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D-backs' McCarthy, Cubs' Samardzija finish spring

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
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Diamondbacks: McCarthy's spring was the best of any Arizona starter. He finished 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA. On Wednesday, he struck out six with one walk.

"Whether it's a minor league or big league game, I felt like I threw most of the pitches where I wanted to," he said of his spring efforts. "I threw with conviction. The stuff was all there. I was able to accomplish what I wanted to while I was here. Those were all good things. How those translate into the regular season we'll find out, but I feel like I'm in a real good place."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: OF Justin Ruggiano was a late scratch and was given a second day to rest his sore left ankle. Ruggiano, acquired in an offseason trade from Miami, is hitting .297 with two home runs this spring.

Diamondbacks: OF Cody Ross, recovering from a severe hip injury and subsequent surgery, remains ahead of schedule in his recovery. Gibson said Ross looks good at the plate and the only thing he is waiting to see is how Ross maneuvers in the outfield in game situations. Ross could be back the second week of the season. RHP Bronson Arroyo is coming back from a sore back. Arroyo is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game and could be in the rotation for either the fourth game of next week's Giants series or April 4 in the series opener at Colorado.

SHORTSTOP BATTLE

There's been no announcement as to who will win the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop job, but Owings provided another glimpse of his hitting ability with his two-run homer after replacing Didi Gregorius in the sixth.

Owings, the PCL player of the year last season, is hitting .298 this spring. Gregorius, a superior defender but weaker at the plate, is batting .195.

HOME RUN ALLEY

Cubs left-hander Chris Russin had a rough day, allowing nine runs on 10 hits, including four homers, in 2 2-3 innings.

He gave up a two-run shot to Trumbo in the fourth, then gave up three home runs in Arizona's six-run sixth.

Russin was one of three players acquired from Texas in the July, 2013, trade that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers.