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Cubs vs. Red Sox at Fort Myers preview, Tuesday 3/27, 12:05 CT

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The spring training season comes to a close.

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Theo Epstein is in Florida to see the Cubs/Red Sox exhibition series, no surprise there, given his long connection with the team from Boston.

Here are some quotes from a long session he had with reporters. This, in particular, I found most interesting:

And the last issue is really sort of to go beyond the numbers and remember the game is played by human beings. So if everyone’s got the same information you really want to put a premium on a humanistic approach, understanding people, putting them in a position to succeed, supporting them as human beings and individuals, and the chemistry of the group overall.

This is so important to remember, and many Cubs players have cited the fact that the organization treats them and their families like human beings and that’s one of the reasons, in some cases, that they came to Chicago.

Good for Theo, not only understanding modern data and how to use it, but for bringing the human level into a business that is more data-driven than ever. I believe this is one of the reasons the Cubs have been so successful. Here’s a quote from Brian Duensing in an article at The Athletic:

“They take care of the families,” Duensing said. “They take care of the wives. They basically take any distraction that could maybe affect your mental state of playing the game and they just find a way to eradicate it. That goes a long way, because we don’t need to worry about anything else. We can just focus on playing. Even the security around, we know that our families are safe at all times.

“Instead of us having to worry about how we’re going to get our families to see us play in the postseason, they completely took care of it. That’s one less thing we have to worry about. It’s things like that all the time.”

Ben Zobrist and Jon Lester echoed Duensing’s thoughts.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Almora CF, Bryant 3B, Schwarber LF, Contreras C, Zobrist 1B, Russell SS, Heyward RF, Baez DH, La Stella 2B

Red Sox lineup:

Betts RF, Martinez DH, Nunez 2B, Benintendi LF, Moreland 1B, Vazquez C, Bradley CF, De Jesus 3B, Holt SS

Jose Quintana will start for the Cubs. The only listed relievers for today are Justin Hancock and Luke Farrell, but earlier it had been stated that Pedro Strop would throw today. So we’ll see.

Hector Velazquez gets the call for the Red Sox.

Today’s game is on with Len Kasper. TV coverage is via NESN, the Red Sox network, and there’s also a national broadcast on ESPN. Gameday

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.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today.

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Discuss amongst yourselves.