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SP Tm Lincecum SP Ryan Dempster
  10-2, 2.66, 126 K, 46 BB, 121.2 IP
10-3, 3.13 ERA, 98 K, 47 BB, 118 IP
       
LF *Fred Lewis SS Ryan Theriot
3B Jose Castillo 2B *Mike Fontenot
2B #Ray Durham 1B Derrek Lee
C Bengie Molina 3B Aramis Ramirez
CF Aaron Rowand RF Mark DeRosa
RF *John Bowker CF *Jim Edmonds
1B Rich Aurilia LF Reed Johnson
SS #Omar Vizquel C Henry Blanco
P Tim Lincecum P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great pitching matchup between two All-Stars to end the pre-ASG schedule for 2008.

Lincecum has been everything the Giants hoped he would be; Dempster has been more than the Cubs could ever have hoped. Dempster remains undefeated this season at Wrigley (10-0, 2.58); Lincecum was undefeated on the road until losing to the Mets at Shea this past Tuesday. He's still a none-too-shabby 7-1, 2.23 away from AT&T Park.

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SP Kevin Correia SP Rich Harden
  1-5, 4.96, 31 K, 22 BB, 49 IP (AL) 5-1, 2.34 ERA, 91 K, 32 BB, 77 IP
       
LF #Eugenio Velez SS Ryan Theriot
3B Jose Castillo RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF #Ray Durham 1B Derrek Lee
C Bengie Molina 3B Aramis Ramirez
CF Aaron Rowand C Geovany Soto
RF *John Bowker CF *Jim Edmonds
1B Rich Aurilia LF Mark DeRosa
SS #Omar Vizquel 2B *Mike Fontentot
P Kevin Correia P Rich Harden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SP Matt Cain SP Jason Marquis
  5-7, 4.30, 112 K, 50 BB, 119.1 IP
6-5, 4.78 ERA, 49 K, 37 BB, 92.1 IP
       
LF *Fred Lewis SS Ryan Theriot
2B #Ray Durham 2B *Mike Fontenot
RF #Randy Winn 1B Derrek Lee
C Bengie Molina 3B Aramis Ramirez
CF Aaron Rowand C Geovany Soto
1B *John Bowker LF *Daryle Ward
3B Rich Aurilia RF Mark DeRosa
SS #Omar Vizquel CF Reed Johnson
P Matt Cain P *Jason Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Rich Harden Debut Eve, the Cubs have made a roster move as they open a three-game set against the Giants.

Michael Wuertz, who allowed four runs in an inning-and-one-third against the Reds on Thursday, was sent down to Iowa. Kevin Hart, 2-1, 3.35 for the I-Cubs with 48 K's against 15 BB and a BAA of just .205, gets the call-up.

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SP Bronson Arroyo SP *Ted Lilly
  6-7, 5.82, 91 K, 38 BB, 99 IP
9-5, 4.47 ERA, 105 K, 39 BB, 112.2 IP
       
CF Jerry Hairston, Jr. SS Ryan Theriot
SS Jeff Keppinger RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF *Ken Griffey Jr. 1B Derrek Lee
2B Brandon Phillips 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF *Adam Dunn C Geovany Soto
3B Edwin Encarnacion CF *Jim Edmonds
1B *Joey Votto LF Mark DeRosa
C David Ross 2B *Mike Fontenot
P Bronson Arroyo P *Ted Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cubs go for the sweep as Bronson Arroyo matches up against the Cubs' new #4 starter.

Lilly was hit hard in his only start against the Reds this year (6 H, 5 ER in 6 IP), a loss back in mid-April; Arroyo, who seemed to be starting against the Cubs every time you turned around last season, going 0-3, 3.58 in five outings, is making his first appearance against the Wrigleys in 2008.

