Earlier Tuesday, the Cubs learned they will be without closer
Joe Borowski for at least six weeks with a broken bone in his arm.
It was another loss for a pitching staff already without Kerry Wood
and Mark Prior.Cubs manager Dusty Baker named Carlos Zambrano opening day
starter. The 23-year-old Zambrano will start April 4 against the
Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. It will be Zambrano's first
opening day start."After opening day, it really doesn't matter," Baker said.
"That's something that's a feather in his cap."Zambrano will be followed in the rotation by Greg Maddux and
Ryan Dempster. Zambrano and Maddux tied for the team lead in
victories last year with 16.Garciaparra doubled in the third before Jeromy Burnitz connected
for a two-run homer. Garciaparra hit his team-leading sixth home
run in the seventh and finished 3-for-4.Dave Krynzel, Jeff Cirillo and Lyle Overbay each singled off
Cubs minor leaguer John Koronka to start the first. Krynzel scored
when Carlos Lee grounded into a double play.Koronka gave up six hits and a run in four innings. He struck
out one and didn't walk a batter.Brewers starter Jose Capellan went three innings, allowing six
hits and four runs. He walked one and struck out five.Russell Branyan homered for the Brewers in the ninth inning. It
was Branyan's fourth homer of the spring.
Prior said he threw "30 or so" pitches from a mound and
"felt fine." Prior has not pitched since March 10, when he made
his Cactus League debut and pitched three innings against the
Seattle Mariners. Afterward, Prior reported discomfort in his right
elbow. Tests revealed inflammation and irritation in the elbow and
around the ulnar nerve. Prior believed he would pitch in another
game this spring. The Cubs hope Prior will be ready to pitch in a
regular-season game by the middle of April. Baker said that Wood
will start Thursday in Mesa against the Athletics. Wood has not
pitched since March 9, when he took himself out of his start
against Texas, complaining of tightness in his right shoulder. Test
revealed bursitis in the shoulder and inflammation around the
rotator cuff. Wood is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA this spring.