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The Cubs will open Cactus League play on March 5 with split-squad games against the Athletics at Cubs Park and against the Giants in Scottsdale, beginning their second Spring Training at their new facility.
The club’s 29-game Cactus League schedule includes 15 games at Cubs Park and 14 road games. The team may add additional games in the future.
The Cubs and White Sox will meet twice with a game March 20 in Glendale and another game March 27 in Mesa. The Cubs conclude Cactus League play on April 1 against the Brewers at Cubs Park.
Individual game tickets for Cubs home spring games will go on sale Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. CT at the Cubs Park ticket office, on http://www.cubs.com, or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. For season ticket and group ticket information, go to http://www.cubs.com/mesa or call 1-800-THE-CUBS.
Date, Opponent, Site
March 5 (ss) vs. A’s at Cubs Park; vs. Giants in Scottsdale
March 6 vs. Reds at Cubs Park
March 7 vs. Rockies in Scottsdale
March 8 vs. Rangers at Cubs Park
March 9 vs. Padres at Cubs Park
March 10 vs. Indians in Goodyear
March 11 vs. Dodgers at Cubs Park
March 12 vs. Angels in Tempe
March 13 vs. Indians at Cubs Park
March 14 vs. Brewers in Maryvale
March 15 vs. Reds at Cubs Park
March 16 vs. Padres in Peoria
March 17 vs. Royals at Cubs Park
March 18 vs. Dodgers in Glendale
March 19 vs. Diamondbacks in Scottsdale
March 20 vs. White Sox in Glendale
March 21 vs. Mariners at Cubs Park
March 22 vs. Padres at Cubs Park
March 23: Off day
March 24 vs. Athletics in Mesa
March 25 vs. Mariners in Peoria
March 26 vs. Angels at Cubs Park
March 27 vs. White Sox at Cubs Park
March 28 (ss) vs. Rockies at Cubs Park; vs. Reds in Goodyear
March 29 vs. Royals in Surprise
March 30 vs. Giants at Cubs Park
March 31 vs. Rangers in Surprise
April 1 vs. Brewers at Cubs Park
On Wednesday, prior to the Cubs’ intrasquad game, the media was treated to some of the new food at Cubs Park in Mesa. The food, which is being handled by Ovations, offers a lot of variety, from pastrami to chicken nachos. Jay Satenspiel, regional vice president of Ovations, says fans will be able to eat something different at every Cactus League game.
The Cubs will play a six-inning exhibition game on Wednesday at Cubs Park, a tune-up for the start of Cactus League play. The game, which will start at 1 p.m. Arizona time, will feature Kyle Hendricks and Eric Jokisch as the starters. Gates are expected to open one hour before the game begins.
The Cubs are expected to test Cubs Park on Monday, holding part of the workout there.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out and how we can combine the use of the [practice] fields during the rest of the spring,” manager Rick Renteria said. “The next couple days will give us a little test.”
The Cubs open the Cactus League season on Thursday at their new home stadium against the Diamondbacks.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have lost 197 games the last two seasons combined, and aren’t predicted to finish at the top of the tough National League Central this year. Don’t tell Donnie Murphy that.
“Everything you read out there, we’re one of the worst teams in baseball,” Murphy said Tuesday of the preseason prognosticators. “I think that’s a lot of motivation. Twenty-five of us don’t think we’re the worst team in baseball.
“We all look at [that critique] as a positive and it makes us even more hungry and we want to prove people wrong,” he said. “I think guys will bounce back. Everybody knows [Starlin] Castro isn’t that kind of player, everybody knows [Darwin] Barney isn’t that kind of player, everybody knows [Anthony] Rizzo isn’t a .230 hitter.
“We have guys who can bounce back and put together good years, and you make a decent run and hopefully get close and make the playoffs. We know what type of players we have in this clubhouse. We just have to put it together.”
Murphy, 30, is hoping he’s one of the guys who gets a chance to do that with the Cubs. Promoted to the big league team last Aug. 3, Murphy hit a career-high 11 home runs in 46 games with the Cubs, equaling his total between the 2008, 2010-12 seasons combined.
Despite his short time with the Cubs, he finished third among the third baseman in games played and total at-bats, trailing Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom. Ransom signed with a Japanese team this year, but Valbuena is back along with Mike Olt, acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal last July.
Valbuena, who batted .218 and hit 12 home runs in 94 games at third, is considered the leading candidate to start there on Opening Day. Olt, who appears to have overcome vision problems, will contend for the job as well. Murphy hasn’t been mentioned much.
“That’s fine,” he said after a workout with some of the early bird position players at the Cubs’ new spring facility. “It means I’m under the radar. That’s fine with me. I don’t take exception to that. I know there’s Valbuena, I know there’s Olt. There’s going to be competition, but it’s fun competition. We’re all good friends and it’s all good nature.”
– Carrie Muskat
MESA, Ariz. — There’s still some finishing touches to be done at the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility in west Mesa, which will be officially opened on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The front entrance to the team offices is waiting for a new desk and the walls to be finished, and there’s scaffolding under the stairs. Boxes are stacked in various rooms, waiting to be emptied. Some of the early bird players were wandering the halls, trying to find shortcuts from the meal room to the locker room.
Fans who want to watch workouts can enter on Cubs Way off of Rio Salado Parkway on the far west side of the facility. A security guard said fans should be able to park there, watch the workouts, then walk along the west side of the facility and get to the stadium without having to move their cars. That is subject to change, of course.
It was cloudy and cool on Thursday but there were several players in camp, including Travis Wood, Darwin Barney, Logan Watkins, Donnie Murphy, Nate Schierholtz, James Russell, Blake Parker, Edwin Jackson, Josh Vitters, Matt Szczur and Chris Rusin. There also were a few non-roster invitees, including Ryan Kalish.
Pitchers and catchers report in one week, Feb. 13, with the first workout the next day. The first game is Feb. 27 vs. the Diamondbacks.
– Carrie Muskat