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3/18 Cubs 5, Padres 2

Edwin Jackson was the first Cubs pitcher to get three at-bats in a game. He cruised through a nearly effortless outing on Monday, throwing 76 pitches over six innings in the Cubs’ 5-2 win over the Padres. Dave Sappelt hit a three-run homer to lift the Cubs.

“I’m just trying to progress as the season goes on,” Jackson said. “I’m just trying to get closer to game mode as we get closer to the end of March, and I’m just trying to keep the ball rolling in a positive direction right on into the season.”

His goal is to make his infielders work.

“It’s hard to hit a home run on the ground so you try to keep the ball down,” Jackson said.

One thing he does have to work on is packing. Jackson wore jersey No. 82, not his assigned No. 36. He forgot that one.

“I was coming out as a new person to try out,” he said, joking about the mistake. “I had my bag packed an hour before, too. The number didn’t do me too bad.”

Usually No. 82 is reserved for Minor Leaguers or non-roster invitees. Will Jackson wear it again?

“I don’t know about that,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/26 Cubs 4, Rockies 2

Dave Sappelt and Christian Villanueva each hit solo home runs to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory Tuesday over the Rockies. Edwin Jackson, making his Cubs’ Cactus League debut, gave up two hits over two scoreless innings.

“Today was pretty much evaluation, and see where I am,” Jackson said. “It’s all mental. You keep the ball down and you execute pitches and everything is pretty much good and you can have a lot of success with the ball down in the zone.”

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin faced the minimum over two innings in his first Cactus League start. The Rockies athletic trainer had to check on the right-hander after he got Alfonso Soriano to line out for the first out in the second but Chacin stayed in the game. Apparently, he’s been bothered by a sore toe on his left foot, injured in pitcher’s fielding practice.

Villanueva hit a solo home run with one out in the Cubs third but the Rockies tied the game in the fourth as Carlos Gonzalez walked, stole second, moved up on a ground out and scored on Ben Paulsen’s single.

Starlin Castro doubled to lead off the Chicago fourth and scored two batters later on Brett Jackson’s sacrifice fly. Sappelt led off the sixth with his home run. DJ LeMahieu tripled to lead off the Rockies eighth and scored on Tim Wheeler’s sacrifice fly.

* On Wednesday, left-hander Brooks Raley will start when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers at HoHoKam Stadium. Raley was 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA in five starts with the Cubs last season, and 4-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Iowa. This will be his first Cactus League start. The game will be broadcast on

— Carrie Muskat

12/11 Winter League updates

Junior Lake was 2-for-4 on Saturday with two RBIs for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Republic. Lake was batting .336 in 38 games with four home runs and 19 RBIs. He’s hitting .579 (11-for-19) against left-handed pitchers.

Updating Michael Bowden’s last outing for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican: the right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk over 4 2/3 innings on Saturday. He’s now 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA in seven starts.

Dave Sappelt was batting .324 in 18 games with Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela.

Hector Rondon, whom the Cubs acquired in the Rule 5 Draft from the Indians, has a 4.26 ERA in 21 games in relief for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela. He’s given up nine earned runs on 13 hits and five walks, while striking out 11 over 19 innings. Teams were batting .197 against him.

Tony Campana was batting .205 with seven stolen bases in 14 games with Leones del Caracas.

— Carrie Muskat

12/10 Winter ball update

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with five RBIs, hitting his fifth home run and a double for Cardenales de Lara in Venezuelan winter league. Valbuena was batting .312 in 40 games. Meanwhile, Dave Sappelt has five straight multi-hit games, and was batting .324 in 18 games total for Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela.

— Carrie Muskat

12/7 Winter ball update

Tony Campana may be able to give the Cubs a good scouting report on new pitcher Hector Rondon. The two are playing for the same team in Venezuela. On Thursday, Campana was 1-for-4 and scored a run on Thursday for Leones del Caracas in Venezuelan winter league play. He’s batting .200 in 13 games. Rondon, acquired in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft from the Indians organization, gave up one run on two hits over one inning in relief on Thursday for Leones. Rondon, who is coming back from two elbow procedures, has appeared in 20 games in Venezuela, striking out 11 over 18 innings.

Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with one RBI and scored two runs for Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela. He was batting .324 in 18 games with three home runs, three doubles, one triple and 10 RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

10/1 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open the last homestand and series of the season on Monday night at Wrigley Field, facing the Astros, who are playing their last series as a National League team.

