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Jackson retires 10 straight, Cubs beat Arizona 3-1

By MIKE CRANSTON
Associated Press
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PHOENIX (AP) Edwin Jackson retired his first 10 batters in four shutout innings during his final start before the regular season, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Friday night.

Jackson allowed only a ground single to Aaron Hill and did not walk a batter. The right-hander struck out two and threw 34 of 47 pitches for strikes.

Jackson, who lost a major league-high 18 games last season, is scheduled to start Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz each had an RBI single and made a diving catch in the outfield to back Jackson.

''I'm feeling pretty good,'' Jackson said. ''Just coming out throwing strikes and letting the defense play behind you.''

Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. It was Cahill's first start since he took the loss against the Dodgers in Arizona's second regular-season game in Australia on Sunday.

''I thought he was better tonight,'' Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. ''He had better rhythm. He controlled the count better.''

Cubs right-hander Armando Rivero struck out Tuffy Gosewisch with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

Jose Veras gave up a hit and hit a batter with a pitch in the ninth before securing the save.

STARTING TIME

Cubs: Jackson lowered his spring ERA to 4.00. It was 4.98 during his forgettable 2013 season.

''I'm excited,'' Jackson said. ''Last year was a crazy year, not a year I wanted to have. I'm eager to go out and be able to play the way I know I can play. I haven't lost any confidence.''

Diamondbacks: Cahill walked three and struck out five, throwing 55 of 92 pitches for strikes. Gibson said the team is trying to get Cahill to speed things up.

''His pace was much better,'' Gibson said. ''We're trying to get him on the mound and go.''

VILLANUEVA STARTS

Cubs manager Rick Renteria announced Carlos Villanueva will be the team's fifth starter and Chris Rusin will be sent to Triple-A.

The 30-year-old Villanueva had a 5.60 ERA in six spring training appearances. The 27-year-old Rusin gave up four home runs in his last spring start Wednesday.

BULLPEN AUDITIONS

The Villanueva decision left the Cubs with only the bullpen to sort out before setting their 25-man roster.

Left-hander Zac Rosscup, contending for a spot, allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

BAD ELBOWS HERE

Patrick Corbin returned in a sling and David Hernandez was about to be fitted for one as the Diamondbacks deal with another devastating pitching injury.

''It's not something you want to wish on anybody,'' Corbin said.

The All-Star left-hander was greeted warmly by teammates as he rejoined the club after Tommy John surgery Tuesday. The team was coming to grips with the news that Hernandez, the Diamondbacks' setup man, also has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and is likely out for the season.

''It's a long process, but I have people around here to talk to,'' Hernandez said.

Left-hander Matt Reynolds and right-hander Daniel Hudson, who has had the surgery twice, also are recovering from the same injury.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Shortstop Starlin Castro, who has been playing in minor league games this week as he recovers from a strained right hamstring, could play in the final exhibition Saturday against Arizona.

Diamondbacks: Outfielder Cody Ross (hip) has been playing in camp games and remains on track to return next month. ''Everything is still pointing in the right direction,'' Gibson said.

DRUG AGREEMENT

Arizona players were learning the details of the new drug agreement as they came to the park Friday.

It includes increased testing, an 80-game suspension for the first offense, and a 162-game ban for a second offense. Players who test positive also will be banned from postseason play.

''As a union, we're excited,'' said right-hander Brad Ziegler, the team's union representative. ''The goal is a clean game. And a lot of things we got done were player-driven. I think that shows how much the players want the game clean.''

REDSKINS & DIAMONDBACKS

Quarterback Robert Griffin III was one of several Washington Redskins players to take swings in the Diamondbacks' indoor batting cage Friday. Griffin then posed for pictures with Arizona players.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Pennington
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS4110001 .255
   Javier Baez, SS1000000 .275
Junior Lake, LF3000112 .216
   Brett Jackson, LF1000010 .200
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3211001 .314
   Daniel Vogelbach, 1B1000100 .308
Mike Olt, 3B3010021 .276
   Christian Villanueva, 3B2000011 .185
Nate Schierholtz, RF4021000 .300
   Rubi Silva, RF0000000 .167
Ryan Sweeney, CF3021002 .188
   Matt Szczur, CF1010000 .125
John Baker, C4010024 .258
   Eli Whiteside, C0000000 .056
Darwin Barney, 2B1000200 .267
   Arismendy Alcantara, 2B0000100 .188
Edwin Jackson, P2000024 .000
   Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
   a-Chris Coghlan, PH1000001 .244
   Zac Rosscup, P0000000 .000
   b-Chris Valaika, PH1000002 .216
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   Armando Rivero, P0000000 .000
   Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
Totals3539359  
a-grounded out for Rondon in the 6th
b-flied out for Rosscup in the 8th
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (1, Cahill), Matt Szczur (1, Putz)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (11), Nate Schierholtz (4), Ryan Sweeney (4)
2-OUT RBI - Nate Schierholtz (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Barney-Bonifacio-Rizzo, Barney-Bonifacio-Rizzo-Rosscup-Baez-Vogelbach
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson (W,2-3) 4100020 4.00
Hector Rondon (H,3) 1200100 7.71
Zac Rosscup (H,2) 2100120 5.14
Pedro Strop (H,2) 0.2211110 4.70
Armando Rivero (H,3) 0.1000110 12.60
Jose Veras (S,1) 1100020 7.00
HBP - Owings (by Jose Veras)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 47-34, Hector Rondon 18-10, Zac Rosscup 24-13, Pedro Strop 22-14, Armando Rivero 11-5, Jose Veras 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 5-5, Hector Rondon 2-0, Zac Rosscup 1-2, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jose Veras 1-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 13, Hector Rondon 5, Zac Rosscup 7, Pedro Strop 5, Armando Rivero 2, Jose Veras 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF3000010 .304
   Cliff Pennington, 2B2110002 .300
Aaron Hill, 2B3010000 .333
   Evan Marzilli, RF1011000 .222
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3000001 .231
   Mike Jacobs, 1B0000100 .097
Martin Prado, 3B3010001 .458
   Aaron Cunningham, PR-LF0000100 .294
Miguel Montero, C3010001 .308
   Tuffy Gosewisch, C1000013 .316
Mark Trumbo, LF2000101 .244
   Brandon Drury, PR-3B1000010 .500
Didi Gregorius, SS4020011 .222
A.J. Pollock, CF1000110 .386
   Tony Campana, CF2000011 .209
Trevor Cahill, P2000012 .000
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   a-Eric Chavez, PH1000010 .161
   Will Harris, P0000000 .000
   b-Chris Owings, PH0000000 .286
Totals3217148  
a-struck out for Putz in the 8th
b-hit by pitch for Harris in the 9th
Batting
2B - Evan Marzilli (1, Strop)
3B - Cliff Pennington (2, Strop)
RBI - Evan Marzilli (2)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Marzilli (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gregorius-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,1-2) 6833350 6.95
Oliver Perez 1000010 0.00
J.J. Putz 1100110 4.70
Will Harris 1000120 1.93
WP - J.J. Putz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 92-55, Oliver Perez 15-11, J.J. Putz 18-9, Will Harris 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-3, Oliver Perez 1-1, Will Harris 1-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 28, Oliver Perez 3, J.J. Putz 5, Will Harris 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16361
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Brian Hertzog, Third Base - Brad Myers