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Cubs vs. Rangers at Mesa preview, Monday 3/8, 2:05 CT

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The Cubs return to Sloan Park for an afternoon contest.

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The big news is about Opening Day fans at Wrigley Field — read about it here.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Happ CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Pederson LF, Baez DH, Bote 2B, Hoerner SS, Vargas RF, Higgins C

Rangers lineup:

Taveras CF, Solak 2B, Calhoun LF, Dahl DH, Guzman RF, Trevino C, Lowe 1B, Culberson SS, Ibanez 3B

Zach Davies will start for the Cubs this afternoon. Other Cubs pitchers today: Kohl Stewart, Joe Biagini, Rex Brothers and Trevor Megill.

Kohei Arihara will start for the Rangers. Other Texas pitchers today: John King, Fernery Ozuna, Drew Anderson, former Cub Spencer Patton and Sam Gaviglio.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.

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 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 photos and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.

Discuss amongst yourselves.