Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Pregame Notes: Game Against the Sox Rained Out

Update 2:10 CT: The Cubs VS Dodgers game also rained out. Most of the Cactus League games today were cancelled. The Cubs play @Oakland tomorrow at 2:05 CT.

It's bad news for those of us hoping to see the Cubs and White Sox play on WGN-TV today. The game between the Cubs and Sox has been cancelled due to rain in Glendale. Today was supposed to be a split squad, and as of right now the game against the Dodgers in Mesa is still on. says that there is a rain shower in Mesa right now with a temp of 57.

The Cubs and Dodgers will start at 2:05 PM CT, but it will not be on Chicago TV or radio. However, you can get the game in Mesa on Gameday Audio on if you have the package. Click here for the link. Tom Gorzelanny is the Cubs starting pitcher. He is competing with Samardzija, Silva, and Marshall for a spot in the starting rotation. Silva was hammered yesterday in a 15-3 loss at the hands of the White Sox. Carlos allowed 6 runs in his two innings of work. So far Marshall has taken the lead in the fifth starters' competition with his two scoreless frames in the Cactus League opener on Thursday against Oakland. Samardzija was scheduled to start the game in Glendale today that has been rained out.

Here is the starting lineup for the game against the Dodgers behind Gorzo:

Castro, SS
Kosuke, RF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Colvin, CF
Soriano, LF
Soto, DH
Hill, C
Fontenot, 2B

Just for fun, here's what would have been the starting 9 for the rained out game in Glendale:
Theriot, SS
Baker, 2B
Tracy, 3B
Millar, 1B
Hoffpauir, DH
Byrd, CF
Snyder, LF
Castillo, C
Jackson, RF

Guys that will pitch against the Dodgers today:
Thomas Diamond, Mike Parisi, Esmalin Caridad, Jay Jackson, and Brian Schlitter.

Guys that were scheduled to pitch against the Sox:
Mathes, Gaub, Stevens, and Parker

Hopefully they get the game in Mesa in. The Cubs will already are a little behind with getting guys work in because of the rain out in Glendale.

Other Cubs Notes:

  • Short stop Andres Blanco suffered a sprain of his right knee during a play at second base in yesterday's game. Blanco says that it's nothing too serious, and he expects to be at 100% in about two weeks. He will sit out Spring games for the next 10-14 days.
  • Starlin Castro will still start the year at AAA Iowa according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • Angel Guzman is considering whether or not to have surgery on his shoulder.
  • Xavier Nady has been held back once again. The Cubs feel he has plenty of time to get ready for the season, so he will not be used as a DH until later in the week. They will be careful with Nady because he missed most of last year because of Tommy John surgery.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted on whether or not the game against the Dodgers will be played!

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