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Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels Preview, Monday 3/21, 3:05 CT: Rain Threatens

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- It's cloudy and windy this morning in the Phoenix area and the weather forecast for today's game doesn't look good:

Today: Showers, mainly after 11am. High near 65. Windy, with a west southwest wind 22 to 25 mph decreasing to between 14 and 17 mph. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

If there's a cancellation, this thread will turn into Rainout Theater; I probably won't bother with the overflow thread in that case.

So this afternoon, weather permitting, Andrew Cashner will start against the Angels in Tempe. Justin Berg, Jeff Samardzija, Scott Maine and Jeff Stevens are on the list to throw in the Tempe game. Jered Weaver was supposed to start for the Angels, but this Victor Rojas tweet indicates Weaver threw in a minor league game this morning, so I have no idea who's actually going to start, if this game is even played. Other Angels scheduled to pitch this afternoon are Kevin Jepsen, (the other) Francisco Rodriguez and Jason Bulger. Kerry Wood and James Russell will be throwing this afternoon in minor league games at Fitch Park. Complete lineups after the jump.

Cubs lineup:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
1B Pena
C Soto
LF Soriano
3B Baker
2B Barney
P Cashner

Aramis Ramirez was supposed to be in the lineup today, but he's still home sick. Also, more playing time for Darwin Barney. Could it be.... ?

Angels lineup:

Aybar SS
Kendrick 2B
Abreu DH
Hunter RF
Wells LF
Callaspo 3B
Trumbo 1B
Mathis C
Bourjos CF

Here's all the media information for today. Gameday for today's game

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Today's game will be televised on the MLB Network and will be on with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie.

Please visit our SB Nation Angels site Halos Heaven..

There will be an overflow thread posting at 4:30 p.m. CDT (this time, I won't forget, like I did yesterday; but it will only post if the game is actually being played). 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.