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Just after I posted the last entry in which I said there wouldn't be much news till Wednesday, I learned from this Arizona Republic article that 15 Cubs had already reported as of Thursday, including Jason Dubois and Corey Patterson, thrilling some of the early-bird fans who braved cooler-than-normal Phoenix-area weather to see some of the players take batting practice.

Corey in particular knows that he has to work on getting better in the leadoff spot:

Patterson said he knows he needs help during the 16-game regular season and added that he values his relationship with [coach Gene] Clines, who hit .334 for the Pirates in 1972.

16 games? Sheesh, is Corey thinking football already?