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Rockies face tough Cubs lineup in spring training game

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Follow the Rockies and Cubs spring training game.

The Rockies travel to Mesa today and will face the Cubs at 1:05 at Sloan Park. While Nolan Arenado is away playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, they can’t field a full-strength lineup. Pat Valaika will get the start at third base today. He’s having a good spring and should be competitive for a utility infielder spot in the regular season.

With David Dahl out, the Rockies have to fill in using their outfield depth. It looks like they think Mark Reynolds could be a part of that group of outfielders, as the veteran is getting the start in left field. Reynolds has played 57 regular season innings in the outfield, 36 of them coming in left. Tyler Chatwood gets the start for the Rockies.

Chatwood will face a difficult Cubs’ lineup. It’ll be a nice spring challenge for the right-hander. Jon Lester gets the start for the Cubs. Nick Groke tweeted earlier that Eddie Butler is slated to pitch today as well.

There’s no television today. You can listen on KOA or on GameDay via MLB.com’s Media Center.