In deference to Blez's ongoing three-part interview of Billy Beane, the Game Threads for the next three days will be located in the Fan Posts section.
Today, the A's host the team from the Chicago that they didn't play yesterday. On the mound for the A's will be one of the one or two guys virtually assured of a rotation spot come Opening Day, and that is Dana Eveland. Eveland is nobody's idea of an ace, but we all better get used to him in that number one spot in the rotation as it's becoming more and more obvious that he'll be the Opening Night starter.
One guy that will not be joining Eveland in that first week's starting rotation is Vin Mazzaro, who has been reassigned to minor league camp...which is A's-speak for "not ready for the big leagues just yet". Cahill and Anderson remain with the team though, despite the latest round of cuts that also saw Henry Rodriguez, Andrew Carignan and Matt Carson follow Mazzaro back to AAA.
In somewhat pleasant injury news, Eric Chavez is set to play 3rd base for the first time this spring in a minor league game tomorrow but will not hit in the game. Duke will throw a 20-pitch, then sit, then another 20-pitch bullpen session today and could possibly appear in a minor game leage Thursday if everything goes well! And to top of the relative-rosy bit of news, Brad Zeigler is expected back with the team today after his stint with the U.S. WBC team! Welcome back Ziggy!
Ryan Dempster will go for the Cubs today.
Davis - CF
Garciappara - 3B
Giambi - 1B
Holliday - DH
Cust - RF
Cunningham - LF
Wimberly - SS