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Cubs vs. Brewers at Mesa preview, Saturday 2/29, 2:05 CT

The Cubs return to Sloan Park for the weekend.

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Happy Leap Day!

February 29 comes along just once every four years. But a Cubs game on this date is even rarer than that. Since February baseball is a fairly recent occurrence in spring training, this is just the second time in Cubs history that they have played a game on February 29.

The other time was in 2008. They lost to the Giants 8-6 that afternoon at HoHoKam Park. Some interesting names in that boxscore, too.

Here’s an interesting article on the differences in the approach David Ross is taking as Cubs manager.

“I’m the manager now, so every detail matters,” Ross said. “Every guy’s at-bat, whether how I’m looking at it and if they’ve got a chance to make this team, I’m watching it and how they act, how they run the bases, how they carry themselves when they come in the dugout.

“Skill set’s one thing on the field, but there’s also a component of, does he get along with his teammates? Is he in the training room every day? Is he in the weight room? Is he a hard worker? Does he keep his head down and is he a rookie that comes to work and does his work? Is he too loud in the clubhouse? Is he annoying? Is he not? All that stuff matters.”

The attention to detail will serve Ross well, I think.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Happ CF, Hoerner SS, Schwarber LF, Souza RF, Caratini C, Bote 2B, Perez 3B, Phegley DH, Garcia 1B

Praise from a Brewers fan for Hernan Perez:

I think Perez will make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster and be a key contributor this year.

Brewers lineup:

Arcia SS, Hiura DH, Garcia RF, Morrison 1B, Gyorko 3B, Gamel LF, Mathias 2B, Broxton CF, Nottingham C

Yu Darvish will start for the Cubs, his first spring outing. Cubs relievers today: Adbert Alzolay, Rowan Wick, Duane Underwood Jr., Dakota Mekkes, CD Pelham and Ben Taylor.

Freddy Peralta gets the call for the Brewers. Also scheduled to pitch for Milwaukee: our old buddy Justin Grimm, Devin Williams, Drew Rasmussen, Jake Faria, Trey Supak and Thomas Jankins.

Also of interest:

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.

Radio today: 620 WTMJ Milwaukee will have a radio broadcast with the Brewers announcers. In addition to online, WTMJ can be heard over-the-air in the Milwaukee area and in much of the northern half of the Chicago metro area.

This game will be rebroadcast on MLB Network at 8 a.m. CT on Sunday. 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 Brewers site Brew Crew Ball. If you do go there to interact with Brewers 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.