Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/25/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Angels (15-10)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com, MLB.com
  • Location – Cubs Park, Mesa

Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 11.12, 2.65) vs. Brandon Lyon (0-0, 2.70, 0.75)

Spring Training Thirty: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Padres (9-12)

  • Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com, MLB.com
  • Location – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria

C.J. Edwards (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Andrew Cashner (2-1, 2.84, 1.42)

The Cubs play their fifth and final split squad games today in what is a day-night doubleheader of sorts. The first Cubs’ squad starts their game against the Angels at Cubs Park at 3:05pm CDT while the other squad takes on the Padres under the lights in Peoria with a 9:05pm CDT start time. When the Cactus League schedule was released the Cubs had six split days but rain washed away the first on March 1.

Mike Olt gets another start at third base in the afternoon game while Javier Baez will be at shortstop for the night game with C.J. Edwards on the hill.

Recently re-signed Tsuyoshi Wada makes the start against the Angels two days after he asked for and was granted his release. Wada re-signed with the Cubs on Monday and the move kept the Cubs from paying a $100,000 retention bonus.

Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies have the call of the afternoon game on Comcast SportsNet. And Mick Gillispie switched the schedule and will call the night game on Cubs.com.

This afternoon starts with Tsuyoshi Wada and C.J. Edwards will get things started under the lights …

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Angels (15-10)

Tsuyoshi Wada has really struggled this spring in Cactus League games. And it was the right move to both release Wada and then re-sign him. Depending on what the Cubs decide to do with the fifth spot in the rotation, having Wada in the organization and at Triple-A Iowa to start the season gives the front office options while keeping other pitcher’s slotted in the system where they need to be. Wada has allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings with five walks and seven strikeouts in three games, one start.

This afternoon’s starting lineup against the Angels:

  • Junior Lake – CF
  • Luis Valbuena – 2B
  • Nate Schierholtz – RF
  • Mike Olt – 3B
  • Justin Ruggiano – LF
  • Dan Vogelbach – 1B
  • Darwin Barney – SS
  • Albert Almora – DH
  • Eli Whiteside – C

George Kottaras will be available off the bench with James Russell, Alberto Cabrera, Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Jose Veras in the pen.

The Angels are having Jered Weaver make his final start of the spring in a minor league game this afternoon. Mike Scioscia will use Tuesday as a bullpen day against the Cubs with veteran reliever Brandon Lyon throwing the first inning. Lyon is making his eighth appearance in the Cactus League after allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in his first seven games (6 2/3 innings).

Replay will be available at today’s game against the Angels.

Spring Training Thirty: Cubs (ss) (12-16) vs. Padres (9-12)

C.J. Edwards is making his first start in a big league Spring Training game tonight. Edwards reported to camp nearly a month ago to prepare for the season. It is unclear how long Edwards will pitch tonight. But with the minor league season starting next week as well, Edwards should go at least three innings tonight. Eric Jokisch is expected to follow Edwards tonight.

Rick Renteria is running out the following lineup for tonight’s game in Peoria:

  • Emilio Bonifacio – 2B
  • Ryan Kalish – RF
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1B
  • Ryan Sweeney – CF
  • Javier Baez – SS
  • John Baker – C
  • Ryan Roberts – 3B
  • Chris Coghlan – LF
  • C.J. Edwards – P

Eric Jokisch, Zac Rosscup, Wesley Wright and Blake Parker will be available out of the bullpen.

Andrew Cashner is making his last tune-up prior to Opening Day tonight. Cashner received the honor of being named the Padres Opening Day starter and he will face the Dodgers on Sunday night. Cashner was cruising through Spring Training until his last outing. Cashner had one of those outings that just about every starter has in the spring and he will look to bounce back tonight for more than one reason. In four Cactus League starts (12 2/3 innings), Cashner has allowed eight runs, four earned, on 17 hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

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