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SP Ryan Dempster SP José Contreras
  9-2, 2.63, 85 K, 38 BB, 102.2 IP
6-6, 3.96, 56 K, 26 BB, 97.2 IP
       
DH *Kosuke Fukudome SS Orlando Cabrera
LF *Eric Patterson C *A.J. Pierzynski
1B Derrek Lee LF Carlos Quentin
3B Aramis Ramirez RF Jermaine Dye
RF *Daryle Ward DH *Jim Thome
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Joe Crede
C Geovany Soto 1B #Nick Swisher
2B *Mike Fontenot 2B Juan Uribe
SS Ronny Cedeno CF *Dewayne Wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's time for Round Two of the Cubs versus White Sox, a.k.a. Team Inferiority Complex.

The Cubs go with a lineup that's long on lefties and rich on suck. Fontenot? Cedeño?? Ward in the field??? Lou is clearly trying to win the game with one hand tied behind his back, thus completely demoralizing the hosts.

Dempster, who yielded just one run (though 10 hits) to beat the White Sox on Sunday night, gets the nod against Contreras, who the Cubs undressed last Saturday (9 ER, 10H allowed in 3.1 innings).

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SP Radhames Liz SP Jason Marquis

1-0, 6.27, 14 K, 9 BB, 18.2 IP
6-3, 4.43, 41 K, 31 BB, 81.1 IP




2B #Brian Roberts LF *Eric Patterson
SS #Alex Cintron SS Ryan Theriot
RF *Nick Markakis 1B Derrek Lee
1B Kevin Millar 3B Aramis Ramirez
3B *Aubrey Huff CF *Jim Edmonds
LF Jay Payton C Geovany Soto
CF Adam Jones RF Mark DeRosa
C Guillermo Quiroz 2B *Mike Fontenot
P Radhames Liz P *Jason Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sure, baseball is a 162-game marathon and one individual game generally means very little in the grand scheme of things. But once in awhile a key game comes along that can define a team and a season. The Orioles threaten to take the series today, which would mark the Cubs first series loss at home since the end of April to the Brewers. We shall not stand for this threat against our beloved Friendly Confines So rise up, my beloved Cubbies against this island of misfits led by the Cubs' bespectacled cast-off.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!

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SP Matt Albers SP *Ted Lilly
  3-2, 2.77, 25 K, 21 BB, 48.2 IP
7-5, 4.71, 91 K, 34 BB, 91.2 IP
       
2B #Brian Roberts LF *Eric Patterson
RF *Nick Markakis SS Ryan Theriot
3B Melvin Mora 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Aubrey Huff 3B Aramis Ramirez
C Ramon Hernandez CF *Jim Edmonds
LF *Luke Scott C Geovany Soto
CF Jay Payton RF Mark DeRosa
SS #Alex Cintron 2B *Mike Fontenot
P *Matt Albers P *Ted Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albers gets the emergency start in place of the scheduled O's starter, Brian Burres.

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SP *Sean Marshall SP Jeremy Guthrie
  0-0, 4.15, 5 K, 7 BB, 8.2 IP
3-7, 3.51, 68 K, 30 BB, 102.2 IP
       
2B #Brian Roberts RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF *Nick Markakis LF *Eric Patterson
3B Melvin Mora 1B Derrek Lee
1B Kevin Millar 3B Aramis Ramirez
C Ramon Hernandez CF *Jim Edmonds
LF *Luke Scott C Geovany Soto
CF Adam Jones RF Mark DeRosa
SS #Alex Cintron SS Ryan Theriot
P Jeremy Guthrie P *Sean Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bah...the Internets ate my preview, so here's the cliff notes version.

  • Orioles first trip to Wrigley...ever
  • Marshall called up, Reed Johnson to the disabled list.
  • Cubs going for 15th straight home win, Orioles are .400 on the road. Do the math.

Go Cubs!

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SP Javier Vazquez SP Ryan Dempster
  7-5, 4.13, 93 K, 24 BB, 96 IP
8-2, 2.76, 81 K, 37 BB, 94.2 IP
       
SS Orlando Cabrera RF *Kosuke Fukudome
C *A.J. Pierzynski LF *Eric Patterson
LF Carlos Quentin 1B Derrek Lee
RF Jermaine Dye 3B Aramis Ramirez
1B #Nick Swisher CF *Jim Edmonds
3B Joe Crede C Geovany Soto
CF *Dewayne Wise RF Mark DeRosa
2B Alexei Ramirez SS Ryan Theriot
P Javier Vazquez P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The national ESPN spotlight shines this evening on 1060 West Addison, which can only mean one thing:

The Yankees and Mets aren't playing each other this weekend.

According to the Sun-Times' up-to-the-minute Cubs reports via Twitter, Rob Reiner and his kid are in the house tonight. Could there be any clearer indication what an important contest this is?

Regarding tonight's starters...

