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The Cubs will play two games on Tuesday, beginning with a “B” game at Sloan Park in Mesa against the Diamondbacks. The game is open to the public. Then, Edwin Jackson and the rest of the squad faces the A’s at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. Here are the lineups:
* B Game vs Diamondbacks
* Cubs vs. Athletics
Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs in a B game at Sloan Park in Mesa against the Diamondbacks. The game is open to the public. Edwin Jackson will start the regularly scheduled game against the Athletics at HoHoKam Park.
Kris Bryant shrugged off a sore shoulder to treat his hometown fans to two home runs while Kyle Hendricks was perfect over five innings for the Cubs.
Scratched from the starting lineup, Bryant belted a pinch-hit two-run homer with two outs in the third inning off the first pitch he saw and then cranked a leadoff shot in the sixth to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Athletics.
The Cubs’ top prospect, Bryant did not start as a precautionary measure because of right shoulder fatigue. He took over as the designated hitter in the third inning, subbing for Anthony Rizzo, and crushed an opposite field home run off the first pitch from Oakland starter Jesse Hahn.
“Just tip my cap to Bryant on that one,” Hahn said. “He came off the bench cold, hadn’t taken a swing all game, and I thought I located a good fastball down and away, and he just went out there and got it.”
“I was running around the bases smiling and having a good time,” said Bryant, who was 0-for-4 Friday in the Cubs first game at Cashman Field.
Bryant then launched a 2-2 pitch from Evan Scribner over the left-center field wall leading off the sixth. He now leads the Major Leagues with six spring home runs.
His first homer accounted for the only runs off Hahn, who struck out three in 3 1/3 innings in his second spring start.
Hendricks, making his first spring start, retired all 15 batters faced, throwing 54 pitches, 40 for strikes in an efficient outing. The right-hander, projected as the Cubs fourth starter, struck out three over five innings. He was only scheduled to go three innings but because of his low pitch count, he could go deeper in the game.
Hendricks, Joseph Ortiz and Jorge De Leon did not allow a hit or a walk over seven innings, and Matt Olson ended the perfect game with a leadoff double in the eighth off Armando Rivero. Tyler Landendorf singled and Olson scored on Max Muncy’s sacrifice fly.
Hendricks was just as amazed as the 10,375 fans at Cashman Field who watched Bryant continue his home run show.
“I’d rather hit two home runs any day than pitch five perfect, I know that,” Hendricks said. “I’ll take what I did.”
* Up next: Travis Wood, competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, will make his third spring start on Sunday when the Cubs play host to the Reds at Sloan Park in Mesa. So far, Wood has given up two earned runs on seven hits over five innings, and all of those hits and runs came against the Indians March 10. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto. The game will be broadcast on WGN TV and also WBBM radio. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. MT/3:05 p.m. CT.
– Carrie Muskat
Kyle Hendricks, making his first spring start, retired all 15 batters faced Saturday in Las Vegas, throwing 54 pitches, 40 for strikes in an efficient outing. The right-hander, projected as the Cubs fourth starter, struck out three over five innings.
The Cubs play split squad games Saturday, including a contest at Cashman Field in Las Vegas against the A’s. Here’s the lineup:
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Will Middlebrooks belted a three-run homer and Yonder Alonso added a solo shot to back Andrew Cashner and lead the Padres to a 6-3 victory Monday over the Cubs, who are still seeking their first Cactus League win. In his second spring start, the Padres’ Andrew Cashner, who was the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2008 Draft, struck out three and walked one over three innings.
San Diego batted around in the second against Chicago’s Edwin Jackson. Derek Norris reached on a fielding error by shortstop Starlin Castro to start the inning and moved up on Jackson’s throwing error as he fielded Yonder Alonso’s comebacker, but instead of turning a double play, he bounced his throw to Castro covering at second. One out later, Middlebrooks launched a 2-2 pitch to left for his first spring home run and a 3-0 lead. Alexi Amarista added a two-out RBI single.
“It was my fault,” Jackson said of the error. “You get in the game and you get your first hit of real adrenaline and you speed it up a little bit on a play where you have plenty of time to take an extra step and make a good throw to second base.”
Jackson, battling for the fifth starter spot, threw eight pitches in the first, but needed 27 to get through the second. Kyle Hendricks, projected as the fourth starter, had a much cleaner outing, striking out one over two innings. Hendricks isn’t taking anything for granted.
“I don’t really think I know I have a spot,” Hendricks said. “I know what [manager Joe] Maddon has said but I’ve said it before, you never know what can happen. Honestly, I don’t think about that at all. I try to come out here and focus on what I have to do on the mound.”
