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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5, A’s 6 – March 17, 2011

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The Cubs blew a two-run 9th inning lead to lose to the A’s today, and I’ve got a smile on my face. Why? Because it’s Spring Training, folks. It sucks that it was Sean Marshall who blew it, but he’ll be fine. On to the stuff that matters…


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  • John Grabow returned to action after more than two weeks on the shelf with shoulder soreness. He threw a scoreless inning, giving up one hit. His spot on the roster is not really in any jeopardy, so it would be nice if he continues to pitch like a guy who should make the roster regardless of his contract.
  • Fernando Perez got in enough time in left field to go 0-1 and make an error. Reed Johnson, on the other hand, came in late and hit a two-run homer. Today belonged to chin-fuzz.
  • Jeff Baker started at second and went 1-3. He was relieved late by Blake DeWitt, who went 0-1.
  • Darwin Barney came in late (sorry, it’s a theme today apparently) and walked in his only plate appearance. All in all, it was a pretty quiet day for the dudes competing for playing time/a roster spot.

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