Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rangers – 03/19/13

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (11-14) vs. Rangers (11-11)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Chris Rusin (2-0, 0.69/0.69) vs. Alexi Ogando (1-1, 3.48/1.74)

Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 13 Days

The Cubs and Rangers square off for the fourth and final time in the Cactus League this afternoon. The Rangers won the first game back on March 6 in Surprise and the two teams recently split the weekend series in Las Vegas. The Cubs and Rangers square off at Wrigley Field in the third week of the season (April 16 – April 18).

Dale Sveum is expected to run out his Opening Day lineup this afternoon, with the exception of Jeff Samardzija. Beginning today, Sveum’s everyday lineup will be playing deeper into games. And the games will be managed like regular season games, with substitutions and relievers used in the roles they will likely be in on Opening Day.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call today’s action on Cubs.com.

This afternoon all begins with Chris Rusin

Chris Rusin is coming off an excellent outing against the Dodgers. After issuing a leadoff walk to Mark Ellis on four pitches, Rusin settled down and dominated a majority of Don Mattingly’s everyday lineup. Rusin tossed five innings of shutout ball and allowed just two baserunners in his second start of the spring.

Chris Rusin makes his third start in the Cactus League this afternoon. In his first four appearances, two starts, Rusin has allowed one run on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts over 13 innings.

Chris Rusin has put himself in the mix to break camp in the Cubs’ pen … and if he keeps pitching the way he has, could he force Dale Sveum to change his mind on which five pitchers will begin the season in the rotation?

Today’s lineup:

  • DeJesus – CF
  • Castro – SS
  • Rizzo – 1B
  • Soriano – LF
  • Schierholtz – RF
  • Castillo – C
  • Valbuena – 3B
  • Barney – 2B
  • Navarro – DH

Alexi Ogando makes his third start and fifth appearance in the Cactus League this afternoon. Ogando has allowed six runs, four earned, on nine hits with nine strikeouts and 10 walks over 10 1/3 innings.

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