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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez recalled the late Dallas Green pushing him one winter after Martinez had a ton of at-bats in various leagues that season. He estimated he had something like 700 at-bats and just wanted to go home. Green told him to go get "900 at-bats" in winter ball leading to Martinez making the Cubs roster soon after. Martinez: "Could be hard at times but you respected that. Just a good overall guy."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his latest start on Wednesday in a minor league game. He was sharper than his last outing; he has one more spring start before opening day.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss how he hopes the Cubs tighten their game in the final week before the regular season.


ESPN Stats and Information  

There are 27 players on current 40-man rosters who were born in Puerto Rico, meaning that Puerto Rican-born players represent 2.25% of major league rosters. Puerto Rico is 7-0 and in the finals of the World Baseball Classic.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has been scratched from tonight's game against the Reds due to a stiff neck.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodríguez says the only pitcher NOT available out the bullpen tonight is Héctor Santiago. Hopes Seth Lugo can give him 5 innings; Lugo will be followed by José Berríos.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer speaking with reporters just now regarding Dallas Green. Compared favorably what current front office has done building the Cubs to what Green did back in the 80's. Hoyer referenced the passing of Jerry Krause as well: "It's been a sad sports week for Chicago."

Jackson Alexander ESPN Editor 

Zack Wheeler, once a top pitching prospect, hasn't pitched in a regular-season MLB game since 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. How'd he feel after allowing four runs in three innings today?


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Dallas Green was one of the smartest people I ever met in baseball - & never afraid to say & do what he felt was right. Took on George Steinbrenner, building lights at Wrigley & veteran stars in Philly. RIP a great man

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch a close up look of Anthony Rizzo striking out for the 2nd time in a minor league game on Wednesday afternoon.


Britt McHenry ESPN 

Max Scherzer says his knuckle injury is "behind him." Was happy to get through 4 innings and come into the 5th. Happy with where he's at in the rotation approaching the season.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Carter avoids a rare spring golden sombrero with a walk. Carter this spring: Hitting .108, with 20 strikeouts and 4 hits. Not a typo!

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Max Scherzer isn't looking to take it easy after his first start of the spring: "pitchers pitch, builders build." Says he's on track for first week of the season.

Jackson Alexander ESPN Editor 

Steven Matz said he's glad he has at least one more spring start left before the start of the season after a shaky outing vs. the Marlins today.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

That's it for Masahiro Tanaka. 5.1 more shutout IP today. For the spring: 18.2 IP, 6 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 22 K. Dominated all spring.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Greg Bird could win a HR title. Just tied Bryce Harper for the all-important Grapefruit League HR lead. 2nd of the day. 6th of the spring. This one over the RF berm. Crazy power