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10/7 Update on Cubs spring complex

The Mesa City Council had been scheduled to vote this week on a series of agreements governing the Cubs’ new Spring Training baseball complex to be built on what is now Riverview Golf Course. According to the Arizona Republic, city official Scot Rigby said they weren’t ready, and the vote has been postponed. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and the city council want the public to see the documents in advance of the council’s vote. A draft is at mesaaz.gov (click on “Build a Better Mesa”). Two parts of the agreement are missing: one is a facilities use agreement and the other is an option agreement. The first governs the relationship between Mesa and the Cubs after the baseball facilities are built. The second gives the Cubs dibs on developing city-owned land within the complex for an entertainment and shopping district. Last year, Mesa voters agreed to let the city spend up to $84 million for the baseball complex and $15 million for infrastructure. The earliest the council could vote now is Oct. 17. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for January.

– Carrie Muskat

3/24 Cubs lineup vs White Sox

The White Sox will use a DH in Thursday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. The game will start one hour later at 2:05 p.m. Arizona time, and be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net and Cubs.com. These two teams will meet again June 20-22 at U.S. Cellular Field, and July 1-3 at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineups:

RF Fukudome
SS B-day boy Starlin Castro (he turns 21 Thursday)
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
2B Barney
C Hill
P Garza

Here’s the White Sox lineup:

LF Pierre
2B Vizquel
DH Dunn
1B Konerko
CF Rios
RF Quentin
C Pierzynski
SS Ramirez
3B Morel

– Carrie Muskat

3/23 Cashner & Jaden

Jaden Justice got an inside look at the Cubs’ clubhouse on Wednesday, a guest of pitcher Andrew Cashner. Justice, 12, is an outpatient at Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa, and undergoing treatment for cancer. The trip was coordinated by Southwest Ambulance, part of a program called “Spring Training Transports.” Jaden came ready — he’d painted a Cubs red and blue “C” on the back of his head.

– Carrie Muskat

3/23 Looking ahead to Cubs vs. White Sox

On Thursday, the Cubs and White Sox will meet one more time before the regular season. The White Sox are expected to use a DH; Mike Quade posted his lineup, and said he wants Matt Garza to get some at-bats. Here’s the early lineup for Thursday:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
2B Barney
C Hill
P Garza

– Carrie Muskat

3/18 Spring surprise

Every Spring Training, there is one player who makes a case for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Darwin Barney is doing just that. The infielder went 3-for-4 on Friday in the Cubs’ 14-13 loss to the Reds and drew two walks. He started at second and played well.

“He’s doing everything he can to get [on the 25-man roster],” Mike Quade said of Barney. “We talked at the beginning of spring about competition. He’s playing well and swinging the bat well and going about his business well. That’s a real nice trifecta for me.”

Barney is batting .382 so far.

– Carrie Muskat

3/18 Golf tourney raises $25,000

The inaugural Chicago Cubs Charities Celebrity Golf Tournament raised $25,000 for charitable organizations in Mesa on Friday. Proceeds will be shared between Chicago Cubs Charities, Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center and the Mesa HoHoKam Foundation. More than 70 golfers participated, including Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams, GM Jim Hendry, assistant GM Randy Bush, radio broadcaster Keith Moreland, Major Leaguers Bill Buckner, Mariano Duncan, Jeff Fassero, and John “Blue Moon” Odom, and Phoenix Suns Tim Kempton and Eddie Johnson.

– Carrie Muskat

3/14 Cubs extra bases – UPDATED

The Cubs have 16 Cactus League games remaining, including split squads on Tuesday. A few odds and ends:

* Starlin Castro ranks third in the Cactus League with a .485 batting average. He went 6-for-6 Saturday and Sunday, and notched his first two-homer game Saturday against the Reds in Las Vegas. Castro said he had never hit two homers in one game, not in the Minors or youth baseball. Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster both rank among the Cactus League leaders. Big Z has a 1.38 ERA; Dempster 1.50 ERA.

* John Grabow had a good side session on Monday and if he passes all tests, will pitch in a game Thursday. Grabow has been sidelined with tightness in his left shoulder.

* Outfielder Brad Snyder has been limited because of a strained oblique, Augie Ojeda has back spasms, and Brett Jackson has a bruised shoulder. Of the group, Jackson could DH on Tuesday.

* Mike Quade wasn’t too worried about Carlos Marmol’s rough outing in Las Vegas on Saturday. The closer gave up two runs, two walks and one run. “Maybe he got Vegas’d — who knows?” Quade said.

* Bench coach Pat Listach was the acting manager for the split squad teams in Arizona when Quade traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend. Listach wouldn’t sit in Quade’s chair in the manager’s office post-game. “Not yet,” Quade quipped. “I told him that a few weeks ago.”

* Matt Camp is showing his versatility. He’s played four positions so far this spring.

* Randy Wells will face the Rockies and Andrew Cashner will start against the A’s on Tuesday in the last split squad games. This will be Wells’ third start and fourth game, and Cashner’s second start and fourth game. Wells has not given up an earned run in nine innings.

– Carrie Muskat

3/14 Cubs lineup vs Mariners

Kosuke Fukudome played 10 innings Sunday in Las Vegas and will be back in right field on Monday in Peoria, Ariz., when the Cubs play the Mariners. Matt Garza is starting and other pitchers slated to go include Sean Marshall, Justin Berg and Thomas Diamond. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome
CF Johnson
2B Moore
LF Montanez
1B LaHair
3B Vitters
C Castillo
SS Barney
P Garza

– Carrie Muskat

3/10 Fans sign Santo flag at HoHoKam

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3/10 Ron Santo Day at HoHoKam Park

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