Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cubs beat the Angels 8-1; Sveum on the 25-man roster

The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Angels today, 8-1, to improve their Cactus League record to 15-16-2.

Prospect Chris Rusin threw 51/3 scoreless innings.  Shawn Camp pitched 1-2/3 scoreless innings, which helped his case for a spot in the bullpen.

The Cubs have until Wednesday to set their 25-man roster.  Currently there are eight relief pitchers in camp and only seven spots.  Manager Dale Sveum said, "I wouldn't say we're any closer, no [to a decision].  There are still performances to be done." 

Cubs manager Dale Sveum is still finalizing the 25-man roster (photo from Chicago Tribune)
The Cubs will play their last Cactus League games Monday and Tuesday and then head to Chicago for the home opener against the Washington Nationals.

Matt Garza pitched four innings in a Minor League game at Fitch Park in Mesa today, where he gave up two hits and struck out six, throwing 51 pitches.  After that, he threw some more in the bullpen.  Garza's next start will be on Saturday against the Nationals at Wrigley Field.

Tomorrow the Cubs will play the Arizona Diamondbacks at 3:10pm CST in Scottsdale, where right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson will start.  Only 4 days until Opening Day!

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