Apr 5, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (26) forces out Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Philles vs. Chicago Cubs: Lineup, Game Notes, Broadcast Information, Live Stream

The Chicago Cubs take the field on Sunday looking to salvage at least one game from their home-opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Cubs were shutout by the Phillies on Saturday in a 2-0 loss. The Cubs left 10 runners on base in their game on Saturday and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Starting Pitchers 

  • Carlos Villanueva will be making his first start of the season for the Cubs on Sunday. Despite this being his first start, Villanueva has already made two relief appearances for the Cubs this season. Villaneuva was the losing pitcher in both of the Cubs’ extra-inning losses against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Veteran right-handed starting pitcher A.J. Burnett will be taking the mound for the Phillies. Burnett allowed 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings of work against the Texas Rangers.

Cubs Starting Lineup

  1. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B
  2. Ryan Kalish, LF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Nate Schierholtz, RF
  5. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  6. Starlin Castro, SS
  7. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  8. John Baker, C
  9. Villanueva, SP

Game Notes 

  • Cubs fans on twitter are upset over the fact that Junior Lake and Mike Olt are not in the lineup. While there is something to be said about young players needing to play everyday, I actually don’t find anything wrong with Cubs manager Rick Renteria‘s Sunday lineup. The idea of having five straight left-handed hitters at the top of the order should prove beneficial against the right-handed Burnett.
  • Renteria is also looking forward to seeing Castro hitting in the sixth spot. Castro had three hits on Saturday and Renteria is hoping that the shortstop will have run-producing opportunities.

Broadcast Information 

Start Time: 1:20 p.m. 

Television: WGN

Radio: WGN Radio 720 AM

Live Stream: MLB.TV

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