Spring Training Game Fourteen: Cubs (3-9-1) vs. Padres (3-9-1)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00, 0.00) vs. Colin Rea (0-0, 0.00, 1.20)
The Cubs get back to work this afternoon at Sloan Park in the first of back-to-back games with the Padres as the Spring Training schedule nears the midway point. The Cubs open the regular season three weeks from tonight in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels.
Jake Arrieta takes the hill today for his second start of the spring. Arrieta was lights out five days ago and should complete at least three innings against the Padres.
The Cubs announced seven roster cuts without any surprises. Dan Vogelbach, Andury Acevedo and Eric Jokisch were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Non-roster invitees Duane Underwood Jr., Armando Rivero, Jack Leathersich and Jonathan Pettibone were re-assigned to minor league camp.
Shane Victorino was expected to return to the field today. Victorino was in the original lineup but was scratched due the calf strain that sidelined him last week. Victorino could be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call of this afternoon’s game on Cubs.com.
Today all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta takes the hill for the second time this spring. Arrieta is coming off quite the debut. The Cubs’ Opening Day starter and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner retired all six batters he faced with four strikeouts. Arrieta joked after his outing against the Indians he had more in the tank and likely would have walked the first batter in the third inning just to get some work in from the stretch.
Jake Arrieta should go at least three innings today as he prepares for Opening Night in Anaheim.
Colin Rea has been pretty good this spring in his own right. Rea pitched two innings of shutout ball against the Royals back on March 4. Five days later he kept the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard for three innings.
Rea has allowed four hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings in two starts this spring. The 25-year old right-hander will look to stay on his spring roll today against the Cubs.
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