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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 7 Angels 6

By Jesse Rogers

MESA, Ariz. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday:

The Good: Most of it came at the plate where every Cubs starter save two had at least a hit in the game, including pitcher Edwin Jackson. He had two himself and drove in a run. ... Scott Hairston hit his third spring home run and David DeJesus raised his average to .386 with two more hits. ... Brent Lillibridge tripled and is hitting .484. ... Alberto Gonzalez and Steve Clevenger both doubled in their lone at-bats as they battle for a roster spot.

The Bad: In front of the team that almost traded for him this past offseason, Carlos Marmol again struggled. He walked two and hit a batter giving up the tying run in the eighth inning on a passed ball. ... Luis Valbuena was 0-for-4 with his spring average dipping to .220. ... Like Jeff Samardzija's latest start, Jackson didn't walk anyone but got hit hard in giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.