Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/07/12

Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Royals (3-1) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise Jeff Samardzija (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (0-0, -.–/-.–) Dale Sveum and the Cubs will play their first game of the spring today outside of the Mesa city […]

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Carrillo and Corpas’ Command Costs the Cubs – Cubs 7, A’s 8

Spring Game Two – Cubs 7, A’s (SS) 8 WP – Fabio Castro (1-0, BS 1) LP – Tony Zych (0-1) Save – Travis Banwart (1) For the second day in a row the Cubs had a lead early but could not hold on and win their first game of the spring. The Cubs jumped […]

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Intrasquad, Lead-Off Hitters, Bunt Tourney and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

The Cubs first intrasquad game took place Friday afternoon at HoHoKam Park … and Rick Sutcliffe’s Blue Team beat Dale Sveum’s White Team 10-4. Matt Szczur stole the show. The speedy outfielder drove in six of his team’s ten runs with the big blast of the day. Szczur hit a grand slam off Travis Wood […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/13/12

Greetings to everyone at the CCO … With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles. As a preview to Spring Training, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a feature entitled … Bubble Players […]

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Rambling about the Cubs with Visions of Mesa

After a crazy a week, full of news and groundbreaking signings like those of Trever Miller and Matt Tolbert combined with another eye-opening list of prospects from BA that no one has ever thought of before, it is hard just to catch one’s breath. Can you sense the sarcasm? Good, because I am laying it […]

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Garza’s Arbitration Hearing Set … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza is the only arbitration eligible player that remains unsigned for the upcoming season. Garza filed a $12.5 million figure and the Cubs countered with a $7.95 million salary for 2012 … and the sides appear to have two days to work out a deal to avoid an arbitration hearing. According to a report […]

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Cubs Invite 21 Non-Roster Players to Camp

The Cubs released the full list of non-roster invitees to camp Monday afternoon. Dale Sveum will have a total of 61 players (40-man big league roster and 21 non-roster invitees) in big league camp when it begins in 19 days. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 18, position players report on February […]

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Weekend Update … Cubs Still Have Work to Do This Off-Season

What was expected to be another busy week for the Chicago Cubs turned out to be rather quiet. Many think the Cubs are focused on the three Cuban players that they’ve been linked to for a majority of the off-season. Another one of their reported targets established residency in the Dominican Republic this past week […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/23/12

As we near the Caribbean World Series, Obregon continued its drive to defend their title with the help of Marco Carrillo, Oswaldo Martinez, and Alfredo Amezaga. Kyle Smit may have pitched the game of his life as Mayaguez inched closer to the series, while Juan Apodaca and former Cubs’ farmhand Austin Bibens-Dirkx tried to keep […]

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Weekend Update … Non-Roster Invites, Rumors and Matt Garza

The week following the convention was a busy seven days for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer avoided arbitration with six of the seven arbitration eligible players for the upcoming season … only Matt Garza remains unsigned. The Cubs continued to sign free agents to minor league contracts. News surfaced Friday that the […]

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