The Cubs will play Team Japan at HoHoKam Park in an exhibition game Thursday. Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell, who helps put together the lineup, was a little confused. Teams are using the designated hitter in the World Baseball Classic. But Thursday’s game was being played in a National League park. Would they use the DH or not? When told to ask Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano what he wanted to do, Trammell smiled. Everyone knows Big Z wants to hit.
— Carrie Muskat