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Cactus notes: Dempster to start Opening Day

Mesa, Ariz. — Cubs manager Dale Sveum named veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster the club’s Opening Day starter over the weekend.

The 34-year-old will start his second consecutive opener for the Cubs and fourth Opening Day start overall (Florida 2001-02) when he takes the Wrigley Field mound April 5 against Washington.

His 2011 totals of 10 wins and a 4.80 ERA are his lowest since the Cubs moved Dempster into the rotation in 2007, but Sveum ultimately picked the veteran for his consistency. The two-time All-Star fanned 191 batters last season, good for 11th in the NL. He also started a league-best 34 games and pitched 202 innings, good for top 20 in National League.

Dempster will face off against 23-year-old Nationals’ phenom Stephen Strasburg.

Cactus Notes: B. Jackson, Rizzo, 5 others sent to minor league camp

Mesa, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs sent seven players to minor league camp Friday, including a pair of elite prospects in Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson.

Rizzo, as well as infielder Adrian Cardenas were optioned to Triple-A Iowa, while Brett Jackson, Jim Adduci, Michael Brenly, Jay Jackson and Bobby Scales were assigned to minor league camp.

Rizzo, a 22-year-old first base prospect, came over in an offseason trade with the San Diego Padres for pitcher Andrew Cashner. Rizzo hit .364 with a .962 OPS in 33 at-bats this spring.

The Cubs used a 2009 first-round draft pick on the five-tool outfielder Brett Jackson. The non-roster invitee hit .276 with seven RBI and an OPS of .986 through 29 at-bats in the Cactus League.

While Manager Dale Sveum has praised both of their abilities throughout the spring, it was well-documented that neither would make the Opening Day roster.

Cactus Notes: Sonnanstine outrighted to Iowa

Mesa, Ariz — The Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Andy Sonnanstine was assigned outright to the organization’s Triple-A Iowa squad Thursday. Entering spring training vying for a spot in the rotation, the 29-year-old posted a 14.40 ERA in five innings through four games.

The move reduces the current roster to 47 players, and Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Sonnanstine came over as a free agent in the offseason. He spent the last five years with the Rays, winning 28 games in his time in Tampa as both a starter and reliever.

Cubs sign Cuban left-hander Concepcion

MESA, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion have agreed to terms on a five-year major league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Concepcion, who turned 20 last month, earned Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year honors last season after going 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 games (16 starts) for the Industriales. At just 19, Concepcion placed among league leaders in wins (tied for sixth), winning percentage (second at .769) and ERA (ninth).

A season earlier, the 6-foot-2 southpaw pitched for Havana in the Cuban Junior National Tournament, going 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA (16 ER/47.0 innings pitched) in 15 appearances, six as a starter. He struck out 39, walked only 15 and did not allow a home run in 47.0 innings.

Although Concepcion was added to the 40-man roster, he will report to minor league camp. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Cactus Notes: Today’s starting lineups

MESA, Ariz.–Lineups have been posted for today’s 1 p.m. opener versus the Oakland A’s. This will be manager Dale Sveum’s first game at the helm, after six seasons on Milwaukee’s coaching staff. He was named the 52nd manager in franchise history on Nov. 18, 2011, and brings 11 years of major and minor league coaching and managing experience. Welington Castillo will start in place of lineup regular Geovany Soto, who is still nursing a sore groin.

Oakland Athletics

Coco Crisp – CF

Cliff Pennington – SS

Josh Reddick – RF

Chris Carter – DH

Brandon Allen – 1B

Kurt Suzuki – C

Eric Sogard – 2B

Collin Cowgill – LF

Wes Timmons – 3B

Brandon McCarthy – P

Chicago Cubs

Alfonso Soriano – LF

Ian Stewart – 3B

Starlin Castro – SS

Bryan LaHair – 1B

Marlon Byrd – CF

David DeJesus – RF

Jeff Baker – DH

Darwin Barney – 2B

Welington Castillo – C

Rodrigo Lopez – P

Cactus Notes: Second intrasquad game this afternoon

MESA, Ariz.–The Cubs are currently out on the practice fields preparing for the second straight day of intrasquad games before the Cactus League season kicks off tomorrow against the Oakland A’s. In yesterday’s matchup, the prospect-laden Blue team defeated the veteran White team 10-4, behind six RBIs from outfielder Matt Szczur. Today, both teams are highlighted by younger players and new acquisitions, including Jae-Hoon Ha, Welington Castillo, Dave Sappelt, Anthony Rizzo and Bobby Scales. Left-hander Chris Rusin will toe the mound for the Blue team, and righty Jay Jackson will start for the White team.

