Thursday's lineup: Cactus League opener

February, 27, 2014
Feb 27
10:23
AM CT
MESA, Ariz. -- The first of 34 games for the Chicago Cubs in 29 days begins at 2 p.m. CT Thursday when they kick off Cactus League play at their new spring park against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jeff Samardzija will be on the mound for the Cubs with Bronson Arroyo pitching for the Diamondbacks. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith are set to throw the first pitches in front of what is expected to be a sellout crowd at the new stadium that accompanies the Cubs' practice facilities which were built in 15 months at a cost of $99 million.

Here's the first lineup of the spring:

1. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B
2. Luis Valbuena, 3B
3. Starlin Castro, SS
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Junior Lake, CF
6. Welington Castillo, C
7. Justin Ruggiano, LF
8. Mike Olt, DH
9. Darnell McDonald, RF

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
2 2.63 11 13
OTHER LEADERS
BAE. Bonifacio .392
HRA. Rizzo 2
RBIA. Rizzo 8
RA. Rizzo 9
OPSE. Bonifacio .887
ERAJ. Samardzija 1.29
SOT. Wood 17