Mike Olt and Miguel Montero each homered for the Cubs.
* Up next: Travis Wood makes his second spring start on Tuesday when the Cubs travel to Goodyear to face the Indians. First pitch will be 1:05 p.m. MT/3:05 p.m. CT. In his first start, struck out two of the six batters he faced. An All-Star in 2013, Wood is battling for the fifth starter spot in the Cubs rotation.
No one said anything to Kyle Hendricks but the right-hander did get the news that he is slotted into the No. 4 spot in the Cubs rotation. Now, he has to get to work to keep it. Joe Maddon indicated Monday that Hendricks would follow Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel in the rotation, although the manager did caution that things can change. Hendricks knows that.
“It’s exciting and I thank [Maddon] for his support of me and the work I’m doing here,” Hendricks said Tuesday. “But Spring Training is really long and nothing is ever set in stone. You never know until you break camp and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully it will stand up in the end.”
Hendricks, 25, was impressive last season, posting a 7-2 record and 2.46 ERA in 13 starts with the Cubs. He totaled 102 2/3 innings at Triple-A Iowa and another 80 1/3 innings in the big leagues. His goal this season is to reach 200 innings.
“That’s one of the biggest goals I have for myself is consistency, No. 1, but then eating up innings,” he said. “That’s something I pride myself on is staying in ballgames and giving my team a chance to win. I think with the number I threw last year, 200 shouldn’t be out of the question for me.”
Hendricks, who will make his first Cactus League appearance Monday against the Padres, said there’s a different vibe in Cubs camp because of Maddon.
“Joe’s been awesome,” Hendricks said. “He’s been very laid back, it’s a very accountable kind of camp. You do your work, do what you need to do, and he’s not going to get in your way. One of the interesting things he said was as a team we need to learn how to make the playoffs and how to play in the playoffs for the first time before we can be there for multiple years. That’s a goal he’s laid out for us to be a playoff contender for consecutive years.”
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks received two third place votes in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won the award, followed by the Reds’ Billy Hamilton and the Cardinals’ Kolton Wong. Hendricks was 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts for the Cubs this season.
– Carrie Muskat
* Javier Baez went 4-for-41 with 20 strikeouts on the Cubs’ final homestand, and leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts this month. And Theo Epstein isn’t that surprised.
“It’s gone very much as expected,” Epstein said Friday of Baez’s first two months in the big leagues.
“His confidence is high,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Baez. “Just like everyone, he understands he needs to make adjustments and knows he needs to do better.”
Renteria is quick to remind everyone that Baez is just 21 years old. Epstein said Baez is aware of what he needs to do, adding that sometimes it just takes an offseason to make those adjustments. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro both did that after struggling in 2013; both had All-Star seasons this year. What’s encouraging, Epstein said, is that Baez is open to making adjustments.
“It’s like getting comfortable in the big leagues — you can’t just tell someone, ‘Get comfortable,'” Epstein said. “He readily admits he’ll be more comfortable in the big leagues than he is now. Sometimes you have to just experience it for yourself and the light goes on with one swing or one video session or one offseason when you can take a deep breath and come back differently.”
* Asked if Renteria will return to manage in 2015, Epstein said “absolutely.” However, there could be changes with the coaching staff. Epstein and Renteria said they expected to announce something Tuesday.
* Jacob Turner will start Sunday in place of rookie right-hander Kyle Hendricks, who is being shut down after reaching 183 innings. Hendricks totaled 102 2/3 innings in 17 starts at Triple-A Iowa, and 80 1/3 innings in 13 starts with the Cubs.
* Edwin Jackson has accepted the late season switch to the bullpen but Epstein said Friday the right-hander needs to come into next year and show he can be counted on. This year is the second year of Jackson’s four-year, $52 million deal, and it hasn’t gone that well. He led the National League in losses last season with 18, and is third this year.
“I think Edwin’s aware that he needs to turn his Cubs career around and work hard and show better form that he’s someone who can be counted on,” Epstein said Friday. “I think the default position is that given the competition we’re going to have, guys will have to need to pitch well to have a spot.”
– Carrie Muskat
Kyle Hendricks makes his next to last start on Tuesday night for the Cubs in the next to last game at Wrigley Field. The right-hander is 0-1 in two starts against the Cardinals, although he deserved better in his July 27 outing when he held them to one run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. The Cubs lost, 1-0. Hendricks is scheduled to start the season finale Sunday in Milwaukee.
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