Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:
9 - 8

Castro back for spring finale, Cubs beat D'backs

AP - Sports
Castro back for spring finale, Cubs beat D'backs

View gallery

PHOENIX (AP) -- Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro returned from a hamstring injury Saturday and played his first spring training game since March 2 in Chicago's 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Castro went 0 for 2 with a walk and looked fine running out a grounder in the first inning. The game was the exhibition finale for both clubs before their season openers Monday.

Both starting pitchers were effective. Jason Hammel shut out the Diamondbacks on two hits over four innings. He struck out five.

Bronson Arroyo went 4 2-3 innings for Arizona and allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out two and walked one.

''A real good day for him,'' Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. ''His location was pretty good, his fastball, he moved it around.''

A throwing error by Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo led to an RBI single from Darwin Barney in the second. The Cubs then scored four runs in the sixth against setup man Brad Ziegler. Luis Valbuena had a sacrifice fly and minor leaguer Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run homer.

Ziegler allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.

Cliff Pennington and Henry Blanco hit RBI singles in the sixth off Cubs reliever Jonathan Sanchez.

Ryan Kalish ended a successful bid to make Chicago's roster with a 3-for-3 afternoon.

Pennington had two hits and two RBIs after replacing Aaron Hill at second base. Ex-Cub Tony Campana, who made Arizona's opening day roster, went 3 for 3 and scored twice.


Cubs: Hammel said his arm felt strong and he was able to get his pitches down in the zone and establish fastball command.

''I was battling some bad habits there the first few starts and still getting arm strength,'' he said. ''Spring training is not about results, it's about getting ready for the season.''

Diamondbacks: Arroyo looked strong enough for the team to schedule him to start the opening-series finale against San Francisco on Thursday. He dealt with a back injury earlier this spring.


Chris Owings, who drove in a run with a seventh-inning single and scored twice, found out he made the opening day roster from Gibson during the game.

Owings beat out Didi Gregorius for the starting shortstop job, and Gregorius will go to Triple-A Reno. Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said he agonized over the decision.

''We probably viewed (Owings') bat a little bit ahead of Didi at this point in time, and because of the injuries we've had to our pitching staff, we're going to have to score runs to win games,'' Towers said.

It also was a big day for backup catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who made the roster over veteran Henry Blanco. Gosewisch, from nearby Scottsdale and Arizona State, played nine seasons in the minors before he won his first major league job out of camp.

''I'm just glad I'm coming back Monday,'' Gosewisch said. ''I always thought I could play at this level and I feel like I definitely earned it.''

The 42-year-old Blanco has 16 seasons of major league experience. If no team claims him, the Diamondbacks plan to keep him as an assistant hitting coach.

Towers said the team will carry 13 pitchers, including eight relievers, with left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith earning a bullpen job. His contract will be selected on Sunday.

Randall Delgado is expected to be the fifth starter.


Chicago went with Brian Schlitter over fellow right-hander Alberto Cabrera for the final spot in the bullpen, manager Rick Renteria said before the game.

The 28-year-old Schlitter had a 2.79 ERA in nine appearances covering 9 2-3 innings this spring. He struck out nine and walked one unintentionally.

Cabrera was designated for assignment.


With baseball's instant replay rules in effect for both games of the series, three plays were reviewed Saturday.

Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez got to a roller up the line just before it went foul and threw out Chris Coghlan to end the fifth with runners at first and third. The play was reviewed and upheld.

Renteria asked for a review in the seventh after the Cubs didn't get an out on a fielder's choice grounder to first base with the bases loaded. That call also was upheld.

Gibson asked for another look at an out call at home plate during the Diamondbacks' six-run seventh. The call was reversed to safe, giving Arizona an 8-6 lead.


Diamondbacks: Gibson said outfielder Cody Ross will play in a simulated game, then go to Reno to continue rehabbing his hip injury. He'll hit and play the outfield but needs to feel more comfortable running the bases.


Cubs: The team headed off to Pittsburgh after Saturday's game and gets Sunday off. Jeff Samardzija will start on opening day against the Pirates.

Diamondbacks: Gibson gave the players Sunday off, and right-hander Brandon McCarthy gets the start when Arizona hosts the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Football

Recommended for You

  • WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face

    WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face   Giancarlo Stanton showed his face Tuesday, and it looked a lot better than it did Thursday after an errant pitch struck him there. Even though the"before" photo is pretty disturbing, the "after" pic

    Big League Stew
    Tue, Sep 16
    4:10 PM PDT
    Miami at NY Mets
    Preview Game
  • WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (Sept. 15, 2014): John Cena gets it right

    WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (Sept. 15, 2014) from Lafayette, Louisiana featuring the go home show to the upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this Sunday night in Nashville. John Cena bullied Paul Heyman around, going so far as to…

