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Almora blast slam but Rangers come back to tie

Cubs and Rangers tie

Albert Almora hit a grand slam, Willson Contreras smacked a two-run shot and Tommy La Stella blasted a solo shot but it wasn’t enough as the Rangers rallied to tie the Cubs.

La Stella added a RBI single and Jacob Hannemann (2-4) plated the other run with a RBI groundout. Cubs prospects seeing action were John Andreoli (0-1), Victor Caratini (0-2, 2 R), Ian Happ (0-2), and Eloy Jimenez (0-1).

Jon Lester gave up two runs in the second and finished his 36-pitch outing, surrendering three hits while fanning one. Wade Davis has an rocky outing in his Cubs debut, getting tagged for three runs on three hits and a walk in ? of an inning. Koji Uehara and Justin Grimm both made their spring debuts, each tossing a scoreless frame. Alec Mills surrendered a two-run homer in his second inning on the mound, allowing three hits and a walk with one strikeout. Caleb Smith, the Cubs Rule 5 pick at the Winter Meetings, fanned three over two frames but allowed back-to-back homers to start the eighth.

After going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, 1B Jeimer Candelario was hit by a pitch on the the leg and left the game. No x-rays were needed and he’s not expected to miss any time. Cubs haven’t been hit with any major injuries to start the spring but 1B Anthony Rizzo has missed several games with bask spasms. He’s expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday against Italy......LHP Rob Zastryzny left his last start after getting hit in the leg with a come backer but he’s expected to be good to go when his turn comes around......The biggest injury this spring was suffered by infielder Jemile Weeks, who strained his ACL tagging out a runner at second on a stolen base. He’s expected to miss four week. Weeks, a former first-round pick of the A’s, missed most of last season with a hamstring injury in San Diego.

Flow Bros are clipped

So its not so, no more flow for pitcher Pierce Johnson and catcher Taylor Davis. Johnson, the unconfirmed president of the Flow Bros and has the twitter handle Flowbro33, was one of two Cubs prospects to have his hair cut as part of Joe Maddon’s Respect Bald event that benefits pediatric cancer research. Johnson, along with Davis, raised $40,000 as their big league teammates ponied up the cash to get rid of the flow. Davis told reporters he hadn’t had a haircut since 2013. 


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