Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 03/27/09

Spring Training Game Thirty-One: Cubs (16-13) vs. White Sox (12-15)
Game Time – 3:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: XM Channel 178
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 3.38/0.88) vs. Clayton Richard (1-1, 5.06/1.50)

Countdown to Opening Day…10 days. It’s the Cubs versus the White Sox for the fifth and final time in the Cactus League…the series is tied 2-2. The next meeting between the Cubs and Sox will be June 16-18, a weekday series for the first time in the history of the Crosstown Classic, at Wrigley Field.

Kosuke Fukudome is expected to make his spring debut with the Cubs today. Fukudome faced his teammates back on March 12 at HoHoKam when Team Japan defeated Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs. Lou Piniella has repeatedly stated that Fukudome will hit second against right-handed pitching.

The battle for the closer’s role is expected to come to an end by Sunday. Lou Piniella told the media on Thursday that he would announce his decision this weekend. Carlos Marmol is expected to pitch again today. Marmol struggled with his command and took the loss on Thursday night after he entered the game with a one-run lead in the fifth.

Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to make his next to last start of the spring today. Zambrano is coming off a solid outing against the Mariners last Sunday.

In his first four starts of the spring, Zambrano has allowed six runs, all earned, on 11 hits in 16 innings. Zambrano has served up only one home run and walked three while striking out 15 in 16 innings.

The White Sox will send Clayton Richard to the hill today for his seventh start in the Cactus League. The southpaw has allowed 15 runs, 12 earned, on 27 hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.

Spring Training or not…it’s the Cubs against the White Sox!

Beginning with today’s game against the White Sox, the CCO will feature game previews before each game throughout the season. Pitcher-hitter stats as well as where the game will be broadcast are staples of ‘Talkin’ Cubs Live.’

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