Reds win rain shortened game
The Cubs fell 5-2 to Cincinnati in a game shorted to five inning by rain at Goodyear Ballpark. Kyle Schwarber provided the Cubs only runs on the night with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, his third of the spring. Schwarber finished 2-for-3 and Matt Szczur singled and scored.
Ryan Williams got the start for the Cubs and went 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk. Rob Zastryzny got the final two outs of the fourth, but not before allowing an inherited runner to score.
Jake Arrieta gets the ball on Thursday afternoon as the Cubs head to Talking Stick to face the Diamondbacks. Also expected to pitch are Carl Edwards, Jr.., Brian Duensing, Jake Buchanan, Koji Uehara and Dylan Floro.
Cubs release Henderson, trim six more from camp
The Cubs have released relief pitcher Jim Henderson and optioned RHP Jake Buchanan, RHP Alec Mills and 3B Jeimer Candelario to AAA Iowa. They also assigned RHP Dylan Floro, RHP Williams Perez and LHP David Rollins to minor league camp. Henderson was a former closer for the Brewers and spent last season with the Mets, signing a minor league deal with a spring invite with the Cubs during the off-season. He pitched for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic and appeared in five games for the Cubs this spring, allowing five runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings. Cubs have 36 players left in camp.
Team USA wins WBC
Marcus Stroman tossed six innings of no-hit ball and Team USA won its first World Baseball Classic, defeating Puerto Rico 8-0. Ian Kinsler put USA up 2-0 with homer in the third and finished 2-for-5 with two runs. Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Crawford both plated two runs in the win. Javier Baez went 0-for-3 for Puerto Rico and was named to the all-tournament team as the second baseman.