3/8 Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs Split-Squad games, no pressure for Darwin Barney


The Chicago Cubs went 1-1 on Friday afternoon in split squad play with a 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians and a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Wesley Wright threw a scoreless seventh inning against the Indians, and Johnathan Sanchez earned the save over the Angels. Notably, Cubs manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Chris Bosio did not travel to Tempe, Az. to watch No. 5 rotation candidate James McDonald throw. McDonald notched two scoreless innings against the Angels.

The Cubs do not have a timetable for Edwin Jackson, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant while Darwin Barney says he is competing against himself and not his teammates at shortstop. Around the league, free agent pitcher Ervin Santana is seeking a one-year deal, the Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are still discussing a new six-year deal

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Daily Herald: These role players make things interesting

ESPN Chicago: Barney competing vs. self, not teammates

CSN Chicago: Cubs: Castro expects to be locked in and played all 162 games

Fox Sports: Rosenthal: Ervin Santana now looking for one-year deal, wants to sign as soon as possible

CBS Sports: Angels, Mike Trout still discussing new six-year deal

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