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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  • Neil

    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.

    • Theboardrider

      After striking out the side why did Dae-Eun go straigt down?   Couldn’t he have gotten a longer look in camp?  

      I guess if it’s because they strictly want him starting and need to stretch him out I can understand, but after that performance I would have let him build more confidence in camp before going down…

      • Neil

        It was the right move, Rhee needs to get more innings and be stretched out. Think what happened to Coleman last year.

        • Theboardrider

          True.  When do you think he may crack the roster?   I loved his stuff yesterday…

          • Neil

            Maybe end of 2013. If he stays healthy, they will have to add him to the 40-man next off-season. Rhee has very good stuff and could be a backend starter in the big leagues.

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Johnson – LF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soto – C
    Stewart – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Campana – CF
    Dempster – P

    Aramis Ramirez is hitting fourth for the Brewers against the
    Cubs today.

    Ryan Dempster becomes the first Cubs’ pitcher to hit this

  • Tom U

    I read in a report that pitcher Ty’Relle Harris is in minor league camp. He suffered career threatening injuries after being the victim of a hit-and-run automobile accident last season. Here’s hope that he can put that behind him, as he was performing well before the incident.

  • The Maven

    As I recall, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Silva’s “discussion” was about who took the last piece of Boston Cream Pie.

  • Neil

    Sveum said Soriano will be bat either 3-4-5 in lineup this season & DeJesus will be leadoff man

    • Tony_Hall

      So much for not trusting DeJesus to bat lead-off…

      • cubtex

        I was waiting for you to come crawling out. He will start at leadoff………let’s see if he finishes there. My bet is no

        • Tony_Hall

          Come crawling out…that’s a little uncalled for

          • cubtex

            No offense meant…sorry if u took it that way. My apologies. Seriously…DeJesus is a leadoff hitter by default this year. Hopefully BJax will take over that spot by June.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree, but he’s not as bad as you think.   By the end of the year, he may very well be not hitting lead-off (BJAX?) and may not even be the starter, but the 4th OF.  But if that is the case, it mean our young guys have progressed well.

            Cubs WIN!!

          • cubtex

            Starting pitching looking good so far! I hope Shark makes the rotation and Lendy Castillo maybe taking Sharks spot in relief. Castillo looks like he is worth keeping on team

          • Tony_Hall

            NP on the comment, but wasn’t it you that made a lot out of Soriano batting lead-off…it’s just spring training, means nothing.

            Even though Sveum said Soriano 3-4-5, he has basically said Castro will be 3rd and Lahair 4th

            Here where that leaves it and the choices that are left.

            1 DeJesus
            2 ?? Stewart or Barney
            3 Castro
            4 Lahair
            5 Soriano
            6 Byrd or Stewart
            7 Soto or Stewart
            8 Barney or Soto

          • cubtex

            I don’t get Stewart in the #2 hole? He strikes out way too much for that spot. I just hate the fact that we have to suffer with another team with zero speed! I do not like a leadoff hitter who can’t steal bases and that is why I am not thrilled with DeJesus hitting there….and is why I am sure Sveum was not adamant about him hitting there until now. There is no one else(except Castro) and he is too valuable to waste him there.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree. I don’t like Stewart 2nd (but I think he is someone they might go with) and I would really go with Barney (assuming Castro is 3rd).   There are not many players that fit into the lineups spots, so most everyone will be in the wrong spot.

              But can’t wait to see much better guys at the top of lineup, hopefully even this year.

          • cubtex


  • Theboardrider

    Narveson looks good.  Best case scenario for Travis Wood to be similar?

    • Neil

       Narveson took a while to figure it out at the big league level. When Wood made his debut many thought he could end up as a middle of the rotation starter. I would not say best case for Wood to end up like Narveson but that would be a good career.

  • Neil

    Dempster just “greeted” Aramis

  • Neil

    Ryan Dempster threw his first pitch to Aramis
    Ramirez over his head, then Ramirez hit into a 6-4-3 DP to end inning (2-2

  • Neil

    I am glad Len and Bob are talking about the base running drills. The coaching staff is really working hard with the players this spring on them.

  • Neil

    Good throw by Soto to nail Schafer at second to end the inning.

  • Neil

    Sveum did not like the call on the 2-2 pitch to Weeks, said he’s about ready to start arguing with the umps and joked about a replay.

  • Neil

    Castro with his first homer of the spring … 

  • Neil

    Excellent pitch by James Russell to catch Ramirez looking (3-2 pitch).

    • paulcatanese

      Aram looks like he has trimmed down a bit, it’s that first impression for the Brewers, I’m sure.

  • Neil

    Nice play by DeJesus …

  • Neil

    Cubs beat Brewers 6-1 Saturday afternoon.

    Ryan Dempster: 0R, 2H, 2BB, 0K, 3IP; James Russell: 0R, 0H, 1K, 1IP; Starlin Castro: 1-for-3, HR; Ian Stewart: 2-for-3, R; Darwin Barney: 1-for-3, 3B, RBI