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Cubs vs. Royals at Mesa preview, Sunday 3/27, 3:05 CT

Sunday afternoon at Sloan Park.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

An update on David Robertson:

Congratulations to the Robertson family!

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Ortega DH, Suzuki RF, Schwindel 1B, Contreras C, Happ LF, Heyward CF, Villar SS, Wisdom 3B, Madrigal 2B

Frank Schwindel returns after missing a week. This lineup vaguely resembles something we could see on Opening Day.

Royals lineup:

Isbel LF, Taylor CF, O’Hearn RF, Rivera 3B, Pratto 1B, Pasquantino DH, Gallagher C, Dungan 2B, Garcia SS

Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs today. Cubs relievers today: Jesse Chavez, Robert Gsellman (spring debut), Chris Martin and Daniel Norris (spring debut).

Angel Zerpa will start for the Royals. Other Royals pitchers listed: Jonathan Heasley, Scott Barlow, and Jake Brentz.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. There will also be a radio broadcast on 670 The Score. 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.

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As we have done in the past, we’ll have a first-pitch thread at five minutes to game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time. For today, that will be 3 p.m. CT and 4:30 p.m. CT. There will be only one set of threads for both games today since they start at the same time.

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.