Morning Marquee: Jon Lester sharp in Cubs debut; Single game tickets now on sale


The Chicago Cubs prize offseason acquisition Jon Lester made his debut on Friday afternoon, and didn’t disappoint the over 15 thousand fans in attendance. Lester pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three in his first game action for the Cubs. The Reds did rally, however, scoring five runs off Brian Schlitter in a 5-2 win.

Single game tickets are now on sale for the Cubs, and as expected, Opening Night against the Cardinals is already sold out. The team has single game tickets, as well as several different “packages”, highlighting different events, or including tickets to “Marquee” games. Make sure to get your tickets to see this year’s Cubs soon.

The rumors of David Ross coming to the Cubs had started before Lester signed. It seemed like a done deal once he did. But what is his exact role to be? Yes, he’s a veteran leader and Lester’s “personal” catcher–but he hasn’t swung the best stick in his career. Is a Ross/Montero platoon the plan?

Dozens of scouts were on site to watch Cole Hamels made his spring debut with the Phillies. Trade rumors continue to swirl, and will until he’s dealt. No word on if the Cubs’ staff was one of those present, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they were. The team will continue to keep an eye on Hamels, as a trade deadline deal wouldn’t be out of the question if the Cubs are in the race.

These stories and more you may have missed:

‘Lester sharp in debut; Cubs fall 5-2 to Reds’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs single game tickets on sale now’ – Cubbies Crib

‘What will David Ross’ role be in 2015′ – Cubbies Cubs

‘Dozens of scouts on hand for Hamels’ first start’ –

‘Memorial for Minnie Minoso lights up Chicago skyline’ – Cut4

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