    SB Nation
  • Colts Coaches Cost the Team a Win

    The Colts coaching staff cost the Colts a win tonight. Chuck, you can talk all you want about how that's a game you just needed to win.  You can talk all you want about how your team needs to be better.  You can talk all you want about how your team didn't play a 60-minute ballgame.  You can talk…

    SB Nation
  • Vikings message board shuts down, disgusted by both team and fans, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. Vikings Message Board has been shut down…

    Shutdown Corner
    Sun, Sep 14
    New England30 - 7Minnesota
    Game Recap
  • Broncos fans' petition to ban Phil Simms gets 24,000 votes in 24 hours

    Broncos fans' petition to ban Phil Simms gets 24,000 votes in 24 hours Some have called it silly. Some have called it dumb. But over 29,000 fans have signed a petition to ban CBS color commentator Phil Simms from Denver Broncos games. Some have

    SB Nation
    Sun, Sep 14
    Kansas City17 - 24Denver
    Game Recap
  • UFC Fight Night 52: Miesha Tate calling for Cat Zingano rematch following Rin win in Japan

    UFC Fight Night 52: Miesha Tate calling for Cat Zingano rematch following Rin win in Japan Sounds like Miesha Tate is still "pissed" about losing to Cat Zingano. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 135-pound No. 1 contender was popped

    SB Nation
  • Official on Colin Kaepernick penalty: 'He knows what he said'

    San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick tried to play off the inappropriate language penalty he received during "Sunday Night Football" by denying it altogether. "I didn't say anything," Kaepernick said, according to CSN Bay Area. “He knows what he said,” side judge Laird Hayes told on…

    Shutdown Corner
  • NFL Power Rankings 2014, Week 3: Eagles are second best NFC team

    NFL Power Rankings 2014, Week 3: Eagles are second best NFC team Ranking all 32 NFL Teams. Now that Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season is over, it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power

    SB Nation
    Mon, Sep 15
    Philadelphia30 - 27Indianapolis
    Game Recap
  • Mario Chalmers offers words of wisdom for LeBron James' new supporting cast

    It's not surprising to hear Mario Chalmers tell Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick, "We all just took too much of a back seat in the Finals," since the San Antonio Spurs undressed everyone not named LeBron James and Chris Bosh in their five-game dismantling of the Miami Heat this past June. Only…

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Tito Ortiz says Stephan Bonnar crossed a line with trash talk

    UFC Hall of Fame members Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar were involved in a bizarre incident inside a Bellator cage recently, to promote their fight against one another in November. Ortiz swung and missed with a shove directed at "RoboCop" after Bonnar insulted him with some very personal attacks and…

  • Play

    NFC West no longer the best?

    With the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both suffering losses this past week and significant injuries on the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals, the "NFL AM" crew debates if the NFC West is still the best division in football.

    NFL Highlights
  • Cheryl Burke's 'Dancing With the Stars' Days, by the Numbers

    It's the end of an era on Dancing With the Stars. Longtime pro dancer Cheryl Burke announced Monday on Good Morning America that the current 19th season will likely be her final foray into the DWTS ballroom. "As of now, this is probably going to be my last season," Burke told GMA ahead of her new…

    Yahoo TV
  • Ray Rice drawing interest from NFL teams

    Recently waived Ravens running back has reportedly drawn interest from a few NFL teams Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole mentioned that a few NFL teams are keeping their eyes out for recently waived Ravens running back Ray Rice.  With Rice looking to appeal his indefinite suspension, he could…

    SB Nation
  • Mets caught trying to secretly change their logo

    Last night, while Mets fans were busy watching Jacob deGrom striking everybody out and the good guys dropping yet another seesaw affair against the Marlins, the Mets' media team were up to some sneaky business. Thanks to a few sharp-eyed logo experts and the power of Twitter, we have learned that…

    SB Nation
  • NFL Power Rankings 2014: Bucs keep on dropping in week three

    NFL Power Rankings 2014: Bucs keep on dropping in week three The power rankings aren't kind to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When you lose two games, at home, to teams starting backup quarterbacks -- people are going to lose respect for you. Which is

    SB Nation
    Thu, Sep 18
    5:25 PM PDT
    Tampa Bay at Atlanta
    Preview Game
  • GIF: Cameron doesn't understand why the ref won't count this pinfall

    GIF: Cameron doesn't understand why the ref won't count this pinfall If you thought Cameron blowing Stone Cold Steve Austin's mind on the reboot of Tough Enough would produce the best GIF related to her in pro wrestling, you would be wrong. That

    SB Nation
  • WWE Raw formatted specifically to fight Monday Night Football

    Much of the internet wrestling community is scratching its collective head this morning over how WWE booked last night, September 15th's episode of Raw.  And not just the usual "they gave away a clean finish to match we're supposed to pay for on Sunday" or "they did what to Bray Wyatt now?"…

    SB Nation