Below are today’s starting lineups:

White Team

1. Sappelt – CF

2. Cardenas – 3B

3. Rizzo – 1B

4. Clevenger – DH

5. Gibbs – C

6. Mota – SS

7. Szczur – LF

8. Scales – 2B

9. B. Jackson – RF

J. Jackson/McNutt – P

Blue Team

1. Campana – LF

2. Adduci – RF

3. Ha – CF

4. Mather – 1B

5. Castillo – C

6. Gonzalez – SS

7. Amezaga – 2B

8. Tolbert – 3B

9. Lalli – DH

Rusin/Cabrera – P

Cactus Notes: Game day

MESA, Ariz.–The Cubs are gearing up for their first live game action of the season this afternoon at HoHoKam Park. After morning workouts, the club will play an intrasquad game–blue team versus white–essentially pitting the major league squad against the minor leaguers. The game starts at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.

Here are today’s intrasquad lineups:

1. Soriano – LF

2. Stewart – 3B

3. Castro – SS

4. LaHair – 1B

5. Byrd – CF

6. DeJesus – RF

7. Lalli – C

8. Barney – 2B

9. DeWitt – DH

T. Wood – P

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1. Jackson – CF

2. Sczcur – RF

3. Baker – 2B

4. Rizzo – 1B

5. Johnson – L

6. Vitters – 3B

7. Lake – SS

8. Brenly – C

9. Campana – DH

Wells – P

Cubs send reliever Carpenter to Red Sox

After months of back-and-forth, the Theo Epstein compensation issue has finally been settled with the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago Cubs today assigned right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter and a player to be named to the Red Sox for a player to be named.

“I am relieved that this process is over and particularly pleased that the teams were able to reach agreement on their own without intervention from MLB,” Epstein said. “I truly hope and believe that this resolution will benefit both clubs, as well as Chris, who is an extremely talented reliever joining a great organization at a time when there’s some opportunity in the major league bullpen.”

Last season, Carpenter combined to make 42 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee, Triple-A Iowa and the Cubs, his first major league action. The 26-year-old right-hander spent most of his time with Iowa, going 2-3 with one save and a 6.53 ERA (22 ER/30.1 IP) in 22 relief outings. Carpenter posted no record and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) in 10 relief outings in the majors.

The Red Sox and Cubs have been locked in a disagreement over the Epstein compensation package for months, ever since he left the Red Sox shortly after the end of the 2011 season to become the Cubs president of baseball operations. The Red Sox initially asked for some of the Cubs’ top major and minor league talent, including pitcher Matt Garza and outfielder Brett Jackson.

“More than anything, I’m excited that we can all move forward and focus exclusively on getting ready for the season,” Epstein said. “I wish Chris and the Red Sox nothing but the best in 2012 and beyond.”

Cubs claim infielder Cardenas off waivers

The Cubs claimed talented minor league infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Monday and designated infielder Blake DeWitt for assignment.

The 24-year-old Cardenas hit .314 with 28 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 70 runs scored, 51 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento last season. The versatile infielder, who plays primarily second base, saw time at second, shortstop, third base and left field. He was originally selected by the Phillies in the supplemental round of the 2006 draft.

DeWitt, a former first-round pick of the Dodgers, was acquired in the July 2010 deal that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to L.A. In his first full season with the Cubs, he batted .265 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs in 121 games.

Cubs invite 21 non-roster players to major league camp

With only a few weeks to go until pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 18, the Cubs have invited 21 non-roster players to major league Spring Training camp. The invitees include veterans who have had success in the major leagues, such as Manny Corpas and Alfredo Amezaga, and top prospects, such as Brett Jackson and Trey McNutt. The Cubs’ first full-squad workout is scheduled for Fri., Feb. 24.

The Cubs 2012 non-roster invitees:

Pitchers – right-handers Marco Carrillo, Manuel Corpas, Jay Jackson, Rodrigo Lopez, Trey McNutt, Blake Parker and Dae-Eun Rhee, and left-handers Trever Miller and Chris Rusin

Catchers – Michael Brenly, Jason Jaramillo and Blake Lalli

Infielders – Alfredo Amezaga, Edgar Gonzalez, Jonathan Mota, Bobby Scales and Matt Tolbert

Outfielders – Jim Adduci, Jae-Hoon Ha, Brett Jackson and Joe Mather

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