Spring Training Game Fifteen: Cubs (3-10-1) vs. Padres (4-9-1)
- Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: MLB.TV – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
Clayton Richard (0-0, 0.00, 0.33) vs. Tyson Ross (0-1, 3.60, 1.20)
The Cubs hit the road for the next two days. And the first stop is the Peoria Sports Complex for the second of back-to-back games with the San Diego Padres. While the names on the front of the jerseys will be the same, Joe Maddon and Andy Green figure to field completely different teams than the ones that squared off Monday at Sloan Park.
Clayton Richard gets the ball today for his first start in the Cactus League. Richard is subbing for Jon Lester this afternoon. Lester will get his work in at the Cubs’ complex in a controlled environment and as far away from Peoria as possible.
The Cubs will get their first look of the year at Tyson Ross. Andy Green has already announced Ross will start on Opening Day against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.
Tyson Ross is one of the starting pitchers the Cubs have been linked to rather heavily over the last year and a half. Ross figures to be a hot commodity leading up to the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline if the Padres struggle in the first half as many have predicted.
Today’s game can be seen on MLB.TV via the Padres telecast. Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call on Cubs.com. Beginning today, games will be carried on MLB.TV, MLB Network, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV and/or ESPN for the next four days.
This afternoon all starts with Clayton Richard …
Clayton Richard makes his first start and third appearance in the Cactus League today. Richard allowed one batter to reach his last time out against the Royals. Richard faced the minimum after two innings. Richard picked off the batter he hit and put on base.
In two games, three innings, Richard has allowed one hit and hit a batter while striking out six with no walks.
Richard faces his former team in a park he knows rather well this afternoon.
Tyson Ross makes his third start of the spring today. Ross will be on the hill Opening Day for the Padres, where he ends the season is still in question. Ross was very good against the Rockies on March 5. Ross allowed one hit over two innings with a walk and a strikeout. Against the Indians his last time out, Ross gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in three innings.
Ross has given up two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings in the Cactus League. Today is his first start in his home park.
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