Robert Feder (@robertfeder) writes this morning that the White Sox' radio contract is up for renewal, and WLS and WGN are vying for the rights against the incumbent, WSCR. Like the Cubs' new flagship, WBBM, WSCR is owned by CBS, and Feder says 'BBM's contract with the Cubs would allow them to move the Cubs over to WSCR if The Score can't retain the White Sox.
A new channel devoted to the Cubs is one of the enticing potential revenue-generating items that Tribune Co. is floating as part of its planned sale of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and its 25 percent stake in Comcast SportsNet.
The story mentions some of the roadblocks that might prevent a New York Yankees/YES Network sort of channel from becoming a reality in Chicago, including the possibility that Tribune Company could box the team's new owner into continuing to air many games on Tribune-owned WGN. Still, one can certainly see why the concept might be attractive...
|SP||Derek Lowe||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|2-5, 5.03, 44 K, 19 BB, 62.2 IP||7-1, 2.47, 52 K, 20 BB, 73 IP|
|LF||*Juan Pierre||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|2B||Luis Maza||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|RF||*Andre Ethier||1B||Derrek Lee|
|C||Russell Martin||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|1B||*James Loney||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|CF||Matt Kemp||C||Geovany Soto|
|3B||*Blake DeWitt||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||Chin-lung Hu||CF||Reed Johnson|
|P||Derek Lowe||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
Carlos Zambrano is fresh off that remarkable game in which he stroked four hits off a trio of Pittsburgh pitchers and, oh, yeah, also threw the first seven innings in a 12-3 Cubs win.
Z was 1-1 last year against the Dodgers, including a horrible outing last September at Wrigley. Lowe pitched twice against Piniella's men in '07 and came away with a pair of ND's. Derrek Lee, who is 10-for-22 lifetime (1136 OPS) against the former Bosoxer probably couldn't get to the ballpark today early enough. For his part, Lowe hasn't won a game in more than a month and has a 7.29 ERA in his last six starts.