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Cubs reduce Spring Training roster to 36 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned nine players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 45 to 36 players.

Nine non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Brandon Gomes, Jean Machi and Ryan Williams; infielders Jesus Guzman and Kris Negron; and outfielders Albert Almora, John Andreoli, Matt Murton and Juan Perez.

Chicago’s spring roster of 36 players consists of 19 pitchers (two non-roster invitees and one DL), four catchers (one non-roster invitee), eight infielders (one non-roster invitee) and five outfielders (one non-roster invitee).

Cubs reduce Spring Training roster to 45 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned 11 players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 56 to 45 players.

Right-handed pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Pierce Johnson; left-handed pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser; infielder Arismendy Alcantara; and catcher Willson Contreras have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Infielder Jeimer Candelario has been optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Five non-roster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Stephen Fife, Felix Pena and Drew Rucinski; left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos; and catcher Taylor Davis.

Chicago’s spring roster of 45 players consists of 22 pitchers (five non-roster invitees and one DL), four catchers (one non-roster invitee), 10 infielders (three non-roster invitees) and nine outfielders (five non-roster invitees).

Cubs invite 18 non-roster players to major league Spring Training

The Cubs have invited 18 non-roster players to major league Spring Training, which begins Feb. 19 when pitchers and catchers are invited to report in advance of their first formal workout on Feb. 20 at the club’s Under Armour Performance Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Position players are invited to report to camp Feb. 23 with the team’s first full-squad workout Feb. 24.

The following 10 pitchers have been invited to major league camp: right-handed pitchers Stephen Fife, Brandon Gomes, Jean Machi, Felix Pena, Jonathan Pettibone, Armando Rivero, Drew Rucinski and Duane Underwood, as well as left-handed pitchers Luis Cruz and Jack Leathersich.

The list also includes three infielders (Jesus Guzman, Munenori Kawasaki and Kristopher Negron); three outfielders (Albert Almora, John Andreoli and Juan Perez); and two catchers (Taylor Davis and Tim Federowicz).

Cubs announce 2016 Spring Training broadcast schedule

The Cubs announced their 2016 Spring Training broadcast schedule on Wednesday, and nearly every game will be available to fans via television, radio or internet radio broadcast.

The schedule features nine games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (six by Comcast SportsNet Chicago and three by WGN-TV), nine on the 670 The Score Cubs Radio Network and 21 via internet radio broadcast on cubs.com. There are also two games scheduled to be nationally televised on ESPN. Fans will be able to access the Cubs Webcasts on cubs.com and MLB.com for free by registering for a log-in account with the website.

The club’s new radio rights-holder, 670 The Score, will air its first game on March 5 when the Cubs host the Reds. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer return as the radio voices of the Cubs. Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s first game will air on March 16 when the Cubs play at the Royals. WGN-TV has its first game on March 20 when the Cubs host the Royals. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies return to call all Cubs TV games.

Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the cubs.com internet radio broadcasts.

All games start at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted. Chicago is one hour ahead of Arizona through Saturday, March 12 before moving to two hours ahead on Sunday, March 13.

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Cubs announce MasterCard Presale, general on-sale dates for 2016 Spring Training tickets

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The general sale for single-game tickets to Cubs Spring Training games at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona, begins this Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST. This year, fans can secure tickets to their must-have dates one day earlier through the online MasterCard Presale, beginning Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST through 10:59 p.m. MST/11:59 p.m. CST. Fans using a MasterCard can purchase single-game Spring Training tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 15 percent premium in excess of face value, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium.

The Cubs open their 2016 Spring Training home schedule by hosting the Los Angeles Angels Friday, March 4, at 1:05 p.m. MST. The team has added a split-squad home game vs. the Kansas City Royals at Sloan Park Monday, March 7, at 1:05 p.m. MST, increasing the home schedule to 15 games. The complete 2016 Spring Training schedule is available at cubs.com.

Tickets may be purchased online at cubs.com, over the phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or in person at the Sloan Park ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. There is a limit of 10 tickets per game for a maximum of five games per order.

“After another season with record-setting attendance, we’re very excited to begin our third season of Spring Training games at Sloan Park,” said Justin Piper, general manager of Spring Training business operations. “We expect an enthusiastic response to the team’s exciting offseason and encourage fans to purchase their tickets early once again.”

Details for purchasing single game tickets follow:

Purchasing Tickets In-person
Tickets may be purchased at Sloan Park, located at 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa, Arizona. The ticket office opens Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. MST. Standard hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, Monday through Saturday, as well as during Sunday home games.

Purchasing Tickets by Phone and Online
Tickets may be purchased through the general sale over the phone by dialing 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or online by visiting cubs.com beginning Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST.

Fans looking to participate in the online MasterCard Presale can purchase one day earlier, beginning Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST through 10:59 p.m. MST/11:59 p.m. CST.

Fans may direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Sloan Park, please visit sloanpark.com.

Cubs announce 2016 Spring Training schedule

Sloan-ParkThe Cubs Friday announced their 2016 Spring Training schedule, which begins on Thursday, March 3, against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale. The Cubs play their Sloan Park home opener on Friday, March 4, against the Los Angeles Angels. The club’s 31-game schedule includes 14 games at Sloan Park and 17 road games.

The Cubs and White Sox play twice next spring—Saturday, March 12, in Mesa and Friday, March 18, in Glendale.  The team concludes Cactus League play on Wednesday, March 30, vs. the Colorado Rockies at Sloan Park. The Cubs will conclude spring training with their annual trip to Las Vegas to play the New York Mets from March 31-April 1 and play one final tune-up against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, April 3, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Individual game tickets for the 2016 Chicago Cubs home spring training games at Sloan Park will go on sale Saturday, January 9, at 11 a.m. CT at the Sloan Park ticket office, on http://www.cubs.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. For season ticket and group ticket information, please visit http://www.sloanpark.com or call 1-800-THE-CUBS.

Fans may direct ticket and additional spring training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Sloan Park, please visit http://www.sloanpark.com.

For the complete spring training schedule for 2016, go to Cubs.com.

Cubscast Mesa: No Average Joe, Impressions of Joe Maddon

This spring, we talked to Cubs players and personnel about everything from their goals for the season to the best prank they’ve ever pulled. With the official Cactus League season wrapping up Wednesday, we round out our spring video series by looking at what the Cubs are getting in new leader Joe Maddon. The 61-year-old skipper has a unique way of relating to players and keeping the clubhouse loose, from having a DJ play on the practice field to wearing old-school coaching shorts during workouts.

And make sure you check out all the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower
Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV
Cubscast Mesa: The next wave of Cubs talent
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, The best thing I did this offseason
Cubscast Mesa: Goals for the 2015 season
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, The best clubhouse prank I’ve ever seen

Cubs reduce spring roster to 32 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned three players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 35 to 32 players.

Three players have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa: right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and outfielder Junior Lake.

Chicago’s spring roster of 32 players consists of 16 pitchers, four catchers (one nonroster invitee), six infielders (one nonroster invitee) and six outfielders.

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 4/1/15

HamHamJason Hammel takes the mound for the Cubs final Cactus League game of the season. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Brewers @ Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Rangers Starter: Kyle Lohse, RHP
Broadcast: CSN, Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Coghlan, LF
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B
8. Jason Hammel, RHP
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/31/15

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Mike Olt will start at third base Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Rangers (SS) @ Surprise
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Eric Jokisch, LHP
Rangers Starter: Derek Holland, LHP
Broadcast: MLB Network (delay), Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Welington Castillo, C
6. Mike Olt, 3B
7. Matt Szczur, LF
8. Eric Jokisch, LHP
9. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

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