Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (13-11-1) vs. Angels (14-11)
Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. – WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio 187
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Ted Lilly (1-1, 3.95) vs. Ervin Santana (0-2, 4.42)
The last Sunday in Mesa and after today only four games left in the desert. Ted Lilly is coming off his worst start of the spring, last Tuesday against the Rockies. He walked two, uncorked a wild pitch, had trouble with his location and loaded the bases on two different occasions in 5 innings of work. Lilly was reportedly very unhappy with his performance and with today’s start scheduled to be his longest of the spring, he should be on top of his game….similar to the way Wade Miller was on Saturday.
Cliff Floyd is scheduled to be the DH for the Cubs today. The 25-man roster is all but set and after Piniella’s slip of the tongue on Saturday, that he quickly corrected, all that appears to be left is for the Cubs to leave spring training healthy. Piniella referred to Miller as being the Cubs 5th starter but retracted statement and said the roster would be finalized by Thursday….the last game of the spring in Mesa against the Diamondbacks.
The Angels received a big blow to their plans for 2007 when Chone Figgins broke two of his fingers, this past week, and will be out 4-6 weeks. The Angels have been picked by many to win their division and represent the American League in the World Series.
It will be interesting to see how much playing time Ronny Cedeno, Angel Pagan and Tomas Perez receive in the coming days as they appear to be the front-runners for the 25th spot on the roster.
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