Spring Training Game Thirty-Four: Cubs (14-18-1) vs. Diamondbacks (12-12-3)
- Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN
- Location – Chase Field, Phoenix
Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.26, 1.97) vs. Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 3.00, 1.33)
The exhibition season ends today for the Chicago Cubs. Following this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Cubs will get on a plane and make their way to Pittsburgh. A workout at PNC Park is scheduled for Sunday with the 2014 season set to start on Monday.
The regulars should get at least one at bat today before Rick Renteria empties his bench and lets the minor leaguers that are with them for the day see what it is like to play in a big league stadium. The roof is expected to be opened today.
Starlin Castro is scheduled to make his first appearance in a big league game in nearly a month, and he is expected to play all nine innings. The goal for the players should be to avoid injury while getting their last bit of work in.
Dave Eanet will join Ron Coomer in the booth to call the game on 720 WGN while Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will have the moving pictures on Comcast SportsNet.
The final Spring Training game of 2014 all begins with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel is coming off a not-so-good spring start against the Athletics. Hammel fought with his mechanics and command while pitching a lot worse than his final line indicates. Oakland had runners on base throughout his outing. Hammel allowed two runs on eight hits with three walks, a hit batsman and two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
After allowing six runs on 17 hits with eight walks and eight strikeouts in three Cactus League starts (12 2/3 innings), Hammel could use an efficient, clean outing in his last appearance before his performance counts.
The usually reliable Bronson Arroyo has dealt with back issues all spring and will make only his second Cactus League start this afternoon. Arroyo faced the Cubs at Cubs Park back on Feb. 27, the first game of the spring, and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in three innings.
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