PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera provided the pop the Philadelphia Phillies expected when they acquired him last month.Cabrera’s solo home run with one out in the 10th lifted the Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in a game played through steady rain.Cabrera connected off Steve Cishek (4-2) Reggie Sanders Jersey , driving an opposite-field shot to left-center to help the Phillies pull within two games of Atlanta in the NL East. The Braves lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh.“That’s why we traded for him,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said of Cabrera, who came from the New York Mets on July 31. “Big moment. Absolutely demolished the ball.”Cabrera got mobbed by teammates and showered with bubble gum and a sports drink after circling the bases following his fifth career walk-off homer and first since hitting one off teammate Edubray Ramos on Sept. 22, 2016.“It feels awesome to help the team win,” Cabrera said. “This game is not easy.”Javier Baez hit his 29th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.Pat Neshek (2-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning.Baez hit a liner out to left off Nick Pivetta for his NL-leading 98th RBI to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fifth.Philadelphia tied it at 1 on Cesar Hernandez’s RBI single off Jose Quintana in the sixth. The speedy Roman Quinn hit a double and scored on the hit to left.Phillies reliever Adam Morgan escaped a jam in the seventh when Baez hit a hard liner to right with two runners on, but Phillies newcomer Jose Bautista reached out to make the catch and doubled Tommy La Stella off second to end the inning.Seranthony Dominguez struck out Cubs pinch-hitter Victor Caratini to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.Pivetta pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the third by striking out Anthony Rizzo and retiring Ben Zobrist on a grounder to shortstop.STARTING TIMECubs: Quintana gave up one run and three hits, striking out seven in six innings. He has allowed just 13 hits over his last three starts after posting a 7.52 ERA over his previous four.Phillies: Pivetta allowed one run and five hits, striking out six in five innings.A FIRSTQuintana had his first two-hit game after entering with four hits in 91 career at-bats.MR. PINCHLa Stella led off the seventh with a single, setting the franchise record for pinch-hits in a season with 21.TURNAROUNDHector Neris, who began the season as Philadelphia’s closer and was demoted to Triple-A after pitching poorly, has 20 strikeouts and hasn’t allowed a run in nine innings since being recalled a few weeks ago.WELCOME HOMECubs lefty Cole Hamels received a standing ovation following a video tribute in the middle of the fourth inning. Hamels was the MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS with the Phillies. He was traded to Texas in 2015. Hamels would’ve pitched on Sunday but was pushed back because Joe Maddon is going with a six-man rotation.“I thought it was good to let him come back and enjoy his three days,” Maddon said. “Knowing him, he’s competitive and he probably wanted to pitch but I didn’t ask him.”TRAINER’S ROOMCUBS: Closer Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) threw from 120 feet. … OF Jason Heyward wasn’t in the lineup after injuring his right hamstring Thursday night. … 3B Kris Bryant (shoulder) and LHP Brian Duensing (shoulder) are expected to rejoin the team after the rosters expand on Saturday.UP NEXTRHP Kyle Hendricks (10-10, 3.86 ERA) starts for the Cubs on Saturday night and RHP Zach Eflin (9-5, 3.99) goes for Philadelphia. Eflin and the Phillies beat Hendricks 6-1 on June 5 at Wrigley Field. Who wants to grab some pine?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Royals Trade Rumors & Hot StoveRoyals Minor Leagues & ProspectsRoyals Review ClassicRoyals Review Users GuideThe 100 Greatest Royals Of All Time2019 Royals Spring TrainingWho will grab the last bench spot?New,42commentsWho wants to grab some pine?EDTShareTweetShareShareWho will grab the last bench spot?Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY SportsThe Royals made a number of demotions this week, assigning outfielders Brett Phillips , Jorge Bonifacio, and Bubba Starling to minor league camp, among others. The moves give us a better idea who will be on the roster for the season opener on March 28 against the White Sox. Ned Yost says he is leaning towards keeping 12 pitchers, which would give him room for 13 position players. Most of these spots are secure - Martin Maldonado and Cam Gallagher will be behind the plate, Ryan O’Hearn, Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi, and Hunter Dozier will man the infield, and Alex Gordon, Billy Hamilton, Brian Goodwin, and Jorge Soler will be in the outfield. We will see Chris Owings play a bit of everywhere, and it