Spring Training Game Five: Cubs (1-3) vs. Rangers (ss) (2-2)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com webcast
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 0.00/0.50) vs. Derek Holland (0-0, -.–/-.–)
The Cubs return home today to face the Texas Rangers for the first time this spring. Mike Quade will send Carlos Zambrano to the mound for the second time this spring … and hopefully the Cubs “defense” remembers how to catch and throw the ball today.
Zambrano was very sharp in the spring opener. Z tossed two scoreless innings against the A’s, walked one and struck out two. Z faced the minimum, got his work in but received a no decision after Oakland’s offense lit up Matt Garza.
The other half of the Texas Rangers’ roster will stay behind in Surprise and face the Cleveland Indians. Neftali Feliz is scheduled to make his first start of the spring against the Indians. The Rangers are excited to see if the reigning AL Rookie of the Year can make the move from a dominant closer to a top of the rotation starter. Braden Looper is slated to follow Zambrano this afternoon. Looper is one of the few pitchers in camp that has not pitched in a game … Trey McNutt, Alberto Cabrera and Rafael Dolis are the only other pitchers that have not thrown in a game.
Cubs Lineup vs. Rangers
Blake DeWitt – 2B
Tyler Colvin – RF
Marlon Byrd – CF
Aramis Ramirez – 3B
Carlos Pena – 1B
Alfonso Soriano – LF
Geovany Soto – C
Augie Ojeda – SS
Carlos Zambrano – P
The Rangers announced that Tanner Scheppers would follow Holland in today’s pitching schedule.
Today’s game can be heard on Cubs.com via a webcast from Mesa. Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie, the Smokies’ play-by-play announcer, will call the game.
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