Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (13-14-1) vs. Indians (6-12)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 6.43/1.14) vs. Josh Tomlin (0-2, 8.47/1.94)
While the 2012 regular season officially kicked off this morning with the first game of the year between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s in Tokyo, counting today the Cubs still have seven more game on their Cactus League schedule. Dale Sveum’s team opens the 2012 season in eight days at Wrigley Field against the Washington Nationals.
The Cubs just played the Indians last Sunday and wrap up their spring slate with Cleveland this afternoon.
Today’s exhibition game all starts with Jeff Samardzija …
In four games, three starts, Samardzija has allowed 10 runs on 16 hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings. The Rockies scored seven of those 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings. The best thing that can be said about Samardzija’s last start is that he did not walk a batter.
With Dale Sveum holding off the announcement that Samardzija has made the Opening Day rotation, another outing like the one against the Rockies could give Randy Wells another shot at a spot on the starting staff.
Randy Wells on the schedule for Wednesday and is slated to start Sunday’s game against the Angels in Tempe.
Tony Campana (CF), Blake DeWitt (2B), Starlin Castro (SS), Alfonso Soriano (LF), Ian Stewart (3B), Geovany Soto (C), Bryan LaHair (1B), Joe Mather (RF) and Samardzija is expected to be Dale Sveum’s starting lineup against the Indians this afternoon.
Josh Tomlin makes his fourth start and sixth appearance in the Cactus League this afternoon. Tomin is coming off a decent outing against the Angels in which he allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings.
This spring, Tomlin has allowed 19 runs, 16 earned, on 32 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in 17 innings of work.
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