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Indians Vs. Cubs Preview: Jeff Samardzija Makes Key Start

The Chicago Cubs are hosting the Cleveland Indians at HoHoKam Park on Wednesday in a Cactus League match-up. The Cubs have actually struggled playing in their spring home park so far, but they're coming off a solid 7-4 road victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The game against Cleveland should be particularly important for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who continues to compete for a spot in Chicago's starting rotation. Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago that Samardzija's performance against Cleveland will factor into the team's decision, which could be decided tonight after team staff meets.

Here is today's lineup via the Cubs' official Twitter account:

  1. CF Tony Campana
  2. 2B Blake DeWitt
  3. SS Starlin Castro
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Ian Stewart
  6. C Geovany Soto
  7. 1B Bryan LaHair
  8. RF Joe Mather
  9. P Jeff Samardzija

Game Time: 3:05 p.m. CDT

Location: HoHoKam Park

Broadcast: MLB.com (audio)

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