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The Cubs take on a split squad Padres club today in Mesa, and I’ll be there to watch with my father-in-law. Better still, you can watch the game, too – it’s going to be on WGN (and WGN Radio). It’s a 3:05 CT start, and Travis Wood is scheduled to start in what could be his last Spring appearance with the big club. Randy Wells is supposed to follow Wood, in what might be his last chance to impress and win a rotation spot.

Chris Volstad, for what it’s worth, will be starting in a Minor League game today. Query whether the Cubs have already seen what they need to see from Volstad, want to see Wood one last time, and want to see Wells come out of a bullpen in a long-relief-type outing. It’s plausible.

For the televised game, we’ll get a Game Thread going at the Message Board (where you can recount my numerous television appearances, and question whether I really need that third hot dog).

The lineup is Castro-less (about which, bummer – I guess he’s getting the day off for his birthday):

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Marlon Byrd, CF

3. Blake DeWitt, 2B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, 3B

6. Darwin Barney, SS

7. Joe Mather, 1B

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Travis Wood, P

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