Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/01/08

Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (1-1) vs. Angels (1-0-1)
Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet – Radio N/A
Location – Tempe Diablo Stadium

Jason Marquis (0-0, -.–) vs. Jered Weaver (0-0, -.–)

Game three of the exhibition season but the first televised game of the spring. Both teams will see a new opponent for the first time since their respective spring schedules began three days ago. Lou Piniella will send Jason Marquis to the hill for likely the first two innings. Both Kerry Wood and Bobby Howry are expected to pitch today but Aramis Ramirez will likely be held out for another day. Several reports indicated Ramirez could be used as the Cubs’ designated hitter today but Piniella indicated on Friday night he sees to reason to rush his return. Also, there are conflicting reports on whether Kosuke Fukudome will play against the Angels today or not….a report mentioned Fukudome is on a play two days and take one off schedule.

Mark DeRosa is expected back with the team today after undergoing a successful heart procedure on Thursday. A report in the Daily Herald indicated DeRosa could be back in the lineup a week from today when the Cubs face either the Diamondbacks in Mesa or the A’s at Phoenix Municipal Stadium….next Saturday is split squad day for the Cubs.

The following pitchers have not seen action in the first two Spring Training games:

  • Tim Lahey
  • Jon Lieber – scheduled to start on Monday against the Mariners
  • Ted Lilly – scheduled to start on Sunday against the Giants
  • Sean Marshall
  • Jeff Samardzija – threw a bullpen session on Friday morning
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Chad Fox
  • Geoff Jones
  • Kerry Wood – expected to pitch today
  • Bobby Howry – expected to pitch today

From the Rumor Mill

A report in the Baltimore Sun on Friday mentioned the Cubs have scouts in Florida looking at Brian Roberts. The Sun said the Orioles are looking at Ronny Cedeno, Sean Gallagher, Jose Ceda and/or Donald Veal and possibly another player. A report in the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday morning said the Cubs have two scouts watching Brian Roberts and an Orioles scout is in Arizona looking at the Cubs.

Roberts is 3-for-5 in the first 2 games with 2 doubles, a RBI, 3 runs scored and 4 stolen bases.

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