2/28 Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs fall in Cactus League opener


Feb 27, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano dives safely back into first base on a Arizona Diamondbacks pick-off attempt in the fourth inning at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Diamondbacks won 5-2.

The Cubs kicked off their Cactus League schedule yesterday in front of a record 14,000-plus crowd at new Cubs Park, falling to the split-squad Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-2. In other news, the Derek Jeter’s spring debut ended in a lopsided loss, Ryan Braun homered in his first at-bat back from his suspension and Zack Greinke left after just four pitches with a calf sprain.

Here’s the latest from around the league:

“Ryan Braun homers in first at-bat.” – ESPN

“Cubs fall in Cactus League opener.” – Cubbies Crib

“Healthy Jeter happy in routine games.” – MLB.com

“Dodgers’ Zach Greinke injured in first spring start.” – Los Angeles Times

“Cubs Park debuts to record crowd.” – Cubs.com