SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- ICYMI, there's discussion of the Cubs' 11 roster cuts made Friday going on here.
In addition to what I mentioned in that link, Michael Bowden and Rule 5 guy Hector Rondon have made the bullpen. Rondon has been, by far, the best Rule 5 reliever I have seen the Cubs select over the last several seasons; you surely remember guys like David Patton, Mike Parisi, Tim Fahey and the immortal Lendy Castillo, none of whom were worth the pick.
Rondon just might be. Kudos to Theo & Jed if this one works out.
Also today, the Brewers will be wearing these uniforms, which were the winning design in a fan contest. I actually rather like them. The cap design is an homage to this logo, which was the Brewers' primary logo from 1970-1977.
DeJesus CF, Castro SS, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, Schierholtz RF, Castillo C, Valbuena 3B, Barney 2B, Villanueva P
For the second time this week, Dale Sveum is going with his Opening Day starting eight.
Aoki RF, Schafer CF, Weeks 2B, Ramirez 3B, Maldonado C, Davis LF, Lalli 1B, Murphy SS, Gallardo P
Ah, yes. Our old buddy Blake Lalli, who apparently actually has a chance to make the Brewers' 25-man roster. It's also the Cubs' first look at former Cub Aramis Ramirez this spring.
This afternoon, Carlos Villanueva gets the start for the Cubs; he'll face Milwaukee's best (no, not the awful beer by that name), Yovani Gallardo.
This afternoon's game is on WGN-TV with Len & Jim. There will also be a webcast on cubs.com with Mick Gillispie and Jody Davis.
For spring-training games, we'll have a first-pitch thread at game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time (because I know how you all like overflow threads!). For today, that will be 3 p.m. CT and 4:30 p.m. CT. These threads will not post individually onto the front page; instead, you can find links to them in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page. They will also appear in this StoryStream™. The pitcher box and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.
Discuss amongst yourselves.