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It’s another split squad day for the Chicago Cubs, who host the Texas Rangers, and simultaneously head out to take on the Oakland Athletics. Rodrigo Lopez gets the start against the A’s, while Ryan Dempster starts against the Rangers. Are the Cubs ever not playing one of the A’s or Rangers?

Both games today are at 3:05 CT. The Cubs/Rangers’ tilt will be a freebie on Cubs.com (audio), and the Cubs/A’s can be heard via MLB Gameday Audio. The dual Game Thread for the games lives here at the Message Board.

The Cubs made one roster move today, cutting pitcher Chris Rusin, who’ll likely start at AAA Iowa this year. The move leaves the Spring roster at 48.

Today’s lineups feature all of the regulars except Alfonso Soriano.

Against the Rangers:

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Marlon Byrd, CF

3. Starlin Castro, SS

4. Jeff Baker, 2B

5. Geovany Soto, C

6. Blake DeWitt, 3B

7. Reed Johnson, LF

8. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

9. Ryan Dempster, P

Against the A’s:

1. Tony Campana, LF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Ian Stewart, 3B

4. Joe Mather, DH

5. Bryan LaHair, 1B

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Dave Sappelt, RF

8. Brett Jackson, CF

9. Alfredo Amezaga, SS

  • colocubfan

    Is Oakland playing their AAA team as well???

    Just curious, who manages the 2nd team?

  • Brady

    Just make sure not to put Rusin on the mound today. We saw how well that went last time we did that to a pitcher, ha ha.

  • Eric

    Castro triples. :)

  • die hard

    The Campana/Barney combo at the top could be exciting….hope Sveum gives it a chance

    • npnovak

      exciting for the opposing team’s starting pitcher?

  • Kevin

    Cubs need to buy their way out of the Comcast contract prior to 2019 and receive a tv contract similar to the Angels, $3 Billion over 20 years and build a state of the art stadium at Arlington Park. Staying at Wrigley is the wrong choice.

  • rocky8263

    Where at Arlington Park? Do you see enought land there to support a ballpark and parking? The racetracks not going anywhere.Where do these ideas come from?

  • Kevin

    A horse race track is nothing compared to a new home for the Cubs. It would give Arlington Heights a much bigger draw than the race track. The cubs can play the same amount of night games as other teams and maximize tv revenues. Great location with train station and major highways within miles. Wrigley Field is beautiful but that’s where it stops.

    • Hawkeyegrad

      I’m guessing the Ricketts did no spend crazy money for a Wrigleyville McDonalds because they are thinking about moving the team to the burbs.

    • Bric

      And North Siders sounds so much cooler than Northwest burbers.

    • Frank

      Churchill Downs owns Arlington Park–not Arlington Heights.

  • Dustin S

    The odds of the Ricketts building a new stadium at Arlington Park are about the same as him buying Woodfield Mall and doing it there. Not gonna happen. Also, horse racing has actually been having a bit of a resurgence lately and Arlington is doing fine.

    I have to admit though it does get your gears turning thinking about a new Cubs stadium when you go to one of the newer stadiums like Miller Park. But Ricketts has said he’s keeping them in the current Wrigley many times, and he’s pretty financially committed to the stay and renovate Wrigley plan at this point. I don’t see that changing unless he sells the team.

  • Kevin

    Playing day baseball was good back 50-60 years ago. HELLO, this is 2012 and the Cubs need the same number of home night games as other clubs. Wrigley Field is beautiful and it’s fun to watch a game at a ballpark that is the most sacred in all of baseball. That being said the Cubs are being held hostage by lawmakers and the unfriendly Wrigleyvlle residents who oppose more night baseball. I clearly see only 2 realistic options; 1) get approval for more night games then totally rebuild Wrigley Field or 2) move to a different location in a state or the art stadium. Chicago and Illinois politics works against the Cubs ….. We can’t anticipate city or state funding to rebuild. Reinsdorf already sucked those coffers dry. Let’s look for long term solutions so we get what we need now.

    • DocWimsey

      No, no, it’s all about will-power. After all, the 1908 Cubs won the WS while playing all day games. Never once did they whine about other teams playing night games. It was GUTS, DESIRE, HEART and all of those other words you put under bad pictures of flying eagles!

      (Oh, and the lucky charm that the Czar sent over….)

      • Matt3

        what night games in 1908?

  • Kevin

    Night games bring in more revenues period. Think about the tv contracts the Cubs can negotiate after WGN & Comcast contracts expire.

  • Kevin

    The Cubs can not be held hostage any longer by angry wrigleyville residents not allowing more night games or by politicians needing to approve simple changes to Wrigley Field.

  • Kevin

    Cardinals new stadium – wins 2 World Series in first 6 years. What do we have to loose?

    • Jim L

      Cardinals: competent management plus having that Pooholes guy didn’t hurt.

  • Kevin

    We are no longer in 1908, this is 2012, let’s get with the times.

  • Kevin

    People defend Wrigley like its been nice to the Cubs. No World Series Wins since 1908, none at Wrigley Field. If the Yankees with all their rich history can move why can’t the cubs seek out a new stadium? It appears to me that we have more Wrigley fans than true Cubs fans.

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