3/19 Looking ahead to Thursday …

After an off day Wednesday, the Cubs will play their final split squad games on Thursday. Half of the team will go to Tucson to face the Dodgers at Kino Stadium in a fundraiser for the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation. Green was one of six people killed in a shooting Jan. 8, 2011, in Tucson at an event to benefit Gabrielle Giffords. Green was 9 years old at the time. She is the granddaughter of former Cubs executive Dallas Green. In Peoria, Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs’ Opening Day starter, will start against the Mariners Thursday night. Here are the lineups:

Cubs vs. Dodgers, Tucson
Barney 2B
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Hairston LF
Sappelt CF
Castillo C
Lillibridge 3B
Bogusevic RF
Feldman P

Cubs vs. Mariners, Peoria
DeJesus CF
Valbuena 3B
Schierholtz RF
Soriano LF
Navarro C
Baez SS
Nelson 1B
Gonzalez 2B
Samardzija P

– Carrie Muskat

7 Comments

Christina Taylor Green Memorial Foundation – I hope alot of money is raised in her memory. May Dallas Green know that a prayer is being said for his precious grand-daughter.

I see that Baez is listed to play on Thursday – I thought he had been sent down to the minors or is he still playing in Spring Training? I’m confused.

He was sent to minor league camp, but players from minor league camp can come up to play in a split squad game, which is why you’ll see guys like Albert Almora and Dan Vogelbach on the Cubs stat sheet this spring. Neither one was in major league camp, but the Cubs gave them a few major league spring training at bats in split squad action, probably to give them a little experience at a higher level.

Thank you Doug. You “unconfused” me. LOL

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Giffords were at the game tomorrow in honor of Christina. May God bless them all.

Are we not going to be able to hear the game in Tucson today? I didn’t see any radio station listed.

I remember talking to Dallas Green in 1984, he was very accommodating and a stand up guy. What a tragedy to befall him and his family. No doubt as White put it…our prayers are non-stop.
God bless Christina and her family, forever…

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