Sveum: Spring matchup with Sox 'just another game'
MESA, Ariz., Mar 07, 2013 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Chicago Cubs play the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium, but it's business as usual for Dale Sveum.
The Cubs manager said the first of their two Cactus League matchups is "just another" exhibition game and means nothing to him.
"I've got to be honest, they just run into each other," Sveum said. "It's just another game. Everybody gets their work in. It is what it is -- just another Cactus League game.
"Guys are just getting their work in, getting their at-bats, getting their innings in and all that. It's a little tough to think you're going to be super-serious when you ain't got your lineup out there. They won't have their lineup out there, or their main guys pitching.
"It's still in the preliminary stages of spring training. Two weeks from now, if you had five or six games left, then you're going to have your team out there and start playing matchups and doing the whole things you'd do during the season."
White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana faces Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva in the game, which can be heard on WSCR-AM 670 and on Len Kasper's webcast on cubs.com. The Sox will be using a DH (Adam Dunn), while the Cubs will let Villanueva hit for himself.
The Cubs are 5-8 and have lost six of their last seven games. The Sox come in with a 5-3-2 record.
Due to the new schedules that have changed interleague play, the teams will play each other four times, on May 27-28 at U.S. Cellular Field and May 29-30 at Wrigley Field. Traditionally, they're played six times, with one three-game series at each ballpark.
Sveum didn't have an opinion on the reduction of the City Series.
"Something I really haven't thought of that much," Sveum said. "You play 162, and those ones to all of us, obviously there is a lot more electricity going on in those games. But minus two games You don't really notice it too much."
Here are the lineups:
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