SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Today, we could see Jason Hammel go into the sixth inning for the first time this spring, as starters begin to ramp up for Opening Day.
The rest of the Cactus League/exhibition games should have the following starters:
Monday vs. Angels: Kyle Hendricks Tuesday vs. Athletics: Jake Arrieta Wednesday vs. Rockies: Jon Lester Thursday vs. Mets: John Lackey Friday vs. Mets: Jason Hammel
Then, next Sunday in Anaheim, the exhibition game before the regular season begins Monday, April 4, the Cubs could go with a selection of minor leaguers. We'll see what happens.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Heyward RF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Schwarber C, Zobrist 2B, Russell SS, Szczur LF, Hammel P
Here's a lineup that's close to a possible regular-season lineup. As has been the case recently, Kyle Schwarber will again catch Jason Hammel. It also appears the regulars will play most or all of this game, as the only player on the reserve list is David Ross.
Jason Hammel gets the start for the Cubs today. Others on the Cubs pitching list today: Trevor Cahill, Adam Warren and Spencer Patton.
James Paxton will go for the Mariners.
Today's game is on 670 The Score with Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer. It will also be televised on CSN Chicago with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
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Please note that during spring training, Gameday doesn't usually go pitch-by-pitch as it does during the regular season -- usually, it will update after each at-bat.
For spring-training games, we'll have a first-pitch thread at five minutes to 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. There will also be a StoryStream on the front page with all the game thread links, as well as the recap after the game is over. The pitcher boxes and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.
Discuss amongst yourselves.