The good: The Cubs newly anointed fifth starter Andrew Cashner settled down to throw four shutout innings after giving up five runs in the first. Cashner also stretched out to five innings-pitched for the first time this spring, and struck out five. The Cubs bullpen put up four scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 6-5 win. Jeff Samardzija blanked the Rangers in the final two innings.
The bad: Cashner gave up an early five-spot and made a fielding error to extend the first inning.
Beyond the box score: Carlos Silva said he had no interest in going to the minor leagues after the Cubs told him there was no rotation or bullpen spot open for him. Cashner spoke to Silva after the veteran’s demotion and said they are still friends.
Up next:Opening Day starter Ryan Dempster will pitch his final tuneup before the April 1 home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He faces the Colorado Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez in Mesa, Ariz. on Sunday.