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1/8 Spring Training

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Another photo from Cubs prospect Dustin Geiger, who is already in Mesa, Ariz., prepping for Spring Training. I asked if he could send some pictures of sunshine since it’s so cold here in Chicago, and he obliged. Tickets for spring games go on sale Saturday and there will be an open house on Jan. 25 at the new Cubs Park in Mesa. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13.

1/8 More spring training photos

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Here’s the new weight room in Mesa, Ariz., courtesy of Dustin Geiger.

1/7 Think spring: Cubs tix on sale Saturday

Want to see the Cubs play in their new Spring Training facility in Mesa, Ariz.? Single game tickets go on sale at the Cubs Park box office in Mesa on Saturday at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST. Tickets will be available at the same time by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS and at Cubs.com. Fans interested in purchasing tickets in-person in Mesa will have an opportunity to get a sneak peak at the new ballpark between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. MST.

The first game at Cubs Park will be Feb. 27 vs. the Diamondbacks.

Here are details for purchasing Spring Training single game tickets:

* Purchasing in-person
Tickets may be purchased at Cubs Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ. The box office opens Saturday at 10 a.m. MST. Standard hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, Saturday through March 27.

* Purchasing tickets by phone and online
Tickets may be purchased over the phone by dialing 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or online by visiting Cubs.com beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST.

Fans may direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Cubs Park, please visit http://www.cubs.com/mesa.

11/26 Cubs’ spring park needs name

The Cubs are hoping to find someone willing to buy naming rights for the new Spring Training stadium in Mesa, Ariz. For now, the ballpark will be called Cubs Park. Justin Piper, the GM for business operations in Mesa, said the name could change. The Cubs will play their first game at the new stadium Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks. On Jan. 25, the city of Mesa will hold a public grand opening for the stadium and the surrounding park. In 2010, Mesa voters approved a $99 million outlay of public money for the stadium complex, located at what was Riverview Golf Course in west Mesa.

11/18 Cubs spring schedule

The Cubs released the 2014 Spring Training schedule on Monday. They will play their first Cactus League game at their new spring stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks and finish the schedule with two games at Chase Field in Phoenix. The 2014 Spring Training schedule includes 16 home games, 16 Cactus League road games, a pair of games in Las Vegas and two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

On March 15-16, the Cubs travel to Las Vegas for a two-game split-squad series against the Mets. The Cubs also will play one home night game in Mesa on March 24 against the Padres.

Individual game tickets for 2014 Cubs home Spring Training games will go on sale Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. CT at the ballpark’s ticket office, on http://www.Cubs.com, or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Season tickets at the Cubs new spring ballpark are on sale now and group tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.

Fans may direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Cubs Park, please visit http://www.cubs.com/mesa.

All Cubs home Spring Training games begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted. Split squad games are denoted with an “ss.”

2014 Cubs Spring Training Schedule

(Date, Opponent, Site)

Feb. 27: vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa

Feb. 28: at Angels, Tempe

March 1 (ss): vs. Giants, Mesa; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale (7:10 p.m.)

March 2: vs. Royals, Mesa

March 3: at Brewers, Maryvale

March 4: vs. Athletics, Mesa

March 5: vs. Rockies, Mesa

March 6: at Indians, Goodyear

March 7 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; at Angels, Tempe

March 8: at Reds, Goodyear

March 9: vs. Brewers, Mesa

March 10: at Giants, Scottsdale

March 11: vs. Rockies, Mesa

March 12: at Mariners, Peoria

March 13: Off day

March 14: vs. Dodgers, Mesa

March 15 (ss): at Royals, Surprise; vs. Mets, Las Vegas

March 16 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; vs. Mets, Las Vegas

March 17 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Athletics, Phoenix

March 18: at Rangers, Surprise (7:05 p.m.)

March 19: at Rockies, Scottsdale (6:40 p.m.)

