Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd steals second base as Oakland Athletics infielder Eric Sogard bobbles the ball during a spring training game at HoHoKam Park. Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE
The Cubs will play the Oakland Athletics for the second straight day. The A's will be the Cubs' most frequent opponent this spring; the two teams will meet four times. This time, we get a split squad of A's, so likely to see even more of their minor leaguers than on Sunday.
Ryan Dempster will start for the Cubs and, as usual for starters this early in the spring, will go two innings.
Bartolo Colon will start for the A's. For amusement, have a look at the boxscore from the first game Colon ever pitched against the Cubs, June 4, 1999, when he was with the Indians. Even more remarkable, there are three players besides Colon in that day's Cleveland lineup who are in spring training camps this year (Omar Vizquel, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez). Others expected to throw for the A's today: Jordan Norberto, Joey Devine, Erick Threets and Fabio Castro.
Campana cf, Barney 2b, Castro ss, LaHair 1b, Baker rf, Johnson lf, Clevenger c, DeWitt dh, Vitters 3b
Sogard ss, Cowgill cf, Smith lf, Gomes dh, Reddick rf, Allen 1b, Timmons 3b, Powell c, Horton 2b
More game info after the jump.
Once again, no TV today. Here is the MLB.com Mediacenter for today. Today's game is via WGN radio with Pat and Keith. There's also a link to the A's broadcast, if you are so inclined.
Note that for spring training gameday links, you probably will not get pitch-by-pitch as during the regular season; these are unofficial links. Each play will be posted, but might not be updated until after each half-inning.
Since there was demand for an overflow thread on Sunday, I'll have one today. It will post at 3:30 pm CT. The "Recent Stories in Game Threads" box on the sidebar is where you'll find it.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.