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Cubs Interesting Spring Games

By bullpenbrian at 02.17.2012 2 comments.

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The Cubs open its spring schedule on March 4 against Oakland, and it’s the first of several exhibition games of interest.

Yoenis Cespedes, one of the most highly coveted free agents this winter, will presumably make his first start in a big league uniform with the A’s.

Five days later the Cubs face the cross town rival White Sox, with perhaps, our first chance to see ‘The Fuk’ suited up with the South Siders?

San Diego is the opponent on March 24th, which could lead to a showdown of former-Cub Andrew Cashner facing former-Padre Anthony Rizzo.

And then there’s the return of Phat Albert in back-to-back games against the Angels on March 31st and April 1st–three days before Opening Day.

What a pleasure knowing the Cubs won’t face Pujols again this season, baring a World Series meeting in October. (ha!)

However, Dale Sveum choosing to pitch to Pujols with the game on the line is yet to be determined. Unfortunately we know if Mike Quade could, he would. (sigh).

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  1. Really looking forward to seeing what Rizzo can do.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Right. And you’re not alone with that anticipation.
      Although, it’s tough telling when Rizzo might make his appearance from Triple-A Iowa, which is where he’ll certainly start baring a spring training injury to either Jeff Baker or starting 1B Bryan LaHair. If LaHair struggles early, however, Rizzo could be called up as earl as mid May. But if all is well at 1B…we might not see Rizzo until after the All Star break, maybe later? Right now it’s a wait and see game. But I’m definitely with you, can’t wait to see what this kid could do for the big club!

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