The Spring Cubs are losers of six straight, and they’ve got two chances to end that losing streak today. Half of the team stays in Mesa to take on the White Sox, and the other half stays out in Las Vegas to play the Rangers again.

Both games are at 3:05 CT, though rain is threatening to muck up that plan in Mesa. That game is supposed to be broadcast (audio) on Cubs.com as a freebie to everyone, so it would be a bummer to lose it. The Vegas game will be available on MLB.TV.

Chris Volstad starts for the Cubs against the Rangers, and he’s got a chance to cement himself into the rotation with another couple solid outings. Casey Coleman is scheduled to start for the Cubs against the White Sox, though he’s no longer a serious threat to win a rotation spot. Other pitchers expected to get some action today include Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, Lendy Castillo, and Andy Sonnanstine, among others.



Today’s lineup against the Rangers (which hints at Soriano/LaHair going 4/5, and thus Castro and someone else (Marlon Byrd?) going 2/3):

1. Reed Johnson, LF

2. Junior Lake, SS

3. Blake DeWitt, 2B

4. Alfonso Soriano, DH

5. Bryan LaHair, 1B

6. Joe Mather, 3B

7. Steve Clevenger, C

8. Dave Sappelt, RF

9. James Adduci, CF

Today’s lineup against the White Sox (Tony Campana finally draws a start):

1. David DeJesus, DH

2. Marlon Byrd, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

5. Geovany Soto, C

6. Jeff Baker, LF

7. Josh Vitters, 3B

8. Alfredo Amezaga, 2B

9. Tony Campana, RF


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