March 20: vs. Mariners, Mesa

March 21: at White Sox, Glendale

March 22: vs. Reds, Mesa

March 23: at Athletics, Phoenix

March 24: vs. Padres, Mesa (7:05 p.m.)

March 25 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Padres, Peoria (7:05 p.m.)

March 26: at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale

March 27: vs. White Sox, Mesa

March 28: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field

March 29: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field

– Carrie Muskat

10/10 A peek inside new Cubs spring ballpark

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8/27 Making progress in Mesa

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Mesa Mayor Scott Smith shared this photo of the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility.

7/23 Extra bases

* Outfielder David DeJesus could be activated from the disabled list soon. DeJesus has been sidelined since June 14 with a sprained right shoulder, and was playing for the Cubs’ Rookie League team now in Arizona.

“Everything is going really well right now,” Dale Sveum said of DeJesus’ rehab.

* Sveum and other Cubs staffers toured the team’s new Spring Training facility in Mesa on Tuesday.

“It’s beautiful,” Sveum said. “Obviously, we’re a few months away from the final touches being done but you can see it all coming together and how cool it is and the facility and the space and the weight room are going to be phenomenal. It’s just nice that it’s all ours, I think is the biggest thing, and that stadium will be something to see.”

The new facility is in east Mesa, located near the intersection of highways 101 and 202.

* Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, could start for the Cubs on Tuesday when they play a makeup doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta was currently pitching at Triple-A Iowa. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA in four starts, giving up nine earned runs over 15 2/3 innings.

* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick, joined Class A Boise on Tuesday. Bryant recorded his first professional hit, a double, and drove in two runs on Monday for the Cubs’ Rookie League team. Bryant had played two games for the Cubs’ Rookie League team, and provided all the offense in a 2-1 win over the Royals on Monday.

The third baseman will be joined in Boise by third-round pick Jacob Hannemann. Bryant, picked second overall, will be the highest Draft pick to ever play for the Hawks. Lou Montanez (2000) and Josh Vitters (2007), who were both taken third overall, did play for the team.

* Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Class A Kane County on Wednesday. So far, Baker has given up 10 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in two games.

– Carrie Muskat

7/21 Extra bases from Mesa, AZ

* David DeJesus is making progress in his rehab from a sprained right shoulder. He started for the Cubs’ Rookie League team Sunday night against the Dodgers in Glendale, and could be activated from the DL by the end of the week.

* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, was to make his pro debut Sunday night for the Cubs’ Rookie League team. Watching Bryant in B.P. throw from third to first, you appreciate how good an arm this kid has.

* The Cubs’ new Spring Training facility and stadium have come a long way since March. There are actually fields. Don’t have pictures to share — couldn’t get close enough. The facility is scheduled to be ready for the 2014 Cactus League season.

– Carrie Muskat

2/14 New spring digs

On Wednesday, Dale Sveum and some of the other Cubs coaches and staff toured the Spring Training construction site, located in west Mesa. It’s scheduled to open in 2014.

“It’s going to be one heck of a place,” Sveum said Thursday. “The designs and the pictures we saw and the models we saw, it’s going to be one special place. The weight room alone will be 9,000 square feet. The stadium looks really, really neat. It’ll be really fun to move in there next year.”

Will it make a difference in the Cubs’ record?

“It’s not going to make you win, it shouldn’t,” Sveum said.

But what it could do is help lure free agents to the Cubs who like the new set-up. Sveum helped with some of the planning.

“We basically did most of the cosmetic stuff that will go into the clubhouse,” he said. “The designs were what they were and [they asked] what do we want here? Where do we want the emblem? Where do we want TVs? What kind of TVs? How big? All the little things that go into a clubhouse that a lot of clubhouses have now, like iPod [docking stations].”

Sveum isn’t worried that the players will be spoiled by such perks.

“No, everybody else has it,” he said. “All the other clubhouses and new stadiums are all very, very nice. We’re just trying to keep up with the Joneses.”

– Carrie Muskat

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