Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight: Cubs (11-16) vs. White Sox (9-16)
Game Time – 4:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Cubs)/ESPN 2 – Radio: Cubs.com Webcast
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Matt Garza (0-3, 9.88/1.90) vs. Phil Humber (0-1, 2.45/0.82)
Updated 12:18pm CDT - Cubs Reduced Spring Roster Thursday morning … Fernando Perez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Augie Ojeda, Bobby Scales, Matt Camp and Scott Moore were assigned to minor league camp. Cubs’ spring roster stands at 31 players.
The first pitch of the Cubs 2011 Season is just eight days away …
Spring Training or not, it’s the Cubs versus the White Sox this afternoon. The Cubs beat the Southsiders back on March 11 at Camelback Ranch 4-3. Ryan Dempster out pitched Mark Buehrle … and Carlos Pena hit his first homer of the spring. Pena drove in a pair, Geovany Soto added a RBI and Brett Jackson doubled in a run in the top of the ninth that ended up being the difference in the game.
The Cubs need a good outing out of Matt Garza this afternoon. Garza struggled with his command, and the mound, in his last start against the Padres in Peoria. Garza has been inconsistent at best this spring. Two solid starts to finish his first camp with the Cubs would be a good way to lead into the regular season.
Len Kasper and Bob Brenly will call the game for Comcast SportsNet … with Rick Sutcliffe providing the color commentary on ESPN 2. Matt Garza will make his fifth start, sixth appearance, of the spring. Garza has struggled with his command and locating his fastball all spring. Garza has walked (10) more batters than he’s struck out (nine) and has been very hittable.
In 13 2/3 innings, Garza has allowed 15 runs, all earned, on 16 hits. Garza and the Cubs need for him to get his work in … and take care of the Sox.
Cubs’ lineup vs. White Sox
Kosuke Fukudome – RF
Starlin Castro – SS
Marlon Byrd – CF
Aramis Ramirez – 3B
Carlos Pena – 1B
Alfonso Soriano – LF
Darwin Barney – 2B
Koyie Hill – C
Matt Garza – P
Mike Quade decided to let Garza hit this afternoon … but the Sox will use a designated hitter.
Braden Looper is expected to follow Garza in Quade’s pitching rotation for Thursday.
It looks like Phil Humber will begin the season as the Sox’s fifth starter. Humber has put together a good spring and will make his second start (fifth appearance) this afternoon. Humber has allowed three runs on eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts in 11 innings.
Jake Peavy was scheduled to make the start today against the Cubs … but it appears Peavy will begin the year on the disabled list.
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