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Marshall law

Sean Marshall gave up one run in the first inning of his first spring start on Feb. 26 against Milwaukee, and has not given up another in 12 1/3 innings. On Friday, he gave up one run, but it was unearned, over 4 1/3 innings. The lefty appears to have locked up the fifth starter spot in the Cubs rotation.

Meanwhile, new Cubs infielder Esteban German made his debut at third base on Friday, subbing for Aramis Ramirez. German was released by the Royals on March 9 and signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs on Friday.

— Carrie Muskat

3/13 Quick hits

The Cubs are keeping their options open regarding a backup infielder, and Friday added Esteban German, who was released by the Royals. German, 31, is a career .277 hitter and has played with Oakland, Texas and Kansas City. He was in camp on Friday.

Corey Koskie was undergoing his physical on Friday, and once given the go-ahead, he’ll also be thrown into the mix. Koskie has not played in the big leagues since 2006 when he suffered a concussion.

Other news and notes:

  • Five players were sent to the Minor League camp, including OF Richie Robnett, RHP Brian Schlitter, LHPs J.R. Mathes and Matt Smith, and C Steve Clevenger.
  • Carlos Marmol will make his first appearance since the World Baseball Classic on Saturday when the Cubs play host to the Angels in Mesa.
  • Cubs Minor League games begin on March 19.
  • And, here’s Friday’s lineup in Mesa: LF Alfonso Soriano, CF Sam Fuld, 1B Derrek Lee, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike Fontenot, RF Reed Johnson, C Koyie Hill, SS Andres Blanco and P Sean Marshall. It’s a split squad, and among the players headed to Tempe to play the Angels are Ryan Theriot, Micah Hoffpauir, Milton Bradley and Mark Johnson.
  • On March 20 at HoHoKam, the Cubs wives will be collecting canned goods and donations as part of their annual spring food drive.

— Carrie Muskat