Cubs 6, Indians 2

March, 25, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cubs got past the Indians 6-2 on Sunday, taking advantage of 13 hits and four Cleveland errors.

The good: Joe Mather's spot on the roster seems secure, and that status was probably assured even before he had another impressive day Sunday. Not only did Mather track down a fly ball in deep center field and make a fantastic catch while reaching behind his head, he also delivered at the plate. He contributed two more doubles and raised his Cactus League batting average to .432.

The bad: Starlin Castro isn’t the ideal option at the No. 3 spot but he might be the best the Cubs have once Opening Day rolls around. Avoiding days like Sunday will go a long way toward having success in the role. Castro was not only 0-for-3 as the No. 3 hitter, he left seven runners on base. To be fair, he did manage to bring home a run on a third-inning ground out.

Beyond the box score: It’s going to be hard to replace what Sean Marshall did for the Cubs bullpen, but left-hander James Russell looks to be up for the challenge. The only lefty that’s a sure thing for the Cubs’ Opening Day bullpen, Russell pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just a hit. He now has 5 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three outings.

Up next: At Mesa, Cubs left-hander Paul Maholm (0-1, 1.80) will take on Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer (1-1, 6.30). At Scottsdale, Cubs right-hander Jay Jackson (1-0, 1.00) will square off against Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-2, 5.40). Both games Monday are scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. CST start.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.98 104 108
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rizzo .286
HRA. Rizzo 25
RBIA. Rizzo 59
RA. Rizzo 72
OPSA. Rizzo .910
ERAJ. Samardzija 2.83
SOT. Wood 108