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Friday, March 9, 2012
Cubs pitchers ready to battle vs. Sox

By Doug Padilla

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Cubs' lineup Friday against the White Sox is far less interesting than the schedule of pitchers, even with Alfonso Soriano back in the leadoff spot.

Three guys vying for a rotation spot will take the mound with Travis Wood starting. Wood will be followed by Randy Wells and Rodrigo Lopez, not necessarily in that order.

With Jeff Samardzija emerging as a serious bidder for a rotation spot, opportunities could be waning for the rest of the field. Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Paul Maholm were thought to have rotation spots locked up with roles available for the fourth and fifth starters.

Andy Sonnanstine and Chris Volstad, neither of whom pitch Friday, are also in the mix for a rotation spot.

The Cubs’ starting lineup against the White Sox left-hander Chris Sale:

1. Alfonso Soriano, DH
2. Darwin Barney, 2B
3. Jeff Baker, RF
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Marlon Byrd, CF
6. Joe Mather, LF
7. Steve Clevenger, C
8. Junior Lake, SS
9. Edgar Gonzalez, 3B

The game will be televised on WGN at 2 p.m. CST, with the White Sox's announcing crew calling the game.