Spring Training Game Twenty-Two: Cubs (10-11) vs. Rangers (ss) (5-11)
- Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: MLB Network, MLB.TV – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise
Jason Hammel (1-0, 0.00, 1.67) vs. Alexi Ogando (1-2, 8.64, 1.92)
For the first time since Friday, the Cubs play only one exhibition game. The Cubs make the trip to Surprise to take on the Texas Rangers for the only time this spring. The Rangers also play the Brewers on Tuesday (3:05pm CDT) in Maryvale.
As the Cactus League schedule winds down, the Cubs play the next two nights and including tonight five of the Cubs final 13 exhibition games will be under the lights.
Javier Baez is expected in the starting lineup at second base and reportedly will stay with the big league team throughout the week before he is reassigned to minor league camp to prepare for the start of the season.
Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will have the call of tonight’s game on Cubs.com and the telecast can be seen on the MLB Network or on MLB.TV.
Tonight it all begins with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel makes his second Cactus League start tonight after pitching mostly in ‘B’ games or against minor leaguers this spring. Hammel last faced a big league team in a Spring Training game on March 8. Hammel and the Cubs beat the Reds 9-0. Hammel pitched three scoreless innings after getting over his butterflies. Hammel walked the bases loaded in the first inning but was able to wiggle his way out of the jam. Hammel surrendered two hits with three walks and four strikeouts that Saturday afternoon.
The Cubs are bringing several minor leaguers with them to Surprise tonight. Dan Vogelbach, Jacob Hannemann, Giuseppe Papaccio and Lance Rymel are on the travel roster.
Alexi Ogando has struggled this spring as the Rangers try to fill holes in their rotation. Ogando has allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 14 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in three starts (8 1/3 innings).
Prince Fielder is expected to be in the starting lineup against the Cubs tonight.
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