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3/31/2011 | Barney gets Cubs' Opening Day nod at second
Rookie second baseman Darwin Barney will start Friday for the Cubs in the season opener against the Pirates.

3/31/2011 | Cubs excited to start season at Wrigley
Actor Robert Redford will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, Ron Santo Jr. will lead the crowd during the seventh-inning stretch, and the team will collect donations for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami on Opening Day at Wrigley Field on Friday.

3/30/2011 | Umpire Bellino makes first Opening Day 'roster'
After a quick rise through the Minor Leagues, Dan Bellino is set to begin his first season a full-time member of a Major League Baseball umpiring crew.

3/30/2011 | Quade still undecided about second base
Cubs manager Mike Quade had plenty of reading material for the flight from Phoenix to Chicago on Wednesday. He's perusing two large red-covered notebooks loaded with statistics as he finalizes the Opening Day lineup.

3/29/2011 | Wrigley opener will have familiar faces in stands
Katie Cobb, 24, and her father, Mike, have been going to Cubs home openers since she was 9 years old, and they have a routine, though this year will be a little different. And they're not the only Cubs fans with Opening Day routines.

3/29/2011 | Castillo can serve Cubs best with experience
Koyie Hill was 1-for-32 this spring, while Welington Castillo was 12-for-19. Wouldn't the Cubs rather keep Castillo as the backup catcher? No, manager Mike Quade said.

3/29/2011 | Cubs' Byrd scratched with stiff back as precaution
Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd was scratched from Tuesday's lineup because of a stiff back but is expected to be ready for Friday's season opener.

3/29/2011 | Cubs' Quade optimistic despite popular speculation
The Cubs enter their final Cactus League game Tuesday with a 14-18 record and are not being picked as favorites to win the National League Central. "I hope they're wrong," Cubs manager Mike Quade said of the prognosticators.

3/29/2011 | Cubs' Colvin earns Quade's confidence at first base
Last year, Tyler Colvin won a spot on the Opening Day roster because of a strong spring. But this spring has been different for Colvin. He does have a spot on the Cubs' 25-man roster, but he's not just looked at as an outfielder. He's also a backup first baseman.

3/29/2011 | Cubs on message heading into Opening Day
While the Cubs added a pair of hard-throwing righties and a lefty slugger at first, most eyes will be on manager Mike Quade to begin the season, and from the looks of things, he'll be comfortable in the spotlight.

3/29/2011 | Dempster living his dream as Cubs' No. 1
Born and raised in Canada, Ryan Dempster isn't the typical Opening Day starter, but the right-hander from Gibsons, British Columbia, was on track to a big league mound from a very early age.

3/29/2011 | Garza happy to leave Arizona after Cubs' loss
Xavier Nady belted a grand slam, David Winfree added a three-run homer and a solo shot, and Kelly Johnson hit a three-run blast to power the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 15-8 victory Tuesday over Matt Garza and the Cubs in front of 11,309 at HoHoKam Park.

3/29/2011 | Cubs, Bucs hope 2011 puts end to waiting
If patience is, indeed, a virtue, then few fans are more virtuous than those following the Cubs and Pirates. Be it a 102-year wait for a World Series title or an 18-year wait for a winning record, they've certainly been pushed to the extreme.

3/28/2011 | Baird puts heart and soul into Wrigley's turf
For the last 15 years, Roger Baird has been in charge of the turf at Wrigley Field. And if you think the Cubs players are excited about Opening Day, they can't match Baird's enthusiasm.

3/28/2011 | Cubs' Marshall enjoying VCU's run to Final Four
That cheering you heard Sunday from the Cubs' clubhouse was Sean Marshall rooting for his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

3/28/2011 | Pena homers, sparks late rally before Cubs fall
Making his final start of Spring Training, Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano labored with his command in a 4-3 loss to the Indians on Monday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.

3/28/2011 | Zambrano tunes up with final Cactus outing
Carlos Zambrano tuned up for the regular season by pitching five innings against the Indians on Monday and overlooked some plays that weren't made behind him.

3/27/2011 | Cubs cite performance in releasing Silva
The Cubs released right-hander Carlos Silva on Sunday, one day after the right-hander criticized the team for the way they handled him this spring.

3/27/2011 | Cubs' Cashner to start in Minors camp Thursday
Andrew Cashner's next start will be in Arizona, as the Cubs will leave the right-hander behind when they break camp after Wednesday's intrasquad game.

3/27/2011 | Cubs' Riggins shrugs off Silva's comments
Cubs pitching coach Mark Riggins shrugged off comments made by Carlos Silva, who was released by the team on Sunday. On Saturday, Silva said he wasn't happy about how Riggins told him there was a chance the right-hander may have to go to the Minor Leagues.

3/27/2011 | Quade working to finalize Opening Day lineup
Cubs manager Mike Quade has yet to finalize his Opening Day lineup and was going to meet first with advance scout Brad Kelley on Sunday and Monday.

3/27/2011 | Colvin hits slam in Dempster's final spring start
Ryan Dempster allowed three runs over four innings in his final spring start, and Tyler Colvin belted a grand slam in the Cubs' 6-4 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

3/26/2011 | Baker to sit out weekend games
Cubs infielder Jeff Baker, who came out of Friday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, will be held out of weekend games as a precautionary measure.

3/26/2011 | Cubs name Cashner fifth starter; Mateo to 'pen
The Cubs named Andrew Cashner as their fifth starter on Saturday and announced they will add Marcos Mateo to the bullpen and try to trade veteran Carlos Silva, if possible.

3/26/2011 | Cubs' Quade opts for trio of long relief pitchers
The Cubs don't have a designated long relief pitcher, but manager Mike Quade will rely on James Russell, Marcos Mateo and Jeff Samardzija for that role.

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