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    , but will Kelly hit enough ?"If familiar with this series
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    Cubs pounded their South Side rivals.CSTShareTweetShareShareCubs 13, White Sox
    4: Yu Darvish and bats come aliveJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsMESA, Arizona —
    Where are all of you who thought Yu Darvish was going to have a terrible season
    because he walked four batters in his first spring outing?I thought so.
    Crickets. Remember, this is a process, and the results of that first outing are
    virtually menaingless. Darvish had been on a mound for an actual game only twice
    since last May (two rehab starts) when he walked those four men last Monday.In
    this start, his second of the spring, he looked really sharp. He walked one, but
    struck out three in two scoreless innings. I’m pretty sure the Cubs had intended
    for him to go three innings, but their eight-run second went so long that during
    it, Darvish went to the bullpen and threw about 15 pitches, which sufficed for
    his third inning of work. Now, this outing isn’t the be-all and end-all for
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    , but I thought he looked solid. My feeling? Darvish will
    be just fine. Here’s his bullpen warmup [VIDEO].Prior to that warmup, I watched
    Darvish on the field during his stretching and long toss. He seemed very
    comfortable around his teammates and the coaches, smiling and laughing. That’s a
    good thing.That eight-run inning was a beat-down of three different White Sox
    pitchers. Manny Banuelos walked four in the first producing a run, then when he
    hit the second batter he faced in the second, Rick Renteria pulled him and
    that’s when the fun began. Ten straight Cubs reached base off Banuelos, Juan
    Minaya and Aaron Bummer and eight of them scored, the biggest blow a monster
    three-run homer by Kris Bryant. Later in the inning, Ian Happ smashed a
    ground-rule double into the seats in right and the rout was on. The Cubs led 9-0
    after two and crushed the White Sox 13-4.Cubs relievers did reasonably well,
    though two of them (Tony Barnette and Dillon Maples) were touched up for home
    runs, Jose Abreu off Barnette and Adam Engel off Maples. The Engel home run came
    after Maples made a nice stop on a comebacker by Yolmer Sanchez and attempted to
    start a double play. The relay by Addison Russell was just a smidge late, so
    Sanchez was safe. Otherwise the inning would have ended before Engel
    batted.Junichi Tazawa, who pitched quite a few years for Theo Epstein’s Red Sox
    teams and was on their World Series champion team in
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    threw a solid 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts, against the White Sox starting
    lineup. Tazawa, who had a pretty bad year in 2018, is 32 and a long shot to make
    this bullpen. But if he can keep throwing like that, there might be a place for
    him on the Iowa Shuttle.This was my first chance to see Dakota Mekkes pitch in
    person and he did not disappoint. His velocity touches only 91, tops, but he’s
    got some really nice breaking stuff and he locates exceptionally well. He did
    issue one walk, but otherwise got through a scoreless inning with a strikeout
    and two groundouts. Mekkes’ only real issue in the minor leagues has been a
    fairly high walk rate (4.1 per nine) but he doesn’t give up a lot of hits (5.3
    per nine) so if he can cut down on the walks, he could also be a part of this
    bullpen going forward.Attendance watch: The Cubs set a Sloan Park, Cactus League
    and all-time spring training attendance record Sunday with 16,069 announced, the
    first-ever spring training crowd over
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    ,000, on a gorgeous afternoon with temps in the mid 70s and
    a nice breeze blowing out to right field. For six dates the Cubs have now drawn
    77,795, or 12,966 per date. The weather has finally turned “spring training
    beautiful,” with temps possibly reaching into the 80s by mid-week.Monday, it’s
    Cole Hamels’ turn, but the Cubs are not going to make him take the long bus ride
    to Goodyear to face the Reds. Instead, Hamels will throw at the Sloan Park
    complex in a minor-league game. Mike Montgomery will also make his first spring
    appearance in that game. Meanwhile, Alec Mills will take on the Reds in a 2:05
    p.m. CT game. Tony Santillan will start for the Reds. No TV Monday. There will
    be a webcast of the game via cubs.com.