Spring Training Game Twenty: Cubs (5-13-1) vs. Royals (10-12)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV, MLB Network – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Jon Lester (0-0, 13.50, 3.50) vs. Ian Kennedy (0-0, 4.00, 1.67)
The Cubs return to Sloan Park for a Sunday afternoon practice game against the Kansas City Royals.
The Cubs and Royals square off for the third and last time this spring. The defending champs are 2-0 versus Joe Maddon’s spring team.
Jon Lester takes the hill today for his second start in the Cactus League. Based on his first outing, Maddon should have a better defensive team behind him this afternoon with David Ross behind the plate.
Pat Hughes makes his spring debut with Ron Coomer on 670 The Score. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies have the moving pictures on WGN-TV. There are only two games remaining in the Valley that will not be televised in some capacity.
Monday is the Cubs lone off day on the Cactus League schedule. John Lackey will stay on his five-day routine and pitch in a minor league game. With MLB’s Opening Day two weeks away and the Cubs starting their season two weeks from Monday, counting this afternoon’s practice there are only 13 exhibition games remaining on the Cubs’ spring slate.
Today all starts with Jon Lester …
Jon Lester returns to Cactus League action this afternoon. Lester got his work in five days ago in a ‘B-Game’ and made progress with his throwing issues to bases. The Royals will run on Lester today once they get on base which will be good practice for him and David Ross.
Lester had a rough time in Peoria in his only start this spring in the Cactus League. Lester was charged with six runs, three earned, on seven hits. Lester completed two innings and did not walk a batter while striking out three. Lester made 50 pitches, 38 for strikes.
Jon Lester completed five innings during the ‘B-Game’ and should go that long today in front of the home crowd at Sloan Park.
The Royals surprised the baseball world with the signing of RHP Ian Kennedy this past winter. The Royals surrendered a draft pick and gave him a five-year, $70 million contract.
Kennedy has a ton of talent but has never put it all together for an entire season in the majors. The Royals are banking on him doing so in powder blue.
Kennedy makes his fourth Cactus League start this afternoon. Kennedy has been touched up for at least one run in each of his first three starts. The Reds scored two runs on seven hits on Kennedy in four innings five days ago.
In three starts, nine innings, Ian Kennedy has given up four runs on 13 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
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