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maryvale baseball parkThe Cubs play their second game of the day – the first, a so-called “B” game, which means it’s a fake fake game, is underway right now against the Giants, and featuring many youngsters (I’ll have notes from that one in the Miscellany piece later today) – against the Brewers in Maryville this afternoon.

Eric Jokisch will get the start, and although the lefty is slated for AAA to start the 2014 season, it’s not inconceivable that he could see time at the back of the rotation at some point this year.

This game is available on MLB.tv, and will be shown on MLB Network starting at 4pm CT (I assume it’ll be a delay, as opposed to picking things up live). It’ll also be carried on WGN Radio.

The lineup features Javier Baez back in there at short, and Junior Lake once again in center. We’re also seeing a whole lot of Chris Coghlan early, and near the top of the lineup consistently, too. He’s among the top candidates for the final outfield job (particularly if Emilio Bonifacio is going to be making the team as a super utility player), so it makes sense that he’s getting a lot of time.

Lineup:

  1. Chris Coghlan, LF
  2. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  3. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  4. Junior Lake, CF
  5. Javier Baez, SS
  6. Aaron Cunningham, DH
  7. John Baker, C
  8. Chris Valaika, 1B
  9. Darnell McDonald, RF
  • willis

    We had a winter storm (odd) through the night and most offices are closed around here. So I’m home for the day. Seeing that this is on MLB Network at 4 is so awesome. Now if I can stay away from twitter for those two hours.

  • cubbiekoolaid2015

    The game is also on channel 669 and 669-1 on Directv.

    • ssckelley

      Channel 444 if you have Dishnetwork.

    • cooter

      Thank you for that.

  • ssckelley

    Jeez, I wish they would have used this lineup in the first game.

    Wake me up when Lake and Baez are due up.

  • Javier Bryant

    I’ll probably watch some of it on MLB network even though there isn’t much to watch for other then Baez and Lake

  • kridertr

    On the lineup card. Vizcaino is scheduled to pitch. So we have that to look forward too

  • willis

    And I’m very much looking forward to Jokisch going up against a big league club. I have always been a fan of his. Hopefully he shows well today.

  • jp3

    Any word on how the early game went except for the Bryant double?

    • willis

      Cubs up 5-4 in the 9th. Lim came in to finish it and it has turned into a mess (not surprisingly with him). 2 out.

      If you are on twitter, search bleed cubbie blue and he’s been tweeting play by play today.

      • willis

        Make that 5-5. Ugh.

      • jp3

        Thanks Willis, I’ll give him a look

    • jp3

      Alcantara and almora also played in the early game too, any Idea how they faired?

      • willis

        I have to go back through the tweets but off the top of my head they both had hits. Bryant and Soler were just up in the bottom of the 9th and Bryant K’d, Soler grounded out. Game over. 5-5 tie. Thanks Lim.

        • http://bleachernation.com woody

          I know that Almora and Bryant both had two hits apiece that I know of.

      • JB88

        IIRC Almora had two singles and an RBI, Alcantara had a double, reached base on an error, and maybe had another single (?).

        Star of the game was Szczur who had two or three hits, including a triple off the wall, a SB, and a couple RBIs.

  • Corey C

    Hey Brett, are you planning on doing a post about who makes the roster out of Spring Training? I wasn’t around here this time last year, so I don’t know if you did that last year o not. A post about who makes the pro team and where all the prospects go would be great, I think.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I will write up the roster and all of the minor league rosters, yes, if that’s what you mean. It’s an ongoing thing, though, as you’ll see – cuts start happening in about a week, and roll through the end of ST.

  • CubChymyst

    Does anyone know if there are free games to view during spring training on MLB.tv? You’d think they offer a couple free previews during spring training to try and get some new subscribers. Even if it is not a cubs game, be nice to watch a game while I work in my office.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Lim is trying to give the game away. Came in with two run lead and now it’s tied.

    • willis

      Of course he is. He’s terrible.

      • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

        Don’t say that to CubFanPaul

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Game over a tie. Well at least it wasn’t a loss.

  • ssckelley

    They just mentioned on the Brewers broadcast that they are doing a test run on the replay rule.

  • cubbiekoolaid2015

    Baez shows ++ range with a great over the shoulder catch. Who says this kid can’t defend?!

    • http://waittilnextyear.net NateCorbitt

      Yeah, anyone who has qualms about his defense needs to watch that play.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        One play does not make a player great. And I’m not against his ability to play SS but one great play does not answer any questions.

        • DarthHater

          I remember watching a televised AFL game last fall. Bryant made a super diving stop at third and great throw to first for the out. Commentators made same kind of remarks about not sayin he can’t defend. In the next inning, he watched a routine grounder dribble between his legs into left field… :-P

    • Jon

      People that look at errors as the single and final analysis when judging defense.

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      Who has said this? The discussion is normally if he will be an improvement over Castro’s defense and I don’t think he would Castro has amazing range.

      • DarthHater

        Yea, but Baez doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’ll chase butterflies around the infield… ;-)

    • Jon

      Baez also made a crazy up the field play to save Joker’s no hitter last year. This isn’t based off one play. By all accounts he has great range.

    • ssckelley

      Wait a minute, you mean that guy who just crushed a high fastball over the right center field fence also plays shortstop?

  • ssckelley

    Baez just made a Castro like catch on a fly ball to shallow left field.

  • Corey C

    Baez just ran down a popop all the way into basically left shallow foul. Good play basket catch.

    http://www.vipboxus.co/baseball/211021/2/chicago-cubs-vs-milwaukee-brewers-live-stream-online.html

    Stream ^

  • ssckelley

    Baez with a BOMB!

    • ssckelley

      OH MY GAWD! That swing is sweet!

      • http://waittilnextyear.net NateCorbitt

        It looked like he didn’t even get a hold of it, too. It looked like it came off the end of the bat, but there was so much force behind the swing that it just carried.

        • ssckelley

          It did, I went back and watched it in slow motion and he did not hit the ball on the sweet part of the bat. The ball was high in the strike zone and he friggin crushed it.

  • cubbiekoolaid2015

    BababaBOOM BAEZ!!

  • http://waittilnextyear.net NateCorbitt

    And Baez CRUSHES one off the end of the bat. It looked like he barely got a hold of it.

  • Corey C

    Baez just crushed one to deep right center on the first pitch.

  • JB88

    Between Baez’s catch and bomb, I’m super, duper glad that I have the game on MLB set to tape at 4 …

    • DarthHater

      God, I love remote DVR programming…

      • JB88

        No joke. I literally saw Brett’s mention of the game being played on MLB TV, turned on my phone, opened the Comcast AP and taped the game all within about 30 seconds. Call or text the wife? Pfffttt. Who needs such outdated means of taping something last minute?

  • D-Rock

    It’s gonna be torture waiting for Baez and Bryant to get promoted to the big league club…

    • JB88

      At this rate, though, it won’t be very long until Baez makes his debut, at least.

    • ssckelley

      Can we fast forward this season?

  • Jon

    That opposite field power of his reminds me of Sosa back in the day.

    • JB88

      The question, though, is pre or post juice … :)

      • Jon

        Sosa, post juice, which is even scarier.

  • Jason P

    From the early game:
    Alcantara: 1-5, 2B, also reached on error
    Almora: 2-4, 2 1B (RBI)
    Olt: 0-2, 2 BB — replaced by Vogelbach: 0-1
    Bryant: 2-5, 1B, 2B (RBI)
    Soler: 0-4, HBP
    Vitters: 0-3, HBP
    Szczur: 2-3, bunt 1B, 3B, sac fly (RBI), SB

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