Notes: Lilly's debut worth the wait(s)
Cubs heed Piniella's talk; special tix opportunity Wednesday
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ted Lilly has been waiting for his first Cubs start since mid-December, and it was delayed two more innings on Monday.
Instead of making the start against Seattle, Lilly followed Mark Prior, who was making his first Cactus League start. It didn't seem to bother the lefty, who gave up one hit over two scoreless innings in the Cubs' 6-5 win over the Mariners. Kerry Wood picked up the win in relief.
"I had to wait a little while, but it was worth it," Lilly said.
"He looked like a winning, professional pitcher out there, and that's what we got him for," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.
One of the free agent additions this offseason, Lilly said he felt comfortable, but his command was "hit and miss."
"I got away with a few pitches that I didn't locate," he said. "I was happy because one of the things I want to start doing better is locate down and away. I was able to do that in one at-bat to [Kenji] Johjima. That's going to be something this spring that will be a priority of mine."
Lilly's outing won't make the ESPN highlights. Monday was all about Prior and Wood making their first appearances.
"I understand the situation with Mark coming back and really trying to get him going," Lilly said. "It's important to get him out there and healthy and throwing good. It will certainly help me. He's a guy who, if he gets out there and is healthy and does what he's capable of, he can do good things for us."
Pep talk: Piniella spoke to the team before Monday's game, which ended up being his first win with the Cubs.
"He talked to us about what he expects, and I don't think we've played the way we're capable of playing just yet," Wood said. "The intensity in Spring Training is a little different at times. I'd much rather be hot at the end of Spring Training than the beginning of Spring Training.
"He's been positive all spring," Wood said. "The message gets across, there's no doubt about it."
Tickets: Starting Wednesday, fans can go to cubs.com to register for the opportunity to purchase up to six Dugout, Bullpen or Bleacher Box tickets for one regular season Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The deadline to register is Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.
Tickets will only be available for purchase on the Internet through a random system. They will be offered on a single-game basis only. No season ticket sales will be available for these seats.
Those who are selected and given the first opportunity to purchase tickets will be notified on March 13. Two days later on March 15, the winners will then be allowed to purchase, in a designated time period, up to six Dugout, Bullpen or Bleacher Box Seats for one game.
Additional registered fans will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets as long as inventory remains available.
There are 213 Dugout Box seats, and they range in price from $55 for value games to $130 for regular games and $255 for prime games. There are 82 Bullpen Box Seats, ranging from $45 for value games, $80 for regular games, and $155 for prime games. There are 252 Bleacher Box seats that range from $24 for value games, $47 for regular games, and $62 for prime games.
Deal or no deal: The Cubs have reached agreements for the 2007 season with 18 players on the 40-man roster with three or fewer years of service time. Pitchers agreeing to terms include right-handers Rocky Cherry, Angel Guzman, Carlos Marmol, Juan Mateo, Roberto Novoa and Michael Wuertz, and left-handers Rich Hill, Sean Marshall and Clay Rapada.
The Cubs also have agreed to terms with infielders Ronny Cedeno, Brian Dopirak, Scott Moore and Ryan Theriot, as well as outfielders Buck Coats, Felix Pie, Matt Murton and Angel Pagan, and catcher Geovany Soto.
Extra bases: Pie was a late addition to the lineup. The Cubs weren't sure whether he could play because of his right ankle, which he jammed running the bases on Saturday. Pie went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Monday's win. Piniella said they've "flattened" Pie's swing, which gives him a shorter and quicker swing. "I'll tell you, he's picked up some nice bat speed," Piniella said. "I told the kids, 'There aren't many jobs here, and if you want one, go grab it.' He hit the ball hard three times and went out and chased a few balls in center field, which he's certainly capable of doing." ... Theriot was scheduled to start at third base Monday but was a late scratch. He wasn't feeling well and was having a tough time keeping any food down. Theriot played one inning at third for the Cubs last season, and did not have any put outs, assists or errors. ... Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe has joined the team as a guest coach. He'll be in camp for one week.
On deck: The Cubs will play host to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at HoHoKam Park at 2:05 p.m. CT. Jason Marquis is slated to make his second spring start for the Cubs against Claudio Vargas.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.