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Mike Quade posted lineups for the Cubs’ first three Cactus League games and listed both the starters and the backups. So, Tyler Colvin will backup Kosuke Fukudome on Sunday in right, Darwin Barney backup Starlin Castro at short, Fernando Perez will follow Marlon Byrd in center and Josh Vitters replace Aramis Ramirez at third. Bryan LaHair will follow Carlos Pena at first, Brett Jackson replace Alfonso Soriano in left, and Jeff Baker take over at second for Blake DeWitt. The starters are expected to get two at-bats or play minimum of five innings.
Here’s the starting lineup for Monday’s game vs. the Brewers:
3B Marquez Smith
And for Tuesday’s game at Scottsdale vs. the Giants:
The only glitch to Quade’s organization is that he needs to check the calendar. Fukudome pointed out the date for the third game was listed as Feb. 29. There is no leap year.
“What is it — an Olympic year?” Fukudome asked Quade.
Some things are just lost in translation.
— Carrie Muskat