SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Here's the most interesting thing about today's game:
The Brewers and Cubs make a bit of baseball history on Monday afternoon in their Cactus League game. According to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, the contest will be one of several featuring the first use of Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay review system, which allows managers the right to challenge at least one call. The 2:05 p.m. CT game can be seen on MLB.TV and listened to via Gameday Audio.
In the recap to yesterday's game, I noted that there were a couple of apparent bad calls. Those would almost certainly have been challenged and asked for review. We'll see how that works during today's game. Remember that this is the first time it's been used; no doubt, it's a learning process for everyone involved.
Coghlan LF, Roberts 2B, Valbuena 3B, Lake CF, Baez SS, Cunningham DH, Baker C, Valaika 1B, McDonald RF
At the time I left for the morning game, there was no Brewers lineup available. Will try to tweet it when available.
Eric Jokisch gets the start today for the Cubs. Marco Estrada will start for the Brewers.
Today's game is on WGN radio with Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer. As noted above, if you have MLB.TV, you can watch the game live via FSN Wisconsin and the Brewers announcers. It will also air on MLB Network on a delayed basis starting at 3 p.m. CT.
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's game, that will be 2 p.m. CT and 3:30 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.