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Cubs vs. Rangers at Surprise preview, Thursday 2/27, 2:05 CT

The Cubs head to the west valley for today’s contest.

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Jose Quintana hasn’t pitched yet this spring, largely because he was hit with a flu bug similar to the one that sidelined manager David Ross for a few days.

But Q wants everyone to know that he’s got a new grip worked on this offseason that he hopes will improve his game in 2020:

After discussions with pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, Quintana switched his changeup grip over the offseason, moving to a four-seam setup after using a two-seam method. Quintana said this will allow the pitch to look more like his primary fastball and, perhaps more importantly, give him the confidence to use the offspeed offering more.

”I think the four-seam grip is going to help me more get swings than a two-seamer grip,” Quintana explained. “But, I think it’s the best change to throw that pitch with confidence. That’s all I need. That’s what I’ve been doing. I want to show you in the games.”

If that works, the Cubs perhaps will finally have the guy they thought they were getting when they traded for him in July 2017.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Happ CF, Bote 3B, Schwarber LF, Phegley C, Descalso 2B, Hoerner SS, Perez 1B, Miller RF, Higgins DH

Rangers lineup:

Andrus SS, Solak CF, Gallo RF, Frazier 3B, Odor 2B, Bird 1B, Huff C, Garcia LF, Ramos DH

Colin Rea will start for the Cubs this afternoon. Other Cubs pitchers scheduled today: Dan Winkler, Casey Sadler, Justin Steele, Manuel Rodriguez, Wyatt Short and Caleb Simpson.

Tyler Phillips will go for the Rangers, Other Rangers pitchers on today’s list: Derek Law, Luis Garcia, Ariel Jurado, Kyle Bird, Jimmy Herget and former Cub Luke Farrell.

Today’s game is on the Marquee Network. Here is a complete channel guide for all the providers currently signed up with Marquee. Note that it is possible some of these channels might not be up and running right away. This is new to all of us and I would anticipate glitches. Hopefully it all gets squared away by Opening Day, including a Marquee deal with Comcast.

You can listen to this game online via an audio webcast featuring the Rangers announcers. Go to the Mediacenter link below for the webcast link.

This game will be rebroadcast on MLB Network at 8 p.m. CT tonight. 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.

Please visit our SB Nation Rangers site Lone Star Ball. If you do go there to interact with Rangers 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 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. 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.