Cubs open 39th consecutive spring training in Mesa with split-squad games

Less than four months after winning their first World Series title since 1908, the Chicago Cubs will open exhibition play Saturday with split-squad games against the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.This marks the 39th consecutive season the Cubs...

Cubs open 39th consecutive spring training in Mesa with split-squad games

Less than four months after winning their first World Series title since 1908, the Chicago Cubs will open exhibition play Saturday with split-squad games against the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.This marks the 39th consecutive season the Cubs...

25 February 2017 Saturday 11:03
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Cubs open 39th consecutive spring training in Mesa with split-squad games

Less than four months after winning their first World Series title since 1908, the Chicago Cubs will open exhibition play Saturday with split-squad games against the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

This marks the 39th consecutive season the Cubs will open spring training in Mesa, Ariz., the longest active streak in the Cactus League.

The Cubs will play the A's at Sloan Park, where a capacity crowd is expected. Jason Heyward will bat leadoff for the Cubs against Jesse Hahn.

At Scottsdale Stadium, Kyle Schwarber will return to left field against the Giants and Matt Cain.

Here are the lineups for the split-squad games:

At Mesa:

Oakland

Davis cf

Semien ss

Joyce rf

Canha lf

Vogt dh

Chapman 3b

Alonso 1b

Rosales 2b

Maxwell c

Hahn p

Cubs

Heyward rf

Bryant 3b

Rizzo 1b

Zobrist 2b

Russell ss

Contreras c

Jay cf

Szczur lf

Happ dh

Montgomery p

Cubs' lineup vs. Giants

Schwarber lf

Baez 2b

Candelario 3b

Montero c

Almora Jr. cf

Dominguez 1b

Andreoli rf

Kawasaki ss

Zagunis dh

Zastryzny p

Caption Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer on Pedro Strop's contract extension

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer discusses the contract extension of reliever Pedro Strop on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer discusses the contract extension of reliever Pedro Strop on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer on Pedro Strop's contract extension

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer discusses the contract extension of reliever Pedro Strop on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer discusses the contract extension of reliever Pedro Strop on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Joe Maddon on the Cubs' relay and bunt drills

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Jason Heyward's progress as well as the team's relay and bunt drills on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Jason Heyward's progress as well as the team's relay and bunt drills on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Pedro Strop on signing a 1-year extension with the Cubs

Relief pitcher Pedro Strop discusses his new one-year deal with the Cubs on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz.

Relief pitcher Pedro Strop discusses his new one-year deal with the Cubs on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz.

Caption Javier Baez on driving a Polaris three-wheeled sports car

Cubs infielder Javier Baez describes driving a Polaris three-wheeled sports car on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs infielder Javier Baez describes driving a Polaris three-wheeled sports car on Feb. 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Caption Anthony Rizzo takes infield practice

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo practices fielding during spring training on Feb. 23, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo practices fielding during spring training on Feb. 23, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

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