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Theo rakes, Cubs react (0:55)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon announced spring debut dates for his top 4 starters: After Mike Montgomery pitches this Friday he'll be followed by Kyle Hendricks on Saturday, Jon Lester on Sunday then Jake Arrieta on Monday and John Lackey on Tuesday. Maddon has yet to announce an opening day starter yet.

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Cubs could use a speedster like Hamilton

The Cubs need a leadoff hitter with Dexter Fowler gone, and Billy Hamilton could fill that void. Albert Almora Jr., who could take over for Hamilton in center, would be a good place for Cincinnati's return package to start. Bowden: Trades I'd like to see (Insider)

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo react to watching video of Theo Epstein hitting off of Ryan Dempster.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Addison Russell's reaction to the news David Ross will be on Dancing with the Stars.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Cub Jorge Soler waiting to take BP with the KC Royals. The teams play each other today,

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Anthony Rizzo says Paul Goldschmidt is the best 1st baseman in baseball: "He has a down year and still hits .300."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant's reaction to seeing Theo Epstein hit off Team Canada pitcher Ryan Dempster.

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Bryant declares Ross early favorite to win 'DWTS' (1:43)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant declare David Ross the early favorite to win Dancing with the Stars.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javier Baez react to seeing video of Theo Epstein taking batting practice against Team Canada pitcher Ryan Dempster.

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Rizzo: Ross a 'perfect candidate' for 'DWTS' (0:59)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss Grandpa Ross appearing on Dancing with the Stars.

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6hJerry Crasnick

Theo at the bat: Believe it or not, Cubs prez can rake

When Ryan Dempster needed help getting ready for the WBC, he called on Theo Epstein to step in against him -- and found out the hard way that Chicago's mastermind knows how to hit.

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Epstein takes Dempster deep during BP (0:17)
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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Theo Epstein took BP against Ryan Dempster. Pretty good for a front office guy.

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'Grandpa Rossy' David Ross joining DWTS cast

Retired Cubs catcher David Ross and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles will participate in Season 24 of "Dancing with the Stars."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 7-5 to the Angels on Tuesday but their regulars played well as they got out to a 5-1 lead. Addison Russell hit a long HR, his second in an many games while Albert Almora doubled and Matt Szczur drove in his fourth run this spring with a triple. Almora also made a running catch in CF. Jason Heyward went 0-3 but drove a ball to the wall which was caught. He's 0 for 8 this spring with a walk. The Cubs are 1-2-2 so far in the Cactus League.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Another impressive crowd at Sloan Park for the Chicago Cubs fourth spring training game; 2016 World Champs averaging 15,000 fans per game. Cubs face the Angels after a 29-minute weather delay.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon faces Mike Scioscia in a spring game today. This morning Maddon called his former boss "funny" and "fearless" saying the latter quality was Scioscia's most admirable to Maddon.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon talked up lefty Brett Anderson today. He threw a scoreless inning on Monday and the Cubs manager is setting his sights on a 165-170 inning season for the oft injured pitcher: "I do know that I like him, I do know this guy is good...We're trying to figure out different ways to keep him healthy."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have yet to announce spring debut dates for their top 4 starters. After Alec Mills and Eddie Butler throw on Tuesday and Wednesday, Rob Zastryzny will start on Thursday in a matinee against the Reds while Jake Buchanan pitches against Az. at night.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon knows who his opening day starter is but hasn't informed the players yet: "I was too busy this morning. Had a MLB Alumni meeting then had to call my bank. All kinds of things going on." Jon Lester is the most likely choice though Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks make it a tougher decision than normal. The announcement should come soon.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Koji Uejara throwing his bullpen to Kyle Schwarber.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.151st
Quality Starts100Tied-1st
WHIP1.111st
BAA.2121st
Runs8083rd
Batting Average.25614th
On Base Percentage.3432nd
Slugging Percentage.42910th

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