Cubs release spring training schedule, including trip to Vegas

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Cubs release spring training schedule, including trip to Vegas

The World Baseball Classic means the Cubs will have an extended stay in the desert. Pitchers and catchers will report to the teams Arizona complex in early February, and perhaps the extra time in Mesa will help a rebuilding team come together.

The spring training schedule released on Friday showed 17 home dates at HoHoKam Park, 16 Cactus League road games and a St. Patricks Day in Las Vegas.

The Cubs will open their schedule on Feb. 23 against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, and close it out on March 28 versus the Seattle Mariners. In between, they will play the Texas Rangers twice in Las Vegas (March 16-17).

The Cubs will see the White Sox twice next spring March 7 at HoHoKam Park and March 15 in Glendale.

Opening Day is April 1 at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Individual tickets for home games at HoHoKam Park can be purchased on Jan. 4 at cubs.com or by calling 1-800-905-3315. Heres the 2013 spring training schedule, with all games beginning at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless noted otherwise:

DateOpponentLocationFeb. 23
Los Angeles (AL)
TempeFeb. 24
San Francisco
MesaFeb. 25
Los Angeles (NL)
GlendaleFeb. 26
ColoradoMesaFeb. 27
Los Angeles (NL)
MesaFeb. 28
OaklandMesaMarch 1
ArizonaMesaMarch 2San Francisco
ScottsdaleMarch 3Milwaukee (ss)
MesaMarch 3
Los Angeles (ALss)
TempeMarch 4
ClevelandMesaMarch 5 ColoradoScottsdale (1:10 p.m.)
March 6
TexasSurpriseMarch 7
White Sox
MesaMarch 8CincinnatiGoodyear (7:05 p.m.)
March 9ClevelandMesaMarch 10San Diego
MesaMarch 11
ArizonaScottsdaleMarch 12
OFF DAY
March 13
ColoradoMesaMarch 14Los Angeles (NL)
GlendaleMarch 15
White Sox
Glendale (12:05 p.m.)
March 16
Kansas City (ss)
MesaMarch 16
Texas (ss)
Las Vegas (game time TBD)
March 17
Oakland (ss)
PhoenixMarch 17
Texas (ss)
Las Vegas (game time TBD)
March 18
San Diego
PeoriaMarch 19
TexasMesaMarch 20
OFF DAY
March 21
SeattlePeoriaMarch 22
MilwaukeeMaryvaleMarch 23
Los Angeles (AL)
MesaMarch 24
ClevelandGoodyearMarch 25
San Francisco
MesaMarch 26
CincinnatiMesa (7:05 p.m.)
March 27Kansas City
Surprise (6:05 p.m.)
March 28
SeattleMesa (12:05 p.m.)

Saturday on CSN: Kyle Hendricks, Cubs face Reds

Saturday on CSN: Kyle Hendricks, Cubs face Reds

The Cubs face off against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, and you can catch all the cation on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m.

Starting pitching matchup: Kyle Hendricks vs. Robert Stephenson

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World Series thank-yous follow Kris Bryant to Las Vegas

World Series thank-yous follow Kris Bryant to Las Vegas

MESA, Ariz. – Kris Bryant didn’t need to pose for a Crate & Barrel billboard in Wrigleyville or walk a goat around a Bed Bath & Beyond commercial shoot. Cub fans just kept sending him free stuff.

The wedding gifts actually shipped to his parents’ house in Las Vegas, where he honed the swing that landed him on a new Sports Illustrated cover that asked: “How Perfect is Kris Bryant?”   

This happens when you mention your registries on a late-night show with another Vegas guy (Jimmy Kimmel) after leading an iconic franchise to its first World Series title in 108 years.        

So Bryant will be the center of attention in Sin City this weekend when the Cubs play two split-squad games against the Cincinnati Reds. But that spotlight will pretty much follow the National League’s reigning MVP wherever he goes. 

At least this gives Bryant a chance to chill at the pool and organize the house he moved into in January. 

“My mom just kept throwing stuff in my car: ‘Here, take it!’” Bryant said. “Opening all those boxes, I can’t believe how many presents we got from fans. It was unbelievable. Jess is going to have to write all the thank-you notes. I’m just signing my name on them. You have literally like 700 thank-you notes to write.

“I said: ‘You need to just go get the generic thank-you.’ She’s like: ‘No, they took the time out of their day to buy us a present.’ This is going to take her the whole year. So if there’s anybody out there that’s waiting for one…”    

The wait is finally over for generations of Cub fans. Spring training will always have a “Groundhog Day” element to it. But this camp – with no major injuries so far or real roster intrigue or truly wacky stunts – has felt different. As the players get ready for a new season – one without 1908 looming over everything – they can’t escape what they did. 

“Every day something reminds me of it,” said Kyle Hendricks, who will start Saturday in Las Vegas. “Even going to throw in these spring games, when they announce your name and the whole crowd erupts because of the World Series. That wasn’t happening last year. 

“Little things like that make me notice. Something every day is brought to my attention, so it’s still getting used to that part.”  

The Cubs insist there won’t be a hangover effect in 2017, believing that this young group is too talented and too focused to get derailed by distractions and overconfidence. But the Cubs could go 0-162 this season and Bryant would still probably be breaking down boxes for recycling.   

“It’s funny,” Bryant said. “We just put cameras on my house for security and I’ll just look at it sometimes. I’ll randomly see my mom just unloading boxes. I’m like: ‘Mom, what’s going on? Are we getting more stuff?’ She’s like: ‘Yeah, we keep getting more boxes.’”