The Cubs will send RHP Ryan Dempster to the mound, sporting an impressive 1.80 ERA through his early spring training action. Dempster -- who has become the Cubs' workhorse starter -- had a rough season in 2011, sporting a 4.80 ERA and 3.91 FIP through 202.1 IP. The Cubs are hoping that Dempster's ERA can rebound in 2011 with a stronger defensive alignment that includes the likes of RF David DeJesus and 3B Ian Stewart.
Also looking to keep his hot streak going, LF Alfonso Soriano (4 HR, 1.941 OPS this spring) gets the start today in the No. 4 hole. Soriano leads the team and the majors in home runs this spring and has the best OPS among players with at least 10 at bats -- all after hitting only .244/.289/.469 in 2011.
Here's a look at Thursday's broadcast information and lineups:
Game Time: 3:05 PM CDT / 3:05 PM CDT (home/away)
Locations: HoHoKam Park (home) / Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (away)
Lineup (Diamondbacks game):
Lineup (Rockies game):
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