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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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's Brandon McCarthy and Chicago's Jeff Samardzija wrapped up their spring training with solid outings in the Diamondbacks' 14-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

McCarthy, the starter in Monday's home opener against San Francisco, allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. Smardzija, the Cubs' opening-day starter Monday at Pittsburgh, went three innings, giving up a run on four hits.

The Diamondbacks amassed 20 hits, including six home runs. Mark Trumbo and Chris Owings were among the Arizona players who homered.

The Diamondbacks played for the first time since returning Sunday from Australia, where they opened the regular season with a pair of losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Manager Kirk Gibson wasn't in the Arizona dugout after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Bench coach Alan Trammell took Gibson's spot.

Gibson hobbled in on crutches for his pre-game news conference and said he expected to be back in the dugout for the Diamondbacks' split-squad game against Cleveland on Thursday. It will be the final game for Arizona at its Scottsdale spring training facility.

Although it didn't count, the blowout felt good for the Diamondbacks after two disappointing outings in Australia.

"This is what the doctor ordered right here, I mean it really was," Trammell said. "The fact is that we are a good hitting ball club and we need to sustain rallies and do these things, and that was very encouraging."

The Cubs play their final game of spring training at their new Mesa digs Thursday against the crosstown rival White Sox.

The Diamondbacks and Cubs play exhibition games Friday and Saturday at Chase Field in Phoenix.

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Cubs: Samadzija struck out two with no walks. He finished the spring with a 5.14 ERA but said he was ready for the season to begin.

"The last two times out have been really positive," he said. "You kind of look at all fronts — arm strength, body strength, mechanics, location of pitches. And I'm checking off all the boxes, so I felt good and I'm ready to get going."

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