2012 Cubs Spring Training: Cubs Send Down SP Randy Wells In Latest Cuts

The Chicago Cubs enter the 2012 MLB season with a young team, a strong defense and a hope for a restored franchise.

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Cubs Roster 2012: Chicago Sets Their Opening Day Lineup

According to The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Cubs have already set their Opening Day linuep:

  1. RF David DeJesus
  2. 2B Darwin Barney
  3. SS Starlin Castro
  4. 1B Bryan LaHair
  5. LF Alfonso Soriano
  6. 3B Ian Stewart
  7. CF Marlon Byrd
  8. C Geovany Soto
  9. P Ryan Dempster

The Cubs, who are featuring this lineup on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, would prefer to have more players with high on-base percentages, but, says manager Dale Svuem, they only have outfielder David DeJesus who fits that mold:

"On this team we don’t have a whole lot of on-base percentage guys to evaluate that way. You evaluate more on productivity. Hopefully the on-base percentage happens without maneuvering the lineup because of it because we don’t have any proven guys besides DeJesus that has any longevity to say he’s had a decent on-base percentage."

The Cubs begin the 2012 MLB regular season on Thursday with a 1:20 p.m. CDT game against the Washington Nationals.

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2012 Cubs Roster: SP Jeff Samardzija Named To No. 3 Spot In Rotation

According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have named former Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver RHP Jeff Samardzija as the team's No. 3 starter entering the 2012 season. Samardzija, who pitched out of relief in the 2011 season, beat out last year's starter RHP Randy Wells, who was reassigned to Triple-A on Thursday.

Starting for the first time since 2010, the 27-year-old Samardzija greets the new baseball year with eager anticipation:

"You don’t know how many of these opporutniries you’re going to get to start," Samardzija said. "Once you become a reliever and have success, a lot of times that’s where you end up for your career. I really wanted to give this a full head of steam, a full shot and go from there. I’m excited for the season and I can’t wait."

The Cubs begin the 2012 MLB season next Thursday when they welcome the Washington Nationals to Wrigley Field.

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Cubs Spring Training 2012: Stadium, Cactus League Map And More

Spring Training has arrived! The Chicago Cubs have officially begun their post-winter camp in Arizona, and the team is now weeks away from playing Cactus League exhibition games at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Arizona.

Planning on joining the Cubs for a game or two this season? Well, be sure to know the layout of Phoenix and its outlying towns. Here is a map courtesy of CactusLeague.com:

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The Cubs start up their Hohokam games on Sunday, March 4, with a matchup against the Oakland Athletics. Ticket prices vary from $8 on the low end to $28 for premium games.

Some important tips for the curious game goers:

  • Children under the age of 3 do not need tickets -- if they are on a parent's lap -- but children do not otherwise get a discount.
  • The stadium is accessible to persons with handicaps.
  • Sections 200 through 212 and 2011 through 211 tend to get the most shade.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the parking lot (for tailgating).
  • Prohibited items in the stadium:
    -- chairs
    -- umbrellas
    -- food
    -- beverages
    -- coolers
    -- large bags
    -- and, obviously, alcohol
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Cubs Spring Training 2012 Preview: Chicago Starts Camp On Saturday With Pitchers And Catchers

The Chicago Cubs finished the 2011 MLB season with 71-91 record, good for 5th place in the NL Central Division. They promptly underwent a massive personnel overhaul in the offseason, hiring former Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and former San Diegos Padres GM Jed Hoyer.

The team has since traded for an almost entirely new pitching staff and begun to transition into a defense-focused team. Their reporting schedule looks as follows:

2012 Chicago Cubs Reporting Dates

Organization Pitchers & Catchers First Workout Position Players First full workout
Chicago Cubs Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 23 Feb. 24

The Cubs will get their first look at the new rotation on Saturday, a rotation expected to look like this:

Project Starting Rotation

1) Ryan Dempster
2) Matt Garza
3) Travis Wood
4) Chris Volstad
5) Paul Maholm

The team will also have open competition between Randy Wells, Casey Coleman and a number of other potential starters for the fifth starter and long man roles. Meanwhile, the team should have a trio of new faces in their starting lineup:

Projected Cubs Lineup

C Geovany Soto
1B Bryan LaHair
2B Darwin Barney
3B Ian Stewart
SS Starlin Castro
LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Marlon Byrd
RF David DeJesus

And here's a gander at the first week of Cactus League schedule for the Cubs:

Date Time Opponent Location
March 4
1:05 p.m. Oakland
Mesa
March 5
1:05 p.m. Oakland
Mesa
March 6
1:05 p.m. Colorado
Mesa
March 7
1:05 p.m. Kansas City
Surprise
March 8
1:05 p.m. Seattle
Mesa
March 9
1:05 p.m. White Sox
Glendale
March 10
1:05 p.m. Milwaukee
Maryvale

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