Michael Bowden

Bruce Chen Finds Out Javier Baez Can Do Whatever He Wants

Bruce Chen was torched for five home runs (two by Javier Baez and one each by David DeJesus, Alfonso Soriano, and Alberto Gonzalez) over five innings, as the Cubs cruised to an 8-3 vistory over the Kansas City Royals in Cactus League action this afternoon at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.


Baez took Chen deep with a solo HR onto the berm beyond the LF fence with two outs in the 1st, and then again with another solo HR (this one a Monster Jam) over the scoreboard and into the parking lot with two outs in the 5th, and has now hit four home runs in his last five plate appearances (he hit home runs in his final two PA versus Team Japan yesterday, including a walk-off two-run HR in the 9th).


Seven Cubs Shinin' in Latin Winter Leagues

The regular seasons for the Latin Winter Leagues in Venezuela (VWL), Mexico (LMP), Puerto Rico (PWL), and the Dominican Republic (DWL) close this weekend, and the playoffs will start next month. Then the four league champions will meet in the Caribbean Series in Hermosillo, Mexico, the first week of February (just prior to the start of MLB Spring Training).


About 30 Cubs (both major leaguers and minor leaguers) are playing winter ball in Latin America, and the following are seven of the better performances:


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  • Rosenthal does it again! Comes in with a 3-1 lead in the 9th -- double, BB, HR...ballgame.

    Very nice win last nice -- could have caved in after the bottom of the first. It would be OK if guys stopped getting hurt, and if SF would lose a few.

    billybucks 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Awesome. It wasn't long ago that he was kind of the best prospect coming through the system.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • QuietMan 15 hours 40 min ago view
  • Javy's grunge dive into the stands for the popup was awesome - the hitting into the double play not so much

    Eric S 16 hours 8 min ago view
  • Third time I've tried to post this (forgive me if it winds up appearing three times)

    Junior Lake, batting 9th and playing RF for the Blue Jays...

    Transmission 16 hours 21 min ago view
  • *That was a fun HALF inning.

    Brick 17 hours 25 min ago view
  • this game is no longer awesome.

    crunch 17 hours 25 min ago view
  • he did...it was awesome.

    crunch 17 hours 35 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure that Len called Bryant's home run a Brexit.

    Old and Blue 17 hours 36 min ago view
  • everyone but heyward with a hit and a 3 run lead with coghlan on 3rd through 5 batters. hell yeah.

    okay, this is just silly. 19 pitches in, 1 out, 4 runs in, men on 1st and 2nd...hendricks up to bunt.

    ...and almora contributes the final out. that was a fun inning.

    crunch 17 hours 38 min ago view
  • this game is awesome already.

    also, there's a lot of cubs fans in the park tonight.

    crunch 17 hours 46 min ago view
  • Clearly, Joe Maddon is a Lineup Wizzard.

    Transmission 17 hours 47 min ago view
  • "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday."

    crunch 19 hours 9 min ago view
  • Maddon shore isn't afraid to bat a rookie 4th in the order.

    Old and Blue 20 hours 25 min ago view
  • how many pairs of dice did dusty leave hidden around the park when he left the cubs?

    crunch 21 hours 20 min ago view
  • Line-up shakeup, going all-2015 with pitcher batting 8th, Bryant 2nd

    J-Hey, Bryant 1B, Zobrist, Willson, Coghlan, Baez 3B, Russell, Hendricks, Almora

    Eric S 21 hours 44 min ago view