Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/27/10

Spring Training Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (13-9-2) vs. Padres (ss) (12-10)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Carlos Silva (2-1, 5.73/1.55) vs. Clayton Richard (1-1, 6.39/1.90)

The Cubs 2010 Spring Training schedule concludes one week from today at Chase Field … with the second of back-to-back games against the Diamondbacks. After this afternoon’s contest against the Padres, Lou Piniella’s crew still has eight practice games remaining on the exhibition schedule.

Xavier Nady was expected to make his spring debut in the outfield against the southpaw and former South Sider, Clayton Richard. Nady played in the field during a minor league game earlier in the week. Reports on Saturday morning indicated Nady will play in the field on Sunday in Peoria when the Cubs face the Mariners and a former teammate.

Carlos Silva left his last start against the Reds (Sunday, March 21) in the second inning with a tight right quad. Silva tried to work through the injury in the bullpen after he was lifted from the game. Silva threw for about 10 minutes before calling it a day.

Silva will be making his fifth start of the spring this afternoon. Silva has shown improvement with each outing in the Cactus League … but as he pointed out, these games do not matter. Silva’s goal is to carry over his spring to the regular season.

Carlos Silva’s line after four practice games: seven runs, all earned, on 14 hits with two walks, a hit batsman and seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

Clayton Richard was acquired from the White Sox as part of the Jake Peavy deal last July. Richard is a very talented pitcher but he has struggled this spring. In four games, three starts, he has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 17 hits with seven walks and six strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

The other half of the Padres will face the Reds at their home park in Peoria

From the Rumor Mill

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