Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/15/13

Spring Training Game Twenty: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. White Sox (8-7-2)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN-TV (White Sox) – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale

Scott Feldman (0-1, 9.00/2.14) vs. Gavin Floyd (0-1, 10.80/2.40)

Spring Training Game Twenty-One: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. Team Japan

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

Travis Wood (3-0, 3.00/0.92) vs. TBA (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs’ long weekend of games begins this afternoon with the first of three straight split squad games. The Cubs play six games in four cities over the next three days. After facing the White Sox and Team Japan today, half of the Cubs roster will take off for Las Vegas for games on Saturday and Sunday at Cashman Field against the Texas Rangers. The other half of the roster will remain in the valley to face the Royals on Saturday at HoHoKam Park and the Athletics on Sunday in Phoenix.

Three of the six games will be televised on WGN-TV. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies make their debut on Saturday and will call Scott Baker’s first game of the spring on Sunday. This afternoon’s game between the Cubs and Sox features the White Sox broadcast team.

Pat Hughes also makes his spring debut this weekend. Pat and Keith Moreland will call the action in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The Sox had their way with the Cubs last Thursday at HoHoKam, maybe the Cubs can repay the favor in Glendale this afternoon. The Cubs and Sox will not face one another after today until the end of May (May 27 – May 30).

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call today’s game against the Sox on Cubs.com. The game between the Cubs and Team Japan will have limited coverage.

This afternoon is begins with Scott Feldman and Travis Wood

Spring Training Game Twenty: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. White Sox (8-7-4)

Scott Feldman is coming off a solid start against the Padres. Feldman rebounded nicely from his previous outing against the Rockies and allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Feldman did not walk a batter in his three innings of work, but did hit one. Feldman needs to build on his last outing this afternoon against the White Sox.

Feldman makes his fourth Cactus League start today. In his previous three, Feldman has allowed seven runs on 12 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Dale Sveum is expected to send out the following lineup against the White Sox:

  • Valbuena – 3B
  • Barney – 2B
  • Castro – SS
  • Schierholtz – RF
  • Hairston – DH
  • Navarro – C
  • Bogusevic – LF
  • McDonald – CF
  • Nelson – 1B

Edwin Maysonet, Tim Saunders, Elliot Soto, John Andreoli, Ty Wright, Chad Noble, Steve Clevenger and Johermyn Chavez are also on the travel roster for Friday.

Gavin Floyd is making just his second appearance in the Cactus League this afternoon. The Sox held their projected starting rotation back until March 1, and Floyd will make his second start today.

Floyd allowed four runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in his first Cactus League outing.

Spring Training Game Twenty-One: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. Team Japan

It has been night and day so far in the Cactus League for Travis Wood. Wood has been as good this spring as he was bad a year ago. Wood has thrown strikes, found a rhythm early in his appearances and thrown the ball with confidence … and he’s provided some offense as well.

Wood took over for Feldman last Sunday at HoHoKam Park and picked up the spring win against the Padres. Wood not only started the rally in the sixth inning with a single but he tossed four innings of shutout ball against the Padres’ travel squad. The three walks he issued might have hurt him against a better lineup but he bailed himself out of trouble by striking out six batters.

Travis Wood makes his second start this afternoon and fifth appearance. Wood has allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 innings … and he will have his hands full against Team Japan.

Team Japan had not announced a starting pitcher as of this writing. The two-time defending WBC Champions beat the Giants in Scottsdale on Thursday.

This afternoon’s game between the Cubs and Team Japan is viewed as a practice game for the WBC, but is on the Cubs’ Cactus League schedule. Team Japan leaves for San Francisco and the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic following this afternoon’s exhibition at HoHoKam Park.

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