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Wood, Cubs Battle Verlander but Come Up Short

Sometimes teams just beat you, sometimes a pitcher is just better than you, and that is exactly what happened today.  The Tigers and Justin Verlander were just better than the Cubs and Travis Wood today.  I’m okay with that, today was a baseball game and the Cubs came up a little short.  After falling behind 2-0 early on runs in the first and second by Detroit the Cubs bounced right back with two in the bottom half of the second inning to tie things at two.  The game would stay that way into the 7th inning as Verlander and Wood were dueling.  Wood however was working much harder than Verlander as he worked himself into and out of jams for the majority of the day.  It finally caught up to him in the seventh as Detroit pushed across a run to take a 3-2 lead.  The normally reliable, and overworked Shawn Camp surrendered two runs in the top of the 9th to give the Tigers an insurmountable 5-2 lead.  The Cubs tried to make it interesting in the ninth with a lead-off double by they were only able to scratch across one run to make it 5-3 and that’s how it would end.

As I mentioned already Travis Wood worked himself into a lot of jams.  The Tigers put the lead-off man on base in every inning that Wood pitched, all seven of them featured a runner on base with no outs.  Pretty amazing that Wood was able to last that long given that stat.  Wood finished his day after 6.2 innings allowing three runs on eight hits, he walked two and struck out three.  With the loss Travis Wood falls to 0-3 on the season, while his ERA sits at 4.58.  The Cubs could have been better at the plate in regards to working the count later in the game, but for the most part they put up a good fight against Verlander.  Darwin Barney had another solid day at the plate as he was 2-for-3 with his 15th double of the season, he is now hitting .279.  Another monster weekend ahead as the Boston Red Sox, and their fans, invade Wrigley Field.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Cubs Beat Cross Town Rivals

The Cubs beat the White Sox today 5-1.  The pitching was the difference as the Cubs staff only surrendered four hits today.  Starting pitcher Travis Wood pitched well and so did Randy Wells who induced a bases loaded double play to Paul Konerko to end the 3rd.  Also in relief today was Lopez, Rhee, and Castillo.  The Cubs offense was powered by Edgar Gonzalez, Steve Clevenger, and Marlon Byrd who all hit their first homers of the spring.  Soriano stayed hot leading the game off with a double later scoring on a Darwin Barney base hit.  It is always nice to beat the Chicago White Sox whether it is spring training or not.

Full Box Score on its way.

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Mark Sorrentino

Samardzija Brilliant as Cubs Even Record Against Royals

For the fourth straight game the Cubs hitters managed greater than 13 hits as they belted out 15 Wednesday afternoon against the Royals.  The real story of the day however was Samardzija who was dominant over his three innings of work.  He came in with a pitch count of 35, and used them wisely, making it through three strong innings yielding a single base hit.  As mentioned before on this blog, command is the key for Samardzija, and he had it going all day.  In fact he has had it going all Spring, that has Sveum excited, and has Samardzija poised to make Sveum’s rotation decision awfully difficult.

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Hello Spring Training!

After an off season full of excitement, and building, the 2012 Cubs baseball season is kicking off today in Mesa Arizona.  Pitchers and catchers are due to report today, and many have showed up early.  On Friday, Kerry Wood and Rodrigo Lopez each threw off the mound, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo worked with some players in the cages, and Darwin Barney, Bryan LaHair and Josh Vitters were among those practicing on the half field.  The most telling quotes coming out of Mesa might have been from Marlon Byrd via (Carrie Muskat)

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