SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- The vernal equinox hits today at 6:21 p.m. CDT, shortly after today's game will likely end, and by then, let's hope the Cubs are ready for a new season as well.
A few Sunday notes:
- The Giants, continuing their success from last year, have the best record in spring ball at the moment -- 16-8. But they may have lost closer Brian Wilson for a while with a strained ribcage muscle.
- Carlos Pena, according to Dave van Dyck of the Tribune, is a thinking man's ballplayer. Pena is hitting .282/.391/.462 in 46 spring plate appearances. If he's anywhere close to that this season, we'll be very happy with him.
- The Baseball Project, a musical "supergroup" that writes baseball-inspired music, will be performing at several Cactus League stadiums before upcoming games, including the March 28 Cubs/Indians game at Goodyear.
This afternoon Randy Wells -- who has been excellent this spring -- will face the Giants. Other Cubs pitchers scheduled today: John Grabow, Justin Berg, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol. The Giants send a split-squad to Mesa, so the Cubs will miss Madison Bumgarner; instead, Shane Loux will start for San Francisco. The split-squad also means we won't see top Giants 1B prospect Brandon Belt -- he's playing in their other game. Complete lineups after the jump.
Camp RF Castro SS Byrd CF Ramirez 3B Moore 1B Soriano LF Scales 2B Hill C Wells P
This is the second day in a row Matt Camp has started. Could the Cubs be looking at him more seriously as a backup, even if he starts the year at Iowa?
2B Burriss SS Fontenot 3B Sandoval LF Burrell RF Schierholtz CF Rowand 1B Ishikawa C Whiteside P Loux
I guess no one told the Giants that Mike Fontenot can't play shortstop. (He did play nine games there last year, four for the Cubs and five for the Giants, and not very well.)
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 WGN radio with Pat and Zonk, and on CSN Chicago with Len and Bob. If you don't have access to CSN, it's also on MLB.TV.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.