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From Comcast SportsNet
- Emilio Bonifacio may end up forcing the issue at second base.
- Pedro Strop's passion could make him a good closer.
- Rick Renteria sees a lot of upside in Jorge Soler.
- Jeff Samardzija won't let trade talk distract him.
- But here's the latest to distract you.
- Kris Bryant has been simply blessed with power.
- Darwin Barney knows he has something to prove this spring.
- The team will be cautious as Mike Olt works his way back, but it may not be from the issue that first comes to mind.
From Cubs Den
- There's a short-term and long-term view of second base.
- Edwin Jackson has a slider on a slippery slope.
- Kris Bryant is building off his Arizona Fall League success during his first big league camp.
- Rick Renteria anticipates variables in the new replay system.
- (Video included!) Kris Bryant signaled what's to come when he absolutely smashed a home run against the Angels. Not really seen in the video, Albert Almora had doubled ahead of Bryant, so he scored on the blast. Be still, my beating baseball heart.
- (Video) Darwin Barney smacked a homer, too.
- Starlin Castro is really responding to the approach by his new manager.
- After mixed results against the Halos, Chris Rusin and James McDonald see areas for improvement.
- This is probably the best and worst link of the day all at the same time. NRI outfielder Aaron Cunningham has awesome socks. The good news? They are awesome. So what's the downside? I could totally see this becoming a thing that gets ruined by Lincoln Park trixies at the ballpark.
- Starlin Castro is off to a good spring start.
- (Video) Jeff Samardzija was happy with his first spring start.
- The latest diary from Kyle Hendricks talks about the debut of 'Cubs and Roses.'
- Jose Veras is looking to solidify the closer's role.
- (Video) The Baseball Tonight crew talks about the Cubs' hot button issues.
- Here are five things to watch.
- If you read the links above (or the game review), you know Kris Bryant homered. You can read more about it and listen to Kris talk about it here.
- I've been hard on Jesse Rogers, but I'll sure give him this: he's done a nice job getting players to answer mailbags. So don't miss your chance to have a question answered by Javier Baez. Try to submit something different than "when do you think you'll save the Cubs?" That will get submitted a couple hundred times by others.
From the Chicago Tribune
- Paul Sullivan wonders if a kinder, gentler approach will help Starlin Castro.
- Kris Bryant is encouraged by his defensive effort. The link includes some video to listen to Kris, if you like.
- Emilio Bonifacio and Mike Olt are getting some early opportunities.
- Maturity has Albert Almora on the fast track.
- Matt Szczur is on the upswing.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- Trade talk has put a chip on Shark's shoulder.
- Jorge Soler is looking to replenish his stock.
- Arodys Vizcaino is the Cubs' happiest camper.
- Darwin Barney is answering the challenge early.
- Violence in Venezuela is weighing on the minds of many Cub players.
From the Daily Herald
- A decade ago, everything seemed just fine for Mark Prior and the Cubs.
- The Cubs are waiting on Albert Almora's arrival.
- Nate Schierholtz owns stats that suggest the right field spot should be a split decision.
- Friday's MLB Bullets showed you Fenway Park made of Legos. Here's a Lego Wrigley Field.
Today's food for thought
- This cool little animal looks like a glitch.
- This infographic shows you the insane scale of our solar system.