Pregame Notes: Cubs, Diamondbacks do battle in Mesa


Feb 19, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria (16) looks on during a workout at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs (0-0) open Cactus League play today against a split-squad Arizona Diamondbacks (1-0) club, beginning the Rick Renteria era at new Cubs Park in Mesa.

First pitch is slated for 2:05 p.m. CT this afternoon. Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Chicago in his spring debut and will be opposed by the newest member of the Arizona rotation, longtime veteran righty Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 0.00 ERA).

You can listen to the game via an exclusive webcast at and it will also be broadcast on television on WGN – the Cubs longtime TV home.

Here are the club’s starting lineups:

First, for the visiting Diamondbacks:

The Cubs will counter as follows:

We will have a full recap of today’s game – as well as the entire Spring Training and regular season slate – up at