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SP Johnny Cueto SP Carlos Zambrano
  7-8, 4.63, 91 K, 38 BB, 105 IP
9-3, 2.96 ERA, 73 K, 38 BB, 112.1 IP
       
CF *Jay Bruce SS Ryan Theriot
SS Jeff Keppinger RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF *Ken Griffey Jr. 1B Derrek Lee
2B Brandon Phillips 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF *Adam Dunn C Geovany Soto
3B Edwin Encarnacion CF *Jim Edmonds
1B *Joey Votto 2B Mark DeRosa
C *Paul Bako LF Reed Johnson
P Johnny Cueto P #Carlos Zambrano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The amazing Wrigley Field All-Stars continue their tour through the Windy City with the Venezuelan Bull taking the mound against the Red Legs of Queen City and their proimising ace-in-waiting, Kid Cueto. Although he dazzled in his first two starts, he ended up with a 5.40 ERA in April and it wasn't until this past month that he put up the ERA that is expected of him, with a strong 3.47 for the month of June. This will be his second start versus the Northsiders, the first one resulting in a win for him and his team back in May.

Zambrano looked strong after a little disabled list rest and kept the Cardinals bats baffled in his start on Friday. He's been baffling the NL Central his entire career. His career won-loss record, ERA and innings pitched versus his Central foes.

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SP Aaron Harang SP Ryan Dempster
  3-10, 4.47, 102 K, 27BB, 118.2 IP
9-3, 3.24 ERA, 93 K, 43 BB, 111 IP
       
SS Jerry Hairston, Jr. SS Ryan Theriot
CF *Jay Bruce RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF *Ken Griffey Jr. 1B Derrek Lee
2B Brandon Phillips 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF *Adam Dunn C Geovany Soto
3B Jeff Keppinger CF *Jim Edmonds
1B *Joey Votto LF Mark DeRosa
C *Paul Bako 2B *Mike Fontenot
P Aaron Harang P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just one nightmarish half-inning having prevented them from a
sweep of the Cardinals this past weekend, the Cubs return to the 33-10
Confines for three games against the Reds, who just completed a
four-game sweep of the Nationals, which is very similar to winning four
games from an actual Major League Baseball team.

Ryan Dempster puts his perfect record at Wrigley this season (9-0)
up against Aaron Harang, who the Cubs have already thumped twice this
year. (For that matter, Dempster had one of his lesser home starts of
the season against the Reds back on April 15th, allowing five walks,
five hits and four runs in a game the Cubs won anyhow, 9-5.)

In all, the Cubs and Reds have split six games this game, with each club taking two of three on its home field.

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SP *Sean Marshall SP Todd Wellemeyer
  0-2, 4.87, 17 K, 9 BB, 20.1 IP
7-3, 3.86, 70 K, 30 BB, 93.1 IP
       
CF Reed Johnson LF Joe Mather
SS Ryan Theriot CF *Rick Ankiel
1B Derrek Lee 1B Albert Pujols
3B Aramis Ramirez RF Ryan Ludwick
C Geovany Soto 3B Troy Glaus
RF Mark DeRosa C Yadier Molina
LF Matt Murton SS #Cesar Izturis
2B *Mike Fontenot P Todd Wellemeyer
P *Sean Marshall 2B Brendan Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SP *Ted Lilly SP Kyle Lohse
  9-5, 4.56, 100 K, 38 BB, 106.2 IP
10-2, 3.67, 50 K, 26 BB, 105.1 IP
       
SS Ryan Theriot SS Brendan Ryan
RF *Kosuke Fukudome CF *Rick Ankiel
1B Derrek Lee 1B Albert Pujols
3B Aramis Ramirez 3B Troy Glaus
CF *Jim Edmonds RF Ryan Ludwick
C Geovany Soto C Yadier Molina
LF Mark DeRosa 2B *Adam Kennedy
2B *Mike Fontenot P Kyle Lohse
P *Ted Lilly LF *Skip Shumaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That sure was a much needed win as the Cubs now are assured of going home in first place. Zambrano looked as good as ever and the bullpen, minus a forgivable home run to Albert Pujols, was lights out.

Lou had earlier mentioned wanting to go with two lefties this series as the Cardinals had only managed something-like four wins against southpaws. Their overall splits though don't bear out much of an advantage, a collective .772 OPS vs righties and .776 vs lefties. Lou might be outhinking himself on this one.

