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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
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4:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
SD
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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

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Central
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Pittsburgh0-01-0
Cincinnati0-01-0
St. Louis0-00-0
Chicago0-00-0
Milwaukee0-00-0
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Cubs taking wait-and-see approach on Welington Castillo's future
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Although Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is on the trade block and could be dealt before opening day, manager Joe Maddon told reporters that he's going to let the Castillo rumors play out before he decides whether he'll break camp with three catchers, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

"Let's just play it (out)," Maddon said. "Let's get him ready. He's really good. I really mean it. I like Castillo a lot. He's really opened up also in talking to guys and among the group, which is really nice to hear. There's a lot of good stuff going on there."

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Cubs OF prospect Albert Almora upbeat despite down year in 2014
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

After being considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America the last two years, Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora took a tumble down the rankings this year and is no longer considered among Baseball America's top 100 prospects heading into 2015.

Granted, Almora didn't have a banner year in 2014 between high Class A and Double-A -- .270/.291/.392/.683 -- but the 2012 first-round pick (sixth overall) is refusing to call his '14 campaign a lost year, per ESPN.

“To be honest with you, I didn’t have bad year,” Almora said Tuesday. “I thought it was a great year when it comes down to how to deal with stuff. I learned a lot of things. I was happy with the outcome of the year. Sure the numbers weren’t there like previous years, but when it comes to my development, I thought it was a great year.” 

Almora drew just 14 walks in 125 games last season. He admits one area he needs to improve is pitch recognition.

“Getting my pitch to hit. It (walking more) would help my game out tremendously," he said. "I definitely think it’s part of the game I need to work on. If I’m on base it helps the team.” 

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Cubs' Kyle Hendricks targeting 200 innings in 2015
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who was awarded the No. 4 spot in the starting rotation, told MLB.com that he's targeting 200 innings in 2015.

"That's one of the biggest goals I have for myself is consistency, No. 1, but then eating up innings," Hendricks said. "That's something I pride myself on is staying in ballgames and giving my team a chance to win. I think with the number I threw last year, 200 shouldn't be out of the question for me."

Hendricks put together a solid rookie campaign in 2014, registering a 2.46 ERA and 47:15 K:BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings with the Cubs. Overall, he totaled 183 innings between his time at Triple-A and the majors.

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Jackson, Wood among five vying for final spot in Cubs' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

With Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicating Monday that Kyle Hendricks has a spot in the rotation locked up behind Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel, that leaves Travis Wood, Edwin JacksonFelix Doubront, Jacob Turner and Tsuyoshi Wada vying for the final spot in the team's rotation.

“Everybody understands what’s going on here. There are no dummies," Maddon said, per MLB.com. “The line I like is that, I’m not going to lie to you. If I tell you the truth, you might be upset with me for about a week or two but then you’re going to be OK. But if I lie to you, you’re going to hate me forever.

“They’re very competitive and the fact we have a lot of folks for some really narrow choices, it’s going to be an interesting spring. I know that competition normally brings out the best in everyone.”

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New team, same story: Jon Lester to start Cubs' season opener
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced Monday starting pitcher Jon Lester will start the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals. Maddon said he wanted to talk to Lester before making the announcement.

It was be the fifth straight year Lester, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract in December, will start opening day. He started the last four opening days for the Red Sox.

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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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