Results tagged ‘ Edwin Jackson ’

3/17 Cubs lineups – UPDATED

The Cubs play more split squad games on Monday, and if you’re going to Phoenix, you’ll see Javier Baez at second base against the Athletics. Mike Olt was scratched from the A’s game. Here’s updated lineups:

Here are the lineups:
Cubs vs. Athletics:
Lake CF
Barney SS
Kalish RF
Valaika 1B
Baez 2B
Villanueva 3B
Vitters DH
B. Jackson LF
Whiteside C
J. McDonald P

Cubs vs. Angels:
Bonifacio SS
Roberts 2B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano CF
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Sweeney DH
McDonald LF
Valbuena 3B
E. Jackson P

3/12 Jackson tunes up vs. Minor Leaguers

Edwin Jackson faced some Cubs Minor Leaguers on Wednesday, mixed up his pitches, and downplayed any miscommunication between him and the Cubs.

In his last Cactus League start on March 7 against the Indians, Jackson threw only fastballs. He said Wednesday that he told pitching coach Chris Bosio about his plan before the game.

“I had a purpose,” said Jackson, who wanted to work on his fastball command.

After the game against the Indians, Cubs manager Rick Renteria seemed surprised at Jackson’s decision, and said he’d talk to the right-hander, but they didn’t.

“There’s nothing to talk about,” Jackson said.

On Wednesday, Jackson threw 74 pitches, gave up two unearned runs on two hits, and struck out four over five innings.

– Carrie Muskat

3/11 Extra bases

* Travis Wood is hoping the Cubs get all the dropped balls and strange plays out of their system this spring. On Tuesday, the Cubs lefty was charged with five runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings, with two runs scoring on singles that never left the infield. The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first, and with two outs in the third, Nolan Arenado was credited with a triple on a ball that center fielder Junior Lake lost in the sun. Wood gave up hits to the next five batters, including a two-run homer to Kyle Parker, before he was lifted.

“It’s going to happen, it’s part of baseball,” Wood said. “You see it every year. I’ve got to come back and help him out of the inning. I felt I made some good pitches and they put some good swings on them.”

The Rockies also got a couple breaks. Wood could only shrug after his outing.

“I said it’s just one of those days,” the lefty said. “Luckily, it happened in spring, so we can move forward from that and get ready for the next one.”

* James Russell, slowed this spring because of a tired arm, will make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday in the Cubs’ game against the Mariners. Russell has appeared in more than 70 games in relief in back to back seasons, and manager Rick Renteria said he is very cognizant of a pitcher’s usage. The Cubs do have another lefty, Wesley Wright, who could pick up some of the workload for Russell during the season.

* Javier Baez is taking ground balls at second and third before batting practice and Renteria will try to get the Cubs’ top prospect at one of those positions in a Cactus League game soon but is looking for the right shortstop to match up with. Baez will open the season at Triple-A Iowa at shortstop.

“We’re going to make sure when we do put him there we’re really comfortable and confident he can handle that side of the diamond,” Renteria said. “I think it’s pretty close.”

Darwin Barney started his second game at shortstop on Tuesday, and Renteria said that would be the most likely pairing with Baez because they want someone with experience.

* Mike Olt, who has not started at third to protect a tender right shoulder, is “getting close” to playing there in a Cactus League game. Olt did make a perfect throw on a double play in Monday’s game against the Giants, which impressed Renteria.

* Shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined with a mild right hamstring strain since March 2, was able to do some light baseball activity on Tuesday. He was expected to get into games early next week.

* Edwin Jackson will face Minor League hitters on Wednesday at the Cubs’ complex to stay on schedule, while James McDonald gets the start that night against the Mariners. Renteria said Tuesday he has yet to talk to Jackson since his last Cactus League start March 7 when the right-hander decided to only throw fastballs, but didn’t tell either the manager or pitching coach Chris Bosio. Jackson gave up three runs on four hits over three innings against Cleveland.

“I’m sure we’ll have the discussion, and that will be between me and him,” Renteria said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/8 Jackson’s fastball command

Edwin Jackson decided to only throw fastballs on Friday, and apparently didn’t tell Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio or manager Rick Renteria, who planned to chat with the pitcher to figure out what happened.

“He threw 50 pitches, 50 fastballs,” Renteria said Saturday. “He wanted to work on his fastball.”

Making his second spring start, Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in his three innings of work against the Indians.

“I think maybe, as we talk about fastball command, maybe he was thinking, ‘I’m going to try to hit the spots,'” Renteria said. “He got into a little trouble yesterday and he had some elevated pitches and some pulled pitches. I think you have to kind of allow some flexibility in what he’s trying to do. In his mind’s eye, he had a particular idea of what he wanted to do and he did it for three innings.”

Was Renteria surprised at Jackson’s game plan?

“I saw a lot of fastballs,” Renteria said. “I’ll just say that I noticed it.”

Jackson is in the second year of his four-year contract with the Cubs, and coming off a season in which he led the National League with 18 losses. Renteria didn’t seem bothered by the pitcher’s improvisation.

“I’ll probably talk to him and have a conversation and clarify what the process was,” Renteria said. “That doesn’t hurt.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/7 Cubs split games vs. Indians, Angels

Kris Bryant hit his second spring home run but it wasn’t enough as the Indians beat the Cubs, 7-2, on Friday in a split squad game at Cubs Park in Mesa. Edwin Jackson took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits over three innings. Jackson said he threw only fastballs because he wanted to work on his command. In the other game, Chris Valaika drove in two runs and Jorge Soler hit a RBI triple to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 win over the Angels. James McDonald gave up one hit over two innings.

