Spring Training Game Eight: Cubs (ss) (4-3) vs. Brewers (3-5)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: MLB.com (Brewers feed)
Location – Maryvale Baseball Park, Maryvale
Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00/1.50) vs. Doug Davis (0-0, -.–/-.–)
It is split-squad day for the Chicago Cubs. Half of the roster will face the White Sox on Friday night but the other half will play the Brewers for the second time in less than a week.
The Brewers beat the Cubs on Tuesday 5-3 after Joe Inglett hit a two-run homer off of Blake Parker in the top of the ninth. Randy Wells and James Russell had solid outings and Derrek Lee hit his second longball of the spring in the loss.
Jeff Samardzija will make his first start of the spring this afternoon. The Brewers figure to run out their A-team lineup in their home park … so today should be a good test for ‘The Shark‘. Samardzija did not allow a run in his two innings of work against the A’s on Monday (one hit, a walk and hit a batter). The Cubs will see an old familiar face this afternoon in Doug Davis. The veteran southpaw has dominated the Cubs in his career. Davis is the definition of a crafty lefty.
Today will be Davis’ first outing of the spring. He was scheduled to face the Reds last Sunday but rain in the area washed out all but one of the games in the Cactus League.
Lou Piniella will be without the services of Micah Hoffpauir, Kevin Millar, Ryan Theriot, Geovany Soto, Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome and Xavier Nady for the next two days … these players are among the Cubs that will play the White Sox in Las Vegas
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