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  • Mike Olt well-armed in battle to make roster

    Mike Olt well-armed in battle to make roster
    MESA, Ariz. — After passing eye and hitting tests this spring, Mike Olt aced his biggest challenge Tuesday and may have secured at least a share of the Cubs' third base job. Olt charged and made an accurate throw to retire the Angels' multi-...
  • Cubs' Renteria says Castro '100 percent'

    Cubs' Renteria says Castro '100 percent'
    MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Rick Renteria more sounded confident Tuesday that shortstop Starlin Castro will be ready for the Chicago Cubs' opener Monday at Pittsburgh. “I’m totally comfortable with his health," Renteria said after watching Castro...
  • Cubs' Olt gets another shot at third, Ruggiano scratched

    MESA, Ariz. -- Tuesday marks a long day of evaluations for the Chicago Cubs as they play host to the Los Angeles Angels at Cubs Park before traveling to Peoria to face the San Diego Padres in the evening. Mike Olt, who hit a home run Sunday but...
  • Lake, Valbuena combine for 5 HRs

    PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Many of the Chicago Cubs' projected starting players received Sunday off as they enter the final week of spring training. That has given manager Rick Renteria a chance to look at several players competing for reserve roles, such as...
  • Cubs' Lake shows extra at-bats in minors can be helpful

    PHOENIX -- Junior Lake showed that getting extra at-bats in the minor leagues was helpful, and the Cubs can hope shortstop Starlin Castro can at least benefit from his current stint in the minors. Lake, who spent last week in the minors trying to find...
  • Cubs' backups battle in final week

    Cubs' backups battle in final week
    PHOENiX -- The Chicago Cubs are expected to finalize their 25-man roster well before their final game of the exhibition sesaon concludes Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at noisy Chase Field. But Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics at...
  • Travis Wood will start Cubs home opener

    Travis Wood will start Cubs home opener
    MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs adjusted their rotation for the season's first four games so All-Star left-hander Travis Wood will start the April 4 home opener against the Phillies. Wood has a lifetime 2.11 ERA in three starts against the Phillies, who...
  • Starlin Castro thinks he is set to ease into action

    Starlin Castro thinks he is set to ease into action
    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The ticks on the clock are sounding louder as shortstop Starlin Castro tries to convince the Cubs he will be ready for opening day despite not playing since March 2. Castro believes he could resume playing Saturday, albeit in a...
  • Baez bruises right heel, Valbuena slugs Cubs to 7-0 win

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cubs fans can relax after mega prospect Javier Baez left Friday’s game in the sixth inning after hitting an infield single. Baez was diagnosed with only a right heel bruise and could return as soon as Saturday, although...
  • Cubs' Olt singles in 3 ABs

    MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Rick Renteria wasn't sure how many innings Mike Olt would play Thursday against the Seattle Mariners, but Olt was under a close watch at third base. "We’re going to take it inning-by-inning," Renteria said. "He hasn’...
  • Josh Beckett's sore thumb forces him out of Dodgers' 5-4 loss early

    His pitching line looked good. It was how the thumb felt that was the problem. Right-hander Josh Beckett returned to the mound Friday, throwing three sharp, scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out one. The one problem: He...