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#Cubs lineup for Wed 4/8

Jake Arrieta gets the start Wednesday as the Cubs try to wrap up their opening series at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Soler RF

Rizzo 1B

Castro SS

Coghlan LF

Montero C

Alcantara 2B

Arrieta P

La Stella 3B

Updated #Cubs rotation

Jake Arrieta, scheduled to start Tuesday night, now will start Wednesday for the Cubs in the series finale against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. St. Louis will go with Lance Lynn.

After an off day Thursday, the Cubs travel to Denver to face the Rockies. The rotation that series will be Travis Wood on Friday followed by Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. Jon Lester will start Monday when the Cubs return home to face the Reds at Wrigley Field.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs split split-squad games Sat 3/28

Reds 9, Cubs (ss) 5

Dexter Fowler had two hits, including a solo home run, and scored two runs but it wasn’t enough as the Reds beat the Cubs split squad, 9-5, in Goodyear, Ariz. Jorge Soler drove in a run, and now has 10 RBIs.

Cubs (ss) 18, Rockies 4

Jake Arrieta belted a three-run homer and a two-run double, and Kris Bryant went 4-for-5 to power a 21-hit attack and lead the Cubs to an 18-4 victory over the Rockies at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz. Arrieta struck out five over four innings, then went to the bullpen to finish his work day with another 30 pitches. He homered in a seven-run first and added his double in a three-run second in front of a sellout crowd of 15,266.

* On Sunday, Edwin Jackson and the Cubs face the Royals in Surprise, Ariz. The game will be broadcast on WGN TV and on WBBM radio.

#Cubs Arrieta has good “work day” vs Rockies

Jake Arrieta belted a three-run homer in a seven-run first and added a RBI double in the second, struck out five over four innings, and then did a little extra work in the bullpen on Saturday. It was a good work day, he said.

Arrieta gave up three hits over four scoreless innings, then went to the bullpen to throw another 30 pitches. The right-hander took advantage of batting eighth, a strategy manager Joe Maddon has been experimenting with this spring.

“I like it,” Arrieta said. “I think it allows us to put a little speed behind me. I feel I can handle the bat well. Depending on the
situation, I feel I can put a bunt down effiiciently.”

The Cubs pitchers have a friendly competition as far as their hitting stats, and Arrieta said they’re trying to simply put together good at-bats.

“It is the pitcher, and it seems like a break in the lineup, but we feel we can do some damage there and help us out,”
Arrieta said.

The Cubs sent 11 batters to the plate in the first. Anthony Rizzo reached on a fielding error by second baseman Charlie Culberson, advanced to third on Bryant’s double off the right field wall, and then scored when catcher Michael McKenry’s attempted pickoff throw skipped into left field.

Bryant tallied on Addison Russell’s bunt single as Rockies starter Jon Gray bobbled the ball. Ryan Sweeney hit a RBI single
and another run scored on David Ross’ suicide squeeze which Gray again had trouble handling. Arrieta then launched his
first spring homer to left for a 7-0 lead. Gray struck out Jonathan Herrera, and was lifted.

Gray, the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2013, gave up seven runs — six earned — on four hits and one walk over two-thirds
of an inning.

“I just didn’t feel like myself at all,” Gray said. “I didn’t get strikes early. I didn’t give my team a chance. I think I
was too worried about being in the zone that I left some too hittable.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/18 Final: Cubs 7, Dodgers 5

Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly and Albert Almora had two hits, both doubles, and drove in two runs to lift the Cubs to a 7-5 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday in Glendale. Jake Arrieta gave up five runs on seven hits over four innings, striking out five. Said Arrieta: “I just need to be a little more precise with things earlier in counts so I’m not in hitter friendly counts in big situations, and moving forward, that’s something I’ll put emphasis on.”

C.J. Edwards gave up two hits over two scoreless innings, and Hector Rondon survived a comebacker by Darwin Barney that the Cubs pitcher knocked down, and was able to recover in time to throw out his former teammate.

Almora was not scheduled to start, but subbed for Matt Szczur who was a little bruised after crashing into the left field
wall on Tuesday. Szczur is day to day.

Up next: The Cubs will play two on Thursday, beginning with a “B” game at Sloan Park in Mesa against the Angels at 1 p.m. Arizona time. Kyle Hendricks will start that game and Kris Bryant is scheduled to DH. The regular game will start at 6:40 p.m. Arizona time as the Cubs travel to Scottsdale to face the Diamondbacks.

— Carrie Muskat

3/13 Cubs 5, Athletics 3

Jake Arrieta gave up one unearned run over four innings and Eric Jokisch pitched three shutout innings to help the Cubs beat the Athletics 5-3 Friday night in front of 8,007 at Cashman Field. Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 in his return home to Las Vegas. Junior Lake hit a RBI single and Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler each hit RBI doubles for the Cubs. This was Arrieta’s second spring start, and his longest outing. Tommy La Stella went 3-for-3.

Chicago now is 2-8-1 in Cactus League play. On Saturday, the Cubs will play two more. Kyle Hendricks will start against the A’s in Las Vegas, while Edwin Jackson will start in Maryvale against the Brewers.

3/13 Arrieta throws A’s a curve

Jake Arrieta did exactly what he wanted Friday night for the Cubs. In his second spring start, the right-hander gave up one unearned run over four innings against the Athletics in front of 8,007 at Cashman Field. Arrieta was efficient, throwing 59 pitches, 40 for strikes, but no changeups. That was his plan.

