Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Indians – 03/04/09

Spring Training Game Eight: Cubs (5-2) vs. Indians (2-4)
Game Time – 2:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 176
Location – Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear

Chad Gaudin (1-0, 4.50/2.00) vs. Carl Pavano (0-0, 0.00/0.00)

The first of two split squad days for the Cubs this spring (March 13 against the Angels and Mariners) will see half of the team, including Milton Bradley, stay in Arizona and make their first trip to the Indians’ new facility in Goodyear.

Chad Gaudin will make his first start, second appearance of the spring, after a rough outing against the Brewers last Thursday. Gaudin gave up a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings in relief of Sean Marshall.

The Cubs will first face Carl Pavano, who is trying to make the Indians’ rotation after a horrible three years with the Yankees. Pavano was perfect in his first spring outing.

Milton Bradley is scheduled to return to the Cubs lineup today as the team’s DH. Bradley played a half of inning against the Brewers last Thursday and walked in his only trip to the plate. If everything goes as planned, Bradley is expected to return to the outfield on Friday at HoHoKam against the Dodgers.

The players that remained in Arizona for today’s game will receive Thursday off while their teammates finish up the 2-game series against the White Sox.

The Cubs will not see Mark DeRosa today and will likely miss Kerry Wood. DeRosa is with Team USA and Wood has been slowed this spring with a stiff back…he did throw a successful bullpen session last weekend.

Scott Lewis, who is battling Pavano for the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation, is slated to follow Pavano in today’s game.

Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, Koyie Hill, Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano were expected to make the trip to Sin City and should not be in the starting lineup against the Indians.

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