hohokam-park-signIt’s the Chicago Cubs’ home opener on the Spring – and it’s also the opener of their last season at HoHoKam Park. The Cubs host the World Champion Giants, who may leave behind some success dust for the Cubs.

Jeff Samardzija gets the start for the Cubs, and he’s got a lineup of many starters behind him (nice of the Cubs to rest them on the road yesterday so they could be in the lineup at home today – seriously). The lineup offers a little insight as to Dale Sveum’s early thinking on lineup construction – everything looks to be about where you’d expect it. If you assume a left-handed bat at third base in the 7-hole (which is how this lineup looks without the DH with with an Ian Stewart or a Luis Valbuena), it goes lefty, righty, lefty, righty, lefty, righty (if Castillo) or switch (if Navarro), lefty, righty, pitcher. Balance much?

You can catch the game via audio on Cubs.com, and you can chat about it here.

Today’s lineup:

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Brian Bogusevic, DH

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Christian Villanueva, 3B




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