Cubs spring training update: Jackson, Sappelt lead Cubs to 4-2 win over Rockies
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org February 26, 2013 7:17PM
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson throws before the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Updated: February 26, 2013 11:19PM
EJAX IS MONEY: Edwin Jackson, the free-agent pitcher the Cubs signed to a four-year, $52 million deal, made his debut for the team with two scoreless innings. He gave up back-to-back two-out singles in the first but retired his final four batters. “Today’s just pretty much an evaluation,’’ he said, ‘‘to see where I am with things.”
HAPPY SAPPY: Outfielder Dave Sappelt, who’s trying to earn the fifth-outfielder job, came off the bench for center fielder David DeJesus and went 2-for-2 with a home run to left field leading off the sixth inning. They were his first two hits in seven at-bats this spring.
THIRD WATCH: With Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters nursing quad strains, third base is being filled with a rotation of prospects. Christian Villanueva got a shot to start Tuesday and delivered a long solo home run to left in the third inning.
EX-CUB WATCH: Tyler Colvin went 1-for-3 with a single, and DJ LeMahieu had a triple to the warning track in center in the eighth. Both were sent to the Rockies in the Stewart trade.
ON DECK: Vs. Dodgers, Mesa, 2:05 p.m. Cubs’ Brooks Raley vs. Aaron Harang (live audio at cubs.com).