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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Athletics at Mesa, Wednesday 3/7, 2:05 CT

Carlos Zambrano makes his second start of the spring, and like Jason Marquis yesterday, should be stretched out to three innings. Joe Kennedy will throw for Oakland.

Jeff Samardzija is also scheduled to throw today.

Today's MLB Audio broadcast is a webcast with A's announcers. At least we don't have to hear the Annoying Brewer Song again.

Z's contract negotiations are up and running again:

Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano told a Caracas, Venezuela, newspaper that negotiations have resumed on a possible five-year contract extension with the team.

A quick search of Google News for Venezuela turned up no mention of this, but maybe it's not online yet.

For those of you without MLB Audio, here's the MLB Gameday link. Note, Gameday doesn't update as fast during spring training as during the season -- sometimes only once per half inning.

Cubs lineup, as always courtesy of Bruce Miles:

Soriano, CF
Murton, LF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Jones, RF
Barrett, C
DeRosa, 2B
Theriot, SS
Zambrano, P

Discuss amongst yourselves.