Cactus Notes: Spring slate kicks off with the A’s

MESA, Ariz.–The A’s are in town to help the Cubs kick off their Cactus League season this afternoon at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. The Cubs will be throwing right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, a veteran of 10 major league seasons. The Cubs acquired Lopez from Atlanta on May 26 last year, and he went 6-6 with a 4.42 ERA in 26 games (16 starts).

The A’s will counter with right-hander Brandon McCarthy, one of their few rotation holdovers from 2011. McCarthy, who began his career with the White Sox, went 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 25 starts for Oakland last year.

The Cubs enter the season with 15 new players on the 40-man roster and a great deal of inexperience. Of the 39 players currently on the 40-man roster, 24 have three or fewer years of service time in the majors. The Cubs and A’s will meet four times this spring, including a day game tomorrow in Mesa.

Although today’s game will not be televised, it will be carried on cubs.com. Play-by-play man Len Kasper will join Mick Gillespie, radio broadcaster for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the 19 spring radio broadcasts on cubs.com.

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