Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Preview, Friday 3/18, 3:05 CT: Two Weeks To Go

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Opening Day at Wrigley Field against the Pirates is two weeks from today. Most of the Cubs' roster spots are settled; the only real decisions remaining appear to be fifth outfielder and some of the bullpen spots. (We can hope for a real competition for backup catcher, but unfortunately, that decision appears to have been made already.)

A few notes:

Carlos Zambrano will start today against the Reds' Sam LeCure, who is in line for a Cincinnati bullpen slot, not their rotation. Other Reds scheduled to throw today: Matt Maloney, Daniel Ray Herrera and Jared Burton. The other side of the coin is the Cubs' Carlos Silva, who will appear in relief today to see if he can handle a bullpen slot. Barry Rozner says the Cubs should just cut him and eat the contract.

Complete lineups after the jump.

Cubs lineup:

Colvin RF Castro SS Byrd CF Ramirez 3B Pena 1B Soto C Soriano LF DeWitt DH Barney 2B

The reason for the DH: Big Z has a sore left wrist, which obviously won't affect his pitching, but they've decided to hold him out from hitting today.

Reds lineup:

Stubbs CF Phillips 2B Votto 1B Rolen 3B Bruce RF Gomes LF Hanigan C Janish SS LeCure P

Here's all the media information for today.

MLB.com Gameday for today's game

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. The game is on MLB.com audio with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie.

Please visit our SB Nation Reds site Red Reporter. Be careful over there, though.

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Discuss amongst yourselves.

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