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Cubs vs. Diamondbacks at Mesa preview, Tuesday 3/29, 3:05 CT

The Cubs return to Mesa for an afternoon affair.

Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

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

Diamondbacks lineup:

Marte 2B, Smith RF, Hummel LF, Beer 1B, Davidson 3B, McCarthy DH, Thomas CF, Perdomo SS, Herrera C

Justin Steele will start for the Cubs. Cubs scheduled relievers today: Mark Leiter Jr., Eric Yardley and Cayne Ueckert.

Zach Davies will start for the D-backs. Remember him? Other D-Backs pitchers today: Dan Straily, Noé Ramirez and Oliver Pérez.

Davies and Steele pitched in the same Cubs game three times in 2021. In those three games, Davies posted a 5.02 ERA (eight ER in 14⅓ innings) and Steele threw 2⅓ innings without allowing a run.

Also of note:

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. 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 Diamondbacks site AZ Snakepit. If you do go there to interact with D-Backs 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.

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.