Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Spring Sensation

Yesterday marked the first televised Cubs game of the spring. They played the Texas Rangers in a matchup between future Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Chan Ho Park. Er, make that "Future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, and Schlub of Famer Chan Ho Park."

The good news is, the Cubs won again. They are now 4-1 on the Spring, and are looking to start dominating the Major Leagues from the get-go. The better news is that Joe Borowski looked good in his first Spring Training appearance, needing only 9 pitches to get through the fourth inning of yesterday's game. His fastball topped out at 88 MPH, which should improve before the start of the regular season. Hopefully, "Average" Joe will resume his closer duties right where he left off in 2003.

Finally, the Cubs had their second injury scare of the pre-season, this one regarding center fielder Corey Patterson. A fastball bounced off his knee in the early innings, forcing him out of the game and back to the Cubs training facility in Mesa. X-Rays show it to only be a bruise, and Corey should be back in a few days.

One other item of note: according to Larry Rothschild, Mark Prior is scheduled to make his first spring start on Thursday, against the Mariners. Last Spring, Prior never even got on the mound. If, like Borowski, Prior can regain his 2003 form, then the Cubs are going to be a force to reckon with in the Major League Baseball.

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