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Cubs look at future, what-might-have-beens in spring action

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PHOENIX -- Most of the Cubs got out of town for Las Vegas just in time to avoid the rain that's supposed to drive through the Phoenix area Sunday and continue into Monday.

Whether the weather it will impact home split-squad action Sunday, the Cubs are at full speed, in two places at once, on Saturday, with flavors of the past, future and what-might-have-beens on the schedule.

In Phoenix, where the Cubs play the Oakland A's, the last four spots in their lineup features a look at their vision of the future, with top prospects Brett Jackson in center and Anthony Rizzo at first, followed by former first-round pick Josh Vitters at third and No. 2 outfield prospect Matt Szczur in left field. Kid All-Star Starlin Castro is also in the lineup, at short, batting third.

The past and the what-might-have-beens?

Some of that's in the A's lineup, which features could-have-been Cub Yoenis Cespedes playing center and batting third, with former superstar Manny Ramirez batting fourth -- against lefty Paul Maholm.

In Las Vegas, it's the top two candidates for the Cubs' managing job from last November facing off -- new manager Dale Sveum vs. Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux and the AL-champion Rangers. Jeff Samardzija starts that game for the Cubs.

Full lineup vs. the A's:

RF DeJesus
DH Byrd
SS Castro
C Soto
2B Baker
CF Jackson
1B Rizzo
3B Vitters
LF Szczur


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