Category: 2012 Spring Training

March 26, 2012 – Cubs Split-Squad Lineups

Lineup vs. Padres

Johnson – CF
Barney – 2B
Castro – SS
LaHair – 1B
Soto – C
Baker – RF
Gonzalez – 3B
Campana – LF
Maholm – P

Lineup vs. D-Backs

DeJesus – RF
Byrd – CF
DeWitt – 2B
Stewart – 3B
Clevenger – C
Sappelt – LF
Lalli – 1B
Amezaga – SS
Jay Jackson – P

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– George Cotugno

Soriano Goes Deep Again in Victory Over Indians

Another day, another big home run from Alfonso Soriano, hopefully he can bottle this magic and take it North with him next week.  Soriano has been on fire at the plate, hitting six home runs on the spring, he’s clearly motivated, and a motivated Soriano can be a dangerous one for the rest of the National League.

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March 24, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Padres

The Cubs take on the Padres, and Travis Wood tries to get his ERA back into the Earths atmosphere today.  Game will be televised on WGN TV today at 3:00 PM, the game is also on WGN radio for those of you running around on this damp and dreary Staurday in Chicagoland.

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Marlon Byrd, CF
3. Blake DeWitt, 2B
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Jeff Baker, 3B
6. Darwin Barney, SS
7. Joe Mather, 1B
8. Welington Castillo, C
9. Travis Wood, P

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– George Cotugno

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 MLB.com.

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

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– George Cotugno

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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