Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rangers – 03/16/10

Spring Training Game Fourteen: Cubs (8-5) vs. Rangers (4-7)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Carlos Silva (1-1, 10.80/2.40) vs. Neftali Feliz (0-0, 13.50/1.00)

Updated 12:00pm CDT – The Cubs optioned Rafael Dolis to Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday. Cubs Spring Roster Reduced to 50 players …

After a very long beginning to the week, the Cubs return home to HoHoKam Park this afternoon to face Rudy Jaramillo’s old team, the Texas Rangers. Lou Piniella will begin the game with Carlos Silva … today should be a good test of how much improvement Silva has actually made since his start against the White Sox.

The Cubs, without Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, will see Neftali Feliz and C.J. Wilson for eight of the nine innings … both pitchers are penciled in for four-inning outings this afternoon.

Carlos Silva has pitched as expected in his first two starts … six runs, all earned, on 11 hits with a walk, two strikeouts and two home runs. Silva pitched three scoreless in his last outing but was hit extremely hard. Reportedly the Cubs feel Silva has made a lot of progress. This afternoon will be Silva’s third start in the Cactus League … and reportedly he is still in the mix for one of the final two spots in the Cubs’ rotation.

Neftali Feliz will make his first start, third appearance of the spring. Feliz is fighting for a job in the Rangers’ starting rotation. In his first two Cactus League outings, Feliz has given up a total of six runs, all earned, on six hits in four innings with four strikeouts, two walks … and he has hit two batters. Feliz, like Carlos Silva, is expected to throw four innings this afternoon.

Feliz and C.J. Wilson are battling each other for the last open spot in the Rangers’ rotation.

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