Having to play late-night Thursday is not going to help get rid of the bad taste.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Forget Derek Jeter. Starlin Castro has to show how good he can be.
- The boos and the contract never bothered former Cub Alfonso Soriano.
- Jason Hammel showed what he's made of after injuring his hand.
- Most expect the Yankees to be shopping for pitching this summer. They got an up-close-and-personal look at what Hammel and Jeff Samardzija can do.
- Pitching prospect Pierce Johnson is ready to make some noise.
- One rung up the ladder, fellow prospect Kyle Hendricks is on a roll.
- Theo Epstein and the Cubs are moving on from missing out on Masahiro Tanaka.
From Cubs Den
- Luis Valbuena is an under appreciated player and a vital cog, or bridge, in the Cubs' rebuilding plan.
- A reader poll looks for draft pick preferences.
- There's some chatter about who has the best tools in the draft. And this notes column also looks at whether the Cubs could jump the trade market again.
- Hall of Fame hurler Fergie Jenkins will represent the Cubs at the draft next month.
- Anthony Rizzo visited some young patients, including some with cancer.
- Alfonso Soriano says Chicago needs the Cubs to be champs.
- In case you didn't hear, the Zac Brown Band will play Wrigley Field this September.
- Other than lots of repeating, ESPN noted that Jason Hammel outdueled the Cubs' first choice this past offseason.
From the Chicago Tribune
- The Cubs universally praised Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
- Alfonso Soriano likes what he sees out of a resurgent Starlin Castro.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- The team is very pleased with Starlin Castro's progress.
- From his perspective, Castro can't imagine starting a career the way Derek Jeter did.
- Metrics show Shark has been better than his record. Duh. At this point, I'm thinking Shark will be an 0-6 pitcher with a sub-2 ERA on the All-Star team this summer.
From the Daily Herald
- Derek Jeter has nice boyhood memories of Wrigley Field.
Today's food for thought
- Be honest: you wanted to know what you could do with a hundred pounds of magnetic putty.