Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (9-6) vs. White Sox (6-7-3)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (White Sox), MLB Network (Tape Delay) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 176
Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale
Randy Wells (1-0, 6.75/1.25) vs. John Danks (0-0, 2.08/1.85)
Lou Piniella’s crew will return to Camelback Ranch for the second time in two days this afternoon. The Cubs and Dodgers set a single-game Cactus League attendance record on Thursday (13,391) … and that record could be broken this afternoon.
Aramis Ramirez is expected back in Lou Piniella’s lineup … but Derrek Lee will reportedly remain in Mesa and take batting practice at HoHoKam. Xavier Nady is expected to serve as the team’s DH.
Reportedly Mike Fontenot will receive a lot of time at shortstop over the next few days … and Lou Piniella is expected to give Kevin Millar and Jeff Baker playing time in the outfield. The Cubs are 2-1 against the Sox this spring. The crosstown rivals were scheduled to face off five times this spring, but the game at Camelback Ranch on March 7 was rained out. The Cubs lost to Sox in Mesa on March 6 but Alan Trammell took two from Ozzie Guillen in Las Vegas last weekend.
Randy Wells is looking to bounce back this afternoon from his last outing. Wells gave up six runs on six hits with three walks in his last start against the Angels. Kevin Millar reportedly put his outing into perspective on the bus back to Tempe.
Randy Wells will make his fourth start of the spring … in his first three Wells allowed a total of six runs on seven hits in eight innings with three walks and six strikeouts. Wells should go at least five innings today against the Sox.
John Danks will make his fourth start of the spring as well. The other southpaw on the South Side has allowed three runs, two earned, on 10 hits with six walks and six strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.
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