This is the Cubs’ first regular season October home games since the 2009 season. They are 33-27 (.550) in 60 regular season October contests at Wrigley Field. The Cubs last played regular season games in October to close out the 2010 campaign, winning two-of-three at Houston, Oct. 1-3.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

DeJesus CF

Sappelt RF

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Valbuena 3B

Castillo C

Barney 2B

Berken P

— Carrie Muskat

9/28 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open their final road trip of the season on Friday against the Diamondbacks, and need four wins in the final six games to avoid a 100-loss season. They are 0-16 on the road against NL West teams, with three to go. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF

Sappelt RF

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Valbuena 3B

Castillo C

Barney 2B

T. Wood P

— Carrie Muskat

9/26 Bone-head plays

For the second time in two weeks, the Cubs made a base-running gaffe that was unexplainable. They stranded runners at third in the second, third and fifth innings against the Rockies on Wednesday, and had runners at second and third in the seventh with one out when Dave Sappelt hit a fly ball to left. Joe Mather, who was at second, tried to advance as Josh Vitters headed home but Mather was easily thrown out to end the inning. Luis Valbuena did the same thing in Houston earlier this month.

“I went 30 years without seeing it, and unfortunately, I’ve seen it twice in the last two weeks and in pretty relevant situations, which is the odd thing about it,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “I might have come across it when maybe my team was up two or three and it was a irrelevant play.”

Mather’s decision to go left Sveum scratching his head.

“It’s bone-head plays,” Sveum said. “[The players] know they are. It’s just not thinking ahead, and Joe has good instincts.  … For whatever reason, they forget what the score is and the situation. They can’t slow the game down to go over all the scenarios before the next play happens.”

Mather’s explanation?

“I thought I could make it,” he said. “I shouldn’t have gone. it was bad baserunning. We’re down 6-0, I took an RBI away from [Sappelt]. It was just bad baseball.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/26 About last night …

Following Tuesday’s loss to the Rockies, the Cubs now are 0-14 on the road against National League West teams.

“It’s always tough to win in the west,” Dale Sveum said. “The bottom line is we haven’t been able to get anybody out, either. … Tonight, to score that many runs early and then give just give it right back, you’re not going to win many road games when you’re giving up that many hard hit balls or balls hit out of the ballpark.”

The Rockies pounded 15 hits — six for extra bases — in the abbreviated game, called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain.

“We came out swinging the bats really well,” Sveum said. “We couldn’t get them to make any soft contact, that’s for sure. There were some balls hit pretty hard on their side. Even the outs we got, we’re lucky they were at people.”

* Rookie Chris Rusin has one more start to go this season, closing the series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday in the Cubs’ final road game.

“It’s been a learning experience, a good experience to get your feet wet,” said Rusin, who spent most of this season at Triple-A Iowa. “At the same time, you try to do well. You just take whatever you can get from it and learn from it, and figure out what you have to work on next year. [I’ve got] one more — try to end solid and end on a good note.”

* Tuesday’s game was played in a constant rain. Sveum said the field had become unplayable.

“It just rained too hard for too long a period of time,” Sveum said.

The game was called after a 48-minute delay.

“It was terrible — I thought I was on ice skates,” Sappelt said of the field conditions. “Every time I tried to throw the ball, I thought I was going to slide.”

* The Cubs’ magic number is four. They need four wins in the remaining eight games to avoid a 100-loss season, which would be the team’s first since the 1966 Cubs lost 103 games.

* Starlin Castro hit his 14th home run in the third. He now has 52 extra-base hits this season, three shy of his career high of 55, set last year.

* Darwin Barney’s NL-record errorless streak at second base is now at 139 consecutive games. He is closing in on the Major League record of 141 set by Placido Polanco in 2007 with the Tigers.

— Carrie Muskat

9/25 Extra bases

* Dave Sappelt could be the next Reed Johnson on the Cubs. Sappelt, who batted leadoff on Tuesday for the first time this season, is trying to impress the Cubs that he could handle the role that Johnson filled, which was providing a right-handed bat off the bench plus someone who could sub in the outfield. He made a good impression Tuesday, hitting his first Major League home run in the first.

“Since he’s been here, he’s shown us some realy good at-bats and shown the ability to hit a fastball and get his walks as well,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday. “I thought I’d stick him in that leadoff spot and see what happens.”

A right-handed batter, Sappelt was hitting .333 against left-handed pitchers in 18 at-bats since he was called up from Triple-A Iowa Sept. 1. At Iowa, Sappelt batted .331 against left-handers and .236 against right-handed pitching. Johnson opened the year with the Cubs but was dealt at the Trade Deadline to the Braves.

* Sveum has recommended to third baseman Josh Vitters and outfielder Tony Campana that they consider playing winter ball.

“The more you play, the better you’re going to be,” Sveum said Tuesday. “I think some people nowadays use the winters too much sometimes to work out and rest when you can go play instructional league or [Arizona Fall League] or winter leagues. There’s no substitute for playing.”

Sveum said he and the front office have talked about having Brett Jackson spend the winter working on some of the adjustments they want him to make rather than play.

* Arodys Vizcaino, whom the Cubs acquired from the Braves in the Paul Maholm deal, was at Coors Field Tuesday to workout. Vizcaino is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and will be ready to pitch in Spring Training but Sveum said the right-hander is a starter candidate for 2014.

“He’s going to come into Spring Training ready to pitch but we’ll baby him through everything,” Sveum said. “We’ll baby that situation as much as you can and have him ready for the next season.”

— Carrie Muskat