SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- If you run into Starlin Castro today -- not that you necessarily would -- buy him a celebratory drink. He's legal! Today is Starlin's 21st birthday, and at times, it's hard to remember that a lot of players his age are in Double-A, or playing their junior year of college ball. Castro, though he still needs to work on his defense, had a good offensive season in 2010 and is having a very good spring, leading the team in runs (10) and hitting .367/.392/.673 with a team-leading four home runs, a couple of which were monster shots. He could be poised for a big season, particularly, I think, a power surge.
According to a tweet from Paul Sullivan earlier today, Scott Moore, Bobby Scales and Matt Camp are among roster cuts today. No surprise (to me at least) on Scales and Camp, but I did think that Moore had shown well enough to get a shot. That probably means Blake DeWitt has made the team. Moore will likely get some time at 2B at Iowa. Also cut, via tweet from Bruce Miles, were Augie Ojeda (no surprise, as he's been hurt) and Fernando Perez. Camp, Ojeda, Moore and Scales were sent to minor league camp. Perez was optioned to Iowa.Matt Garza takes the mound against the White Sox' Phil Humber, who is one of several candidates to replace the injured Jake Peavy. The Sox asked for and were granted permission to use the DH (as the A's did today); Garza will bat. Braden Looper will get another shot at showing he's still got something left today. Chris Sale and Sergio Santos are also scheduled to throw for the White Sox. Important note: today's game begins at 4:05 CDT, an hour later than usual, at the request of ESPN2, who will televise the game nationally. Complete lineups after the jump. Cubs lineup:
White Sox lineup:Fukudome RF Castro SS Byrd CF Ramirez 3B Pena 1B Soriano LF Barney 2B Hill C Garza P
Pierre LF Vizquel 2B Dunn DH Konerko 1B Rios CF Quentin RF Pierzynski C Ramirez SS Morel 3B
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 being televised by CSN Chicago; if you're outside the CSN area, you can see it nationally on ESPN2. Also, there's an internet audiocast on MLB.com with Mick Gillispie.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.