3/18 Morning Marquee: Javier Baez at 2B, Jarrod Parker torn UCL


Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs split two games on Monday afternoon with a 6-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics and a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Cubs’ top prospect Javier Baez debuted at second base and James McDonald left after only two pitches with right shoulder soreness. The same shoulder caused McDonald to miss the final five months on the 2013 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Around the league, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have arrived in Sydney for the opening series, A’s Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery, and an umpire was struck by a line drive.

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Chicago Sun-Times: Cubs give hot prospect Javy Baez an audition at second base

ESPN Chicago: Castro (hamstring) improves to ’80 percent’

Daily Herald: Cubs not likely to miss Garza

CSN Chicago: Cubs: Starlin Castro, Mike Olt try to get set for Opening Day

Cubs.com: Wada remains in the mix for rotation spot

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Fox Sports: Dodgers, Diamondbacks reach Australia for opening series

CBS Sports: A’s starter Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John surgery

NBC Sports: Umpire gets knocked out of a game by a line drive

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