Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs Split Squad – 03/08/08

Spring Training Game Ten: Cubs (ss) (3-6) vs. Diamondbacks (5-5)
Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. WGN TV – Gameday Audio on MLB.com
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Jon Lieber (0-0, 9.00) vs. Micah Owings (0-0, 9.00)

Spring Training Game Eleven: Cubs (ss) (3-6) vs. A’s (ss) (6-3)
Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. TV – N/A – Gameday Audio on MLB.com
Location – Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix

Sean Marshall (0-0, 0.00) vs. Rich Harden (0-1, 6.00)

It is the first of two split squad days for the Cubs. Half of Lou Piniella’s crew will face the D’Backs at HoHoKam while the rest of the team will make the short 20 minute drive to Phoenix to face an Oakland A’s split squad. Cubs’ baseball will be on WGN for the first time this season from beautiful HoHoKam Park in Mesa.

Lou Piniella’s lineup should feature at the least Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano in the home half of the split squad. The battle for the last two spots in the rotation will be front and center today with two of the four candidates scheduled to take the mound. Jon Lieber will make his second start of the spring while Sean Marshall will make his second appearance but his first start.

(Note: On Friday, Jon Lieber was scheduled to face the Oakland A’s and Sean Marshall was to pitch at HoHoKam against the D’Backs…..apparently seniority rules.)

Lou Piniella received a productive day from his offense on Friday, hopefully with Soriano back and all eyes on Mesa, the Cubs can have another solid day with the bats.

Look for Jose Ascanio, Scott Eyre, Sean Gallagher, Bobby Howry and Michael Wuertz to see action out of the pen at HoHoKam….while Juan Mateo, Jeff Samardzija and Shingo Takatsu should pitch out of the pen in Phoenix.

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