Open Thread: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Wednesday 3/5, 2:05 CT

The Cubs make their first trip south on I-10 this spring to face the D'backs; it's also their first look at Arizona since the disastrous sweep in the NLDS.

This notes column says Michael Wuertz hasn't pitched yet due to wanting him to build up more arm strength; Alfonso Soriano, despite reports he's out for "up to" 2 weeks, will start throwing today; and no one's "ahead" in the Great Closer Derby, yet, anyway.

Carlos Zambrano and Rich Hill will both see their second action of the spring. The Diamondbacks will counter with Juan Gutierrez, as well as their first-round pick from 2006, Max Scherzer.

And, SHHHH! That rumored deal? For a Certain Infielder Who Shall Not Be Named? NOT "heating up", says Jim Hendry. (Thus confirming what "Deep Goat" told me the other day.)

There is no audio or TV coverage of today's game; here is today's MLB.com Mediacenter link in case you want it for other games.

MLB.com Gameday

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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