SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- The Cubs, who have won seven of their last ten (two losses, one tie), will attempt to even their spring record at 14-14 when they take on the Angels this afternoon.
Stuff of interest this morning:
- In 2000, Jay Mariotti wrote a column slamming MLB's season-opening games in Japan. That time, at least he was there (I saw him at the Tokyo Dome). This time, he's writing the same garbage from Chicago.
- Sean Marshall gets the first shot at injured Scott Eyre's bullpen slot. Bad idea, Lou. Give it to Carmen Pignatiello, who's been great this spring, and send Marshall to Iowa, where he can start every fifth day and be ready to take over if anyone gets hurt.
- I'm not into the whole "100 years" thing. But if you are, you can join Ernie Banks and others who are trying to revive a century-old group called the "West Side Rooters Social Club" (the Cubs, as most of you know, played on the West Side at Polk & Wood Streets until 1916).
- I'm not quite sure what to make of this seance which channeled former Cubs shortstop Billy Jurges. Nice writing, though.
Carlos Zambrano will face the Angels' Jered Weaver, who has had a great spring (5-0, 1.33, 14 K and only 3 BB in 20.1 IP). Weaver has to step up now that both John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar are out for the Angels.
Today's game will be on MLB Audio via the Angels' station, KLAA (and I believe once again, you can listen free), on MLB.TV, and at the MLB.com Mediacenter. Starting tomorrow, the next four games -- exhibitions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Opening Day on Monday -- will be on WGN-TV. Monday's opener will also be on ESPN2, if you are somewhere that you don't get WGN.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)Discuss amongst yourselves.