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  1. After Soler promotion, all eyes on Almora

    Doug Padilla

    CHICAGO -- With Jorge Soler's move to Single-A Peoria on Thursday, the focus has now turned toward the next high-profile promotion. First-round draft pick Albert Almora could be close to advancing out of Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League. The F...

    Blog | August 09, 2012
  2. Cubs send touted Soler to ARL

    Doug Padilla

    CHICAGO - Highly-acclaimed Cubs prospect Jorge Soler will get into a game for the first time Thursday as the designated hitter for the club's Mesa affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League. Soler, a Cuba native whose signing was made official at the ...

    Blog | July 18, 2012
  3. Chicago Cubs prospect Jorger Soler will make his professional deb...

    Doug Padilla

    Jorger Soler will make his professional debut on Thursday in Arizona.

    Story | Conversation | July 18, 2012
  4. Daytona makes sense for Cubs' top pick

    Doug Padilla

    Now that first-round draft pick Albert Almora is signed and on his way to Mesa, Ariz., to begin working out, where is he expected to play for the remainder of the summer? The Cubs do have a Rookie League club at Mesa and a short-season Single-A te...

    Blog | July 11, 2012
  5. Charity-minded Chicago Cubs fans try to break curse with goat

    Doug Padilla

    A group of five men and a goat named "Wrigley" just completed a nearly 100-day walk from the Chicago Cubs' spring training complex in Mesa, Ariz., all the way to the ballpark on Clark and Addison with the main goal of raising money for cancer research.

    Story | Conversation | May 29, 2012
  6. Season preview: Infield

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Welcome to a full season in Chicago, Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart. The chances of a consistent offense have somehow been put in your hands. OK, that might be a bit too much expectation on a pair of newcomers, but none other than man...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  7. Sveum's first camp gets high praise

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- So far so good on the Dale Sveum era, as everybody from upper management to the players have lauded the spring training camp put together by the new Cubs manager. It's only spring training of course, but if first impressions are imp...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  8. Epstein: Cubs system lacks 'impact talent'

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Theo Epstein did not sugar coat it when it came to describing the talent in the Chicago Cubs' minor league system. "We need more talent; we lack impact talent," Epstein said. "We have a number of interesting guys, especially at the ...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  9. 'Noise' won't affect Theo's vision for Cubs

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Scream and yell, rant and rave all you want Chicago Cubs fans, the team's new front office will hear you, it just might not be listening all that closely. President Theo Epstein knows how these expectation things work. He worked for...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  10. Barney embraces plum spot in lineup

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Darwin Barney isn't afraid to admit to the obvious benefit of hitting second in the Chicago Cubs lineup. "It's obviously nice to hit in front of a guy like Starlin [Castro]," Barney said of his teammate, who will open the season as ...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  11. Marmol gets a grip as spring progresses

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- It's one thing for closer Carlos Marmol to ditch his ineffective cutter this year, but that's not the only fastball change he is working on. The grip on his regular fastball has changed as well, getting his fingers more on the seams...

    Blog | April 02, 2012
  12. Don't panic: DeWitt reveals his mindset

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Much of the reason Blake DeWitt was able to make the Chicago Cubs roster this spring was on display the day he got the word that he would be heading north with the major league club. When the spring started, DeWitt was off the 40-ma...

    Blog | April 02, 2012
  13. Cubs 3, Angels 3

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs overcame an early two-run home run from Albert Pujols and played the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings Sunday. The good: Paul Maholm wasn't at his best, but the left-hander was crafty enough to hold down...

    Blog | March 31, 2012
  14. Peanuts, popcorn and warm-up swings

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Here's something that would have added to the charm of taking in a game at Wrigley Field: Cubs players taking warm-up swings on the concourse during games. Give manager Dale Sveum credit for trying, but his efforts to put a batting ...

    Blog | March 31, 2012
  15. Clutch hitting still an issue for Cubs

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. - Dale Sveum's first camp as Cubs manager has run like clockwork, but that doesn't mean everything was a complete success. The Cubs' offense is still exhibiting traits from last season, including the dreaded struggles with runners in s...

    Blog | March 31, 2012
  16. Kerry Wood to get two more spring outings

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Kerry Wood will get two more outings this spring before his Opening Day preparations are complete. Wood, who got a 12-day break from Cactus League action as a way of preserving the veteran for the upcoming season, is not only on th...

    Blog | March 31, 2012