“That was one of the points of emphasis going in,” Arrieta said of being efficient. “Establish the fastball, sinker moving in to righties especially. I threw some good breaking balls and stayed away from the changeup today to focus primarily on the cutter and the curveball, and they were both good.”

The curve was sharp, and that’s encouraging for Arrieta, who will be one of the Cubs’ top three starters.

“I was able to use [the curve] early in the count for early strikes and to set up a couple counts later in the game, third, fourth inning,” he said. “I think I got one, maybe three on swings and misses. That’s what I was looking for today, and just keeping the fastball down in the zone, and both of those areas were pretty crisp.”

It isn’t that Arrieta is abandoning the change.

“I wasn’t sure how long I was going to go today,” he said. “Last time out, [it was] two innings, and it’s tough to get it all in. That’s why I eliminated it today. We went that direction.”

The A’s took advantage of an error to score against Arrieta in the first. Craig Gentry singled to lead off and moved up on a throwing error by shortstop Addison Russell, who was cut off by third baseman Tommy La Stella as he ran for the ball. Gentry then scored on Max Muncy’s single.

— Carrie Muskat

3/13 Cubs lineups

Sorry for the late post. Drove from Phoenix to Las Vegas, and just arrived. The Cubs play split squad games on Friday. Here’s the lineup vs. the Indians in Mesa:

Denorfia DH
Szczur CF
Alcantara 2B
Castro SS
Olt 3B
Coghlan LF
Ross C
Sweeney RF
Baxter 1B

Wada P

And here’s the lineup vs. the Athletics in Las Vegas at Cashman Field:

Fowler CF
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Montero C
Baez 2B
Bryant DH
Lake LF
La Stella 3B
Russell SS

Arrieta P

* Kris Bryant belted two home runs on Thursday against the Angels. Manager Joe Maddon likes what he’s seen of the young third baseman.

“It’s been pretty impressive,” Maddon said Friday in Mesa. “A lot of times early in camp, the pitchers are maybe not using all of their pitches. They’re just getting fastballs over, whatever. But this guy has done it before. I watch him in practice, and the practice is impressive also. I’ve said it before, I know he knows he’s good. But he does it in the right way. He’s kind of humble about it.”

But the question Cubs fans want to know is will Bryant be on the Opening Day roster?

“Again you have to see him cope with a Major League season, because it totally turns different,” Maddon said. “The moment the first pitch is thrown, everything changes. People may not understand it, but it’s true — the difference between a regular season and a Spring Training is incredibly different. But, again, this guy’s different. He’s good. He’s going to be really good.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/12 Vegas, baby

If you will be in Las Vegas to watch the Cubs play the Athletics Friday and Saturday, here’s a list of position players on the travel squad:

Taylor Teagarden
Miguel Montero
Kyle Schwarber
Cael Brockmeyer
Anthony Rizzo
Javier Baez
Tommy La Stella
Addison Russell
Jonathan Herrera
Kris Bryant
Christian Villanueva
Chris Valaika
Junior Lake
Jorge Soler
Albert Almora
Dexter Fowler

As always, the list is subject to change. Jake Arrieta will start Friday and Kyle Hendricks on Saturday in the split squad games. If you’re in the Phoenix area, the Cubs will be playing host to the Indians on Friday and travel to Maryvale to face the Brewers on Saturday. Tsuyoshi Wada will start against the Indians and Edwin Jackson against the Brewers.

— Carrie Muskat

3/8 Rangers 6, Cubs 4

Mitch Moreland, Joey Gallo and Thomas Field each homered to power the Rangers to a 6-4 victory Sunday over the Cubs, who remain winless this spring under new manager Joe Maddon. Rangers starter Ross Ohlendorf, competing for a spot in the starting rotation, struck out five of the six batters he faced over two innings.

Moreland, coming back after left ankle surgery, lined a 3-2 fastball from Chicago starter Jake Arrieta over the fence in left center with two outs in the Rangers first to take a 1-0 lead. Arrieta walked three and struck out two in his two innings.

Lefty Eric Jokisch took over in the third and served up Gallo’s first home run, which appeared to land on the concourse behind the right field berm and then bounce over a food tent. Gallo finished second in the Minor Leagues to the Cubs’ Kris Bryant in home runs, hitting 42. Ryan Rua then doubled and scored on Tomas Telis’ single to go ahead, 3-0.

The Cubs tallied in the fourth when Ryan Sweeney doubled and scored on Chris Valaika’s single. Mike Baxter hit a sacrifice fly and Albert Almora added an RBI single in the eighth.

* Tsuyoshi Wada pitched just one inning Sunday in relief. He had some discomfort in his left leg, although it was not serious.

* Up next: Edwin Jackson makes his first Cactus League start on Monday when the Cubs play host to the Padres at Sloan Park in Mesa. Jackson is trying to rebound from back to back rough seasons. In 2013, he led the NL with 18 losses, and last year, went 6-15 with a 6.33 ERA in 28 games. Also scheduled to pitch are Kyle Hendricks, projected as the fourth starter, and Jason Motte and closer Hector Rondon. First pitch will be 1:05 p.m. MT/3:05 p.m. CT.


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