Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 03/01/11

Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (0-2) vs. Giants (3-1)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: webcast
Location – Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale

Ryan Dempster (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Tim Lincecum (0-0, 16.20/3.01)

The Cubs will try to get in the win column this afternoon behind Ryan Dempster. The first two games of the spring haven’t gone the way Mike Quade would have liked. The Cubs showed improvement Monday against a Brewers split-squad but still committed too many errors in the field and didn’t throw enough quality strikes.

Ryan Dempster will see his first action of the spring as he tunes up for Opening Day against the Pirates. Casey Coleman is expected to follow Dempster this afternoon.

Tim Lincecum will make his second start of the spring against the Cubs. Lincecum allowed three runs on five hits in his first outing against the Diamondbacks. Lincecum lasted only 1 2/3 innings.

This afternoon’s game will be the first web only broadcast of the spring. Len Kasper and the Smokies’ Mick Gillispie will call the action. The game can be heard on

Of the 30 pitchers in big league camp, a little more than half have seen game action. Alberto Cabrera, Esmailin Caridad, Rafael Dolis, Scott Maine, Kyle Smit, Jeff Stevens, Trey McNutt, Scott Rice, Robert Coello and Todd Wellemeyer have not pitched in a game. Carlos Silva and James Russell are scheduled for Wednesday against the Brewers and Braden Looper is only Thursday’s list against the Rangers at HoHoKam.

Cubs Starting Lineup vs. Giants

Kosuke Fukudome – RF
Starlin Castro – SS
Marlon Byrd – CF
Aramis Ramirez – 3B
Geovany Soto – C
Blake DeWitt – 2B
Reed Johnson – LF
Bryan LaHair – 1B
Ryan Dempster – P

News and Notes
Mike Quade posted his lineup Monday for Wednesday’s game against the Brewers in Maryvale. Quade said he would continue to post his Spring Training lineups three days in advance, but when it comes to the regular season, he cannot commit to giving his players that much advanced notice. Carlos Silva will start Wednesday’s game.

Cubs Starting Lineup for Wednesday, March 2 vs. Brewers
Kosuke Fukudome – RF
Starlin Castro – SS
Marlon Byrd – CF
Aramis Ramirez – 3B
Carlos Pena – 1B
Alfonso Soriano – LF
Blake DeWitt – 2B
Koyie Hill – C
Carlos Silva – P

Mike Quade is not planning on making any roster cuts until March 16 … the Cubs first and only day off of the spring. The Cubs have four split-squad games before March 15.

The Cubs Minor League players begin reporting on Monday, March 7 with the first full squad workout on March 10. The minor league spring games begin on March 19.

Tyler Colvin will get a start in left field and one at first base this week.

After a successful 30-pitch side session Sunday, Angel Guzman will throw batting practice Wednesday. Guzman had shoulder surgery a year ago.

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  • Neil

    Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters are stretching out and appear to be playing today. Both are hanging out with Marlon Byrd

  • MikeT_2008

    The audio is a little tough to listen to, but after this winter it is still awesome to hear Cubs baseball no matter how it sounds

    • John G

      Yes the audio is not the best. Who is that with Len Casper? He keeps calling him “Mac” but I have not been able to catch the full name.

      • MikeT_2008

        He’s the AA Tennessee play-by-play guy I believe but I’m not sure what his name is

  • MikeT_2008

    Sounds like Lincecum is going through the lineup like he’s in midseason form.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I clicked on Gameday Audio from the Link and it says 19.99 subscription for one year. I thought it was free?

  • Larry

    I know it is early, but the number of errors that the Cubs have made already is beginning to worry me. The games in a row with at least 3 errors.

  • Neil

    Better today and Dempster, Coleman and even Wellemeyer did a good job. The defense is scary at best. DeWitt’s error was on a routine grounder. Castro thought about it before just throwing the ball, same as last year.