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Cubs vs. Canada at Mesa preview, Wednesday 3/8, 2:05 CT

It’s a bit of international baseball as the Canadian WBC team visits Sloan Park for an exhibition game.

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Previous Cubs exhibitions vs. WBC teams:

March 18, 2017: Cubs 6, Japan 4 at Sloan Park
March 7, 2017: Italy 8, Cubs 7 at Sloan Park
March 15, 2013: Cubs 7, Japan 5 at Hohokam Park
March 12, 2009: Japan 3, Cubs 2 at Hohokam Park

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

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

Canada lineup:

Justin Steele will start for the Cubs. Other Cubs pitchers today: Brandon Hughes, Ben Leeper, Mark Leiter Jr., Manuel Rodriguez, Michael Rucker and Keegan Thompson.

Mitch Bratt will start for Team Canada. Bratt is a 19-year-old lefthander who was the Texas Rangers’ fifth-round pick in 2021. Last year he pitched for the Rangers Low-A affiliate in the Carolina League. Here’s his full record.

Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. No audio/radio today. MLB Network is carrying this game on a one-hour delay beginning at 3 p.m. CT (outside the Cubs market territory). 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.

Here’s the team page for the Canadian WBC team. Two Cubs minor leaguers will play for Canada: Owen Caissie and Jared Young. Former Cub Rob Zastryzny is also on Team Canada.

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.