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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

1000 Words: Happy Birthday to Jake Arrieta

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta turned 29 years old Friday. The right-hander enjoyed his best season as a major leaguer last year, finishing 10-5 with a 2.53 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate over 156.2 innings. He’s projected to start Sunday as the Cubs host the Rangers in Cactus League action.

Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff

There’s a totally different feeling in Cubs camp this spring, and that all starts at the top with the coaching staff. Two-time AL Manager of the Year Joe Maddon brings his vast experience and quirky personality to Mesa, and he is joined by a cast of new and familiar faces who are all working together to rewrite the script for Cubs fans. We talked to the staff, new and old, about their expectations for 2015 and why this year will be different.

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 …

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/6/15

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Mike Olt will bat fourth on Friday after hitting a two-run homer on Opening Day. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Reds – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 2:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Reds Starter: Tony Cingrani, LHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com

Lineup
1. Chris Denorfia, RF
2. Arismendy Alcantara, CF
3. Javier Baez, SS
4. Mike Olt, 1B
5. David Ross, C
6. Junior Lake, LF
7. Chris Valaika, 3B
8. Welington Castillo, C
9. Matt Szczur, CF

Cubs agree to terms with 20 players on 2015 contracts

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs have agreed to 2015 contract terms with all 20 players on their 40-man roster with zero to three years of major league service.

Right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler, C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm, Kyle Hendricks, Blake Parker, Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon and Brian Schlitter agreed to terms, as did left-handed pitchers Drake Britton, Eric Jokisch, Joe Ortiz and Zac Rosscup. The position players include catcher Rafael Lopez, infielders Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella, Mike Olt and Christian Villanueva, and outfielders Junior Lake and Matt Szczur.

Cubs Spring Training Lineups: 3/5/15

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

Spring Training games officially start for the Cubs Thursday with half the club hosting the Athletics at Sloan Park while the other half heads to Scottsdale to take on the Giants. Here are lineups for this afternoon’s games:

Cubs vs. Athletics – Sloan Park
First Pitch: 2:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
Athletics Starter: Barry Zito, LHP
Broadcast: Listen live at MLB.com

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

Cubs @ Giants – Scottsdale
First Pitch: 2:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jacob Turner, RHP
Giants Starter: Ryan Vogelsong, RHP

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

1000 Words: Manny being mentor

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

Since Manny Ramirez (right) joined the Cubs organization midway through 2014, he has worked as a mentor for many of the young players in the system, including second baseman Javier Baez (left). This season, Ramirez, a two-time World Series champion and a member of the 500 home run club, is serving as a hitting consultant for the organization. He’ll continue to work with the players as the year progresses.

Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …

It’s not easy to make it to the big leagues, and some of the guys who do make it can have short careers. That’s why it’s important to have a fallback plan. We asked some of your favorite Cubs players what they would be doing if they weren’t involved in professional baseball.

You may think you know your Cubs, but do you know which man dreams of running a resort hotel? Or who wants to join the FBI? Check out the above video to learn the answers. Some of them might surprise you (we’re looking at you, Pierce Johnson).

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

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