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  • Cubs players eager to get fans back in the bleachers

     Cubs players eager to get fans back in the bleachers
    MESA, Ariz. — Center fielder Dexter Fowler seemed disappointed to learn the Wrigley Field bleachers reconstruction won't be completed until at least early June so he won't be able to hear fan noise behind him. "I don't know what to expect," said...
  • Top Cubs prospects busy soaking in tips from veterans and coaches

    Top Cubs prospects busy soaking in tips from veterans and coaches
    MESA, Ariz. — It seemed like a simple discussion, but pitching coach Chris Bosio took note of what Jon Lester was telling C.J. Edwards during a bullpen session. For Cubs prospects like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Edwards, the wisdom they're...
  • Joe Maddon names Jon Lester as Cubs' opening night starter

    Joe Maddon names Jon Lester as Cubs' opening night starter
    MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Joe Maddon made official what was anticipated since Dec. 9 -- that left-hander Jon Lester will be the Chicago Cubs' opening night starter against the St. Louis Cardinals. "Jon will start opening night," Maddon said after Monday'...
  • Jon Lester already ahead of his game

     Jon Lester already ahead of his game
    MESA, Ariz. — Teammates said left-hander Jon Lester treated his first live batting practice session with the Cubs as if he was pitching a regular-season game. And the batters suggested Friday that Lester appeared to be in midseason form. "He's...
  • Tim Kawakami: A's GM Beane would trade Cespedes for Lester again

    Billy Beane knows the Yoenis Cespedes question is coming, because it's always looming when you talk about the A's these days. This is seven months after the A's general manager controversially dealt Cespedes for pending free agent ace Jon Lester, and...
  • Joe Maddon likes to put his thoughts on tape

    Joe Maddon likes to put his thoughts on tape
    MESA, Ariz. — Jon Lester had never seen a manager use a tape recorder until he saw Joe Maddon talk into a device after a bunt play. "Either he had an idea or saw something he didn't like or liked and wanted to take the note down," Lester said....
  • Jon Lester: Time for other Cubs catchers

    Jon Lester: Time for other Cubs catchers
    MESA, Ariz. – Jon Lester downplayed the suggestion that his success is tied solely to catcher David Ross. “I think a lot of that stuff is getting overblown now,” Lester said Saturday. “It kind of makes it sound like I can’t...
  • Now Cubs have to trade prospects wisely to obtain major league talent

    Now Cubs have to trade prospects wisely to obtain major league talent
    MESA, Ariz. — General manager Doug Melvin was a curious World Series observer despite a shocking tumble that eliminated his Brewers from playoff contention. But Melvin's farm system could take credit for the development of speedy center fielder...
  • Call him what you want, but Chris Tillman produces like a No. 1 starter

    Call him what you want, but Chris Tillman produces like a No. 1 starter
    It's pretty hard to find fault with the rotation that carried the Orioles to the American League Championship Series last season, but the perception remains that it lacks a true No. 1 starter. Chris Tillman doesn't take offense, even though he has...
  • Jon Lester's jersey king of the hill in Chicago

    Jon Lester's jersey king of the hill in Chicago
    Expect to see plenty of Jon Lester jerseys at Wrigley Field this summer. The Cubs ace moved more jerseys than all other Chicago baseball players and cracked the top 10 overall, according to sales figures from sports apparel retailer fanatics.com....
  • Cubs won't backload money in their pursuit of marquee pitchers

    Cubs won't backload money in their pursuit of marquee pitchers
    PHOENIX – The Cubs managed to sign Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract in December without the backing of a massive local television contract. While the Cubs still are in pursuit of marquee pitching, they're reluctant to backload a...