Morning Marquee: Jon Lester, Cubs get first win of spring


That’s why they call him an ace. Jon Lester pitched three scoreless innings to help the Chicago Cubs to their first win of the spring, a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mike Olt continued his stellar camp, going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .400. The Cubs scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Adron Chambers, scoring Tommy La Stella to give them the lead for good.

Is Olt’s performance just a precursor to last year, when he impressed in March, only to falter in Chicago? So far it appears he’s made all the right adjustments, and plans to stay in the Majors this time. Whether it be as a Cub or somewhere else is yet to be determined. But the Cubs could definitely use his bat in the interim.

Our friends over at Rum Bunter brought up the subject as to why the Pirates would benefit from having the DH. Needless to say, the divide is wide on having the extra hitter. Purists don’t want it. Ever. Other say that they can’t stand seeing pitchers bat? Who’s right? Could the Cubs benefit from the DH? This one will rage on until both league’s have the same rules.

Actor Will Ferrell will be suiting up for the Cubs today in honor of Bert Campaneris, who five decades ago played every position, by doing the same for 10 different teams today. Ferrell’s goal is to benefit organizations in the fight against cancer, including Cancer for College, as well as honor Campaneris.

These stories and more from yesterday:

‘Jon Lester leads Cubs to first spring win’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Can Mike Olt be more than Mr. March?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Pirates would greatly benefit from a DH’ – Rum Bunter

‘Will Ferrell to play for Cubs in 10-position, five-team event’ –

‘Is a Triple Crown in Kris Bryant’s future?’ – Cubbies Crib

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