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Players ready for first action at Cubs Park

MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Rick Renteria wants to make sure his players get acclimated to the dimensions at new Cubs Park, where he plans to hold a workout Monday -- three days before the Cubs play their first exhibition game at their new facility.

Although Cubs Park can't replicate the somewhat unpredictable conditions at Wrigley Field, there are some similarities. One is the outline of the outfield, with the fences about 15 feet deeper to adjust for Arizona's thin air.

The Cubs also will play an intrasquad game at Cubs Park at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out and being able to combine the use of the field and workouts during the rest of the spring and the next couple days to give us a test," Renteria said.

Meanwhile, the catchers had a portion of their agility drills reduced.

"We're looking for the long haul," Renteria said. "They've been very intense and focused on what they're doing. That's where we come in. I'd rather pull somebody back than (have to get) them going."

Baez balks at rumors: A simple rumor Saturday led to Javier Baez's cellphone ringing frequently.

But Baez, the Cubs' top prospect who has displayed prolific power in early spring workouts, dismissed rumors that he was shopping for another agent.

"I heard something about people saying I don't have an agent, but I do," said Baez, who is represented by KPS.

Lake's leg: Outfielder Junior Lake went down for a few moments after fouling a pitch off his lower left leg but eventually finished his round of batting practice.

Lake's leg was heavily wrapped after the workout and he said he suffered a similar injury two years ago.

"I'm fine," Lake said.

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