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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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Andy Sonnanstine was 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.

    • cubtex

      Finally! So now Corpas and Sonnanstine are off the 40 man. It was extremely baffling on  why they were added added in the first place.

      • John_CC

         Finally! Something for cubtex to agree with!  That spot on the 40 man was soooo important and that it was completely wasted for soooo long just proves the fact that Hoyer is a complete fool!

        Am I right?  Is the level of hyperbole high enough?

        • cubtex

          Keep walking around with blinders on not caring what the front office does wrong or right! Am I right? Do you ever question anything? Keep drinking the Kool-Aid! Cubs will win it all in 2012! Cubs whoo Cubs whoo Cubs whoo!

          • Carmelo

            Spots 20-25 on the ML roster, and 35-40 on the 40 man will be fluid all year–

          • cubtex

            agreed.

          • BosephHeyden

             Yeah, it isn’t like there’s a player on the Cubs’ current roster right now that necessitates a 40 man roster spot.  Jackson has Marlon Byrd blocking him in center, so, when he is ready, he’ll simply take Byrd’s roster spot.  Outside of him, Sczur’s on the 40 man, Junior Lake is on it, and both catching prospects (Castillo and Clevenger) are there, too.  The only type of player that the Cubs will be able to get to fill that spot is an Andy Sonnanstine/Manny Corpas type of player.

          • John_CC

            Seems like a simple enough point, right?  But now you will attacked for being a blind follower, a cool aid drinking goat who never questions anything.

          • cubtex

            horses wear blinders…not goats…at least get it right :)

          • Scott

            Most of the people that attack other people on here for wearing blinders (or simply not being negative 110% of the time) don’t use any common sense anyway.  So it doesn’t matter if he said goats, horses or ligers.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I agree, Cubtex. But it is still possible for Corpas to make the team.

        • cubtex

          only if a trade is made. he will probably be on the club at some point this year though. the bullpen will be brutal this year.

        • BosephHeyden

           You guys do realize that spot is going to Blake DeWitt, right?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Barney – SS
    DeWitt – 2B
    Soriano – LF
    LaHair – 1B
    Soto – C
    Stewart – 3B
    Mather – CF
    Clevenger – DH
    Sappelt – RF

    Garza – P (not hitting)
     

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Darwin Barney with his first walk of the spring in the top of the third

    • BrutalTruth

      look at that..change is happening…i knew it!  damn this kool-aid sure is tasty ;)

    • cubtex

      Since it is a day of firsts…..is it too much to ask for our #4 hitter to hit his first home run of the spring as well?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a very rough fourth inning in the field. Was charged with two errors and should have fielded a ball that would have been an inning ending DP. Barney is at short today.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a RBI double, drove in Sappelt in the fifth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with his fifth of the spring, two-run shot to left off Lewis

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Matt Garza’s final line against the #Rangers
    (3/22): 3R, 0ER, 2H, 3BB, 3K in 5IP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Mateo left in the 6th after a 1-1 pitch to Martinez. Mateo was pointing at his right forearm. No word yet.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play from Ian Stewart to end the sixth. Dove toward the line and threw out Gentry from his knees.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson with a two-run HR off Koji Uehara
    in the 7th. Cubs fourth HR of the game (Soriano, Mather, Stewart
    & Jackson)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Mateo went back to Mesa to be evaluated. They were looking at his right elbow when he came out of game. No official word

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Rangers 11-4 Thursday afternoon

    Matt Garza: 3R, 0ER, 2H, 3BB, 3K in 5IP; Alfonso Soriano: 2R HR; Ian Stewart: 2-for-3, HR, 2R; Joe Mather: 3-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI;  Brett Jackson: 2R HR

    • Anonymous47701

      Is it just me or is Alfonso Soriano having one heck of a Spring this year?

      • paulcatanese

        He is, but as I have said earlier, take him out, let him rest. Dont let him to use it all up now. He is a very fragile guy.

  • Jg852

    anyone know who cubs number 82 is?  they signed my baseball today in AZ?