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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.

2/23 Monday notes – UPDATED

* Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta, Jacob Turner, Eric Jokisch, C.J. Edwards and Dallas Beeler threw side sessions on Monday in Cubs camp. Position players report Tuesday, but several were in the clubhouse Monday, including Chris Coghlan, Junior Lake, Mike Olt, Addison Russell, Ryan Sweeney, Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo.

* On Tuesday, sports psychologist Ken Ravizza will meet with the pitchers prior to the workout.

* On Wednesday, the hitters had better be ready. It will be the first full squad workout and at least eight pitchers are scheduled to throw live batting practice, including Arrieta, Edwin Jackson, Turner, Felix Doubront, Hendricks, Jokisch, Justin Grimm and Jason Motte.

* Lake played in the Dominican Republic this winter and worked with Minor League hitting coach Desi Wilson. The focus was to get on base somehow, someway.

“[Wilson] told me when you get on base, it’s like 80 percent the run will score,” Lake said. “I worked a lot with him about that, about walks, about getting on base no matter what. I know that’s what I need to get on base and then [Anthony] Rizzo or [Starlin] Castro can drive me in, or somebody in the lineup.”

* Manager Joe Maddon was very hands-on with the catchers on Monday, offering suggestions on positioning and technique. It isn’t that Maddon doesn’t trust all the catching coaches, which includes Mike Borzello, Henry Blanco and Tim Cossins.

“Part of it is I really like the catching component of the game,” Maddon said.

* Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who missed Sunday’s side session because of tightness in his left hamstring, is scheduled to throw on the side Wednesday.

— Carrie Muskat

2/21 Cubs Day 2 schedule

Jake Arrieta, Eric Jokisch, Jacob Turner, Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks are among the pitchers scheduled to throw side sessions on Saturday on Day 2 of the Cubs spring training camp. Also, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, C.J. Edwards and Corey Black will have side sessions. Players are scheduled to stretch at 9:30 a.m. Arizona time.

* If you see Tsuyoshi Wada, wish him a happy birthday. He turns 34 on Saturday.

1/16 Arbitration update

The Cubs avoided arbitration Friday with Jake Arrieta, Welington Castillo, Travis Wood, Chris Coghlan and Luis Valbuena, and exchanged salary figures with reliever Pedro Strop.

Wood: one-year, $5.685 million contract
Arrieta: one-year, $3.63 million contract
Castillo: one-year, $2.1 million contract
Valbuena: one-year, $4.2 million contract
Coghlan: one-year, $2.505 million contract

Friday was the deadline for teams to exchange figures with arb eligible players. Hearings will be Feb. 1-21 if no settlement is reached before then.

— Carrie Muskat

1/16 Castillo, Arrieta done

The Cubs avoided arbitration Friday with Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo. The Cubs signed Arrieta to a one-year, $3.63 million contract, and agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with Castillo.

Arrieta, 28, is coming off a stellar season with the Cubs in which he compiled a 10-5 record and 2.53 ERA in 25 starts, including his first complete game shutout. The right-hander carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in three starts, the first Cubs pitcher to do so since 1950. He was projected to the Cubs 2015 Opening Day starter until Jon Lester was signed.

“It’s hard to not want to give it up to a guy like that,” Arrieta said Thursday of the Opening Day honors. “[Lester] is well deserving, he’s a leader, and a guy who all of us can look to for advice and ways to build and grow and learn as players. No problem with that at all.”

Castillo’s future isn’t as clear. The catcher hit a career-high 13 home runs but batted .237 last season in 110 games. The Cubs have added catchers Miguel Montero and David Ross this offseason. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said they’ve had some inquiries about Castillo but haven’t found the right match.

The Cubs now have three arbitration-eligible players remaining, including Travis Wood, Luis Valbuena, and Pedro Strop.

— Carrie Muskat

1/15 Rizzo: “We’re going to win NL Central”

Anthony Rizzo sent a message to the rest of the National League Central: The Cubs intend to win the division.

“It’s going to happen this year,” Rizzo said Thursday during a Cubs Caravan stop at an elementary school. “[Get to the playoffs] is what we’re going to do. We’re going to play, we’re going to win the NL Central. You guys will quote me on that. We should be the team — with all due respect to every other team, they’re just as good talent wise — but we’re going to do some things this year and that’s what we’re expecting, that’s what we’re going to put our sights on and we’re not going to accept anything less.”

Flashback to Sept. 28 when the Cubs wrapped up the regular season at 73-89 with a win over the Brewers, and Rizzo said the same thing. But he sounded more convinced Thursday now that Joe Maddon is the manager and Jon Lester is in the rotation.

“[The] 2014 [season] is over with, and 2013 is over with, and 2012. This is it,” Rizzo said. “I was saying this to my family that when everything was going down getting Lester and Maddon and signing those guys, that for the rest of my career, I should be on a contending team now. That’s exciting. The expectations now are set this year and every year on out.”

Rizzo’s prediction didn’t surprise teammate Jake Arrieta.

“I don’t think it’s out of reach at all,” Arrieta said about getting to the playoffs. “I expect the guys on our ballclub to have that same sort of mindset, especially starting with a clean slate, a fresh season, a lot of new faces. Optimism is a good thing to have. I think everybody’s excited and ready to get started.”

Rizzo said the fact that Maddon has battled in the tough American League East will help the Cubs. Plus, the players can learn from Lester’s and catcher David Ross’s postseason experience. The Cubs should head into 2015 better prepared.

“I’ve never been [to the World Series], Starlin [Castro] has never been there,” Rizzo said. “[Lester and Ross] are going to help us with everything. That’s what’s great with how our roster is shaping up is we’ll have a lot of knowledge, a lot of youth, and a lot of talent.”

Rizzo’s prediction is tame compared to the movie, “Back to the Future 2,” which predicted the Cubs will win World Series this year.

“They’re smart,” Rizzo said. “‘Back to the Future’ said we’re going to win in 2015. We’re going to be a fun team and I’m going to say it now, our goal is to make the playoffs, and once you make the playoffs, the ultimate goal is the World Series. That’s our goal every single year.”

Said Arrieta: “We’ll do our best to make sure that happens.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/13 Arrieta gets Cy Young votes

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta received three fifth-place votes in National League Cy Young voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Arrieta was tied with the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel and the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg for ninth place. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous winner.

9/24 Cubs 3, Cardinals 1

In three starts this season, Jake Arrieta has taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning. In his last start of the year on Wednesday, the right-hander flirted briefly with a no-no and, more importantly, helped himself with his bat.

Arrieta smacked a two-run triple to spark the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals, and take the series against the National League Central leaders. St. Louis maintained a 1 1/2 game lead in the division over Pittsburgh, which also lost Wednesday.

Arrieta struck out 10 over seven innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits. He’s had the edge against the Cardinals, holding them to three earned runs over 22 1/3 innings for a 1.21 ERA.

Luis Valbuena doubled to lead off the Chicago fourth against John Lackey, and two outs later, Logan Watkins was intentionally walked. Arrieta then delivered, lining the ball into the gap in right center for the first triple by a Cubs pitcher since Chris Rusin did so, Aug. 21, 2012. It was Arrieta’s 10th career hit in 64 at-bats.

The Cardinals had runners at first and third with one out in the fifth, and tallied on a throwing error by catcher Welington Castillo.

A crowd of 33,292 attended the Cubs last home game of the season at Wrigley Field.