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP Braden Looper
  8-3, 3.13, 68 K, 36 BB, 106.1 IP
9-5, 4.26, 44 K, 26 BB, 99.1
       
LF Reed Johnson RF *Skip Shumaker
RF *Kosuke Fukudome SS #Aaron Miles
1B Derrek Lee 1B Albert Pujols
3B Aramis Ramirez CF *Rick Ankiel
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Troy Glaus
C Geovany Soto LF *Chris Duncan
2B Mark DeRosa C Yadier Molina
SS Ryan Theriot P Braden Looper
P #Carlos Zambrano 2B *Adam Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Zambrano gets activated and Jose Ascanio is sent back to Iowa. Z will be on an 85-90 pitch count today.

Happy 4th of July! A Cubs win should make it a little happier.

 

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SP Sean Gallagher SP Tim Lincecum
  3-3, 4.36, 47 K, 20 BB, 53.2 IP
9-1, 2.38, 114 K, 43 BB, 109.2
       
LF Reed Johnson LF *Fred Lewis
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 2B #Ray Durham
1B Derrek Lee RF #Randy Winn
3B Aramis Ramirez C Bengie Molina
CF *Jim Edmonds CF Aaron Rowand
C Geovany Soto 1B *John Bowker
2B Mark DeRosa 3B Jose Castillo
SS Ryan Theriot SS #Omar Vizquel
P Sean Gallagher P Tim Lincecum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In roster moves, Reed Johnson was activated today with Eric Patterson getting sent down. Matt Murton thanks you Eric Patterson for your defensive ineptitude. Proud papa Aramis Ramirez is back in the lineup as well.

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SP Ryan Dempster SP Kevin Correia
  9-3, 3.26, 86 K, 41 BB, 105 IP
1-5, 4.79, 26 K, 19 BB, 41.1 IP
       
RF *Kosuke Fukudome LF *Fred Lewis
SS Ryan Theriot 2B #Ray Durham
1B Derrek Lee RF #Randy Winn
C Geovany Soto CF Aaron Rowand
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B *John Bowker
3B Mark DeRosa 3B Rich Aurilia
LF Matt Murton C Eliezer Alfonzo
2B *Mike Fontenot SS #Omar Vizquel
P Ryan Dempster P Kevin Correia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A tough-luck loss last night where the big difference was a well-executed double steal by the Giants in the first and the Cubs inability to get Daryle Ward home after a lead-off double in the seventh. And of course, the umpires rather generous strike zone, although he was at least consistent with both teams.

Tonight, Dempster tries to go back to being awesome after being pistol-whipped by the White Sox over the weekend. If he can manage a win tonight, it'll be his first on the road all season, where he is 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA so far this season.

Lou's ever-changing lineup puts Soto back in the clean-up spot and Edmonds back to the five spot, with Murton patrolling left field once again. A win sure would be nice tonight with a Sean Gallagher vs Tim Lincecum match-up looming tomorrow.

 

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SP Jason Marquis SP Matt Cain
  6-4, 4.96, 44 K, 34 BB, 85.1 IP
4-6, 4.44, 97 K, 44 BB, 105.1 IP
       
RF *Kosuke Fukudome LF *Fred Lewis
SS Ryan Theriot 2B #Ray Durham
1B Derrek Lee RF #Randy Winn
LF *Daryle Ward C Bengie Molina
C Geovany Soto CF Aaron Rowand
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B *John Bowker
3B Mark DeRosa 3B Jose Castillo
2B *Mike Fontenot SS #Omar Vizquel
P *Jason Marquis P Matt Cain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The NL West and Barry Zito proved to be the cure for what ailed the Cubs last night. The Cubs will look to continue their dominance over the NL West with Jason Marquis getting the start gainst 23-year old Matt Cain. Lou counters by mixing up the lineup a bit from last night, dropping Soto and DeRosa in the order and inserting Darlye Ward in left (Keep the ball down, Marquis!). Scrappy McFontenot also gets a start at second base.

Game notes fun after the jump...

