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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Athletics, Thursday, 3/24

Paul Sullivan of the Tribune says that the Cubs have "seldom have had a Cactus League game with as much importance" as today's.

Why? You know why. All eyes will be on the pitcher's mound when the A's are batting, as Kerry Wood will throw his first pitches in an actual game in 15 days.

Dan Meyer, acquired by the Athletics from Atlanta in the Tim Hudson deal, pitches for Oakland.

Also, make note on your calendars: the third game of the regular season, Wednesday, April 6 at Arizona, will now begin at 9:10 CT, half an hour later than originally scheduled, to accomodate ESPN2.

Discuss amongst yourselves.