Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rangers – 03/06/13

Spring Training Game Thirteen: Cubs (5-7) vs. Rangers (3-7-2)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise

Hisanori Takahashi (0-0, 2.25/1.00) vs. Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60/1.20)

The Cubs make the ‘long’ trip from Mesa to Surprise today for the first time this spring to take on the Rangers. The Cubs and Rangers square off three more times in the Cactus League after today. The two teams play a pair of split squad games in Las Vegas on March 16 and March 17 at Cashman Field in the Annual Big League Weekend … and the Cubs host Texas on March 19.

Hisanori Takahashi gets the ball at the start of the game this afternoon. The Cubs are looking to stretch out Takahashi to possibly use him as a long-man, as well as a second lefty out of the pen when the season begins. Jeff Samardzija will stay on schedule and pitch in a minor league game today.

With Takahashi starting the exhibition game, this afternoon figures to be a bullpen day for the Cubs.

Junior Lake and Javier Baez are expected to be in the starting lineup … Lake in centerfield and Baez at shortstop.

The Cubs’ offense has not been able to string together any hits of late, and it will not get any easier with lefty Robbie Ross on the hill for the Rangers. Ross is battling for the fifth spot in the Rangers rotation.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call the action on Cubs.com.

This afternoon it all starts with Hisanori Takahashi

Hisanori Takahashi makes his fourth appearance of the spring this afternoon. Takahashi has been more than serviceable over his first three games. In four innings, Takahashi has allowed one runs on three hits with a walk and one strikeout. Takahashi knows how to pitch, and appears to have the inside track to break camp on the 25-man roster.

Robbie Ross makes his first start and third appearance of the spring this afternoon. Ross has allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and one strikeout over five innings of work. Ross was very good out of the pen last year. Ross was 6-0 in 58 appearances with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP … and the Rangers feel their second round pick in the 2008 draft can make the transition from the pen to the rotation.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Hairston – RF
    McDonald – LF
    Sappelt – DH
    Navarro – C
    Baez – SS
    Lake – 3B
    Clevenger – 1B

    The B-Team lineup from earlier was:

    Szczur – LF
    Watkins – 2B
    Baez – SS
    Clevenger – C
    Lake – CF
    Lopez – 1B
    Villanueva – 3B
    Chavez – RF
    Gonzalez – DH

    • 07GreyDigger

      I see it was earlier. I was kind of confused that Baez was to play SS in both games.

      • paulcatanese

        Why not? Banks was always wanting to play two. :)

        • Dorasaga

          A historian found out that it’s a hot day, and they played 2 All-Star games back then. Ernie probably wanted to go over it quick in one day. I know, I know, legend busted is no fun. :-p

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Samardzija threw 66 pitches over 4 IP in B game. Gave up 6 H, 5 R, include 3 R HR

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney was scratched, nothing wrong according to Len Kasper. Here is the updated lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Sappelt – DH
    Hairston – RF
    McDonald – LF
    Baez – SS
    Navarro – C
    Lake – 3B
    Maysonet – 2B
    Clevenger – 1B

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Scott Hairston just went yard …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a triple into right center

  • paulcatanese

    Agree with the Shark, 10:00 AM is the middle of the night,
    probably didn’t even have time for his Wheaties.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bogusevic with another hit

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 3-2 to Rangers on Wednesday in the Cactus
    League. #Cubs: 3R on 7H, 1-10 RISP, 6 LOB, 9K, 2BB

    Cubs on Wednesday – Takahashi: 3R, 5H, 2BB, 4K in 3IP; Bowden: 0R,1H in 2IP; Bogusevic: 1-3, 2B, RBI; Hairston: 1-3, HR; Lake: 2-3, 3B

  • Dorasaga

    A few, quick and nasty updates on Cubbies across the Ocean Pacificana:

    Yao-lin Wang (Chinese Taipei):
    Shelled by the Dutchmen as a starting pitcher. Couldn’t finish his second inning (1.1 IP). REALLY? A reliever his last few months, and never a full-time starter in the minor, and the Taiwanese coaches wanted him to start every game?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_03_03_nedint_tpeint_1

    This is his second game. His first “official” start this year was against Cuba in an exhibition game, Feb.17; 3IP, 6hits (1 HR) allowed, 2 ER, 5 K, and 1 walk.

    • Dorasaga

      Ryan Searle (Australia):
      He pitched Ok. Started a game against the powerful Korea. (Those K-veterans got some talent, but were cold throughout this tourney.) The boxscore shows no good, but he showed zips now and then. No command, balls flying all over the plate.

      Ryan Rowland-Smith (Australia):

      I can’t fathom this one.