Mooney: Cubs heading back to Las Vegas


Mooney: Cubs heading back to Las Vegas

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010
3:43 PM

By Patrick Mooney

With their future in Arizona seemingly secure, the Cubs are preparing to break ground on their Wrigleyville West complex and train another 50 years in the desert.

But you know that some players will really be looking forward to the trip to Las Vegas, a highlight of the 2011 spring-training schedule released Tuesday by the team. The Cubs will travel there for split-squad games on March 12-13 against the Reds and Dodgers.

Historically the Cubs have been the biggest draw in the Cactus League. They are positioned to remain that way after Mesa voters overwhelmingly approved last months ballot measure that allows the city to spend close to 100 million on a new facility for the team.

Reporting dates for players have not been determined yet, but a 35-game schedule begins and ends at HoHoKam Park Feb. 27 against the As and March 30 for an intrasquad exhibition to benefit team charities.

The Cubs will play the White Sox twice in Arizona March 11 in Glendale and March 24 in Mesa. Tickets go on sale next month and can be purchased through the teams website.

Major League Baseball has moved up the regular-season schedule for 2011. After completing their 33rd consecutive spring training in Mesa, the Cubs will open against the Pirates on April 1 at Wrigley Field.

Patrick Mooney is's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.

Jake Arrieta gives up five runs in first, Cubs fall in series-opener with Red Sox

Jake Arrieta gives up five runs in first, Cubs fall in series-opener with Red Sox

BOSTON — Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning, and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Cubs 5-4 on Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

CubsTalk Podcast: Top prospect update


CubsTalk Podcast: Top prospect update

Mick Gillispie — the broadcaster for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies as well as the Cubs' spring training broadcaster — joins Tony Andracki to break down some of the organization's top prospects, analyzing the beginning of the 2017 season for guys Ian Happ, Duane Underwood, Eloy Jimenez, Chesny Young, Victor Caratini and Trevor Clifton.

Mick also explains the wackiest game in Smokies history, how a winning culture has disseminated throughout the Cubs minor-league teams and what the World Series ring ceremony was like in Tennessee.

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