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Cubs vs. Athletics at Mesa preview, Friday 3/19, 3:05 CT

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The Cubs go to that “other” Mesa ballpark to face the A’s.

Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Happy birthday to Cubs manager David Ross, who turns 44 today.

The Cubs made some spring roster cuts Friday. Details coming up at 1:30 p.m. CT.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Happ CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Pederson LF, Contreras C, Baez SS, Heyward RF, Hoerner 2B, Davies P

Athletics lineup:

Canha CF, Lowrie 2B, Olson 1B, Chapman 3B, Moreland DH, Pinder LF, Piscotty RF, Andrus SS, Allen C, Montas P

Zach Davies will start for the Cubs this afternoon. Other Cubs pitchers today: Ryan Tepera, Rex Brothers, James Norwood, Brad Wieck, Jake Jewell, Juan Gamez and Justin Steele.

Frankie Montas will start for the A’s. Other Oakland pitchers today: Cole Irvin, Jake Diekman and J.B. Wendelken.

Today’s game is a webcast via MLB.com with the A’s announcers. No TV today.

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 Athletics site Athletics Nation. If you do go there to interact with A’s 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 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 photos and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.

Discuss amongst yourselves.