MESA, Ariz. (AP) cheap Anthony Rizzo jersey doubled twice Friday in the Chicago Cubs jerseys’ 7 4 victory over a Cincinnati Reds jerseys split squad team Friday.
Rizzo went 2 for 2 with a walk, scored twice and raised his Cactus League batting average from .182 to .308.
cheap John Lackey jersey, making his first start of spring training, gave up three runs and five hits in three innings for the Cubs jerseys. He walked one and struck out four.
Lackey said the plan was for him to throw two innings, but he tossed so few pitches that he decided to go for a third inning.
“The first two innings, I just threw a bunch of fastballs,” he said. “I’m just trying to work on my arm strength. The third inning, I mixed in a few more things.”
Reds jerseys starter cheap Robert Stephenson jersey, a first round pick in 2011, went three innings and gave up three hits and two runs.
Cubs jerseys catcher cheap Miguel Montero jersey hit his second homer of the spring, a two run blast in the fourth that broke a 3 3 tie. Backup catcher cheap Tim Federowicz jersey added a homer in the bottom of the eighth.
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Cubs jerseys: Manager Joe Maddon, who coached Lackey when he broke into the majors with the Angels jerseys in 2002, thinks the 37 year old pitcher might be getting better with age, although he has lost a little on cheap mlb jerseys his velocity. “It starts with his delivery,” Maddon said. “The next component is he really knows what he’s doing out there.”
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Responding to Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage’s remarks that “nerds” in the front office relying on analytics are ruining the game, Maddon said: “My take on that is it is the evolution of . everything. Everything’s evolved.” Maddon compared analytics to other improvements, such as high definition television. “In pro sports, the things that are available now, had they been available in the ’40s without question, Mr. (Branch) Rickey would have been all over this stuff. This would be considered old school by now.”
The Cubs jerseys released reliever Rex Brothers, opting to pay 30 days termination pay ($232,787) rather than his $1.42 million salary, which was not guaranteed. He gave up two runs and two hits on Sunday against Arizona with four wild pitches, one on a strikeout of Zach Borenstein that would have ended the fourth inning but instead allowed cheap Socrates Brito jersey to score the go ahead run from third. He made three spring training appearances, pitching 2 2/3 innings.
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