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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics, Tuesday 3/15, 3:05 CT: Split Squad Finale

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- This game preview post was going to be about the Cubs' roster cuts, which I figured would happen after today's split-squad games.

Instead, the Cubs announced 18 roster cuts this morning -- none of which is any real surprise -- and you can read about them in the post below this one.

That said, there really isn't any other "game preview" news to report, other than today's starting pitchers and lineups, so here goes.

Today, Randy Wells will start in Mesa against the Rockies' Esmil Rogers, who is competing for Colorado's fifth starter slot. Other Rockies expected to throw are Matt Belisle, Matt Lindstrom and Huston Street. In the game vs. the Athletics in Phoenix, Andrew Cashner gets the start against Oakland's Brett Anderson.

Cubs lineup in Mesa:

SS Camp 2B DeWitt CF Byrd 3B Ramirez 1B Pena LF Soriano C Soto RF Adduci P Wells

Rockies lineup in Mesa:

Taveras CF Smith RF Gonzalez LF Lopez 3B Helton 1B Iannetta C Nelson SS Iribarren 2B Rogers P

Cubs lineup in Phoenix:

CF Perez SS Castro 2B Baker RF Colvin C Ramirez LF Montanez 1B LaHair 3B Smith DH Jackson
Athletics lineup vs. Cubs in Phoenix:
Crisp cf Barton 1b Willingham lf Matsui dh Suzuki c Sweeney rf Kouzmanoff 3b Timmons 2b Sogard ss

Here's all the media information for today.

MLB.com Gameday for Cubs/Rockies game

MLB.com Gameday for Cubs/Athletics game

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today. The Mesa game (Cubs/Rockies) is on MLB.com audio with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie. The Phoenix game (Cubs/A's) is on MLB.com audio with the Oakland announcers.

Please visit our SB Nation Rockies site Purple Row. and Athletics site Athletics Nation.

There will be an overflow thread posting at 4:30 p.m. CDT (one overflow for both games). As usual, the overflow thread will NOT post on the front page but will be in the "Recent Stories In Game Threads" box on the right sidebar. If you need an extra overflow thread beyond that one, post it in the FanShot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.