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Split Cubs Get 3 Homers to Beat A's Split Squad
PHOENIX (AP) -- Brett Jackson, Tyler Colvin and Welington Castillo each homered to lead the split-squad Chicago Cubs to a 8-1 win over an Oakland Athletics split squad on Tuesday.

Cubs right-hander Andrew Cashner, making his second start of the spring and fourth appearance, struggled a bit in the first inning, giving up a leadoff double to Coco Crisp and an RBI single to Daric Barton. Those were the only hits he gave up in 3 1-3 innings, although he did walk two and hit a batter.

The Cubs rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a leadoff homer by Jackson, who served as the DH, and a run-scoring single by catcher Max Ramirez.

Colvin, the right fielder, and Castillo, who replaced Ramirez, hit back-to-back homers in the eighth. Chicago put the game out of reach with four runs in the ninth.

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