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Cubs vs. Diamondbacks at Mesa preview, Thursday 3/16, 3:05 CT

The Cubs return to Sloan Park and the sun returns to shining.

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Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Hoerner 2B, Happ LF, Swanson SS, Mancini RF, Bellinger CF, Hosmer 1B, Wisdom 3B, Gomes C, Morel DH

D-Backs lineup:

Carroll CF, Ahmed SS, Kelly DH, Walker 1B, Evans 3B, Hager 2B, Herrera C, Roberts RF, Tawa LF

Drew Smyly will start for the Cubs. Other Cubs pitchers today: Michael Fulmer, Brandon Hughes, Anthony Kay and Brendon Little.

Madison Bumgarner will start for the D-Backs.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. If you miss the live TV broadcast, there will be a rebroadcast on Marquee at 7 p.m. CT. 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 D-Backs 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.

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.