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Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney waits for his turn in the batting cage as spring training continues for the Cubs at Fitch Park Tuesday February 28, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

Spring-training recap: Cubs 5, Brewers 3

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Cubs 5, Brewers 3

For the record

Starlin Castro belted a mammoth home run off the top half of the left-field scoreboard in the first inning, helping the Cubs close their Cactus League schedule with a victory. They went 17-16-2.

Numbers game

New leadoff hitter David DeJesus went 1-for-1 to end his spring with a .220 average. Among players appearing in at least 15 games, Darwin Barney led the Cubs with a .404 average (23-for-57). Alfonso Soriano hit a team-high six home runs but struck out 10 times and drew zero walks. Among pitchers with at least four starts, Paul Maholm had the lowest ERA at 1.84. Rodrigo Lopez was next at 2.45. Maholm and Jeff Samardzija tied for the team lead with 16 strikeouts.

HoHoKam watch

The Cubs drew 163,170 fans to HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., fourth-most in the Cactus League.

A breather

The Cubs will work out Wednesday at Wrigley Field before opening the season Thursday at 1:20 p.m. against the Washington Nationals. Right-hander Ryan Dempster will oppose right-hander Stephen Strasburg.

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