seems likely Terrance Gore will make this team as a pinch-runner extraordinaire.That leaves room for one more bench spot. Let’s take a look at the remaining candidates.Humberto ArteagaIf spring training mattered a lot, Arteaga would be making this team. He leads all Major League hitters with at least 20 at-bats in spring training in batting average, and is hitting .486/.500/.600 in Cactus League play. But spring training performance doesn’t mean that much. Arteaga has been noted for his glove, but has never been much with the bat until last year, when he hit .292/.322/.386 in Omaha. He continued to hit in winter ball in Venezela, batting .328 Joe Morgan Jersey , so perhaps he has figured something out. Yost seems to like Arteaga and his situational hitting, even comparing him to Whit Merrifield. However according to this piece by reporter Jeffrey Flanagan a week ago, the right-handed hitter “isn’t a candidate to crack the 25-man roster any time soon.” Yost admits that things can change, and perhaps the Royals may see a need to keep another infielder capable of backing up shorstop with better defense than Chris Owings can provide. The 25-year old infielder is not on the 40-man roster, but that is true for all of the candidates for the final bench spot.Cheslor CuthbertCuthbert seems to be a forgotten man after a lingering back injury cost him much of the 2018 season. He was limited to just 30 games, not a good sign after he was limited to just 58 games in 2017 due to wrist and foot injuries. Cuthbert held his own back in 2016, hitting .274/.318/.413, but his poor defense and slow baserunning go against the speed and defense theme the Royals are going for. Third base is not completely set, but the Royals seem likely to play Hunter Dozier there most of the time, with Chris Owings as a backup, and Cuthbert does not offer positional versatility anywhere else. The fact he was taken off the 40-man roster is a sign the Royals aren’t exactly sold on him being part of the future. However Cuthbert is still just 26, and has at least experienced a modicum of success at the big league level.Erick MejiaMejia has also played very well this spring, hitting .429 with a home run, two triples, and four walks. The 24-year old struggled last year in his first season in the organization after being acquired from the Dodgers, hitting just .263/.318/.367 in AA Northwest Arkansas. He does have good speed, stealing 34 bases last year, although he was caught 17 times (he has a very peculiar pattern of alternating very high caught-stealing seasons with very low caught-stealing seasons).Mejia is a switch-hitter and can play all over the infield Dave Concepcion Jersey , even getting into 14 games in the outfield with the Naturals last season. He has been flying pretty low under the radar this spring, so it would be a surprise if he made it, but he does check some boxes on things the Royals like - speed, positional versatility, and the ability to put the ball in play. Frank SchwindelFrank the Tank may be the fan’s choice after tearing it up AAA Omaha the last two years. He has hit .302/.338/.516 with 41 home runs in the last two seasons as the first baseman. The knock on Schwindel was his free-swinging approach, but he was able to show more patience last year, bumping his walk rate from 2.4% to 6.1%. However that is still a pretty low rate for a slugger that could be problematic at the Major League level. Schwindel is a right-handed bat that could allow lefty Ryan O’Hearn to sit against tough lefties, although Hunter Dozier can also fill that role. But Schwindel mashed against lefties in AAA last year, hitting .353/.402/.630 against them. Schwindel is not considered a very good defender, although he has donned catcher’s gear and taken grounders at third base in spring training to improve his positional versatility. Schwindel has hit at DH the last two nights in what otherwise looks like a regular starting lineup for the Royals. The ZIPS projection system predicts Schwindel to be the fifth-best active hitter in the organization (not counting Salvy). At age 26, Schwindel is a bit old to have much upside, but we said the same thing about Whit Merrifield, so who knows?Someone from outside the organizationYost has left open the possibility of a roster move before the season. With the Royals looking to build up organizational depth, it would be wise for them to look for waiver claims and trades for players that aren’t going to be making the Opening Day roster for their current clubs. You can see a list of players out of options here that would have to clear waivers if their team didn’t keep them on the roster.There are also a few free agents still unsigned, although it seems unlikely any would be ready to start the season. And of course, there is the possibility of bringing back old friend Alcides Escobar, who was released by the Baltimore Orioles this week.(h/t Sweep_the_Leg)