Spring Training Game 1: A's @ Cubs

Rodrigo Lopez gets the first Cactus League start today at 2:05 pm. Starters generally pitch a couple innings their first start and then build up after that. You can click here to get Gameday. I wish I could write something about how important it is to get off to a good start, but I can't. Not only is it mostly irrelevant how teams or players perform in spring training, but this team is going to suck so it's even less relevant. It's not like going 22-9 in spring training means a damn thing. They're still going to lose more than 90 next year and potentially as many as 100.

Cubs Lineup

  1. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  2. Ian Stewart, 3B
  3. Starlin Castro, SS
  4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, CF
  6. David DeJesus, RF
  7. Jeff Baker, DH
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Welington Castillo, C
  • Pitcher: Rodrigo Lopez, RHP

A's Lineup

  1. Coco Crisp, CF
  2. Cliff Pennington, SS
  3. Josh Reddick, RF
  4. Chris Carter, DH
  5. Brandon Allen, 1B
  6. Kurt Suzuki, C
  7. Eric Sogard, 2B
  8. Collin Cowgill, LF
  9. Wes Timmons, 3B