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SP *Ted Lilly SP *Barry Zito
  5-8, 5.40, 95 K, 36 BB, 98.2 IP
3-11, 5.91, 44 K, 48 BB, 80.2 IP
       
RF *Kosuke Fukudome LF *Fred Lewis
SS Ryan Theriot 3B Jose Castillo
1B Derrek Lee RF #Randy Winn
C Geovany Soto C Bengie Molina
3B Mark DeRosa CF Aaron Rowand
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B Rich Aurilia
LF Matt Murton 2B Travis Denker
2B Ronny Cedeno SS #Emmanuel Burriss
P *Ted Lilly P *Barry Zito

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that whole American League thing was no good...the Cubs went a paltry 6-9 against what was considered to be a soft interleague schedule at the beginning of the year.

Now it's back to the NL and back to the NL West, whom the Cubs have collectively beaten at an 18-5 clip. They'll get the offensively-challenged Giants tonight and it'll be up to Ted Lilly to try to keep them challenged. Lilly's overall numbers have been disappointing this year, but he's managed a 3.21 ERA in June up to this point. Most of his struggles this year can be attributed to a tendency to give up the gopher ball, but there's some hope that'll correct itself.

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SP *Sean Marshall SP *Mark Buehrle
  0-1, 5.40, 12 K, 8 BB, 13.1 IP
5-6, 4.04, 57 K, 27 BB, 104.2 IP
       
RF *Kosuke Fukudome SS Orlando Cabrera
SS Ryan Theriot C *A.J. Pierzynski
1B Derrek Lee LF Carlos Quentin
3B Aramis Ramirez RF Jermaine Dye
DH Geovany Soto DH *Jim Thome
LF Mark DeRosa 3B Joe Crede
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B #Nick Swisher
C Henry Blanco 2B Alexei Ramirez
2B Ronny Cedeno CF Brian Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 About a week ago, the Cubs set an ugly precedent by losing three in a row to the Rays. I see no good reason to set another today by losing their fourth in a row.

Sean Marshall takes the mound and it could be his last start for awhile. When Zambrano returns, Marshall could be headed to the bullpen to give Lou another lefty while Eyre nurses his sore groin or he'll head back to Iowa. Unless he does something special today and someone craps their pants before a decision has to be made (looking at you Marquis).

Back-to-back ESPN Sunday night games and I'll be watching this with one of my oldest friends who's visiting for a few days. I've tried not to hold it against him that he's a White Sox fan all these years. But sometimes I can't help it...

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SP Sean Gallagher SP Javier Vazquez
  3-3, 3.97, 39 K, 19 BB, 47.2 IP
7-6, 4.24, 97 K, 29 BB, 107 IP
       
RF *Kosuke Fukudome SS Orlando Cabrera
LF Mark DeRosa C *A.J. Pierzynski
1B Derrek Lee LF Carlos Quentin
DH *Daryle Ward RF Jermaine Dye
3B Aramis Ramirez DH *Jim Thome
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Joe Crede
C Geovany Soto 1B #Nick Swisher
2B *Mike Fontenot 2B Alexei Ramirez
SS Ronny Cedeno CF *Dewayne Wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Some juggling of the 2, 4, and 5 spots in the Cubs lineup today, and Theriot sits for another game.  Ramirez plays for Uribe, otherwise the same lineup for the Sox.  Today also marks the half-way point in the Cubs' season, with a win putting the Cubs exactly on pace for 100.  Cubs beat Vazquez pretty easily last time; this is Gallagher's first time facing the Sox.

 

AZ PHIL UPDATE: Prior to the game, the Cubs placed LHP Scott Eyre on the 15-day DL (groin), and recalled RHP Jose Ascanio from AAA Iowa. 

Ascanio just recently returned to the Iowa Cubs from Venezuela, after missing about ten days (Bereavement Leave and then visa problems) while attending his brother's funeral. 

Although Ascanio is one of the Cubs top pitching prospects, and while he does have MLB experience, the Cubs probably would have preferred to bring up a pitcher who can throw more than one inning (Ascanio is Iowa's closer), but Kevin Hart (concussion) and Randy Wells (leg) are injured, and MLB veterans Mike Burns and Hector Carrasco threw a lot of pitches the last couple of days. (The Cubs could transfer RHP Chad Fox to the 60-day DL if they need to open a slot on the 40-man roster for Wells, Burns, or Carrasco at some point down the line).

 

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