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Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals Preview, Wednesday 3/9, 2:05 CT: Heading For The 80s

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The Cubs (and the rest of the Cactus League) are headed for one of the best stretches of weather I can remember this early in March. The highs are expected in the low 80s for at least the next week with no hint of rain. For a comparison, check out this story from March 7, 2010, just over a year ago, when a heavy rainstorm and temperatures in the 50s cancelled two Cubs split-squad games -- both of which were sold out. (Incidentally, in regard to the White Sox policy detailed in that post, they finally did agree to refund tickets to that game.) No Cubs games this spring have been anywhere near a sellout.

A few other notes for today:

Matt Garza will start today against the Royals' Bruce Chen -- who faced the Cubs last Friday at Surprise. That's a... surprise. I can't remember the last time, if ever, I saw a pitcher have back-to-back spring training starts against the same team. Obviously, it's a quirk of the schedule, but still an unusual occurrence.

Since I'm still on the road, when the lineups come in, please post them in the comments.

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 MLB.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie.

Please visit our SB Nation Royals site Royals Review.

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Discuss amongst yourselves.