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




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