A-Team backs John Lackey in Cubs debut

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MESA, Ariz. — Most of the Cubs’ projected starters are in the lineup Friday as the team’s newest starter, John Lackey, makes his spring debut against the Cincinnati Reds at Sloan Park in Mesa.

Lackey, 37, signed a two-year, $32 million contract as a free agent in December.

Veteran outfielder Shane Victorino, a candidate for a bench job, was a late scratch from the lineup because of a tight left calf. He was replaced in left field by Juan Perez.

The new lineup (vs. Reds right-hander Robert Stephenson):

CF Dexter Fowler

RF Jason Heyward

2B Ben Zobrist

1B Anthony Rizzo

SS Addison Russell

C Miguel Montero

3B Jeimer Candelario

DH Dan Vogelbach

LF Juan Perez

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