Cubs down White Sox
Cubs prospects seeing action included Ian Happ (0-2), Chesny Young (1-2), Jeimer Candelario (0-1, BB), John Andreoli (0-1), Jeffrey Baez (0-1), Victor Caratini (0-0 BB), Carlos Sepulveda (0-1) and Taylor Davis (0-1).
Duane Underwood made his spring debut and tossed a scoreless first, allowing one hit. Koji Uehara surrendered a run in the second on three hits and Rob Zastryzny had his best outing, blanking the White Sox for three frames on three hits. Carl Edwards, Jr.. and Williams Perez both threw a scoreless frame while Ryan Williams allowed two runs over the final two innings.
More cuts from camp
The Cubs continue to whittle their roster down to 25 for the season opener in St. Louis on April 4. The Cubs optioned RH Pierce Johnson, RH Felix Pena, C Victor Caratini and OF Jacob Hannemann to Iowa and retired OF Eloy Jimenez, IF Chesny Young and OF Mark Zagunis to minor league camp. Johnson, Pena, Caratini and Hannemann are all on the Cubs 40-man roster. Cubs have 43 remaining in camp.
Twelve members of the Cubs minors were honored during a ceremony on Thursday for graduating from English class, part of the Cubs Cultural Assimilation Program. Eloy Jimenez, along with Adbert Alzolay, Miguel Amaya, Jeffrey Baez, Jhonny Bethencourt, Enrique De Los Rio, Greyfer Eregua, Luis Hernandez, Richard Nunez, Carlos Sepulveda, Daury Torrez and Jen-Ho Tseng gave speeches at the ceremony, which was attended by all the Cubs major and minor leaguers.
Puerto Rico beat USA
Cubs infielder Javier Baez went 1-for-3, score once and tied the WBC record with three stolen bases to help Puerto Rico to a 6-5 win over Team USA. Puerto Rico scored four times in the first and held on move to 2-0 and clinch a spot in the finals. USA and the Dominican Republic play Saturday night for the final spot at Dodger Stadium March 20-22.