Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Angel Pagan Makes Cubs With a Flourish

Speedster OF Angel Pagan added an exclamation point to the pending announcement that the Cubs will take him north to Chicago as Pagan went 2-4 Tuesday with a three-run homer that broke up a shutout in the eighth inning of a Cactus League game with the Mariners. Pagan has had a sensational camp, batting .367 with a .412 OBP, .700 slugging rate and 10 RBI. The announcement by 38-year-old OF Marquis Grissom that he is leaving camp to retire solidifies the switchhitting Pagan's status as a backup to CF Juan Pierre, RF Jacque Jones and as a pinch hitter/pinch runner.