Chicago Cub Starters Sharp in 8-1 Win

Damen JacksonCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2009

Cubs starters just continue to look sharp this spring, as Rich Harden checked in Tuesday with two scoreless innings of work in his Spring Training debut. The Cubs used the solid performances by him, as well as Ryan Dempster and Aaron Heilman, to beat the Mariners 8-1.

While the Cubs bullpen continues to be a work in progress, Cubs starters are looking sharp and ready to start the season. Harden delivered a quick, 27-pitch effort, with little ill affects after.

"My command was a little off, but I was throwing strikes, I felt great, I felt strong. I couldn't ask for more."

Coming off of a winter-long program to rehabilitate his torn shoulder, this was a most welcome effort, and likely goes a long way toward alleviating concerns that his health was going to be a redux of the towel-drill days of old.

Ryan Dempster (2.25 Spring ERA) and Aaron Heilman (1.13) pitched the brunt of the game before giving way to Jose Ascanio, who pitched a scoreless ninth.