Carlos Villanueva


LOS ANGELES — The Cubs believe the day is coming when they won’t be obvious trade-deadline sellers, a last-place team or a social-media punch line and can say: Told you so.


If Carlos Villanueva harbors any ill-will toward the Cubs for his latest demotion to the bullpen, he certainly wasn’t tipping his hand that way Friday.


MESA, Ariz. -- Scott Baker continued to build strength 11 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, throwing two innings in a simulated game Thursday.