Chicago Cubs

Stadium: Wrigley Field | Manager: Rick Renteria
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Cubs.2396141573.91
NL Central4th4th1st5th
National League 10th11th2nd12th

Schedule

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3:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
OAK
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3:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
at SF
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3:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
CIN
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3:10 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
at COL
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4:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
TEX
*
4:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
SD
*
4:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
at CLE
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4:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 11
LAD
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4:10 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
at LAA
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4:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
CLE
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8:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
OAK
*
3:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
OAK
*
4:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
at MIL
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4:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 15
CIN

Standings

NL
Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
St. Louis82-6090-72
Pittsburgh77-6588-74
Milwaukee71-7182-80
Cincinnati70-7276-86
Chicago64-7873-89
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Cubs' Arismendy Alcantara will play all over the place
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cubs utility man Arismendy Alcantara is going to play a lot of positions this season, according to ESPN.

Alcantara saw time in center last season, but the team's trade for Dexter Fowler will alter his role. Alcantara says he's ready for the challenge. "Mentally you have to be ready for that," Alcantara said. "They want me to play second base and the outfield." He's also expected to see some time at third base. 

Manager Joe Maddon is glad to have such a versatile player on the team. "When you get a guy like that and you want to give someone a rest, you don't feel like you're losing anything," Joe Maddon said. "And the big attraction there is also in-game. It's like having an extra guy on the bench."

The 23-year-old Alcantara hit .205/.254/.367 over 278 at-bats last year. 

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Cubs INF Tommy La Stella 'very comfortable' at third base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella said he feels "very comfortable" playing at third base, per MLB.com.

La Stella began to take reps at third base after the Cubs indicated he needed to be able to play more than second base to make the roster following his acquisition from Atlanta.

"It takes a second to get used to, but luckily they gave me the heads up, so I've been able to work out over there for several months," he said.

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MLB players to undergo mandatory domestic violence education
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

All major-league players on 40-man rosters will attend a mandatory program on domestic violence education this spring, the Associated Press reports.

The sessions will be coordinated by San Francisco-based Futures Without Violence, per Major League Baseball, and will take place during spring training. The program begins Thursday with the Royals, Cubs and Athletics participating.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that there will also be an education program for players who are not on 40-man rosters. He also spoke about the disciplinary aspects of the league's player conduct policy with relation to incidents of domestic violence.

"We continue to discuss and work with the players' association on the disciplinary component of a policy," Manfred said at a news conference Monday. "I'm hopeful that we will reach an agreement with the players' association before opening day on that topic, and frankly I would be disappointed if we were not able to come to an agreement. Having said that, we want a policy that is effective and as good as any in professional sports, so we're not going to settle for something less than that."

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Cubs' Starlin Castro carries teammate to build leg strength
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

One of the strength drills Cubs strength coach Tim Buss had shortstop Starlin Castro do to strengthen his legs was carry teammate Mike Olt on his back and run forward and backward, MLB.com reports.

"I did some things I've never done in my life," Castro said. "It really makes you tired at the moment, but after that, a few days later, you feel good."

Castro has had hamstring problems the last two springs, so the team has decided to emphasize leg work heading into the start of camp Wednesday.

Manager Joe Maddon has yet to determine where to hit the shortstop in the lineup, but Castro has voiced his preference to be placed in a spot and left there.

"Wherever they put me, I'll try to do my job," Castro said. "The only thing I like is if he puts me six, seven, leave me there. I like one spot and that's it."

Castro spent most of the 2014 season batting cleanup but did bat second, third, fifth and sixth in at least four games each. He hit .292/.339/.438 with 14 home runs, 65 RBI and four stolen bases in 528 at-bats last season.

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Cubs announce hirings of Manny Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Cubs announced Tuesday they hired former major leaguers Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis.

Ramirez, who was with the Cubs last season as a player-coach for Triple-A Iowa, was hired as a hitting consultant. Ramirez spent 19 seasons in the majors (1993-2011). He totaled a .312 batting average, .411 on-base percentage, .585 slugging percentage, .996 OPS and 555 home runs. He was a 12-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger award nine times.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein added Tuesday that Ramirez has not "formally retired."

Youkilis was hired as a scouting and player development consultant. Youkilis spent 10 years in the majors (2004-13), batting .281 with a .382 on-base percentage, .478 slugging percentage and .861 OPS. He was a three-time All-Star and won a Gold Glove award in 2007.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGStarlin Castro , SS.292
HRAnthony Rizzo , 1B32
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B78
OBPAnthony Rizzo , 1B.386
SLGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.527
RAnthony Rizzo , 1B89
SBArismendy Alcantara , CF8
WJake Arrieta , SP10
ERATravis Wood , SP5.03
WHIPTravis Wood , SP1.53
KJake Arrieta , SP167
SVHector Rondon , RP29
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