Volstad Shines on the Mound, Rizzo Propels Cubs to Victory

Another day, another fantastic start from a Cubs pitcher.  Chris Volstad was stellar again for the Cubs, going 3 innings allowing just two hits, and striking out one.  Volstad has now gone 6 innings this Spring and has yet to yield any runs.  The Cubs also got solid performances from Jay Jackson, Scott Maine, and Alberto Cabrera.  Andy Sonnanstine was roughed up a bit but the Cubs managed to hang on with Cabrera earning the save.

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Some Good Signs in Blowout Loss

The day got off to a bettar than decent start with Soriano blasting his third homerun of the spring season, and Chris Volstad working three spotless innings.  Kerry Wood also made his spring debut and was solid, that was about the extent of the good portion of the day as the wheels fell off shortly there after.  Carlops Marmol was touched up, big time.  He faced seven hitters on the day, five of them reached base, and four of them scored.  Something positive or negative that can be taken away from that depending on how you look at it was Marmol only hit one batter and walked no one.  He gave up four hits including a three run blast to rising prospect Dustin Ackley, one outing is not cause for concern, but it is a shock to the system for sure.

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Volstad Stellar This Afternoon

One day after Jeff Samardzija turned in the best pitching performance of the Spring, Chris Volstad goes out and one ups him.  Volstad was outstanding, going 3 innings, giving up 1 hit, and stirking out three hitters.

Alfonso Soriano has Volstad in a position for the win after he blasted his third HR of the Spring already to stake the Cubs to a 1-0 lead.  That’s where we sit now in the top of the 4th, 1-0 Cubs and Kerry Wood is on to pitch.

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March 8, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Mariners

The Cubs return to HoHoKam Park today to face the Mariners, Chris Volstad will be making his Spring, and Cubs debut as he gets the start.  The game will be broadcast by Len Kaspar on Cubs.com today, here’s how the rest of the Cubs lineup.

RF DeJesus

CF Byrd

SS Castro

3B Stewart

LF Soriano

1B Rizzo

2B Baker

DH Johnson

C Castillo

Cubs Set Early Spring Rotation

  With games rapidly approaching, Dale Sveum and his coaching staff have set the first three spots in the rotation to open up the Spring

Garza Getting Some Work In

schedule this weekend.  Rodrigo Lopez will get things started, he will be followed by Ryan Dempster, and Matt Garza.  Dale Sveum was quick to caution fans trying to read too much into Dempster being ahead of Garza, saying that they will determine the rotation to start the season sometime in the middle of spring training.  Lopez gets the first crack to prove he belongs at the back end of the Cubs rotation.  Other competitors for the four/five spots in the rotation per Sveum are Randy Wells, Travis Wood, and Chris Volstad.  It looks more and more like it will be something along the lines of Garza, Dempster and Maholm to head the rotation, but anything can and usually does happen in the Spring.

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Media Monday: Spring Training Begins

Throughout the season we will have features that we run each day of the week, one of them will be Media Monday.  We hope to bring you all the best pictures, audio, and video (where allowed by MLB) from the past week.  Obviously everyone is very excited about Spring training getting underway, please enjoy the content below.

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New Look Cubs Begin to Take Shape

Lost in the hoopla surrounding the Cubs since the end of the season was the little matter of deciding Mike Quade’s future.  Even if we, and most Cub fans knew that Mike Quade was not Major League manager material, the Cubs brass

Dale Sveum is Introduced as the 52nd Cubs Manager

needed to make that official.  Shortly after the Cubs front office was completely re energized, the no brainer decision to let Mike Quade pursue other opportunities, most likely in the minors or outside of baseball was made.  We will give Epstein some credit here with the way he handled the process of letting Quade go, very professional.  He made multiple trips to meet with Quade, and had a number of conversations with him and others in the organization to see if he would be a good fit, not based on what he had done it the past, but where he thought, and wanted this team to go in the future.  Clearly, Quade’s idea’s did mesh with the idea’s of the new regime that was now in place, and he was let go from his two year deal that had one year remaining on it.  Epstein and company didn’t have to go far to find the 52nd manager of the Chicago Cubs, just a short trip up I-94 to Milwaukee to find Dale Sveum.  Sveum, serving as the third base coach in 2004 with the Red Sox, won a World Series title with Epstein.  Since 2006, Sveum was on the Brewers coaching staff with titles ranging from third base coach, to bench coach, and to most recently hitting coach.  Sveum did get a crack at the managerial position albeit a short one in 2008 when he took over for Ned Yost and led the Brewers to a 7-5 record down the stretch and a NL Wild Card berth.  Along with Sveum, the following coaches will be joining the Cubs this season...

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