Soto’s Bombs Help Cubs Overcome Poor Samardzija Start

In one of his last auditions to make the Cubs rotation, Jeff Samardzija struggled through four innings against the Rockies on Friday.  The Cubs bullpen was able to right the ship, and the Cubs offense was ready and willing to take the game over.  The Cubs scored three runs in three different innings erasing defecits of 5-3 and 7-6 in route to a 10-8 slugfest victory

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March 23, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Rockies

The Cubs hit the road today to face the Colorado Rockies.  Jeff Samardzija takes the mound in one of his last opportunities of the spring to prove he belongs in the Cubs rotation.  Based on Sveums rotation comments earlier it sounds like Samardzija is ticketed for the #3 spot.  Here’s how the Cubs line up today.  First pitch – 3:10 PM CST, available on

DeJesus – RF
Stewart – 2B
Castro – SS
LaHair – 1B
Soto – C
Byrd – CF
Johnson – LF
Barney – 2B
Samardzija – P

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Ryan Dempster Opens the Season at Wrigley

Dale Sveum announced today that Ryan Dempster will be the opening day starter for the 2012 Chicago Cubs season.  Should be an awesome day at Wrigley Field on April 5th, as the Nationals and Cubs square off, Dempster vs Strasburg.

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Rizzo, and Jackson Among Today’s Cuts

I think we all saw this one coming, but a few people may have been holding out hope that the Cubs two top prospects would make the club with outstanding spring efforts.  Today that hope came to an end as the Cubs sent Brett Jackson, and Anthony Rizzo to Triple-A Iowa.

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Cubs Use Long Ball to Down Rangers

Story of the day today was the Cubs bats, as they launched four bombs in route to a 11-4 victory over the Texas Rangers.  Matt Garza also found a groove on the mound turning in his longest outing of the Spring with five solid innings.  The defense didn’t help Garza out today, committing three errors in five innings behind Garza, he ended the day giving up three runs all unearned.

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Sonnanstine Outrighted

The Cubs trimmed another number off their camp roster today by outrighting Andy Sonnanstine to Triple-A Iowa.  Sonnanstine, who was signed by the Cubs on December 26 has been particularly bad this spring.  The 29-year-old right hander gave up eight runs on 13 hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three.  Sonnanstine was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring, he could still help the Cubs out down the road later this season, but that remains to be seen.  The move takes Sonnanstine off of the Cubs 40-man roster which now stands at 39 players.  The Cubs camp roster is down to 47 players, 21 pitchers, five catchers, and 12 infielders.

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March 22, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Rangers

Cubs face the Rangers today…… again.  Matt Garza takes the ball today, hoping to get a good 5-6 innings of work in.  The game can be listened to or watched live on  This is an exclusive broadcast, and I believe it is free, if it isn’t you can blame me for lying to you.  Here’s how the Cubs lineup today.  Go Cubs!

SS Barney
2B DeWitt
LF Soriano
1B LaHair
C Soto
3B Stewart
CF Mather
DH Clevenger
RF Sappelt

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