Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rangers – 03/26/11

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 CDTAndrew 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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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s starting lineup … after a wild morning in Cubs Camp:

    Johnson – LF
    Barney – SS
    Byrd – CF
    Soto – C
    Pena – 1B
    Marquez Smith – 3B
    Fukudome – RF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Cashner – P

  • BosephHeyden

    Hendry needed to wait until AFTER he moved Silva to announce he wasn’t going to start. Now, what little value he did have is gone. It’s like how the Yankees moved Sergio Mitre: sure, the Yankees knew he wasn’t getting a rotation spot, but Cashman didn’t feel the need to announce to the press he wasn’t going to start: he moved him, and the actions spoke for themselves.

    Now? It looks like someone will be getting Silva for the League minimum after he clears waivers.

  • cubtex

    As I have mentioned before, even though the Cubs are eating Silva’s contract…they are replacing Silva for Mateo for only an additional $400,000 in salary. So, instead of wasting a roster spot on Silva where he would have been a pain in the ass in the clubhouse and a non factor….you are adding a kid who is hungry to stay in the majors and will help them more in the bullpen than Silva would have for relatively the same cost. They will also have much more flexibility to bring up others such as Maine,Stevens and others during the season.

  • The Maven

    Adiós, el culo gordo

    • Ripsnorter1

      I won’t translate this.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    During the pre-game show on 720, Quade confirmed Wells will pitch in the Intrasquad game Wednesday and Cashner will stay behind in AZ to pitch in a minor league game Thursday … both days keep Wells and Cashner on regular rest.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Keith Moreland reported Welington Castillo has a hurt finger and Max Ramirez went for a MRI on sore left wrist

    • paulcatanese

      Wow does that solidify Hill or what?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good first inning by the Cubs. Wonder if Q would take the run off the board if the same situation happens in the regular season. Worked out today …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGORJ2WKW52BJJMQD7HY7RPZZM RyanC

    Anyone hear Aaron Boone totally butcher Geovany Soto’s name on ESPN 2? Pathetic. Geonny Saatoh lol

    • Larry

      I heard it. It was bad. What made it worse is that during pre-game they had all been talking about Geo’s improvement, so you can’t say it was an unfamiliar name to him.

      • paulcatanese

        Larry did you notice the last AB for Soto? He ran that pop up out at full speed,didnt look too slow either,impressive.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very long first inning … 33 minutes.

    Cashner roughed up, allowed five runs, committed an error and served up a homer to Mitch Moreland. Threw 28 pitches, 25 for strikes. Struggled with his location.

  • coutz34

    does anbody know who is going to the mound after cashner?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGORJ2WKW52BJJMQD7HY7RPZZM RyanC

      I think Woody is supposed to get some work

      • coutz34

        thanks ryan

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Sorry, game notes were not updated today. Kerry is in the dugout and made the trip. I would think Marmol is on the list as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Better inning for Cashner, still having trouble with location

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marquez Smith with a solid double … I like that kid.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Glad to hear you admit it. I like him too.

    • paulcatanese

      Absolutly, and a very quick bat.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent third inning for Cashner. Very good changeup, struck out Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz swinging.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice breaking ball to get Torrealba swinging

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Andrew Cashner retired the Rangers in order in the fourth on 10 pitches, nine for strikes. Really settled down after a bad start. Mixing in breaking ball and changeup very well, much improved location.

  • cubtex

    Cashner has really looked good the last couple of innings! It seemed that he was too juiced up when he started the game and threw way too many fastballs!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Cashner was having problems with his follow through. Everything was sailing on him early. He showed a lot over the last two innings. Location was much better and he hit his spots. Soto barely had to move … excellent sign. Cashner threw 21 pitches, 18 for strikes, in the fourth and fifth … retiring all six batters he faced.

      • cubtex

        Agreed Neil!

  • cubtex

    Chris Davis has looked awful!!! 3 at bats and I don’t think he has come within a foot of the ball on any swing… 3 K’s.

    • paulcatanese

      I agree,but what about Pena,he has failed to impress e at all. Seems as though he tries very hard to pull everything and rarely offers on anything on the outer half of the plate. Gives e the impresion that he tries to hit everything out of the park.

      • cubtex

        Paul, I was not comparing Davis with Pena….I am just stating that what I witnessed from Davis today was someone with a lot of holes in his swing and I am not too disappointed that the Cubs did not aquire him this offseason. Pena is a one year fix….Davis is a young player who they would have wanted to fill the first base position long term. Not impressed!

        • paulcatanese

          Ok,OK,Ok.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice catch by Reed …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs pitching looked good today … Cashner showed a lot after a horrible start

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Rangers 6-5 Saturday afternoon. Andrew Cashner picked up the win. Cashner’s line: 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, BB, 5 Ks in 5 IP. Retired last six batters he faced. Soto: 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI-Johnson: 1-for-4, SF, R, RBI-Marlon Byrd with go ahead RBI on a triple in the fourth