Candelario goes deep
Jeimer Candelario keeps hitting and keeps seeing his name in the starting line-up. The AA third baseman slugged his second homer of the spring, a solo shot in the first off Oakland’s Jesse Hahn. The 22-year-old added two singles and is hitting .333 (8-for-24).......OF John Andreoli went deep for his second spring homer, a solo blast off A’s closer Sean Doolittle. He fanned his other three plate appearances and is hitting .316/.364/.737 in 11 games........C Willson Contreras added two more hits to his spring resume, including this third double. The 23-year-old is 5-for-10......CF Albert Almora returned to the starting line-up after missing a few games after straining his back. Almora (.158) went 1-for-4 with a single.........Taylor Davis continues to see plenty of playing time. He served as the backup catcher and went 0-for-1........CF Mike O’Neill, PR David Bote, RF Kelly Dugan, and 3B Jesse Hodges all played but didn’t hit.
Iowa prepares for opener
With only 25 days left before the home opener, the Iowa Cubs are busy preparing Principal Park for the 3:05 p.m. CST first pitch on April 7 against the Round Rock Express.
On March 19, the I-Cubs will hold national anthem tryouts as well as a sidewalk sale. From 9 a.m. to noon at Principal Park, auditions will be held on the field with a live microphone, just as if it were a game. No appointment is necessary, just show up at Gate C and fill out paperwork at the front desk. Space is limited and fans will be notified in the following weeks if they are chosen to sing the national anthem at an Iowa Cubs home game during the 2016 season. If you have questions call 515.243.6111. The Sidewalk sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Principal Park. Merchandise from the team retail store will be on sale for $1, $5, $10 and $15. Miscellaneous items from throughout the ballpark will also be on sale.
An Open House to get fans ready for the season will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Principal Park. Fans will be able to tour the stadium -- from the clubhouse area to the skybox suites and most everything in between. Weather permitting, fans will be allowed on the outfield playing surface. The playground and inflatable games will also be available to kids.The Cub Club restaurant will also be open for business. The Iowa Cubs team store will have sale items and the first look at new merchandise for 2016 as well. Fans who attend will be treated to free hot dogs and soft drinks. Those who register to win a free skybox rental will also receive a pair of general admission tickets to a game in April.