Random thoughts (or what we like to think of as such around here) while wondering what starting pitcher is leading spring training in earned-run average (OK, not really):
* Speaking of allowing runs, the San Diego Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-0 Monday. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was in the lineup as designated hitter. Pretty sure that means he didn’t hit a home run. Hey, he came close with a double, if that’s any consolation to Cubs fans (and the guess is that it might be to some).
* Speaking of allowing earned runs, Cubs starter Jon Lester — who had not allowed a run in his first two exhibition appearances — allowed six on seven hits (including two home runs) in 3 1/3 innings to have his ERA skyrocket to 6.48. On the bright (?) side, he did toss 70 pitches. Of course, at the rate he was going Monday, he would have been around 150 pitches to make it through six innings. Hey, he might as well have his poor pitching performance before the games start to count for real.
* Still speaking of earned runs, the White Sox allowed two — both by rookie Carlos Rodon, who went three innings. The Sox did allow four unearned runs in a 6-2 loss to Arizona.
* The Bears signed offensive guard Vladimir Lucasse to a one-year deal. The signing is significant in that we’re pretty such he is the first player named Vladimir to play for the Bears. And because an anagram for his name is dividual screams and a misadvised curl, among others. And a reminder: You don’t find information like that from many media outlets. Which has to be one of the reasons you have come to this page; well, that and possibly the pictures and videos.
* Yes, today is St. Patrick’s Day (well, assuming you are reading this on March 17, 2015). To all the revelers out there, enjoy yourself but not to the point of being disrespectful or obnoxious or endangering the lives of others or of yourself. This concludes out public-service announcement. The next one likely will come around Easter, when we encourage adults not to steal candy and/or eggs, etc. from children. And, yes, in the time between these two festivities, kindly stay off my lawn, too!
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