Spring Training Game Thirty-One: Cubs (14-15-1) vs. Dodgers (SS) (12-11)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Ryan Dempster (1-1, 3.68/1.43) vs. Fernando Nieve (0-0, 3.24/0.96)
Ryan Dempster makes his final start of the spring this afternoon against a Dodgers’ slit squad team. Dempster will look to rebound from his horrible outing in minor league camp five days ago.
The Cubs will face a rejuvenated Dodgers team this afternoon. Even with it being just a Spring Training game there is a ton of buzz around the team since it was announced that Magic Johnson and Stan Kasten’s group won the bid and will pay more than $2 billion dollars for the Dodgers. The other half of Don Mattingley’s roster will host the Brewers in Glendale this afternoon.
On the final Friday in the Cactus League, today’s exhibition game begins with Ryan Dempster … Ryan Dempster has put together a decent spring in the Cactus League, it’s his last start in a minor league game that caused an uproar. Dempster has allowed six runs on 16 hits with five walks and eight strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings. Dempster must limit his walks when the games actually count. Since joining the Cubs’ rotation in 2008, when Dempster keeps his strikeout to walk ratio at a 3:1 clip he is successful.
Ryan Dempster makes his fifth and final start in the Cactus League this afternoon.
Rafael Dolis, Lendy Castillo, Frankie De La Cruz and Manny Corpas are also scheduled to pitch today.
Fernando Nieve has appeared in five Cactus League games for Don Mattingly and this afternoon will be the first time he started a game. Nieve has allowed three runs on eight hits without a walk to go along with six strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings.
News and Notes
The Cubs released Jason Jaramillo last Sunday and according to multiple reports he signed a minor league contract with the Brewers. The veteran catcher could begin the season at the Double-A level.
According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs looked into re-acquiring Tom Gorzelanny from the Nationals.
The Cubs are looking for a left-handed reliever to add to James Russell … and teams have inquired about Marlon Byrd. Stay tuned, there is a reason Tony Campana was not optioned to Triple-A Iowa after Joe Mather was told he will make the Opening Day roster.
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