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The Cubs face right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton tonight in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park. Edwin Jackson gets the start for Chicago. Here’s the lineup, which is overloaded with left-handed hitters:
On Monday, the games count. It was snowing and sleeting in Pittsburgh Saturday night when the Cubs arrived from Phoenix. They’ll kick off the 2014 season on Monday at PNC Park, and the forecast calls for lots of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 50s. There is zero chance of precipitation. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT.
* The Cubs are 75-61-2 all-time on Opening Day, including a 46-38 record on the road. They are looking to win consecutive Opening Day games for the first time since winning four straight from 2003-06.
* Last year, the Cubs had three new pitchers in the rotation in Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva. This year, four of the five pitchers in the Cubs’ season-opening starting rotation are returnees: Jeff Samardzija, Jackson, Travis Wood and Villanueva. Jason Hammel is the lone new starting pitcher.
* Luis Valbuena finished tied for the Major League lead (with the Reds’ Chris Heisey) with six home spring home runs. Javier Baez and Mike Olt were tied for third with five homers apiece.
* Ryan Kalish’s six stolen bases were tied for fifth in the Cactus League with the D-backs’ Tony Campana. Emilio Bonifacio’s four triples were tied for third in the Cactus League. Alberto Cabrera’s three saves were tied for second.
* The Cubs smacked 36 home runs this spring, most in the Majors, but the team’s .237 batting average was the lowest among Cactus League clubs.
* Cubs pitchers posted 10 saves, tied for the Cactus League lead with the Giants.
* The 2014 season marks manager Rick Renteria’s 16th year as a manager or coach following a 13-year playing career (1980-89, 1991-94). He spent the previous six seasons on the Padres coaching staff, including the last three as the club’s bench coach (2011-13).
On Sept. 9, 2003, Edwin Jackson made his Major League debut in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks. He was pitching for the Dodgers at that time. That’s more than 10 years ago.
On Friday, Jackson had his best spring outing in his last start before the regular season, facing the Diamondbacks again at Chase Field. The right-hander gave up one hit over four scoreless innings and struck out two.
“It’s the last game to really go in and fine tune things before we get started officially,” Jackson said. “I just wanted to end on a positive note going into the season. I’m feeling pretty good and just came out throwing strikes.”
The right-hander led the National League in losses last year with 18, and was eager to start with a clean slate.
“I’m excited,” Jackson said. “Last year was a crazy year and it wasn’t a year I wanted to have. I’m going to go out and play the way I know I can play. I haven’t lost any confidence — I never lost any confidence last year. It was a tough season but at the end of the day, I came in the clubhouse, the same person, day in and day out. I’m ready to go out and show what I can do.”
– Carrie Muskat
Roger Bernadina hit a three-run home run and a RBI single and Brandon Phillips added a solo homer in the ninth Saturday to lift the Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd of 15,241, two shy of the Cactus League record. It was the third crowd over 15,000 at new Cubs Park, which opened this year. The Cubs set the Cactus League high 15,243, on Thursday against the Mariners, and have three home games remaining this spring.
Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo had three hits, including a RBI double in the third and a RBI single in the fifth.
Edwin Jackson, who will follow Jeff Samardzija in Chicago’s rotation when the season opens, gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings while striking out seven. Kristopher Negron singled and Brandon Phillips walked with one out in the Reds first, and one out later, they scored on Roger Bernadina’s third home run. Bernadina now has hit safely in 12 of his 18 games.
“It’s just a matter of location,” Jackson said. “Overall, you continue to battle to keep the team in the game. They definitely made me work today, which was good. I needed to get some work in. If you’re going to have a shaky start, I guess you’d rather have it in spring.”
Jackson found out Saturday where he would be slotted in the order. It didn’t matter, the right-hander said.
“One, two, three, four, five — we all have to have the demeanor that we’re the ace that day,” Jackson said. “When you have the ball, you have to be the best pitcher on the field. You can’t worry about where you are in the rotation. As long as you know you’re getting the ball every five days, you’re giving your team a chance to win, that’s the bigger picture.”
* Jason Hammel will make his third Cactus League start on Sunday when the Cubs travel to Phoenix to play the Athletics. The right-hander has stayed on track with a Minor League start in his last outing, throwing 75 pitches. Mike Olt is scheduled to make his second straight start at third base, the first time he will do so. Olt has been slowed this spring with soreness in his right shoulder. The game will be broadcast on WGN TV and on Cubs.com.
– Carrie Muskat
Edwin Jackson gets the start on Saturday when the Cubs play host to the Reds at Cubs Park in Mesa. Mike Olt, trying to lock up a spot on the Opening Day roster, will make his second start at third base. Luis Valbuena showed his power on Friday, hitting two home runs in a 7-0 win over the White Sox. We’ll get an update on Javier Baez, who bruised his right heel running to first base on Friday in Glendale. Also, Starlin Castro may get some at-bats in the Cubs’ Minor League games in Mesa. The Triple-A and Double-A teams are facing the Giants squads on Saturday.
The Cubs-Reds game will be on WGN-TV and WGN Radio. Here’s the lineup:
E. Jackson P
* If you’re coming to Saturday’s game, please take a moment to check out the Cubs Wives mystery baseball fundraiser in the left field corner, located inside the ballpark. For $30, fans can purchase an autographed baseball. You also can check out some game-used items to purchase. Proceeds go to Paz de Cristo in Mesa.
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:
B. Jackson LF
J. McDonald P
Cubs vs. Angels:
E. Jackson P
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
* 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
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
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:
– Carrie Muskat