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Jason Heyward collected his first hit of the spring as the Cubs beat the Angels 13-10.

Cubs outslug Angels

Chicago scored seven times in the fourth and beat Los Angeles 13-10 as Jason Heyward had two hits, including a  homer, and knocked in three runs. Heyward went deep in the second for his first hit of the spring after starting 0-for-15. 

Cubs starters did the damage as Ben Zobrist, Munenori Kawasaki and Carlos Corporan combined for nine RBI. CF Albert Almora got the start but left with left calf soreness in the second. Almora fouled a ball off his leg earlier this spring and has been dealing with the injury ever since. Other Cubs prospects seeing action were 2B Ian Happ (1-for-2, R, .263), RF Mark Zagunis (0-2, .091), SS Chesny Young (0-2, R, .200), 3B Jeimer Candelario (0-1, .320), DH Taylor Davis (0-1, .364), Eloy Jimenez (0-1, .316), C Victor Caratini (0-1, .357), CF Jacob Hannemann (0-4, R, BB, .211).

RH Jake Arrieta made his first start of the spring and went two frames, allowing three runs on five hits, including a homer. Eddie Butler worked the next two innings, surrendering two more runs on two hits and two walks. Ryan Williams continues to impress in Cubs camp after missing most of 2016 with a shoulder injury. The right-hander fired two scoreless frames and lefty Brian Duensing followed that up with a scoreless seventh. Zac Rosscup never made it out of the eighth, as the left-hander gave up three hits and a walk that led to three runs. Stephen Perakslis got the final out of the eighth. Jhondaniel Medina worked the ninth and gave with two runs on two hits and walk. 

World Baseball Classic

Israel stole the show on the opening day of the WBC, beating Korea 2-1 in 10 innings and then posting a 15-7 win over Chinese Taipei. Former Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis got the start for Israel against Korea and tossed three scoreless frames. Sam Fuld, who was drafted by the Cubs in the 10th round in 2004, was 2-for-6 against Korea and 1-for-6 versus Chinese Taipei. Five pitchers from the Netherlands combined to blank Korea 5-0 in the other Pool A game. In the Pool B opener, Japan scored five times in the fifth and beat Cuba 11-6. 

 


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