Spring Training Game Eleven: Cubs (4-6) vs. Rockies (ss) (5-4)
Game Time – 2:10pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com webcast
Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 0.00/1.00) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 12.00/1.67)
Carlos Zambrano will take the hill for the third time this spring. Zambrano has been very effective so far despite dealing with arm fatigue in his last outing. Zambrano has quietly gone about his business and has not allowed a run in five innings of work (two hits, three walks and two strikeouts).
Zambrano will face a split-squad Rockies team that many feel will challenge the San Francisco Giants for the NL West title this season. The other half of the Rockies roster will be in Glendale facing the White Sox this afternoon.
Today is the Cubs first trip to the brand new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The Rockies and Diamondbacks new Spring Training complex is located in Scottsdale. Fernando Perez is expected to make his first start of the spring this afternoon … and hit leadoff for Mike Quade.
Jorge De La Rosa will make his second start of the spring this afternoon. De La Rosa struggled in his first three appearances in the Cactus League (four runs on six hits with a walk, two strikeouts and two home runs allowed in three innings).
After Jorge De La Rosa, Jim Tracy is expected to use Clayton Mortensen, Rafael Betancourt, Franklin Morales, Edgmer Escalona, Billy Butler and Juan Nicasio.
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