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  • 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...
  • Bragging rights: the leadoff men — Dexter Fowler or Adam Eaton

    Bragging rights: the leadoff men — Dexter Fowler or Adam Eaton
    The leadoff men Cubs: Dexter Fowler The repertoire: Two scouts believe Fowler hasn't played up to his potential but think he's in a good spot in his final year before free agency. One National League coach observed the switch-hitting Fowler hits...
  • Bragging rights: the closers — Hector Rondon or David Robertson

    Bragging rights: the closers — Hector Rondon or David Robertson
    The closers Cubs: Hector Rondon The repertoire: There are no secrets to Rondon's style. "It's hard stuff — in your face," a National League coach said. "The fastball is his main weapon." Rondon spent part of the spring working on his secondary...
  • Bragging rights: the sluggers — Anthony Rizzo or Jose Abreu

    Bragging rights: the sluggers — Anthony Rizzo or Jose Abreu
    The sluggers Cubs: Anthony Rizzo The repertoire: "There's nothing to worry about this guy," one major league scout said. Rizzo performed remarkably well despite a lack of protection last season. Rizzo mastered the art of hitting the ball where it's...
  • Despite marked improvement, neither White Sox nor Cubs will make playoffs

    Despite marked improvement, neither White Sox nor Cubs will make playoffs
    How nice that the arrival of baseball season in Chicago doesn't mark the beginning of a race to 95 losses and "Play ball!'' no longer sounds like a threat. For the first time since President Theo Epstein took over, the Cubs believe they can compete...
  • Cubs, take heart: Clippers make something of previous nothings

    Cubs, take heart: Clippers make something of previous nothings
    The spring clover is blooming and so is baseball. As kismet would have it, the new season blossoms Sunday night with a game featuring the Chicago Cubs, on a major holiday that's heavy with themes of bloodshed and resurrection. I mean, who writes this...
  • Former Yankee Ichiro Suzuki will fill many roles off the Marlins' bench

    Former Yankee Ichiro Suzuki will fill many roles off the Marlins' bench
    Marlins manager Mike Redmond has joked about the number of times this spring he has been asked how Ichiro Suzuki will be used. He provided that answer this week — by his actions, not his words. Redmond gave Ichiro a taste of what his season...
  • You want to love Chicago baseball, but it won't be easy

    You want to love Chicago baseball, but it won't be easy
    Your 2015 MLB preview edition is here, but we can't do that just yet. First, we have to acknowledge DePaul's latest coaching hire. A move that absolutely reeks of, let's see, apathy, cluelessness, laziness and a complete unawareness of the school and...
  • Clayton Kershaw finishes a sharp spring for the Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw finishes a sharp spring for the Dodgers
    Clayton Kershaw won't say it, but his longtime catcher suspects he dislikes spring training. "There's really no reward at the end for him, as far as win or a loss," A.J. Ellis said. The next time Kershaw takes the mound, there will be a reward. He...
  • A healthy Starlin Castro believes he can get off to a fast start

    A healthy Starlin Castro believes he can get off to a fast start
    MESA, Ariz. — Starlin Castro achieved a minor accomplishment by not missing significant time as he had the last two spring trainings. "After last year and the year before that, I feel great," Castro said Wednesday before hitting a sacrifice fly....
  • Marlins name Alvarez Opening Day starter

    Marlins name Alvarez Opening Day starter
    Manager Mike Redmond before Sunday's 11-7 loss to the Nationals announced right-hander Henderson Alvarez would start on Opening Day, Monday, April 6 at home versus the Braves. "I'm sure that's a surprise," Redmond said, facetiously. "This guy had an...