Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 03/21/09

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (12-12) vs. White Sox (10-13)
Game Time – 3:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (White Sox), MLBN – Radio: WGN Radio, XM Channel 180
Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale

Sean Marshall (2-0, 0.63/0.70) vs. Mark Buehrle (0-0, 4.32/1.68)

Countdown to Opening Day…16 days. Lou Piniella’s crew will make their second trip in the last week to the new complex in Glendale but this time they will face their crosstown rivals. The Cubs whipped Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox in their first meeting back on February 28 but were swept by the Sox in the two game series in Las Vegas on March 4 and March 5.

The Cubs’ Opening Day roster is taking shape and Ron Santo mentioned during Friday’s broadcast the Cubs are expected to cut as many as 10 players by Monday.

One player that is a lock to make the roster is Sean Marshall. The Cubs’ second starting southpaw will make his first start today since being named the Cubs’ fifth starter on Thursday. Marshall has been extremely impressive in Arizona this spring.

The Cubs will face a familiar foe in Mark Buehrle. Spring Training or not, it is the Cubs versus the Sox…

Sean Marshall will make his fifth start of the exhibition season today (sixth game). Marshall has allowed two runs, one earned, on nine hits in 14 1/3 innings…with just one walk to eight strikeouts.

The Cubs figure to run out a B-Team lineup once again today.

Mark Buehrle has not been as effective as Marshall this spring but should be at the top of his game today. The southpaw has allowed four runs on 10 hits in 8 1/3 innings this spring (four games, three starts) with four walks and eight strikeouts.

Pat and Ron will broadcast the game from Glendale today on WGN Radio and the game is available on the MLB Network and Comcast Sports Net in Chicago. Steve Stone and the rest of the Sox crew will call the game.

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball….

Quote of the Day

"There are places I remember. All my life though some have changed. Some forever not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments ... " John Lennon/Paul McCartney