Barney could give the Cubs more flexibility if he's able to regain a comfort level at the position.
3/6/2014 | Wood not worried about Opening Day assignment
Travis Wood and Jeff Samardzija have been the two constants in the Cubs' rotation the last two seasons, and the pair appear to be the front-runners for the Opening Day assignment. They're just going about their business as usual.
3/6/2014 | Wood sharp in spring debut as Cubs fall in shutout
Travis Wood made his spring debut in the 1-0 loss to the Indians on Thursday, turning in three scoreless innings and finishing with three strikeouts, no walks and one hit allowed.
3/6/2014 | Bonifacio an early hit in the Cubs' clubhouse
Emilio Bonifacio was one of the last players added to the Cubs' roster, signing a Minor League contract on Feb. 15, and he's been the center of attention in the clubhouse in his neon-colored clothing, chatting non-stop with the other Latin players.
3/6/2014 | Baez's bat generates buzz around Cubs' camp
Javier Baez lay on the ground for a few seconds after fouling a ball off his left ankle on Wednesday, but stayed in the game. In his next at-bat, he hit an opposite-field home run. Guess he was feeling OK.
3/6/2014 | Renteria optimistic about Soler's progress
Jorge Soler was hitless in five Cactus League at-bats but Cubs manager Rick Renteria has seen a lot of positives from the Cuban outfielder in practice.
3/6/2014 | Sweeney bringing renewed relentlessness to outfield
Ryan Sweeney joined the Cubs last April 3, signing a Minor League deal after he was released by the Red Sox. The left-handed hitting outfielder was promoted on May 6, and batted .266 in 70 games.
3/5/2014 | Baez, Kottaras go deep in loss to Rockies
Javier Baez and George Kottaras hit back to back home runs for the Cubs, but the Rockies took advantage of a throwing error by Christian Villanueva to post a 7-5 win on Wednesday in front of 10,598 at Cubs Park on Wednesday afternoon.
3/5/2014 | Samardzija focusing on fastball command, sinker
Jeff Samardzija is preparing for Opening Day, but he wasn't about to name himself as the Cubs' starter on March 31 against the Pirates.
3/5/2014 | Now healthy, Olt optimistic about his future
Once among the top prospects in baseball, Mike Olt has had to endure a couple tough years of struggles and injuries, but the young slugger is confident his career is back on track.
3/5/2014 | Pitching always in the back of Wells' mind
If Casper Wells had his way, he'd be able to pitch and play the outfield in the big leagues.
3/5/2014 | Arrieta throws off mound, reports no issues
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw off the mound for the first time this spring on Tuesday, and he said his right shoulder passed all the tests.
3/4/2014 | Olt starting to see things going well
Mike Olt homered on Tuesday in just his third spring at-bat, a welcome relief for a player trying to overcome vision problems.
3/4/2014 | R&R: Ruggiano and Rizzo put A's to rest
Justin Ruggiano and Mike Olt homered, and Kyle Hendricks made his first Cactus League start for the Cubs on Tuesday in a win over the A's.
3/4/2014 | Yes, there's more to Jokisch than just a no-hitter
Eric Jokisch threw a no-hitter in the Minors last year, but the pitcher actually wants the Cubs to look past that, to see some of his other qualities and accomplishments.
3/4/2014 | Castro says Baez would not be an imposition
Starlin Castro is the starting shortstop. But what about Javier Baez, the Cubs' top prospect who also plays the position? Baez likely will start the season in the Minors, but how long can he stay there?
3/4/2014 | Lilly joins front office as special assistant
Former pitcher Ted Lilly will be a special assistant to Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, and he will do a variety of tasks, such as helping with scouting and developing young players.
3/3/2014 | New replay system not used in Cubs-Crew contest
Monday's game between the Cubs and Brewers was the first for new manager Rick Renteria to use Major League Baseball's expanded instant-replay review system, which allows managers the right to challenge at least one call.
3/3/2014 | Continuing progress, Fujikawa throws off mound
Kyuji Fujikawa threw about 29 pitches on Monday, his third session off a mound, and is continuing to make progress as the Cubs pitcher comes back from Tommy John surgery.
3/3/2014 | Hammel ready to contribute to Cubs rotation
Jason Hammel has been around enough clubhouses and seen teams that don't care. The right-hander doesn't get that feeling around the Cubs.
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