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The good: Ryan Dempster continued his strong spring with six solid innings against the Dodgers. Infielder Jeff Baker’s homer tied the game in the ninth inning. Struggling second baseman Blake DeWitt finally had a positive development. His triple to centerfield broke a long, unproductive slump.
The bad: The Cubs’ offense only managed four singles aside from DeWitt’s triple and Baker’s home run. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, stellar in his previous outing, took the loss after allowing a run in the bottom of the 10th.
Outside the box: Cubs GM Jim Hendry and Mike Quade will sit down for a second consecutive day of roster meetings on Wednesday. A roster pair down could come Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.
Up next: Right-hander Carlos Silva will make his case for the fifth starter spot. He will oppose Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez in Mesa.