January 2011

1/3 Winter league update

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Brad Snyder were both hitless in four at-bats each in Escogido’s 2-1 loss Sunday to Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League playoffs. The two teams, who are both 3-3, meet again Monday.

In Venezuela, Cubs prospect Marwin Gonzalez was hitless in three at-bats for Caracas in a 2-0 win over Caribes on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat

1/1/11 Happy new year

It’s time to look ahead, beginning with Spring Training. The Cubs’ first Cactus League game is Feb. 27 in Mesa, Ariz., vs. the Athletics — that’s not too far away — and individual game tickets for home games go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. CT on http://www.cubs.com or by calling 1-800-905-3315. The ticket box office at HoHoKam Park in Mesa will open for the sale of individual game tickets beginning Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. MST.

Season tickets at HoHoKam Park go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. MT, and group tickets go on sale Thursday at 9 a.m. MT at the HoHoKam box office, or by calling (480) 964-4467. All Cubs’ home games begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted.

— Carrie Muskat