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Cubs lineup: Garza takes the hill

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Cubs lineup: Garza takes the hill

The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last nine games, and will look to extend that streak when they face off against the Atlanta Braves tonight at Turner Field.
The Cubs have won the first two games of the series, and will send right-hander Matt Garza to the hill. Garza has struggled on the road lately, going 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his last six starts away from Wrigley Field.
The Braves will counter with Mike Minor, who has struggled mightily this season. The left-hander is 4-6 with a 6.20 ERA this season, and has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three outings.
Chicago Cubs
1. Dejesus (CF)2. Castro (SS)3. Rizzo (1B)4. Soriano (LF)5. LaHair (RF)6. Soto (C)7. Barney (2B)8. Valbuena (3B)9. Garza (P)

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

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Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.

One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:

Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.

The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.