• Happ throws hat in Cubs' second-base ring

    Happ throws hat in Cubs' second-base ring0

    MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs have innings to offer at second base this season and Ian Happ wanted to make sure he did not get lost in the conversation. Over the offseason, Happ made it known to manager Joe Maddon that he wanted to be considered for that position as the team mapped out its

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  • Baez expects more from self, Cubs' lineup

    Baez expects more from self, Cubs' lineup0

    MESA, Ariz. — Javier Baez did everything in his power to help carry the Cubs as injuries and other issues hindered the roster and offense down the stretch last season. He played all over the infield, hit all over the lineup and finished as the runner-up for the National League MVP Award. On Tuesday morning,

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  • Bryant revisits St. Louis chatter at Cubs camp

    Bryant revisits St. Louis chatter at Cubs camp0

    MESA, Ariz. — It did not take long for Kris Bryant‘s comments inside a packed Sheraton Grand Chicago last month to make their way to St. Louis. His audience of blue-and-white-clad Cubs fans was laughing and cheering, but the Cardinals players who caught wind of his remarks most certainly were not. On Monday, when Bryant

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  • Bryant ready to show off old swing this spring

    Bryant ready to show off old swing this spring0

    MESA, Ariz. — As Kris Bryant spoke at his locker on Monday morning, Cubs pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. waited for several minutes just behind the throng of reporters. The size of the crowd combined with all the cameras made it impossible for Underwood to get to his own stall to prepare for the first full-squad

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  • Kintzler eyes return to grounder-heavy attack

    Kintzler eyes return to grounder-heavy attack0

    MESA, Ariz. — Brandon Kintzler believes his struggles in the second half with the Cubs last season were due to a classic case of information overload. After being traded to Chicago, the former closer felt he became too reliant on pitching to scouting reports rather than sticking with his strengths. That was part of the

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  • Maddon putting emphasis on situational hitting

    Maddon putting emphasis on situational hitting0

    MESA, Ariz. — Cubs manager Joe Maddon does not expect onlookers to see a dramatic difference in how he navigates his way around the practice diamonds this spring. When he says he plans on taking a more hands-on approach, returning to his coaching roots in the process, he believes it will be more nuanced than

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