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D-backs' McCarthy, Cubs' Samardzija finish spring

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona's Brandon McCarthy and Chicago's Jeff Samardzija wrapped up their spring training with solid outings in the Diamondbacks' 14-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

McCarthy, the starter in Monday's home opener against San Francisco, allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. Smardzija, the Cubs' opening-day starter Monday at Pittsburgh, went three innings, giving up a run on four hits.

The Diamondbacks amassed 20 hits, including six home runs. Mark Trumbo and Chris Owings were among the Arizona players who homered.

The Diamondbacks played for the first time since returning Sunday from Australia, where they opened the regular season with a pair of losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Kirk Gibson wasn't in the Arizona dugout after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Bench coach Alan Trammell took Gibson's spot.

Gibson hobbled in on crutches for his pre-game news conference and said he expected to be back in the dugout for the Diamondbacks' split-squad game against Cleveland on Thursday. It will be the final game for Arizona at its Scottsdale spring training facility.

Although it didn't count, the blowout felt good for the Diamondbacks after two disappointing outings in Australia.

''This is what the doctor ordered right here, I mean it really was,'' Trammell said. ''The fact is that we are a good hitting ball club and we need to sustain rallies and do these things, and that was very encouraging.''

The Cubs play their final game of spring training at their new Mesa digs Thursday against the crosstown rival White Sox.

The Diamondbacks and Cubs play exhibition games Friday and Saturday at Chase Field in Phoenix.

STARTING TIME

Cubs: Samadzija struck out two with no walks. He finished the spring with a 5.14 ERA but said he was ready for the season to begin.

''The last two times out have been really positive,'' he said. ''You kind of look at all fronts - arm strength, body strength, mechanics, location of pitches. And I'm checking off all the boxes, so I felt good and I'm ready to get going.''

Diamondbacks: McCarthy's spring was the best of any Arizona starter. He finished 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA. On Wednesday, he struck out six with one walk.

''Whether it's a minor league or big league game, I felt like I threw most of the pitches where I wanted to,'' he said of his spring efforts. ''I threw with conviction. The stuff was all there. I was able to accomplish what I wanted to while I was here. Those were all good things. How those translate into the regular season we'll find out, but I feel like I'm in a real good place.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: OF Justin Ruggiano was a late scratch and was given a second day to rest his sore left ankle. Ruggiano, acquired in an offseason trade from Miami, is hitting .297 with two home runs this spring.

Diamondbacks: OF Cody Ross, recovering from a severe hip injury and subsequent surgery, remains ahead of schedule in his recovery. Gibson said Ross looks good at the plate and the only thing he is waiting to see is how Ross maneuvers in the outfield in game situations. Ross could be back the second week of the season. RHP Bronson Arroyo is coming back from a sore back. Arroyo is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game and could be in the rotation for either the fourth game of next week's Giants series or April 4 in the series opener at Colorado.

SHORTSTOP BATTLE

There's been no announcement as to who will win the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop job, but Owings provided another glimpse of his hitting ability with his two-run homer after replacing Didi Gregorius in the sixth.

Owings, the PCL player of the year last season, is hitting .298 this spring. Gregorius, a superior defender but weaker at the plate, is batting .195.

HOME RUN ALLEY

Cubs left-hander Chris Russin had a rough day, allowing nine runs on 10 hits, including four homers, in 2 2-3 innings.

He gave up a two-run shot to Trumbo in the fourth, then gave up three home runs in Arizona's six-run sixth.

Russin was one of three players acquired from Texas in the July, 2013, trade that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers.

 
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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Junior Lake, CF4000010 .229
Chris Coghlan, LF4221020 .256
Nate Schierholtz, RF4230000 .283
Mike Olt, 3B4012011 .275
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
Welington Castillo, C3011100 .276
Javier Baez, SS3000113 .280
Ryan Roberts, 2B3000000 .237
   Alberto Cabrera, P0000000 .000
   Jeudy Valdez, 3B0000000 .143
   a-John Baker, PH1000011 .280
Lars Anderson, 1B2000010 .000
   b-Jonathan Mota, PH-1B2000021 .200
Jeff Samardzija, P1000010 .000
   Chris Rusin, P1000000 .000
   Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
   c-Arismendy Alcantara, PH-2B1000000 .188
Totals33474210  
a-struck out for Valdez in the 9th
b-struck out for Anderson in the 7th
c-fouled out for Mateo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (4, McCarthy), Nate Schierholtz (3, McCarthy), Mike Olt (2, McCarthy)
HR - Chris Coghlan (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (3), Mike Olt 2 (12), Welington Castillo (1)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Olt (5)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Roberts-Baez-Anderson
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija 3411020 5.14
Chris Rusin (L,3-3; BS,1) 2.21099004 7.45
Marcos Mateo 0.1211110 4.76
Alberto Cabrera 1222011 6.97
Justin Grimm 1211011 8.64
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 16-16, Chris Rusin 19-18, Marcos Mateo 9-5, Alberto Cabrera 10-8, Justin Grimm 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 3-3, Chris Rusin 6-2, Alberto Cabrera 1-1, Justin Grimm 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 12, Chris Rusin 18, Marcos Mateo 4, Alberto Cabrera 5, Justin Grimm 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF3010000 .341
   Jordan Parraz, RF2111010 .250
Aaron Hill, 2B3120010 .326
   Andy Marte, 3B2000000 .240
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3111001 .255
   Brandon Jacobs, 1B2111000 .200
Martin Prado, 3B3121000 .488
   Tony Campana, CF2110000 .231
Miguel Montero, C3120001 .306
   a-Henry Blanco, PH-C2011010 .238
Mark Trumbo, LF2112012 .263
   Aaron Cunningham, LF2221100 .333
A.J. Pollock, CF1001000 .415
   Cliff Pennington, 2B3120012 .306
Didi Gregorius, SS2000001 .195
   Chris Owings, SS3223001 .298
Brandon McCarthy, P2000000 .000
   b-Tyler Bortnick, PH1000000 .200
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   Will Harris, P0000000 .000
   c-Rudy Flores, PH1112000 .556
   David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals4214201415  
a-doubled for Montero in the 6th
b-flied out for McCarthy in the 6th
c-homered for Harris in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (4, Rusin), Paul Goldschmidt (4, Rusin), Miguel Montero (3, Samardzija), Henry Blanco (1, Mateo), Chris Owings (3, Cabrera)
HR - Jordan Parraz (1, Rusin), Brandon Jacobs (1, Rusin), Mark Trumbo (2, Rusin), Aaron Cunningham (1, Grimm), Chris Owings (1, Rusin), Rudy Flores (2, Cabrera)
SF - A.J. Pollock (1)
RBI - Jordan Parraz (1), Paul Goldschmidt (9), Brandon Jacobs (1), Martin Prado (8), Henry Blanco (1), Mark Trumbo 2 (6), Aaron Cunningham (3), A.J. Pollock (8), Chris Owings 3 (5), Rudy Flores 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt (4), Brandon Jacobs (1), Martin Prado (3), Henry Blanco (1), Aaron Cunningham (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Prado-Hill-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy (W,2-0) 6633160 2.70
Oliver Perez (H,2) 0.2000010 0.00
Will Harris (H,1) 0.1000000 2.16
David Hernandez (H,4) 1111011 2.16
J.J. Putz 1000120 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 40-35, Oliver Perez 4-4, Will Harris 1-1, David Hernandez 10-7, J.J. Putz 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 9-2, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 24, Oliver Perez 2, Will Harris 1, David Hernandez 4, J.J. Putz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12755
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jeff Morrow, First Base - Ben May, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - A.J. Johnson