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  • All talk aside, Cubs must prove they can contend with Cardinals, Pirates

    All talk aside, Cubs must prove they can contend with Cardinals, Pirates
    Cubs catcher Miguel Montero was asked early in spring training what he was looking forward to most this season. "Full house there playing at Wrigley," he replied. "And kick some ass this year." That attitudinal adjustment is perhaps the most glaring...
  • Breaking down the Cubs for 2015

    Breaking down the Cubs for 2015
    Here's how the Cubs rate in five key areas on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest. Starting pitching The addition of Jon Lester gives the Cubs an established ace with postseason experience and an impressive resume that includes six 200-inning...
  • Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino try to stay out of each other's business

    Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino try to stay out of each other's business
    FORT MYERS, Fla. — From the recruitment of Theo Epstein to signing Jon Lester to using the Fenway Park blueprint in their Wrigley Field renovation, there's no doubt Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts has a serious case of Boston envy. The next thing you...
  • How will Wrigley changes affect the game itself?

     How will Wrigley changes affect the game itself?
    It's hard to know what baseball at Wrigley Field will look like this year, thanks to one of the busiest offseasons in recent Cubs history. It remains to be seen if Jon Lester will enjoy a seamless transition to a new league or whether the franchise's...
  • Cubs pitcher Jon Lester seeks his first hit

    Cubs pitcher Jon Lester seeks his first hit
    MESA, Ariz. -- Jon Lester has a sense of dry sense of humor, and he displayed it when asked about his hitting ability. "They’re hiding me," Lester deadpanned. "Secret weapon." Lester, who has spent nine seasons in the American League with the...
  • Bragging rights: the aces — Jon Lester or Chris Sale

    Bragging rights: the aces — Jon Lester or Chris Sale
    The aces Cubs: Jon Lester The repertoire: Before experiencing a "dead" left arm, fastball ranged from 90 to 92, but tends to rise to the mid-90 mph range by midseason. Cut fastball gets right on top of hands to right-handed batters, and he can back...
  • 6 Cubs worthy of (at least some) worship this summer

    6 Cubs worthy of (at least some) worship this summer
    Welcome to another season of Cubs baseball! Wait, come back! I know what you're going to say: You've been down this road before with nothing to show for your loyalty but pain, misery and bruises where the sticks and stones from fans of successful...
  • Jon Lester notes positives in minor-league outing but isn't totally happy

    Jon Lester notes positives in minor-league outing but isn't totally happy
    MESA, Ariz. — Jon Lester says baseball is a game of adjustments, and he certainly hopes to pitch sharper in the Cubs' opener Sunday night than he did Tuesday in a minor-league game. And though he's unhappy Kris Bryant won't be at Wrigley Field for...
  • Cubs' Jon Lester throws 84-pitch minor league game

    Cubs' Jon Lester throws 84-pitch minor league game
    MESA, Ariz. -- In his final tune-up before opening night, Chicago Cubs left-handed ace Jon Lester threw 84 pitches Tuesday under warm conditions at the Cubs' spring training complex. Lester, who is trying to overcome a "dead arm" period, was...
  • Jon Lester frustrated by Kris Bryant's demotion

    Jon Lester frustrated by Kris Bryant's demotion
    MESA, Ariz. -- Ace left-hander Jon Lester didn't make his major league debut until more than two months into the 2006 season, so he knows about the service time issue surrounding minor league stars. Lester didn't mince words Tuesday when asked what he...
  • Tuesday's recap: Cubs 15, Rangers 10

    Tuesday's recap: Cubs 15, Rangers 10
    The summary Manager Joe Maddon made the trip to Surprise on Tuesday while pitching coach Chris Bosio stayed in Mesa to monitor Jon Lester's minor-league game. Left-hander Eric Jokisch, who will start the season at Triple-A Iowa, was tagged for seven...