Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/31/12

Spring Training Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (14-16-1) vs. Angels (17-10)
Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Paul Maholm (1-1, 0.90/1.20) vs. Garrett Richards (3-1, 3.77/1.47)

The Cubs will spend their final Saturday of Spring Training in Mesa hosting the Los Angeles Angels in the first of a home and home with Albert Pujols’ new team. The Cubs make the short trip to Tempe on Sunday to complete their spring slate with the Angels.

Paul Maholm has put together a good spring. Prior to today’s start, he is the only pitcher in the Cubs’ Opening Day rotation that has not had a bad outing in Arizona this spring. Maholm has quietly been very good but he could face an excellent lineup this afternoon, depending on which players Mike Scioscia brings with him.

If Albert Pujols makes the short trip from Tempe, the Cubs will see him in a different uniform for the first time and Pujols will take the field at HoHoKam Park for the first time in his career.

This afternoon’s game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet … and Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland will call the game on 720 WGN.

Today’s exhibition game all starts with Paul Maholm

Paul Maholm makes his fourth and final start in the Cactus League this afternoon. Maholm has allowed four runs, one earned, on eight hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in 10 innings. Maholm is coming off an excellent outing against San Diego in which he struck out six over five-shutout innings. Maholm surrendered four hits and issued two free passes.

The Angels’ top pitching prospect has had a very good spring. Garrett Richards makes his fifth Cactus League start this afternoon after allowing eight runs, six earned, on 17 hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings.

News and Notes
With the demotion of Randy Wells to Triple-A, the Cubs have decided to let Chris Rusin spend the day with the big league team on Sunday. Rusin, instead of Randy Wells, will face Jered Weaver, Albert Pujols and the Angels Sunday afternoon in Tempe.

The Cubs have not made the news official, but it appears Frankie De La Cruz has cleared waivers, removed from the 40-man roster and reassigned to minor league camp. De La Cruz was thought to be competing for a spot in the pen after he was claimed off waivers from the Brewers on March 16.

The Cubs spring roster is officially at 31 players. Casey Coleman and Tony Campana have been told they will begin the season on the I-Cubs roster but the Cubs have not officially optioned them to the minors.

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