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Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan each belted two-run homers and Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each added a solo shot to power the Cubs to a 6-3 victory Friday over the White Sox and former teammate Jeff Samardzija.
Samardzija, who was the Cubs’ Opening Day starter last year, will kick off the season for the White Sox this year.
Jason Hammel got the win. He gave up two runs on six hits over six innings but also got bragging rights against Samardzija. The two played golf earlier this spring, and both joked about the possibility of facing each other now that they’re on different Chicago teams.
“I didn’t actually think it was going to happen,” said Hammel, who singled off Samardzija in the second inning.
He was happy with his hit, although he had been looking forward to pitching to Samardzija.
“We have a good relationship, a good friendship, and I was kind of ticked off he didn’t get an at-bat because they put the [designated hitter] in for him,” Hammel said. “I love Samardzija. Hopefully, we can face each other in the World Series.”
– Carrie Muskat
Jason Hammel struck out nine over five scoreless innings and Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run, but that was all the Cubs could muster against the Padres in a 6-1 loss Sunday. Tommy Medica hit a two-run homer and Brett Wallace added a two-run single for San Diego in front of a sellout crowd of 15,206 at Sloan Park in Mesa. Hammel gave up three hits and did not walk a batter. The right-hander complimented catcher Miguel Montero, saying he didn’t shake him off once. Hammel has gotten on track since a side session when he threw 42 fastballs, and only fastballs.
During the regular season, Hammel’s strikeout high was eight, which he did in back to back starts May 31 and June 6.
“It’s Spring Training,” Hammel said of all his K’s. “Don’t start calling me a punch-out guy yet. I still want to use the sinker.”
– Carrie Muskat
Joe Maddon has quizzed the Cubs “brainiac” department regarding the pros and cons of having the pitcher bat eighth, and on Sunday, he tested it with Jason Hammel. It won’t be the last time.
“Our lineup should be relatively thick up and down,” Maddon said of the potential for offensive output. “Whoever is hitting in front of the pitcher will be at a disadvantage. If there’s one of those last two guys in the lineup who you like a lot in regards to maybe getting on base and being a pretty good hitter, it would be advantageous to us and to him to hit him ninth.”
If the pitcher is expected to go deep in a game, like Jon Lester, he will likely bat ninth. Maddon asked the Cubs baseball operations people to analyze the options and present the percentages.
“I really try to take in all the information possible,” Maddon said. “I do believe we have some guys who make it make sense.”
– Carrie Muskat
A fastball-only side session helped Jason Hammel get back on track as the Cubs pitcher posted his best outing this spring, limiting the Royals to two hits over four innings in the Cubs’ 3-1 victory. Hammel struck out three and did not walk a batter in his third spring start. He credited a bullpen with pitching coach Chris Bosio for getting him back on track. During the workout, he threw 42 pitches, all fastballs, to work on his command.
Hammel also got some help from manager Joe Maddon who employed a couple key defensive shifts.
“Today, I got a little taste of Joe’s shifts because we had Starlin [Castro] up the middle on a hard-hit ball and Javy [Baez] made a great play to knock a ball down,” Hammel said. “That’s what I do is put the ball in play.”
He wasn’t worried about the early struggles.
“I have plenty of confidence in myself to get it done and be ready and today was a step towards that,” he said.
The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the third as Dexter Fowler walked, Chris Denorfia singled and Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch. Danny Duffy then walked Castro to force in a run. Duffy struck out five over four innings.
Alcides Escobar doubled to open the Royals sixth against Jorge De Leon and scored one out later on Lorenzo Cain’s double. But Miguel Montero led off the Chicago sixth with a double and pinch-runner Billy McKinney then scored on Junior Lake’s single.
* Up next: Jake Arrieta makes his third spring start on Wednesday when the Cubs travel to Glendale to face the Dodgers. So far, Arrieta has given up one earned run over six innings in his two outings, sriking out five. Manager Joe Maddon indicated they will abandon the designated hitter from now on. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT.
– Carrie Muskat
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Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the second inning but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost 7-5 to the Rockies on Saturday in Scottsdale in front of a sellout crowd of 12,149. Matt Szczur added a home run leading off the ninth. Jason Hammel started, and walked leadoff batter Brandon Barnes, then served up a single and a three-run homer to Nolan Arenado before settling down. The Cubs right-hander gave up three runs on four hits and one walk in two innings. Bryant connected in the second inning, driving in Jorge Soler, who had singled. Albert Almora hustled to stretch his hit into a double in the eighth and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Felix Doubront followed Hammel and gave up one run on four hits over two innings in his outing. The Cubs now are 0-3-1 this spring.
* Up next: Jake Arrieta makes his first Cactus League start on Sunday when the Cubs play host to the Rangers at Sloan Park. Arrieta is coming off a stellar season with the Cubs in which he went 10-5 with a 2.53 ERA. He was limited last spring because of tightness in his right shoulder but has had no problems this year. Tsuyoshi Wada was scheduled to follow Arrieta. The game will be broadcast on WBBM radio with Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer at the mike.
Other than throwing most of his pitch allotment to the first two batters on Saturday, Jason Hammel’s first Cactus League outing went well. The Cubs right-hander walked the first Rockies batter he faced, then served up a single to Roger Bernadina and a three-run homer to Nolan Arenado. Hammel did finish his two innings.
“I didn’t envision throwing 20 pitches to the first two batters of the year of my 2015,” Hammel said. “Hats off to the first two batters for working me deep. A long inning to start the year is always fun.”
His goal for the first outing was simply to get through it healthy and he achieved that. Hammel is one of the few Cubs who knows manager Joe Maddon, having played for him in Tampa Bay from 2006-08.
“It’s been a very positive, upbeat camp, guys are having fun,” Hammel said. “We’re not out there trying to prove we’re world beaters but we have a plan and a game plan we’re going to stick to.
“With Joe, it’s a different kind of camp, very laid back,” he said. “I think a lot of the young guys are doing it right, and coming in and getting their work done and going about their business the way they should. The veteran guys know what they’re supposed to get done to get ready.”
– Carrie Muskat
Jason Hammel gets the start Saturday for the Cubs as they travel to Scottsdale to face the Rockies. Here’s the lineup and some early notes:
* Phil Coke, who has not been officially announced as a member of the Cubs, threw a bullpen early Saturday for pitching coach Chris Bosio.
* The Cubs players were wearing new t-shirts honoring Ernie Banks on Saturday. The front says, “Let’s Play Two,” and the back has the No. 14 and “Mr. Cub.”
The Cubs open the Spring Training schedule with split squad games Thursday. Travis Wood will face the Athletics in Mesa, while Jacob Turner will start against the Giants in Scottsdale on Thursday.
Jon Lester will make his Cubs debut Friday against the Reds. On Saturday, Jason Hammel and Felix Doubront will pitch against the Rockies, and Jake Arrieta will go Sunday against the Rangers. Edwin Jackson and Kyle Hendricks will pitch Monday against the Padres.
Lester, Arrieta and Hammel are set for the rotation, and Maddon indicated Monday that Hendricks also appears to have locked the No. 4 spot. That leaves several pitchers battling for one opening, including Jackson and Wood. Maddon did add that things can change between now and the end of Spring Training.
“The competition around here is unbelievable on so many different levels,” Maddon said.
– Carrie Muskat