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Schierholtz’s homer powers Cubs in win

Published: Saturday, March 8, 2014 11:48 p.m. CDT
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The Cubs' Emilio Bonifacio triples to drive in a run against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning of an exhibition game Saturday in Goodyear, Ariz.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and made a diving catch for the Cubs in their 9-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Schierholtz’s drive off Alfredo Simon followed a walk to Donnie Murphy in the first inning. Schierholtz also singled and scored in the third. Ryan Kalish singled and scored twice for the Cubs.

Billy Hamilton walked leading off the game against Jason Hammel, who was making his first Cactus League start for the Cubs. The speedster stole second and third to give him six steals this spring.

Joey Votto doubled twice and walked in three trips for the Reds. Schierholtz turned in a diving grab in right field to rob Kristopher Negron of a hit.

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