Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 03/10/12

Spring Training Game Seven: Cubs (3-3) vs. Brewers (SS) (3-2-1)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN
Location – Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix

Ryan Dempster (0-0, 4.50/1.00) vs. Chris Narveson (0-0, 0.00/0.00)

Updated: 11:18am CST – The Cubs reduced their spring roster Saturday morning by assigning right-handed pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee and catcher Micah Gibbs to minor league camp. The Cubs spring roster now stands at 57 players, 39 on the big league roster and 18 non-roster invitees.

Today’s exhibition game might have a little more spice than most. Dale Sveum will manage against his former organization of the first time and a long-time Cub could be in the starting lineup.

The Cubs will face a Brewers split squad team in their Spring Training home while the other half of Milwaukee’s roster will make the short trip to Scottsdale to take on the Giants. As of late Friday it was unknown if Aramis Ramirez will stay behind and face the Cubs or travel to take on the Giants.

Aramis Ramirez signed with the Brewers in the off-season and has not held back when asked about the end of his Cubs’ career. Then there are the comments made by Bob Brenly that should make the time prior to the game a little more interesting … that is if Aramis Ramirez does not make the trip to Scottsdale to face the Giants.

The last time the Cubs played the Brewers in Maryvale, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Silva exchanged “words” in the Cubs’ dugout and some feel that is when the Cubs’ former manager lost his team … but that was then and the Cubs appear to be focused on baseball and no longer on the daily dramas.

Geovany Soto is expected to make his spring debut this afternoon.

The game will be televised on WGN with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly and on WGN Radio with Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland calling the game.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster will make his second start of the spring this afternoon. Dempster pitched two innings against the A’s last Monday and had a decent first Cactus League outing. Dempster gave up one run on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks in two innings of work. Dempster should go at least three innings today against the Brewers.

Dempster had a lot of success against the Brewers in his career prior to last season … and will face them in a game that counts during the second series of the season at Wrigley.

Chris Narveson will also make his second start of the spring. Narveson was perfect in his outing last Monday against the Giants. Narveson threw two innings without allowing a run, a hit or a walk.

The Cubs have struggled against Narveson in recent years … but maybe Dale Sveum has a couple of tips on how to hit Narveson for his new team.

News and Notes

The Cubs made the first round of roster cuts Friday. Marco Carrillo, Trey McNutt, Jae-Hoon Ha and Jonathan Mota were assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs’ spring training roster officially sits at 59 players (39 on the 40-man roster and 20 non-roster invites).

Randy Wells is enjoying the competition this spring and told the Tribune that he is real tight with Travis Wood, Chris Volstad and Jeff Samardzija.

Alfonso Soriano’s new plate approach is paying off … and Dale Sveum described Soriano’s bat as a “big ‘ol log.”

Jason Jaramillo started hitting Friday. It was the first time Jaramillo had been able to hit since he was sidelined with soreness in both legs.

Paul Maholm will make his spring debut Monday against the Reds at HoHoKam Park.

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