Raley scheduled to make start with regulars

(Photo by Stephen Green)

Left-handed starter Brooks Raley got a taste of what life in the big leagues was like in 2012. The 24-year-old struggled in five games down the stretch for the Cubs, going 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA. But 2013 brings a new window of opportunity, as well as another chance to crack the major league roster. With a much deeper rotation in place, his most likely role this season is as a swingman.

Raley will make his spring debut Wednesday against the Dodgers at HoHoKam Stadium, and many of the Cubs regulars will be manning the field behind him.

Newcomer Nate Schierholtz brings some World Series experience to the Cubs after spending most of the last six seasons with the Giants (though he finished 2012 with Philadelphia). The outfielder, who is starting in right field Wednesday, hit .257 with six home runs in 114 games last season. Journeyman Scott Hairston is playing center field. He hit .263 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 134 games last season for the Mets before the Cubs signed him to an offseason deal.

Newcomer (and former South Sider) Brent Lillibridge is starting at short, with Starlin Castro playing DH.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 CST. Cubs fans can listen to the free webcast exclusively on Cubs.com. The Dodgers will be sending righty Aaron Harang to the mound. Here is the full batting order:

3B Valbuena
DH Castro
1B Rizzo
LF Soriano
RF Schierholtz
CF Hairston
C Castillo
2B Barney
SS Lillibridge

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