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  1. Cubs notes: Maddon puts thoughts on tape

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Why write things down when you can record them on tape? Especially while on the baseball diamond. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes to carry a pocket-sized tape recorder with him during spring training drills, talking notes to hims...

    Blog | February 28, 2015
  2. Cubs Notes: Will Ross catch Lester?

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- After hearing Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon talk after workouts on Friday, it sounds like he's indeed leaning toward having newcomer David Ross behind the plate whenever ace lefty Jon Lester is on the mound, though the final decision...

    Blog | February 27, 2015
  3. Lester takes mound, cameras start clicking

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Most of the time, live batting practice sessions in spring training aren't as exciting as you might think. It's the first time batters and pitchers are facing each other since last season, so sometimes there's little contact or action....

    Blog | February 27, 2015
  4. Cubs notes: Bryant bombs away, Alcantara to play all over

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant started slow but finished with a bang in his first live batting practice of spring training. Facing righty Neil Ramirez and then lefty Joseph Ortiz, Bryant missed four straight pitches before going dee...

    Blog | February 26, 2015
  5. Maddon's humor on display with TV talk

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- New Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't watch film of his team's spring practices at night nor is he pouring over video of bullpen sessions. Instead, he unwinds by watching reruns of one of his favorite television shows, "The Offic...

    Blog | February 26, 2015
  6. Twitter mailbag: Dexter Fowler

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- New Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler took some time to answer your Twitter questions in this player mailbag. Follow Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) to join in on the next one. Fowler: I didn't have to go up there too many times...

    Blog | February 26, 2015
  7. Cubs Notes: Manny's in, Sosa next?

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- With former PED user Manny Ramirez being hired Tuesday as a hitting consultant for the Chicago Cubs, the conversation at spring training turned to their own controversial former star, Sammy Sosa. Sosa hasn't been welcomed back to th...

    Blog | February 24, 2015
  8. Castro hoping to finally be part of a winner

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has never played on a winning team since breaking into the major leagues in 2010. Five consecutive fifth-place finishes have tried his patience and perhaps hampered his focus at times. Mental lapse...

    Blog | February 24, 2015
  9. Manfred: Maddon tampering case over soon

    Jesse Rogers

    PHOENIX -- Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred reiterated his stance Monday that the investigation into the Chicago Cubs' hiring of manager Joe Maddon should be complete before Opening Day. "It's easy to do a quick investigation and rea...

    Blog | February 23, 2015
  10. Cubs notes: Maddon playing to win

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- While Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he won't necessarily make personnel decisions based solely on Cactus League games, it doesn't mean those contests won't matter starting next month. "I do like to win in spring training," Ma...

    Blog | February 22, 2015
  11. Bullpen (not closer) by committee

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon got one thing out of the way after morning workouts Saturday at spring training: Hector Rondon will be his closer. That's hardly a surprise, as Rondon saved 29 of 33 games the past season, while his ...

    Blog | February 21, 2015
  12. Cubs notes: Some pitchers will bat eighth

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ari. -- Expect some pitchers to bat eighth instead of ninth for the Chicago Cubs this season, but the determining factor isn't how that pitcher fares in the batter's box, according to manager Joe Maddon. "If you have a pitcher that you belie...

    Blog | February 21, 2015
  13. Cubs players not in favor of speed-up rules

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Add several Chicago Cubs players to the list of those who aren't in favor of artificially speeding up the game. "I'm not a fan of how everything goes down," outfielder Chris Coghlan said Saturday morning. "From our standpoint, this ...

    Blog | February 21, 2015
  14. Lester an ace on the mound and golf course

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein may have put it best in talking about the new ace of his pitching staff. "It's good to be Jon Lester," Epstein said with a smile on the first day of spring training on Thursday. It is indeed. ...

    Blog | February 20, 2015
  15. Podcasts: Joe Maddon talks Cubs

    Jesse Rogers

    New Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks to the media to discuss his first spring training in Chicago and the upcoming season. Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Click here for more audio from ESPN Chicago....

    Blog | February 20, 2015
  16. Castillo and Jackson still Cubs, for now

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson and teammate Welington Castillo have one thing in common as spring training begins: they're both without roles on the team. Odds were against them being in camp, but here they are, one clearly with...

    Blog | February 20, 2015