- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

MESA, ARIZ. (AP) - Sean Marshall is making it difficult for Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella to conceal his choice for his fifth starter.

The left-hander gave up an unearned run in 4 1-3 innings of the Cubs’ 8-1, split-squad win over a Seattle Mariners split squad on Friday.

It’s going to be hard for Aaron Heilman and Jeff Samardzija to keep up with Marshall, while Chad Gaudin essentially pitched himself out of contention when he gave up six earned runs in 1 2-3 innings the Cubs split-squad game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Marshall dropped his ERA to 0.68 with Cubs longest outing by a pitcher this spring. He allowed three hits, a walk and struck out three.

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