Soriano Back to Leadoff

Two more days of a lackluster offense and Alfonso Soriano is back in the leadoff spot...Soriano, Riot, Fukudome, Lee, Reed Johnson, Fontenot, Soto, Miles and Harden try to avoid the sweep today.

Way to stick with it, Lou.

"We said we'd try it and we did," Lou Piniella said of Soriano, who
struck out three times on Saturday. "We'll just put him in the leadoff
spot. That's where he feels comfortable, and that's where we'll leave
him."

Even Soriano seems confused if this Twitter quote is from him: "Soriano: ''Back again? My goodness, only 2 games?'' I think that's meant to be a quote from Soriano, although maybe it's just Wittenmyer's reaction to it.

On another note, please, please win this game.

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lame.

Lou on the pregame interview with Santo:

Bradley's not ready.

Expects ARam to be ready sometime during the Arizona series.

Last thing I saw was that Bradley could be back by Wednesday...

Happy Birthday Kosuke Fukudome, 32 today.

nice start for the birthday boy

DLee needed one more biscuit for breakfast, but a RBI is a RBI

That DLee double wasn't for lack of strength or power. It was a line drive shot that just didn't get high enough in the air.

Hoffpauir in, after Lee doubled in his first AB...

Hoffpauir in for DLee in bottom of the 1st.

Oh oh. Not reporting why as yet.

At least Hoff isn't out of position today.

yeesh.

I'm all for eating one more biscuit

1B Jake Fox already has hit nine HR at Iowa and was named PCL Player of the Week and will probably be PCL Player of the Month, too, so if D-Lee is down for any extended period, J-Fox could get recalled to platoon at 1B with Micah Hoffpauir.

And INF Luis Rivas is here in Mesa at Fitch Park (Extended Spring Training) rehabbing a hamstring injury, but he looks to be about ready to get reactivated, so if the Cubs need an infielder who can play 3B-SS-2B when they get to Arizona tomorrow, he can take a cab over to Chase Field after playing in the EXST game tomorrow morning.

Also, 2008 #1 draft pick RHP Andrew Cashner has left EXST and is en route to Daytona. In related minor league roster moves, RHP Marcos Mateo has been promoted from Daytona to AA Tennessee, LHRP Jayson Ruhlman has been promoted from Tennessee to AAA Iowa, and RHP Justin Berg (on the Iowa DL with a sore shoulder) has arrived at Fitch Park to begin his rehab. .

neck spasm for Lee...

DLee out with neck spasms. He's had some neck problems a year or two ago as I recall. Usually a day by day thing unless it's a Hank White type scenerio who had a cervical disc herniation.

Sheesh...Soriano hit in the head/helmet

in the back of the head, fastball...staying in.

M*A*S*H

Soriano staying in (so far)...portable MRI being wheeled to first base.

regarding our upcoming series vs DBacks, in addition to Webb, Stephen Drew is now on the DL

4 runs...soriano back to leadoff...case closed.

I kid.

another RBI single for the Birthday boy, 6-1 (top 4)

K Fukudome singled to center, R Theriot scored. >CHC 6 STL 1
R Theriot safe at second on throwing error by shortstop K Greene, A Soriano scored. >CHC 5 STL 1
A Soriano stole third.
A Soriano hit a ground rule double to deep right.

Scoring backwards you are, my padiwan.

Kerry Wood gets save #4 in typical fashion

single, walk, double play, K.

Bulls ahead by 4 in double overtime...we'll see.

Angelo is having a helluva a draft, given what he went in with. Looks like he's got about 6 guys who could have been 2nd or 3rd rounders.

And I guess the Hawks won, so things turning up roses in Chicago, at least for a day.

Cotts in, game gets interesting...

BB and double so far...

"Cotts in, game gets interesting..."

Does one often come without the other?

No, in that way Cotts is like good sex.

I think I hate Cotts more than I hate Hendry, and that is not easy...:)

Now that they scored 10 runs today, Soriano will now for sure never leave the leadoff spot. A bit surprised Lou only gave it 2 games more switching back, even though I shouldn't be surprised since it is Lou.

