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Cubs vs. Mariners at Peoria preview, Friday 3/8, 7:40 CT

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The Cubs play their first night game of the spring.

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Notes for the first Cubs game under the lights in 2019:

  • The Cubs’ 88 runs scored are third-most in the Cactus League behind only the Angels (112 runs) and Royals (90).
  • Mark Zagunis’ 10 RBI are tied for the Cactus League lead with Arizona’s Christian Walker.
  • Cristhian Adames has 11 hits. That’s tied for the most in the Cactus League. Adames is hitting .524 (11-for-21) with a 1.250 OPS so far this spring.
  • Kyle Schwarber leads the Cactus League with nine walks.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Almora CF, Rizzo 1B, Baez SS, Bote 3B, Happ 2B, Davis C, Adduci DH, Zagunis RF, Giambrone LF

Mariners lineup:

Gordon 2B, Haniger CF, Bruce 1B, Encarnacion DH, Seager 3B, Santana LF, Narvaez C, Crawford SS, Suzuki RF

Duncan Robinson gets the start for the Cubs. He was the Cubs’ ninth-round pick in 2016 and had a 3.11 ERA and 1.242 WHIP in 26 starts last year combined between Tennessee and Iowa. Cubs relievers on tonight’s list (in alphabetical order): Christian Bergman, Craig Brooks, Randy Rosario, Jen-Ho Tseng, Allen Webster and Mike Zagurski.

The Mariners starter is Marco Gonzales. Other Mariners pitchers scheduled tonight: Hunter Strickland, Nick Rumbelow, Matt Tenuta and Tayler Scott.

Today’s game has an audio webcast on cubs.com. It’s on TV via the Mariners channel ROOT Sports Northwest, which is available if you have a MLB.tv subscription, and that broadcast will also be carried live on MLB Network.

MLB.com 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 MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

Please visit our SB Nation Mariners site Lookout Landing. If you do go there to interact with Mariners fans, please be respectful, abide by their individual site rules and serve as a good representation of Cub fans in general and BCB in particular.

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 7:35 p.m. CT and 9:05 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.