Two Spots, Five Pitchers and 48 Hours

After the two roster moves on Monday, the Cubs 25-man Opening Day roster is all but complete. Koyie Hill will backup Geovany Soto and Micah Hoffpauir will fill Daryle Ward’s role from the past two seasons. With that said, the 13 position players, barring a trade, are set. The Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 36 […]

Cubs Release Bako and Stanton…Hill Named Backup to Soto

Cubs Release Paul Bako and Mike Stanton According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs released Paul Bako on Monday morning, along with veteran reliever Mike Stanton. With releasing Bako, Koyie Hill will serve as Geovany Soto’s backup.

Lovin’ Every Minute Of It…DeRosa Sticks it to the Cubs – Cubs 5 Indians 7

Game Thirty-Three – Cubs 5 Indians 7 WP – Fausto Carmona (4-0) LP – Ted Lilly (1-1) Save – Rafael Perez (1) Whoever said Spring Training games are meaningless forgot to tell Mark DeRosa. DeRosa made more than a statement to the team that dealt him in the off-season on Sunday afternoon. DeRosa was a […]

Milton Bradley: The Hitting Machine – Cubs 9 Rockies 8

Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 9 Rockies 8 WP – Kevin Gregg (1-0) LP – Greg Smith (0-2) Save – Chad Fox (1) Lou Piniella’s crew won their sixth spring game in a row behind a huge day from the offense. Milton Bradley led the hit parade and both Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano drove in […]

Slave to the Spring Grind

The extremely long Spring Training is slowly reaching a conclusion. The Cubs completed their 26th Cactus League game on Sunday (27th total contest) and Lou Piniella’s crew will begin playing games that count in two short weeks…Carlos Zambrano versus Roy Oswalt on April 6 in Houston. The Cubs’ Spring Training roster currently stands at 43 […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mariners – 03/22/09

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (13-12) vs. Mariners (11-11-1) Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: XM Channel 181 Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Carlos Zambrano (1-1, 4.50/1.00) vs. Erik Bedard (1-0, 1.59/1.24) Countdown to Opening Day…15 days. The Cubs will face the Mariners for the fourth and final time […]

Marshall Takes the Fifth…Spot

As expected, according to multiple reports the Cubs officially named Sean Marshall the fifth starter in their rotation on Thursday. Lou Piniella made the announcement after speaking with Aaron Heilman following his start against the Mariners in Peoria on Thursday afternoon. Heilman should slide into the Cubs’ seventh inning reliever role.

Punching Tickets…and a New Park Record – Cubs 6 Giants 8

Game Twenty-Three – Cubs 6 Giants 8 WP – Brian Wilson (1-0) LP – Jose Ascanio (0-1, BS 1) Save – Felix Romero (1) The Cubs hit Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum hard on Wednesday afternoon and knocked the 2008 NL Cy Young Award winner out of the game with two outs in the fourth inning. […]

Is the 2009 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster Set?

With 18 games left in the exhibition season it appears the roster Lou Piniella will begin the season with in Houston is all but set. Last Saturday, Mike Fontenot was named the Cubs’ starting second baseman…Gary Hughes confirmed Fontenot as the Cubs’ starter with Holden Kushner on Monday afternoon. Sunday, Lou Piniella said, “Hoffpauir’s fine. […]

Winning …and Losing in the Desert – Cubs (ss) 8 Mariners (ss) 1 – Cubs (ss) 2 Angels 8

Game Seventeen – Cubs (ss) 8 Mariners (ss) 1 WP – Sean Marshall (2-0) LP – Gaby Hernandez (0-1) Save – None Game Eighteen – Cubs (ss) 2 Angels 8 WP – Dustin Moseley (1-0) LP – Chad Gaudin (2-1) Save – None The Cubs split a pair of games in the Cactus League on […]