Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rangers – 03/22/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Two: Cubs (8-12-1) vs. Rangers (SS) (5-12)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network (Delay) – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise

Matt Garza (1-2, 9.82/1.64) vs. Colby Lewis (0-1, 3.00/0.67)

Updated 1:01pm CDT Andy Sonnanstine outrighted to Triple-A Iowa and assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 39 players and the spring roster stands at 47.

The Cubs get back to work this afternoon and will square off against a Rangers team for the fourth time in six days. While the Cubs play Texas for the fourth and final time in the Cactus League, the other half of the Rangers’ roster will be in Goodyear taking on Dusty Baker’s Cincinnati Reds.

Comcast SportsNet will televise this afternoon’s game and the Cubs will be televised three times over the next four days. Today’s game is the first of two Comcast spring broadcasts and today’s game will also be shown, via a delay, on the MLB Network

Today’s exhibition game all begins with Matt Garza

Matt Garza makes his fourth start in the Cactus League this afternoon. Garza recovered from his poor outing against the Dodgers (four runs on three hits with two walks, a HBP and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings) with a solid start. Garza allowed a pair of runs on three hits over four innings to the Giants with a walk and three strikeouts.

For the spring, Garza has allowed eight runs on nine hits with three walks, five strikeouts and two hit batsmen in 7 1/3 innings.

Look for Matt Garza to go at least five today.

Alfonso Soriano is expected to hit third in Dale Sveum’s lineup this afternoon.

Colby Lewis makes his third spring start this afternoon. Lewis has had a decent spring and is coming off four innings of shutout ball against the White Sox in Glendale. Lewis has allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings … all of the runs, hits and walk came against Kansas City in his spring debut.

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