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Lambert Focused on Fastball Work

With one of the better curveballs in the Cubs' system, Casey Lambert is shifting his focus this season toward working off his fastball. The sixth-round pick from Virginia last summer put together a strong showing across the board a season ago between Class-A Boise and Peoria, where he posted a 2.61 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .176 average against in 41-plus innings.

They say the first spring training for any pitcher is always the toughest. How have things gone for you since arriving in Mesa this spring? Casey Lambert: I'm throwing well. For the most part, it's been what I expected. It's definitely a grind. When they tell you to come back in shape, they mean it because if you're not, there's pretty much no way I could see getting through it. It's a grind...

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