Great job by the offense to jump on STL today early and Harden doing well. Hopefully Lee is fine and we cna turn things around a bit on the road the next 3 games.

Go Cubs!!!

this team is doomed...

Much needed win and they didn't look bad doing it either. Hopefully we can just get through these next couple of games and get everyone healthy again. We are playing 2 teams that are also pretty cold in the Dbacks and Marlins. Could be a nice bounce back week.

Hopefully a few people have stepped off the ledge.

Bats will need to get hot for the Marlins series. Their rotation easily rivals the Cubs rotation.

Hmm... the Marlins have given up 44 runs in their last 6 games. Their starting rotation is good, but their bullpen is awful.

I'd like to propose a trade of Chad Gaudin, Rich Hill, and Jose Ceda to the White Sox for Nick Swisher. I know he had a down year, but I think he fits nicely in RF and the middle or top of the lineup for the Cubs and will re surge in 2009.

Oh hindsight.

Could we see Fontenot and Hoffpauir at the corners tomorrow? It'd be ridiculous if none of Lee, Aramis, or Bradley are available to do anything but pinch hit tomorrow.

Great game though. I'm thrilled to see the offense put it together. I hope Fontenot and Soto find their bats, especially Fontenot (I really don't want to see Miles take any playing time from him).

Honestly, how can you not DL Bradley backdated to his last appearance and recall a bat from anywhere including the waiver list. I mean the '40-Man' is currently a '34-Man' reserve list. Is there some 'under the table' agreement with his agent?

I can't say I would mind Hoffpauir playing 1B 3-4 times a week.

Fontenot and Miles are both rubbish, imo. Sorry.

And lol @ Cubster for the "portable MRI machine" comment. Very funny.

I humbly disagree on Fontenot.

Oh, not humbly. Angrily. I angrily disagree with you about Fontenot.

Maybe "rubbish" is too strong. But I think fans have gone all "Murton" on him. He's really not as awesome as most Cub fans think he is.

No, Cubs fans don't go crazy over the flavor of the month new young Cubs (Murton, Dubois, Choi, Fontenot, etc.). My favorite was John Hill, may God rest his sole, had this weird obsession over Jermaine Van Buren. Yes, the same JVB who lasted a hole 19.0 innings in the big leagues.

i think fontenot has a good eye and a decent doubles-swing, myself.

his D is good. his footwork is good. his arm is pretty good, too.

and then there's Cubs fan who don't actually like anything about the team....

What Cubs fans are you referring to who don't like anything about the team?

Van Buren- #.00 ERA, 6 innings, 9 walks, 3 K's.

Choi: .218/.350/.421, 8 HR, 28 RBI

Dubois: 227 AB's, .233/.286/.443

Murton: .288/.354/.438, 900 AB's

Yeah..Murton equals those 3...

I will say this. Manny, you were dead on about Ronny Cedeno. Murton coulda been a sold LF, if they'd have just left him alone about the power..lol. It got into his head too much.

Murton is nothing more than a 4th OF, IMO.

And you may be right, but IMO, he deserved a better fate than what he got here, especially after the first full season:
.297/.365/.444, 13 HR, 62 RBI.

I just don't think he deserved to get yanked around, or is comparable to Choi, Dubois, etc...

OrangeDude is hitting .417, with 3 HR, 17 RBI's , and 5 steals for AAA Col. Springs..

I'll give you that. But I think he's a decent all around player, especially at the salary. He's at least adequate with the glove and, I think (though he's only shown OBP skills this year), that he can be a pretty respectable 2, 6-8 hitter. He isn't Chase Utley, but I think on a good year he can approach what DeRosa has done in his best years (offensively).

Holy balls, Jacob Ellsbury steals home off Pettitte and it works!

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    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 7 hours 57 sec ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 7 hours 20 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 7 hours 22 min ago view
  • Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!

    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

    Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...

    The E-Man 7 hours 24 min ago view
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    The E-Man 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.

    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 7 hours 59 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 8 hours 15 min ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 8 hours 46 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 9 hours 1 min ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 13 hours 17 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 13 hours 59 min ago view
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    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 14 hours 3 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 15 hours 57 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 17 hours 45 min ago view
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    Charlie 18 hours 19 min ago view
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