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Cubs' Sveum likes early showing, wants win

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MESA, Ariz. - Three days into Spring Training games, and Dale Sveum's still looking for his first win as Cubs manager and admits to starting to get anxious to get one.

``Yeah, it'd be nice,'' he said Tuesday before the Cubs were to play the Colorado Rockies at HoHoKam -a day after losing their second straight one-run game to Oakland.

Not that he's sweating a pair of exhibition losses decided in the late innings by guys wearing uniform numbers in the 70s and 90s.

``I've seen a lot of good things, a lot of good at-bats,'' he said. ``Unfortunately, [Monday] our lefties had to face so many left-handed pitchers [four]. We still had some great quality at-bats.

``Blake DeWitt's swinging the heck out of the bat. [Tony] Campana had a huge walk against a left-hander, a great at-bat. Blake had another great at-bat and walked. So there's a lot of good things going on. They guys are still competing and playing really hard.

``We've just got to throw more strikes and get more quick outs. The first five innings [Monday] we threw only 50 pitches and almost 100 after that. It comes down to pitching and throwing strikes and getting quick outs as much as you can, making guys put the ball in play.''

Matt Garza tries to do that Tuesday against the Rockies in his first start of the spring.

Tuesday's lineup:

RF David DeJesus
CF Marlon Byrd
2B Blake DeWitt
DH Alfonso Soriano
3B Ian Stewart
SS Junior Lake
1B Anthony Rizzo
C Welington Castillo
LF Brett Jackson

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