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Chicago Cubs' Ian Happ (8) celebrates his home run against the Colorado Rockies with Kyle Schwarber (12) and Steven Souza Jr., right, during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Cubs' Happ says minor league stay made him better

Mar. 5, 2020 5:37 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Ian Happ was a top prospect. Then he had a very uncertain future after he was sent down to the minors again. Then he made his way back to the Chicago Cubs. All in a span of three years. It has been quite a ride for Happ, who was selected by Chicago with the No. 9 pick in the 2015 amateur...

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon watches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Maddon sees Cubs, Price debuts for Dodgers, Keuchel goes 4

Mar. 3, 2020 1:26 AM EST

Joe Maddon hugged Anthony Rizzo, shared an in-game microphone with Kris Bryant, slapped hands with the Cubs' mascot and drew a warm reception from the Chicago fans at Sloan Park. As if he'd never been away at all. The manager who guided the Cubs to an elusive World Series championship in 2016 and parted ways with...

Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon talks with a player during spring training baseball practice, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

New Angels manager Maddon sees Cubs for 1st time since exit

Mar. 2, 2020 6:56 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Joe Maddon hugged Anthony Rizzo, shared an in-game microphone with Kris Bryant, slapped hands with the Cubs' mascot and drew a warm reception from the Chicago fans at Sloan Park. As if he'd never been away at all. The manager who guided the Cubs to an elusive World Series championship in...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish, of Japan, works against a Milwaukee Brewers batter during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cubs' Darvish yields HR to 1st batter of spring, settles in

Feb. 29, 2020 7:18 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Yu Darvish's spring training debut began exactly the way he predicted. First pitch, home run. Orlando Arcia connected right away, launching a drive over the fence in left center field, prompting the Chicago Cubs right-hander to rapidly snap his glove open and closed, imploring the plate...

Chicago Cubs' Steven Souza Jr. hits an RBI-single during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Healthy again, Cubs' Souza Jr. aiming for regular OF role

Feb. 26, 2020 4:00 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. played in his third spring training game Wednesday, trying to make the most of an opportunity for quality playing time in the outfield for the Chicago Cubs this season. To make it to opening day healthy — a given for most players — would be a bigger deal...

Seattle Mariners' Marco Gonzales throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Mariners' Gonzales struggles with command in spring debut

Feb. 24, 2020 8:54 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — For Marco Gonzales, better that this game came in his first start of spring training and not opening day at T-Mobile Park. The Seattle Mariners left-hander gave up five runs on three hits and two outs while getting just two outs Monday against the Chicago Cubs. “You go out in...

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freedie Freeman and the team take batting practice while preparing to play the Baltimore Orioles in a spring baseball game at the Braves new facility CoolToday Park on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in North Port, Fla.  (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Fans heckling Astros spring opener get signs stolen

Feb. 23, 2020 12:23 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fans hoping to heckle the sign-stealing Houston Astros at their spring opener were met with quite the coincidence. They got their signs stolen. In the Astros’ first spring training game since their sign-stealing scandal rocked baseball, some fans brought signs jeering...

Kipnis chasing Cubs' 2nd base job, mentoring Hoerner

Feb. 20, 2020 12:44 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Kipnis joined the Chicago Cubs this spring for a shot at the second base job. He also realizes the role he plays in helping develop 22-year-old prospect Nico Hoerner. “I think he’s a stud. He’s going to be one. He’s a young guy with a lot of talent and I...

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, right, speaks to reporters during spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cubs' Ricketts not convinced spending more would boost team

Feb. 17, 2020 6:03 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn't convinced bringing in more high-priced free agents during the offseason would have boosted Chicago. "Just because you spent a lot of money doesn't mean you're going to win. We've seen that in our own organization our last couple of years," Ricketts said...

FILE - IN this Sept. 1, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez reacts after being forced out at first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago. Baez wants his Cubs to be better prepared this season.  The two-time All-Star said Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at spring training that he and the Cubs were lacking last year when it came to their pregame routines and work ethic. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Báez says Cubs lacked proper preparation last season

Feb. 17, 2020 4:54 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Javier Báez wants his Chicago Cubs to be better prepared this season. The two-time All-Star said Sunday at spring training that he and the Cubs were lacking last year when it came to their pregame routines and work ethic. “We had a lot of optional things, not mandatory, and...