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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
Jason Hammel and Travis Wood are among the pitchers scheduled to throw live batting practice on Saturday. The list also includes Dallas Beeler, Tsuyoshi Wada, Justin Grimm, Hunter Cervenka, Jorge De Leon and Armando Rivero.
The Cubs were owed a player to be named later from the July 4 deal with the Athletics. However, the Cubs will instead receive cash considerations from the A’s. That makes the deal: Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for Dan Straily, Minor Leaguers Billy McKinney and Addison Russell and cash considerations.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will formally introduce Jon Lester on Monday, and they can thank Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija for helping sell the left-hander on coming to Chicago. Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract last Tuesday, but needed to pass a physical to make it official. He did that, and will show off his new Cubs jersey for the first time Monday at Spiaggia restaurant in downtown Chicago.
Lester, Hammel and Samardzija were teammates for two months on the Athletics. The Cubs had sent Hammel and Samardzija to Oakland in a July 4 package, while the Red Sox dealt Lester and Jonny Gomes to the A’s on July 31 for Yoenis Cespedes.
Hammel, 32, formally introduced on Friday after signing a two-year contract to return to the Cubs, said Lester was curious about Chicago. Lester, who turns 31 in January, knew Theo Epstein; the two were together in Boston.
“I think the Theo-Jon bromance was going to happen anyways,” Hammel said. “But [Lester] was definitely interested, and he was picking our brains all the time.”
The addition of Lester certainly gives the Cubs rotation an ace. A two-time World Series champion, Lester now leads a staff that includes Hammel, Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Felix Doubront.
“You see a lot of things going on right now,” Hammel said of the Cubs. “It’s not just shtick. It’s not just flash. They’re making a commitment to winning here. It’s important that it’s not, ‘We’re just trying to surprise people.’ This is a commitment to winning.”
— Carrie Muskat
* Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Monday they try to ignore the rapid-fire rumors generated at the Winter Meetings.
“We try to condition ourselves as much as we can, especially this week of all weeks, to ignore that,” Hoyer said. “You don’t know what’s information and what’s misinformation. I’d be lying to say we don’t read it because you do want to sift through it and see what’s going on. To rely on it or let your emotions go up and down based on what’s happening down [in the lobby] doesn’t make a lot of sense. We’ve all seen people be massively wrong on stuff like that.”
That didn’t stop others from talking about Jon Lester, including Athletics GM Billy Beane, who acquired the pitcher at the Trade Deadline.
“Like Arthur Miller being briefly married to Marilyn Monroe, that’s who we are,” Beane said. “We’re the Arthur Miller in Lester’s career.”
Lester has been the hot topic at the Winter Meetings and the left-hander could make a decision by Tuesday, which would allow the rest of baseball the opportunity to move on. Hoyer, though, didn’t think Lester was holding up any other transactions.
“People talk about that, but at the same time, there’s a lot of players available,” Hoyer said. “The idea that one or two or three people hold up a market, I don’t necessarily believe in that. … You’ve seen enough deals to indicate there’s not a logjam.”
* Think about it: The Cubs have reportedly signed Jason Hammel to a two-year contract on the same day the Athletics traded Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox. On July 4, the Cubs dealt Hammel and Samardzija to the A’s.
* Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was picking up more awards on Monday, capping his stellar 2014 season. Hoyer wasn’t worried that Bryant would not be motivated this offseason.
“He’s a guy, his work ethic, his make up is so good, I’m sure he’s going to build off what he did last year, which is what any competitor would do,” Hoyer said.
Expect to see Bryant in the outfield in Spring Training. Manager Joe Maddon likes versatile players and Anthony Rizzo is probably the only one on the Cubs roster who won’t be asked to play multiple positions.
“We’re lucky,” Hoyer said. “A lot of our guys can move around. … I think Joe does a really good job of convincing guys and explaining to guys why it’s beneficial. He had success with that in Tampa and I think he’ll have success with that with us.”
Bryant did play center field in college.
— Carrie Muskat
Most of the focus on the Cubs’ pursuit of free agents has focused on Jon Lester but there are reports that Jason Hammel could be close to returning to Wrigley Field. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported the Cubs are finalizing a deal to bring Hammel back, and a source Monday confirmed that the Cubs are nearing completion of a deal. According to Heyman, Hammel was looking for a three-year deal.
Hammel signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in February this year, and went 8-5 in 17 starts before he was traded, along with Jeff Samardzija, to the Athletics on July 4.
The Cubs are still in the mix for Lester, who was being courted by the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers as well. The Giants met with Seth Levinson, one of Lester’s agents, on Sunday, and Boston owner John Henry met with Lester at his Atlanta area home on Saturday.
— Carrie Muskat