On Saturday, the Cubs will face the Reds in Goodyear. Jason Hammel is slated to start for Chicago. Here’s the early lineup:

Bonifacio SS
Valaika 1B
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Kalish CF
Murphy 3B
McDonald LF
Soler DH
Watkins 2B

Hammel P

– Carrie Muskat

3/7 Cubs lineups – split squad

The Cubs will play two on Friday. James McDonald will make his first start for Chicago against the Angels in Tempe, while the other half of the squad will face the Indians at Cubs Park in Mesa. Edwin Jackson will start in Mesa. And if you’re not in Arizona, you are probably stuck in the snow. Remember, single game tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. CT. Go to Cubs.com for more information.

Here are the early Cubs lineups:

At Angels in Tempe:

Coghlan LF
Valbuena 2B
Lake CF
Olt DH
Valaika SS
Wells RF
Vitters 1B
Baker C
Ch. Villanueva 3B

J. McDonald P

**
Vs. Indians at Cubs Park

Barney DH
Roberts 2B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano RF
Sweeney CF
Baez SS
Kottaras C
Bryant 3B
Cunningham LF

E. Jackson P

* If you’re coming to the game at Cubs Park in Mesa, make sure you check out the food trucks parked in right field. Today’s offerings include Burgers Amore, Bent Fork, and DGP Fry Bread. Great eats so far.

3/6 Looking ahead …

On Friday, the Cubs will have split squad games, sending half the team to Tempe to play the Angels, while the other half will be at Cubs Park to play host to the Indians. James McDonald will start in Tempe, Edwin Jackson in Mesa. Here are the early lineups (always subject to change):

At Angels in Tempe
Coghlan LF
Valbuena 2B
Lake CF
Olt DH
Valaika SS
Wells RF
Vitters 1B
Baker C
Ch. Villanueva 3B

J. McDonald P

**
Vs. Indians at Cubs Park
Barney DH
Roberts 2B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano RF
Sweeney CF
Baez SS
Kottaras C
Bryant 3B
Cunningham LF

E. Jackson P

3/2 Royals 5, Cubs 3

* Mike Moustakas belted two home runs to power the Royals to a 5-3 Cactus League victory over the Cubs on Sunday in front of a Cactus League single-game record crowd of 14,680 at Cubs Park. The old attendance mark was set on Thursday at the new spring stadium’s opener against the Diamondbacks when 14,486 filled the park.

Royals starter Wade Davis, who is a second cousin of former Cubs catcher Jody Davis, gave up one hit over two innings in his first Cactus League start. Davis and Yordano Ventura, who followed Davis on Sunday and faced the minimum over two innings, are both candidates for a spot in the Royals’ rotation.

Edwin Jackson struck out three and did not walk a batter over two innings in his first Cactus League start. Jackson gave up three hits, including a leadoff home run in the Royals second to Moustakas, who launched a 2-2 pitch to right. Moustakas then connected off Carlos Villanueva with one on and two outs in the third to open a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs tallied with two outs in the fifth on Darwin Barney’s RBI double, driving in Donnie Murphy, who had singled. Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo hit back to back doubles in the sixth, and Rizzo then scored on Justin Ruggiano’s single to close to 5-3. With the loss, the Cubs and Renteria are now 0-3.

* On deck: The Cubs will play a doubleheader of sorts on Monday. Jason Hammel, a free agent who signed in the offseason, will start a “B” game at 10 a.m. MT at Cubs Park against the Giants, while lefty Eric Jokisch will start the Cactus League game in Phoenix against the Brewers. Mike Olt, a highly touted third baseman who the Cubs acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal last July, will start at first base in the “B” game. He has been limited to designated hitter duties because of a sore right shoulder. The game against the Brewers will be broadcast on WGN Radio with Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer.

3/2 Cubs lineups Sunday and Monday – UPDATED

After an all-day rain on Saturday, it’s a beautiful day Sunday in Mesa, and the Cubs will play host to the Royals at Cubs Park. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano LF
Sweeney DH
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Murphy 3B
Barney 2B

E. Jackson P

On Monday, the Cubs will play a “B” game against the Giants at Cubs Park in Mesa, starting at 10 a.m. MT. Jason Hammel will start that game. They were originally scheduled to play the Angels, but now will deal with the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

“B” Game vs. Angels
Alcantara 2B
Almora CF
Olt 1B
Bryant 3B
Kottaras C
Soler DH
Vitters LF
Szczur RF
Valdez SS

Hammel P

The rest of the Cubs will face the Brewers in Maryvale on Monday. Eric Jokisch gets the start. Here’s that lineup:

Vs. Brewers
Coghlan LF
Roberts 2B
Valbuena 3B
Lake CF
Baez SS
Cunningham DH
Baker C
Valaika 1B
McDonald RF

Jokisch P

As always, the lineups are subject to change.

– Carrie Muskat

3/1 Rain, rain, go away

New Cubs Park can handle up to 15,000 people but it had a tough time with the rain on Saturday. The Cubs’ Cactus League game against the Giants at the new facility was canceled because of rain and unplayable conditions. Saturday night’s game against the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale also was canceled.

Fans with tickets to Saturday’s game can use them for a future Cactus League game at Cubs Park.

Travis Wood, who was scheduled to start, threw a two-inning simulated game at the Cubs’ complex instead.

Edwin Jackson, who was scheduled to start Saturday night, will now start Sunday against the Royals in Mesa. He’ll be followed by Carlos Villanueva. Jason Hammel, who was to make his first start for the Cubs on Sunday, now will pitch in a “B” game on Monday against the Angels in Tempe. Hammel, who was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter, signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs after going 7-8 with a 4.97 ERA in 26 games (23 starts) for the Orioles last season. The game will be broadcast on WGN Radio with Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer.

– Carrie Muskat

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