Baseball fans everywhere can start getting excited, as Opening Day is just around the corner. It's the final full week of Cactus League play for Dale Sveum as he and the Chicago Cubs get ready for the 2012 season.
Here's who the Cubbies will be taking on this week in the Cactus League:
Monday: split squad vs. Padres, 3:05 p.m. CDT, split squad at Diamondbacks, 3:10 p.m. CDT
Tuesday: at Reds, 3:10 p.m. CDT
Wednesday: vs. Indians, 3:05 p.m. CDT
Thursday: at Padres, 3:05 p.m. CDT
Friday: vs. Dodgers, 3:05 p.m. CDT
Saturday: vs. Angels, 3:05 p.m. CDT
The Cubs are set to open the regular season a week from Thursday on April 4, as they take on the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. Still, there's plenty to watch this week before then. Jeff Samardzija's next start will be worth watching, as he tries to make the successful transition to the starting rotation.