Cubs Spring Training
Josh Vitters homered, singled, walked, and knocked-in three runs, and Ryan Flaherty singled twice, doubled, scored twice, and drove-in a run, helping to lead the Mesa Solar Sox (Cubs, Angels, Mets, Phillies, and Pirates) to a 15-1 drubbing of the Peoria Saguaros (Padres, Rays, Reds, Twins, and White Sox) in Arizona Fall League (AFL) action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park this afternoon in Mesa. Vitters slugged his dinger (a two-run blast) over the 390-foot sign in left-center, and also made several fine defensive plays at 3B during the course of the game.
Sergio Burruel smacked a bases-loaded triple to put the Cubs on the board, and Blair Springfield reached base four times on two singles, a double, and a walk, drove-in two runs, and scored two more, leading the AZL Cubs to a 10-5 victory over the AZL Rangers in Arizona League action at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa tonight.
The Cubs moved their Spring Training operations a half-mile north up Center Street to HoHoKam Park this morning.
Seven Cubs pitchers continued their preparation for Cactus League play at Fitch Park this morning.
Ten Cubs pitchers threw their second "live" BP session at Fitch Park today.
Twelve Cubs pitchers (essentially the "B" team -- Mitch Atkins, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, Jeff Kennard, Marcos Mateo, J. R. Mathes, Mike Parisi, Blake Parker, David Patton, Vince Perkins, James Russell, and Jeff Stevens) threw their first "live" BP session (25 pitches) at Fitch Park yesterday (six on Field #2 and six on Field #3), and 14 more pitchers (essentially the "A" team) threw their first "live" BP today.
As most of you know, Cubs pitchers and catchers have reported to Fitch Park, and a number of infielders and outfielders are also in camp.
I believe today is the first official workout and we're starting to get some much needed Cubs news in our morphine drips.
"I expect to be ahead of schedule," Lilly said. "I think the real test, first, is when you get on a mound and start throwing downhill off a slope, and then when you get into a game situation and really try to dial it up. That's when you find out how healthy you really are."
- Some of the early birds among the position players include Marlon Byrd, Tyler Colvin and Andres Blanco.
- Greg Maddux is in camp. Don't get too excited that he'll ever take over pitching coach duties from Larry Rothschild though.
Now entering his ninth season with the Cubs, Rothschild has coached under three managers and will be around as long as Hendry is here.
Rumors have also been that Maddux would want a higher profile gig than pitching coach when he does decide to return full time to the game.
From "Boys of Spring"...
Naturally, Z is working on his hitting.
There's some more pics of John Grabow, Randy Wells and Sean Marshall as well if you follow the above link.