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By Rob Letterly 
Location: Ho Ho Kam Park - Mesa, Arizona 
Pitchers and Catchers Report: February 13th 
First Game: February 25th 
Schedule

Projected Opening Day Lineup

  1. Alfonso Soriano - LF
  2. Ryan Theriot - SS
  3. Aramis Ramirez - 3B
  4. Milton Bradley - RF
  5. Geovany Soto - C
  6. Derrek Lee - 1B
  7. Mike Fontenot - 2B
  8. Kosuke Fukudome - CF
  9. Ryan Dempster - SP

Projected Rotation

  1. Ryan Dempster
  2. Carlos Zambrano
  3. Ted Lilly
  4. Aaron Heilman/Jeff Samardzija/Chad Gaudin/Sean Marshall
  5. Rich Harden

Projected Bullpen 

Long Relief: Sean Marshall 
Situational: Chad Gaudin/Aaron Heilman/Chad Gaudin/Neal Cotts/Kevin Hart 
7th Inning: Luis Vizcaino 
8th Inning: Kevin Gregg 
Closer: Carlos Marmol 


Click here for a breakdown of the key Spring Training battles.
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Gregg Named Cubs' Closer
Chicago manager Lou Piniella has chosen right-handed pitcher Kevin Gregg over right-hander  Carlos Marmol as the team's closer this season.  Piniella said he will use Marmol in the setup role.

MLB.com

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Cubs Still Unsure On Closer
Chicago manager Lou Piniella said he would "flip a coin" when asked who his closer was going to be this season.  Right-handed pitchers Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg have been competing for the job.

Chicago Sun-Times




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Koskie Calls It Quits
Cubs third baseman Corey Koskie has decided to retire after experiencing dizziness during a game Thursday.  Koskie was attempting a comeback after repeated concussions forced him to retire in 2006.

Chicago Tribune

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Koskie's Comeback In Doubt
Cubs third baseman Corey Koskie complained of feeling light-headed after diving for a ground ball during Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners.  Koskie has had a history of concussions which forced him to retire during the 2006 season.

Chicago Tribune
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Piniella Names Marshall Fifth Starter
Left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall will begin the regular season as the Chicago Cubs' fifth starter, beating out right-hander Aaron Heilman.  Marshall finished 3-5 with a 3.86 ERA last season for the Cubs.

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