ON THE ROAD TO CHICAGO -- I'm on the road this afternoon, heading back to Chicago for Opening Day on Friday. The Cubs have a pair of spring games remaining, along with a charity intrasquad game on Wednesday, scheduled primarily so the team didn't have two days off before the opener and could keep the pitching rotation on target. After Carlos Zambrano faces the Indians today, Matt Garza will throw against the Diamondbacks tomorrow. Then Randy Wells should start for one of the intrasquad sides on Wednesday, and I'm guessing Andrew Cashner will be left behind to start a minor league game on Thursday to keep him on target for his first major league start, which should be Tuesday, April 5 against the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field.
I don't have a whole lot more to say -- things seem set with the roster now. This article says, in a short note at the bottom, that Koyie Hill has made the team. Yeah, I know. We can only hope that he gets little playing time. That link also has some interesting notes about Darwin Barney. Worth reading.
Congratulations to Sean Marshall, whose alma mater, VCU, made the NCAA Final Four.
As noted, Big Z gets the nod this afternoon. Carlos Carrasco will start for Cleveland. The Cubs are playing in Goodyear (Arizona) today. Let's hope they are headed for a ... good year, starting Friday. Since I'm on the road, lineups were not available to post in this thread -- I'll try to tweet them, or maybe will have done so by the time this posts, at a rest stop on the way. Otherwise someone post them in the comments.
Here's all the media information for today.
MLB.com Gameday for today's game
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. Today's game is on MLB.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.