Balls and strikes
Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild was ejected from Friday’s split-squad game in Tempe by home plate umpire Kerwin Danley. When Lou Piniella was told that Chad Gaudin had walked four in 1 2/3 innings, he quipped: “That probably didn’t make Larry feel too good.”
The Cubs were also playing the Seattle Mariners at HoHoKam Stadium on Friday.
“I told [assistant general manager] Randy Bush, ‘Let’s get [Rothschild] over here and he can get kicked out of this one, and we’ll set a Cactus League record’ — two in one day,” Piniella said.
— Carrie Muskat