Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/07/14

Welcome everyone to a new minor league season. Jacob Hannemann, Pin-Chieh Chen and Gioskar Amaya have started the season hot at the plate, while Tyler Skulina, Daury Torrez and Tayler Scott have sparkled on the mound. Albert Almora ended his 0-for start to the season in a big way on Saturday night. Almora went 5-for-6 […]

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Iowa Cubs Release Opening Day Roster

The Iowa Cubs released their Opening Day roster following Wednesday’s on field workout. The I-Cubs open the 2014 season on Thursday night against the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) at Principal Park. I-Cubs’ skipper Marty Pevey announced Wednesday that Chris Rusin would get the ball on Opening Day. Iowa will garner a lot of attention […]

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Cubs End the Spring with a Win – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four – Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 8 WP – Blake Parker (1-0) LP – Enrique Burgos (0-1) Save – Lendy Castillo (1) The Cubs went to the ninth in the final exhibition game of the spring trailing 8-6 after leading by a 6-0 score as late as the sixth inning. The Cubs scored […]

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Cubs Unable to Cash In a Spring Win, Settle for a Tie in Peoria – Cubs 5, Padres 5

Spring Training Game Thirty – Cubs (ss) 5, Padres 5 – 9 innings WP – None LP – None Save – None The Cubs battled back in Peoria on Tuesday night with four runs in their final two at bats, but Javier Baez was stranded at third with the go ahead run in the ninth […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/24/14

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments […]

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Cubs Reassign Javier Baez to Minor League Camp, Seven Players Cut from Spring Roster

The Cubs announced the sixth round of spring roster cuts on Saturday morning. Javier Baez, as expected, was reassigned to minor league camp. Baez will begin the season as Iowa’s shortstop. If Baez continues to check boxes off his player development card, Baez will make his big league debut at some point during the upcoming […]

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Questions Remain for the Cubs with a Week Left in Spring Training

The Cubs break camp in five days before wrapping up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In one week the Cubs will depart Arizona and fly to Pittsburgh for the start of the season. And the team that is picked to finish at the bottom of the NL Central […]

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Valbuena Homers, Rusin Deals, Cubs Blank the Sox – Cubs 7, White Sox 0

Spring Training Game Twenty-Five – Cubs 7, White Sox 0 WP – Chris Rusin (3-2) LP – John Danks (0-1) Save – None Luis Valbuena and Chris Rusin stayed hot Friday as they battled for playing time and a roster spot with the big league team. Luis Valbuena (2-for-3 with two home runs and four […]

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Cubs Lose McDonald to Injury and the Exhibition Game to the A’s – Athletics 6, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Twenty-One – Cubs (ss) 2, Athletics 6 WP – Joe Savery (1-0) LP – Yao-Lin Wang (0-1) Save – None James McDonald exited Monday’s game in Phoenix after only his second pitch of the day and his early departure set a tone for the afternoon. The Cubs were never in the exhibition […]

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