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Rangers 8, Cubs 7

The good: Veterans Carlos Zambrano and Braden Looper allowed just one earned run in five combined innings of work. The Cubs played their cleanest game of the spring after Mike Quade’s morning team meeting. The Cubs only made one physical error and zero mental mistakes – after 14 errors in the season’s first four games.

The bad: Zambrano complained of a dead arm, but he said it’s not anything but spring training fatigue. The Cubs’ younger pitcher Rafael Dolis and Marcos Mateo gave up six earned runs. Infielder Scott Moore committed the team’s spring-training high 15th error.

Outside the box: The Cubs moved on from the altercation between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez on Wednesday. Silva refused to talk about the subject, having now turned down the Cubs’ media relations department six times in their request to clear the air.

On deck: Right-hander Matt Garza gets his second assignment of the spring as he pitches against Kansas City’s Bruce Chen in Surprise on Friday. Tyler Colvin is scheduled to make his professional debut at first base on Friday as well.