Cubs Name Carlos Villanueva Fifth Starter, Chris Rusin Optioned to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have decided to start the season with Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. Villanueva will slot in behind Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. Villanueva’s first start will be on April 6 against the Phillies. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and will begin his season […]

Cubs Rotate the Rotation, Castro Gets Minor At Bats and Other Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Saturday how he would lineup the first four spots in his rotation to start the season. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Opening Day, as previously announced. Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will follow Samardzija with Travis Wood filling the fourth spot in the rotation. Travis Wood will get the ball for the first […]

Cubs Can’t Slow Down the Big Red Hitting Machine – Reds 8, Cubs 3

Cubs Can’t Slow Down the Big Red Hitting Machine – Reds 8, Cubs 3 Spring Training Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 3, Reds 8 WP – Tony Cingrani (2-1) LP – Edwin Jackson (1-3) Save – None Anthony Rizzo drove in two of the Cubs three runs but the Cubs pitching staff could not keep the […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 03/22/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (11-14) vs. Reds (11-13) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN-TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Internet Channel 846 Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Edwin Jackson (1-2, 4.00, 1.22) vs. Tony Cingrani (1-1, 6.39, 1.42) The Cubs return home this afternoon to take on division rivals the […]

Rambling about the Cubs While Dreaming of the Dog Days

Hello again, everybody. I know it sounds funny to be dreaming of the dog days of summer, but this Chicago winter wins. It wins more than any winter I can remember, and it wins more than the Yankees, the Cowboys, Duke and Notre Dame combined. That would be Notre Dame, pre-1990. I don’t care what […]

Two Out Base Knocks Lift the Cubs Over the Halos – Cubs 4, Angels 2

Spring Training Game Twenty – Cubs (ss) 4, Angels (ss) 2 WP – Edwin Jackson (1-2) LP – Joe Blanton (1-2) Save – Neil Ramirez (1) Edwin Jackson pitched four scoreless innings and the offense did just enough against Joe Blanton as the Cubs held on to beat the Angels on Monday afternoon in Mesa. […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/17/14

Spring Training Game Twenty: Cubs (ss) (9-10) vs. Angels (ss) (8-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Edwin Jackson (0-2, 7.20, 1.40) vs. Joe Blanton (1-1, 7.59, 1.31) Spring Training Game Twenty-One: Cubs (ss) (9-10) vs. Athletics (8-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT […]

Samardzija Gets the Opening Day Nod and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs made it official Friday. Jeff Samardzija will get the ball on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Unless something happens before the first game of the season, Samardzija will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. And thanks to the schedule makers, Samardzija will become the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at […]

Still Buzzing about the Olt and Baez Blasts and Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt and Javier Baez picked the right time to make the Peoria Sports Complex look rather small. Olt and Baez launched three home runs late Wednesday night that traveled close to 1200 feet combined. As Len Kasper said during the broadcast, the ball does not travel as well at night in the Cactus League […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]