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Lackey looking to give Cubs competitive edge
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The Cubs felt good about the physical talent on the roster, such as youngsters like Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber. But something was missing. That’s where John Lackey comes in.

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J-Hey, Rizzo power Cubs during 5-run inning
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Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back home runs, Jason Heyward smoked a ball about 460 feet and the Cubs and Angels settled for an 8-8 tie on Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

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Baez plays catch; Cubs face roster decisions
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Javier Baez, who has not played a game since March 20 because of a sprained left thumb, played catch on Monday and his uncertainty for the start of the regular season is leaving the Cubs with a possible 11th-hour decision regarding the 25-man roster.

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Side doesn't worry Fowler; bees another story
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Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler said he left Sunday’s game as a precaution because of tightness on his left side, and it had nothing to do with the bees that invaded Sloan Park.

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Maddon's optimism just right for Cubs
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This is the story of how Joe Maddon vanquished the forces of superstition and despair and made possible a new era of hope for the Cubs. It is the story of ignoring the goat and embracing optimism. Maybe it is also the story of the Cubs breaking a 108-year championship drought. But we don’t know […]

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Maddon willing to use stats, gut with lineup
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Ben Zobrist has batted first, second and third this spring for the Cubs, but on Sunday, he was in the No. 6 spot.

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Cubs crush 4 HRs; Hammel knocked off course
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Robinson Cano hit a pair of home runs, driving in five runs, and Seth Smith delivered a tiebreaking two-run double to power the Mariners to a 12-9 victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd of 15,438 at Sloan Park on Sunday.

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Baez's status to figure into final roster decision
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The Cubs have announced their rotation, but they have not finalized the rest of the roster because they’re waiting to see how Javier Baez feels after missing one week of games with a sore left thumb.

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Fowler exits with injury after homering
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Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler had to leave Sunday’s 12-9 loss to the Mariners after one inning because of tightness in his left side. The problem was considered mild, and the team said he was removed as a precautionary measure.

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Bees prompt delay in Mariners-Cubs game
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Jason Heyward started waving his arms in center field with two outs in the third inning to avoid some bees that stopped Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Mariners.

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Cubs' Russell takes game to new level
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Joe Maddon learned last season that Addison Russell was a solid defender, a good kid and the “shortstop of the future,” but the Cubs manager wasn’t prepared for the power. Russell didn’t waste any time this spring flexing his muscles.

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BP session to shed light on Arrieta's status
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National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta is on schedule to throw his bullpen on Sunday, and the Cubs will have a better idea after that as to whether the right-hander can make the Opening Day start, April 4.

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