Spring Training Game Thirty: Cubs (13-16) vs. Rangers (11-16)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: ESPN 2 – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise
Andrew Cashner (1-1, 3.97/1.59) vs. C.J. Wilson (1-1, 4.50/1.57)
Updated 1:03pm CDT – Andrew Cashner was named the Cubs fifth starter Saturday. Carlos Silva was told he would not break camp with the team. Jim Hendry said he will try to trade Silva but asked for him to go to the minors to be insurance for the club. If Silva does not accept the assignment and chooses to be released, the Cubs owe Silva the full $11.5 million of his 2011 salary.
Marcos Mateo will break camp on the Cubs roster. The Cubs optioned Jeff Stevens and Casey Coleman to Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs will spend their last Saturday in Arizona in Surprise facing the C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers. The first pitch of the Cubs 2011 Season is just six days away. Today is an important start for Andrew Cashner against a very good offensive team in the Texas Rangers … Andrew Cashner will make his third and final start of the spring. Cashner has allowed five runs on 11 hits with seven walks and six strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings (four games, two starts).
Cashner has the ability to be a solid starter in the majors but he must throw more strikes in order to be a successful starter.
The Cubs will face the Rangers’ Opening Day starter, lefty C.J. Wilson. Wilson is coming off an excellent season and will make his fifth start of the spring this afternoon. Wilson has allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 18 hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings.
With Cliff Lee in Philly, the Rangers season figures to way heavily on the left arm of C.J. Wilson. If he can repeat his 2010 campaign, the Rangers could be in the mix for their second straight AL West crown.
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