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3/4/2015 | Cubs motivated by coach Martinez's reward system

Jorge Soler had three stars on his cap. Justin Grimm received two in one day. Even advance scout Kyle Phillips was recognized. Each day, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez acknowledges a player and/or coach of the day by giving him a small shiny star to stick to his baseball cap. It's the same little metallic-colored stars your grade-school teacher probably used for a good book report.


3/4/2015 | Cubs considered calling Miller Park home in 2015

With major renovations underway at Wrigley Field this winter, the Cubs considered playing their entire 2015 home schedule at Miller Park in Milwaukee, team president of business operations Crane Kenney told CBS Radio.


3/4/2015 | Cubs to begin Maddon tenure, season of Banks tributes

What will Joe Maddon do as the new Cubs manager? Fans will get their first look when Maddon and the Cubs open Cactus League play Thursday with split-squad games, including a home contest at newly named Sloan Park against their new neighbors, the Athletics.


3/4/2015 | Radar guns early in spring? Cubs offer their take

The Brewers will not be using radar guns for the first two weeks of Spring Training games so their pitchers can focus on command, not how hard they're throwing. Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup agrees with the philosophy.


3/4/2015 | Castillo adjusting to new spot on depth chart

Welington Castillo will be behind the plate Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., in one of the Cubs' split-squad games. Where he'll be when the season opens is to be determined.


3/4/2015 | Top 15 fantasy rookies led by pair of Cubs

Who are the best fantasy prospects for this season? Unlike MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which is based on long-term potential, the rankings here are determined solely by expected big league production in 2015.


3/3/2015 | Fowler's footwork, voice key to patrolling center

Dexter Fowler has had to play in some giant-sized ballparks with the Rockies and Astros. Wrigley Field will be a little different, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes what he's seen of the center fielder.


3/3/2015 | Experienced depth behind the plate eases Maddon's mind

Carrying three catchers on the 25-man roster is a real possibility for the Cubs because David Ross, Miguel Montero and Welington Castillo have each been successful.


3/3/2015 | Mind back on baseball, Almora emphasizing mental approach

Albert Almora played last season with a heavy heart and mind as he watched his father battle prostate cancer. Now, with those concerns put aside, the Cubs prospect believes he has gained a greater perspective on the game.


3/3/2015 | Hendricks hard at work to keep No. 4 spot in Cubs rotation

Joe Maddon slotted Kyle Hendricks in the rotation, but the right-hander knows he has to work even harder this spring to keep the spot.


3/2/2015 | Renovation of Wrigley Field progressing as planned

Phase One of the Wrigley Field 1060 Project remains relatively on target despite a cold winter, Cubs officials said Monday afternoon during a media tour of the construction zone.


3/2/2015 | Wood, Jackson battling for fifth spot in rotation

No one has to say anything to Travis Wood or Edwin Jackson. Both pitchers know how important this spring is.


3/2/2015 | Maddon will adjust to playing fewer night games at home

The Cubs may not play enough night games for Joe Maddon. "I'm a horrible morning person," the Cubs manager admitted Monday. "Thank God, we don't play at 10 o'clock in the morning."


3/2/2015 | Soler comes to camp prepared for big league pitching

Jorge Soler arrived in Spring Training 25 pounds heavier and with a better understanding of what big league pitchers are trying to do to him.


3/2/2015 | Maddon names Lester Opening Night starter

Manager Joe Maddon made it official Monday: Jon Lester will start Opening Night, April 5, for the Cubs against the Cardinals.


3/2/2015 | Grimm relieved to know role after breakout season

Justin Grimm seems best suited to be a reliever. The antsy right-hander can barely sit still in the Cubs' clubhouse. It's hard to imagine him going four days without pitching.


3/2/2015 | 'The Cubs Way' might just be the ticket for Fowler

When Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer came to the Cubs before the 2012 season, they wrote a manual called "The Cubs Way," detailing how they wanted instructors to teach and what traits they wanted their scouts to value. Dexter Fowler, who came to Chicago in a January trade, says the organization's direction jumped out at him even though he had spent 2014 with the Astros, who are in a similar rebuilding stage.


3/1/2015 | Cubs' Bryant to start Opening Day? Kind of

Kris Bryant has impressed Cubs manager Joe Maddon so far this spring. "He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said Sunday of the Cubs' top prospect.


3/1/2015 | Cubs, Maddon remember legendary Minoso

Minnie Minoso used to show up in the visiting manager's office at U.S. Cellular Field when the Rays were in town to talk baseball with Joe Maddon.


3/1/2015 | Strop thankful for health after offseason accident

Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in late November in the San Cristobal province, west of the capital of Santo Domingo. Strop was driving his convertible and making a right-hand turn at a T-intersection when he was rear-ended by someone driving a Range Rover. The impact pushed Strop's car into a wall and the vehicle was totaled. His only injury was a scratch on his left elbow.


3/1/2015 | Castro happy to work with Manny in spring camp

Manny Ramirez has only been in Cubs camp since Wednesday, but he's already had an impact on the players.