February 12, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws during spring training camp at Finch Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Vs. Chicago Cubs: Spring Training (2/24/2013)

After an impressive exhibition debut against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, the Chicago Cubs will host the San Francisco Giants at HoHoKam Park on Sunday. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija will make his Cactus League debut on Sunday as he begins his efforts to secure the nomination to be the team’s opening day starting pitcher.

Chicago Cubs Starting Lineup 

  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Starlin Castro, SS
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  6. Dioner Navarro, C
  7. Brian Bogusevic, DH
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Christian Villanueva, 3B

Pre-Game Notes 

  • The Chicago Cubs lineup on Sunday closely resembles the starting lineup that Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum may pencil in on opening day.The exceptions of course being at the catcher and third base positions. Welington Castillo will be the team’s starting catcher to begin the season, but Navarro will likely serve as his backup. Villanueva is one of the players the Cubs acquired from the Texas Rangers in the Ryan Dempster trade last season, but the third baseman still needs some seasoning in the Minor Leagues before being ready for the Major Leagues.
  • 2013 will likely be an important season for Cubs’ pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija, who is interested in signing a long-term contract with the Cubs, will begin his efforts on Sunday to earn the declaration as the Cubs’ opening day starting pitcher. With Matt Garza being setback by one week, it would appear that Samardzija has an inside track at being the Cubs’ opening day starting pitcher.
  • Nate Schierholtz will also be a player to watch for the Cubs this season. Schierholtz’s baseball career has been disappointing after once being considered a top prospect in the Giant’s farm system. However, the Cubs’ are confident that increased playing time for Schierholtzs will result in a better production level. Though, with Brett Jackson doing everything in his power to not only make the Cubs’ roster but be a starting outfielder, one may wonder how secure Schierholtz’s starting spot is with the team.

Tags: Chicago Cubs Jeff Samardzija Nate Schierholtz San Francisco Giants

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