Jake Arrieta

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MESA, Ariz. – Starlin Castro summed up the experience for an injured player in spring training: “It sucks to be doing this. I’d rather be playing.”

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Cubs have one obvious candidate to start Opening Day in Jeff Samardzija, the longest-tenured guy on the team and a 200-innings/200-strikeouts force.

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MESA, Ariz. — The Jason Hammel rebranding began on Monday morning at a mostly empty Cubs Park, in a B game against a no-name lineup of San Francisco Giants.

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MESA, Ariz. – Pedro Strop snapped his fingers, kicked his leg out and grabbed his crotch, doing his best Michael Jackson impression as “Billie Jean” played on the clubhouse speakers.

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MESA, Ariz. — Trade rumors will follow Jeff Samardzija right up until the moment the Cubs deal him to a playoff contender this summer.

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