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Cubs vs. White Sox at Mesa preview, Tuesday 3/28, 2:05 CT

It’s the last practice game. Thursday, it all starts for real.

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Madrigal 3B, Barnhart C, Crow-Armstrong CF, Alcántara RF, Caissie LF, Amaya DH, Strumpf 2B, Murray 1B, Vazquez SS

So, two MLB players and the rest minor leaguers. Don’t expect Nick Madrigal or Tucker Barnhart to play more than a couple of innings.

White Sox lineup:

Andrus 2B, Gonzalez RF, Vaughn 1B, Sheets DH, Zavala C, Colas CF, Castillo SS, Gladney LF, Kath 3B

A few more MLB players starting for the Sox than the Cubs.

Drew Smyly will start for the Cubs.

Michael Kopech will start for the White Sox.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. If you miss the live broadcast, there will be two rebroadcasts on Marquee: 7 p.m. CT and 11 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 White Sox site South Side Sox. If you do go there to interact with White Sox 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 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.