The Chicago Cubs sent Javier Baez to the minor-leagues as one of seven roster cuts on Saturday to trim the roster to 37 and named Travis Wood the home opener starter against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jeff Samardzija has been named the Opening Day starter.
In game action, the Cubs fell 8-3 to National League Central rival Cincinnati Reds while shortstop Starlin Castro knocked two hits in a minor league game.
Around the league, the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia to get a head start on the regular season and the Milwaukee Brewers exercised a 2015 option for manager Ron Roenicke.
Daily Herald: Phillips, Bernadina power Reds past Cubs 8-3
Chicago Tribune: Travis Wood will start Cubs home opener
Chicago Sun-Times: Cubs send Javy Baez to minor-league camp
ESPN Chicago: Castro has two hits in minor league game
CSN Chicago: Jeff Samardzija understands Cubs need a fast start
Fox Sports: Puig helps Dodgers complete Aussie sweep of Diamondbacks
CBS Sports: Brewers exercise 2015 option for manager Ron Roenicke
NBC Sports: Report: Scott Boras insists he has three-year, $39M offer on the table for Stephen Drew