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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

2/28 Looking ahead …

Saturday’s forecast calls for rain in the Valley of the Sun, which may mess up the Cubs’ day-night split squad games. Right now, the Cubs are scheduled to play at home against the Giants and at night in Scottsdale against the Diamondbacks. Here are Saturday’s lineups:

Vs. Giants, Mesa, AZ, 1:05 p.m. MT
Alcantara 2B
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Ruggiano CF
Castillo C
Valaika SS
Kottaras DH
McDonald LF
Cunningham RF
T. Wood P

Vs. Diamondbacks, Scottsdale, AZ, 7:05 p.m. MT
Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Castro SS
Roberts 1B
Bryant 3B
Soler RF
Olt DH
Coghlan LF
Whiteside C
Jackson P

– Carrie Muskat

2/20 Wake-up call

The Cubs should be on the field Thursday for team stretch at 9:30 a.m. Arizona time, which will be more of the norm this spring. The pitchers scheduled to throw live BP sessions on fields Nos. 5 and 6 are Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel, Wesley Wright, Jonathan Sanchez, Dallas Beeler, Eric Jokisch, Blake Parker and Carlos Pimentel. Live BP sessions should begin around 11:10 a.m.

– Carrie Muskat

2/6 New spring digs

MESA, Ariz. — There’s still some finishing touches to be done at the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in west Mesa, which will be officially opened on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The front entrance to the team offices is waiting for a new desk and the walls to be finished, and there’s scaffolding under the stairs. Boxes are stacked in various rooms, waiting to be emptied. Some of the early bird players were wandering the halls, trying to find shortcuts from the meal room to the locker room.

Fans who want to watch workouts can enter on Cubs Way off of Rio Salado Parkway on the far west side of the facility. A security guard said fans should be able to park there, watch the workouts, then walk along the west side of the facility and get to the stadium without having to move their cars. That is subject to change, of course.

It was cloudy and cool on Thursday but there were several players in camp, including Travis Wood, Darwin Barney, Logan Watkins, Donnie Murphy, Nate Schierholtz, James Russell, Blake Parker, Edwin Jackson, Josh Vitters, Matt Szczur and Chris Rusin. There also were a few non-roster invitees, including Ryan Kalish.

Pitchers and catchers report in one week, Feb. 13, with the first workout the next day. The first game is Feb. 27 vs. the Diamondbacks.

– Carrie Muskat

1/16 Caravan stop, E-Jax & trade rumors

Manager Rick Renteria joined Anthony Rizzo and Edwin Jackson on Thursday to help Cubs staff spruce up a Chicago school. The Cubs made a winter caravan stop at Casals School of Excellence, where they painted murals on the walls of the gymnasium and cafeteria, decorated a computer room, built benches and cabinets for reading spaces, and re-designed a room for tutoring. Earlier in the day, the Cubs staff stopped at the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines to serve lunch to about 250 military service personnel.

The caravan tour is a lead in to the Cubs Convention, which opens Friday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. This will be Renteria’s first convention.

“They’ve said it’ll be something I’ve never experienced before in my life and from a few conversations I’ve had with different people, it seems that will be the case,” said Renteria, who will answer fans questions in a Saturday afternoon session. “It is evident that the city of Chicago loves their Cubs and they want the Cubs to have success and we feel the same way.”

* The winter fan fest also is the first chance for some of the Cubs to meet their new manager. Jackson is coming off a season in which he led the Major Leagues in losses with 18. It wasn’t how the right-hander wanted to start the first year of his four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs. Renteria’s message to Jackson? Learn from what happened and move forward.

“That’s the only way we’ll move the club in the direction we’d like it to go,” Renteria said.

Jackson, who welcomed a new daughter in the offseason, was eager to take Renteria’s advice.

“As an athlete, when you have a season like I had last year, if anything it makes you more eager to start the next season up,” Jackson said. “That edge comes a little quicker and you’re more ready and more excited to go out and perform the way you know you can perform.”

What about Renteria?

“He seems like he’s ready to go,” Jackson said of his new skipper. “He’s excited about being a manager of the team. He definitely sees the potential the team has and he understands what we’re capable of doing.”

Jackson said he had no clue Dale Sveum would be dismissed after the 2013 ended. Maybe change is good?

“I hope so — I’ve changed a lot of teams,” said Jackson, who is playing for his eighth team. “I hope change can be good. Change doesn’t hurt. We have a great team, we have a great manager who is eager to get out and be with the team and help the team learn and teach us different things. We’re ready to go.”

* Renteria is thinking about his lineup but said he has plenty of time before Opening Day, March 31. His plan is to have all the players be able to get on base, get ‘em over, and get ‘em in.

“The reality is if the guys do what they’re suposed to do, it makes it a lot easier for me to set up the lineup,” Renteria said.

* Jeff Samardzija’s name has been mentioned often in trade rumors but Rizzo would like to see the right-hander stay with the Cubs.

“Jeff’s a good friend of mine, so I don’t want to see him get traded,” Rizzo said. “You don’t want that to happen but it’s part of the business.”

– Carrie Muskat

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