Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (ss) (4-4) vs. White Sox (ss) (4-3-2)
Game Time – 9:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 670 The Score, MLB.com (White Sox feed)
Location – Cashman Field, Las Vegas
Tom Gorzelanny (0-0, 9.00/1.00) vs. Carlos Torres (0-0, 2.25/1.00)
For the sixth year in a row, the Cubs will participate in “Big League Weekend” at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. The Cubs annual trip to Sin City will have them face their Crosstown rivals … who beat them rather soundly at HoHoKam Park, 15-3, last Saturday.
Alan Trammell will manage a Cubs’ split-squad this weekend that will feature the likes of Tom Gorzelanny, Micah Hoffpauir, Kevin Millar, Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker, Ryan Theriot, Matt Camp, Josh Vitters, Geovany Soto, Robinson Chirinos, Welington Castillo, Sam Fuld, Marlon Byrd, Brett Jackson, Kosuke Fukudome, Brad Snyder, Xavier Nady, Thomas Diamond, Blake Parker, Justin Berg, Jeff Kennard, Mitch Atkins, John Gaub, and J.R. Mathes…. Ryan Dempster will take the ball against the Sox on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Gorzelanny will make his first start, second appearance, of the spring tonight. The Cubs play only two night games during the exhibition season this year … tonight in Las Vegas and on April 2 against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Teams need practice under the lights before the games count.
Tom Gorzelanny, who figures to break camp in the Cubs starting rotation, gave up a pair of runs (a two-run homer by Josh Donaldson) in two innings of work against the A’s … with a strikeout and a hit batsman.
The other half of Ozzie Guillen’s team played the Angels earlier today in Arizona. Paul Konerko, Mark Kotsay, Juan Pierre, Mark Teahen and Andruw Jones are among the South Siders that made the trip.
The Cubs will face Carlos Torres at the beginning of the game. The right-hander will make his first start of the spring, third appearance. In his first two games, Torres allowed one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in four innings of work.
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