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Cubs reduce spring roster to 53 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned eight players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 61 to 53 players.

Infielder Christian Villanueva and catcher Rafael Lopez have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Six nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Corey Black, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach; left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka; and infielder Logan Watkins.

Chicago’s spring roster of 53 players consists of 28 pitchers (six nonroster invitees), five catchers (two nonroster invitees), 10 infielders (four nonroster invitees) and 10 outfielders (three nonroster invitees).

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/16/15

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Padres @ Peoria
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Padres Starter: Brandon Morrow, RHP
Broadcast: MLB Network

Lineup
1. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B
2. Chris Coghlan, LF
3. Starlin Castro, SS
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Kris Bryant, DH
6. Ryan Sweeney, CF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Mike Olt, 1B
9. Chris Valaika, 2B

Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV

Addicted to The Bachelor? Can’t get enough of The Blacklist? Have a soft spot for 1990s sitcoms? You’re not alone.

Throughout the baseball season, Cubs players spend countless hours on planes or in hotels. Thanks to subscription services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, they’re still able to keep up with their favorite TV shows while they’re on the road. We asked Cubs players and coaches what their favorite programs were and got some interesting answers.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out 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

Cubs Spring Training Lineups: 3/13/15

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After a two-homer day on Thursday, Kris Bryant will travel to his hometown of Las Vegas on Friday to take on Oakland. (Photo By David Durochik)

Cubs vs. Indians (SS) – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
Indians Starter: T.J. House, LHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com

1. Chris Denorfia, DH
2. Matt Szczur, CF
3. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Mike Olt, 3B
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Ryan Sweeney, RF
9. Mike Baxter, 1B

Cubs vs. Athletics (SS) @ Las Vegas
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Athletics Starter: Drew Pomeranz, LHP
Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network (delay)

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Javier Baez, 2B
6. Kris Bryant, DH
7. Junior Lake, LF
8. Tommy La Stella, 3B
9. Addison Russell, SS

 

 

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/12/15

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Comedian Will Ferrell is scheduled to play first base for the Cubs Thursday afternoon. (Photo by David Durochik)

Cubs vs. Angels @ Tempe
First Pitch: 3:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Angels Starter: Sean Newcomb, LHP
Broadcast: MLB Network (delay), Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Chris Denorfia, DH
2. Javier Baez, 2B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Mike Olt, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Junior Lake, LF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Addison Russell, SS
9. Matt Szczur, CF

Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp

The Cubs finished on a strong note in 2014 and were riding a huge wave of momentum as they entered Spring Training. New veteran additions have joined with the organization’s unmatched young talent to make the Cubs the talk of the Cactus League. We sat down with some of the new and old players to find out what the feeling is like in camp and how it differs from the feeling in previous years.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out 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

Cubs Spring Training Lineups: 3/11/15

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Rick Sutcliffe looks on as Jon Lester throws during Spring Training. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Dodgers Starter: Zack Greinke, RHP
Broadcast: MLB Network, Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Starlin Castro, SS
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Chris Coghlan, LF
6. Mike Olt, 3B
7. Ryan Sweeney, RF
8. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
9. Mike Baxter, DH

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/10/15

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Jorge Soler will bat fourth for the Cubs Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs @ Indians – Goodyear
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
Indians Starter: Trevor Bauer, RHP
Broadcast: MLB Network (delay), listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Tommy La Stella, DH
2. Junior Lake, LF
3. Arismendy Alcantara, CF
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Javier Baez, 2B
6. Kris Bryant, 3B
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Chris Valaika, 1B
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/9/15

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Dexter Fowler (center) and Anthony Rizzo (right) hang out after a workout at Spring Training. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Padres – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Edwin Jackson, RHP
Padres Starter: Andrew Cashner, RHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Denorfia, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Miguel Montero, DH
6. Mike Olt, 3B
7. David Ross, C
8. Chris Coghlan, LF
9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower

Major League Baseball players are blessed with all sorts of talents. Most mere mortals would give anything to be able to turn around a 98 mph fastball or to be able to throw said 98 mph fastball. But even the Cubs best athletes can’t do everything.

When we sat down with the team during Spring Training, we asked the guys which special talent or superpower they wish they had. The answers are enlightening.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Sloan Park all spring, so make sure you’re watching the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out 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