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SP José Contreras SP Jason Marquis
  6-5, 3.24, 55 K, 24 BB, 94.1 IP
5-3, 4.24, 37 K, 30 BB, 74.1 IP
       
SS Orlando Cabrera RF *Kosuke Fukudome
C *A.J. Pierzynski LF Eric Patterson
LF Carlos Quentin 1B Derrek Lee
RF Jermaine Dye 3B Aramis Ramirez
1B #Nick Swisher CF *Jim Edmonds
3B Joe Crede 2B *Mike Fontenot
CF *Dewayne Wise C Geovany Soto
2B Alexei Ramirez SS Ryan Theriot
P José Contreras P *Jason Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, the Z news:

The Cubs have placed Carlos and his shoulder strain on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 19th (Zambrano's second career trip to the Disabled List, the other coming in 2002), and they have recalled Eric Patterson from Iowa. Patterson is in Lou Piniella's lineup this afternoon, playing left field and hitting second.

As for the game at hand, the first-place Cubs go for their 13th consecutive win at Wrigley and try to improve on their overall 30-8 record at home, while trying to extend a four-game winning streak over the White Sox, the longest streak either team has enjoyed since interleague play began in '97.

The White Sox—with a mark of 17-21 away from U.S. Cellular Fans Beating Up Opposition's First-Base Coach Field—try to avoid their 8th consecutive road loss.

And everybody hopes that those isolated thunderstorms find somewhere else to play besides the corner of Clark & Addison.

 

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SP *John Danks SP *Ted Lilly
  4-4, 2.90, 61 K, 24 BB, 80.2 IP
7-5, 4.76, 83 K, 31 BB, 85 IP
       
SS Orlando Cabrera CF *Kosuke Fukudome
C *AJ Pierzynski SS Ryan Theriot
LF Carlos Quentin 1B Derrek Lee
RF Jermaine Dye 3B Aramis Ramirez
C #Nick Swisher CF Geovany Soto
3B Joe Crede RF Mark DeRosa
2B Alexei Ramirez LF Matt Murton
CF Brian Anderson 2B Ronny Cedeno
P *john Danks P *Ted Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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SP Carlos Zambrano SP Andy Sonnastine
  8-2, 2.98, 66 K, 32 BB, 99.2 IP
7-3, 4.89, 54 K, 14 BB, 84.2 IP
       
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 2B *Akinori Iwamura
SS Ryan Theriot LF *Carl Crawford
1B Derrek Lee CF BJ Upton
3B Aramis Ramirez RF *Eric Hinske
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Evan Longoria
C Geovany Soto DH *Cliff Floyd
LF Mark DeRosa 1B #Willy Aybar
DH *Micah Hoffpauir C #Dionar Navarro
2B Ronny Cedeno SS Jason Bartlett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SP Ryan Dempster SP *Scott Kazmir
  8-2, 2.81, 75 K, 35 BB, 89.2 IP
6-2, 1.74, 54 K, 16 BB, 51.2 IP
       
CF Reed Johnson 2B *Akinori Iwamura
SS Ryan Theriot 1B #Willy Aybar
1B Derrek Lee CF BJ Upton
3B Aramis Ramirez RF *Eric Hinske
DH Geovany Soto 3B Evan Longoria
RF Mark DeRosa DH *Cliff Floyd
LF Matt Murton C #Dionar Navarro
C Henry Blanco RF *Gabe Gross
2B Ronny Cedeno SS Jason Bartlett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Murton has been called up and Eric Patterson has been sent down. Welcome back to the Show Orange Guy, and good luck with Scott Kazmir, who has given up all of one run in four home starts this year (thanks nohit). The entire Rays team has been enjoying the comforts of Tampa, Florida with a shiny 26-11 mark at Tropicana Field. That's good for second best in the home record in the American League and has helped catapult them from the worst overall record in the league last year to the current AL Wild Card leaders. Most of that turnaround can be attributed to their pitching and defense and not that sketchy lineup that I'm looking at. But I guess you don't need good hitters if you can "Execute to the Max".

Game notes fun after the jump...

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SP *Ted Lilly SP Jessie Litsch
  6-5, 5.13, 77 K, 26 BB, 79 IP
7-2, 3.42, 42 K, 12 BB, 76.1 IP
       
LF Reed Johnson RF Alex Rios
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 2B Marco Scutaro
DH Derrek Lee 3B Scott Rolen
3B Aramis Ramirez CF Vernon Wells
CF *Jim Edmonds LF Kevin Mench
C Geovany Soto C Rod Barajas
2B Mark DeRosa 1B *Brad Wilkerson
1B *Micah Hoffpauir DH #Greg Zaun
SS Ryan Theriot SS John McDonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Father's Day!

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SP Jason Marquis SP Roy Halladay
  4-3, 4.54, 36 K, 28 BB, 67.1IP
8-5, 3.07, 81 K, 12 BB, 102.2 IP
       
LF Reed Johnson RF Alex Rios
RF *Kosuke Fukudome DH *Matt Stairs
1B Derrek Lee 3B Scott Rolen
DH Aramis Ramirez CF Vernon Wells
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B *Lyle Overbay
3B Mark DeRosa C Rod Barajas
2B *Mike Fontenot LF *Brad Wilkerson
C Henry Blanco SS David Eckstein
SS Ronny Cedeno 2B *Joe Inglett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh dear, I think Lou has the interleague schedule confused with the preseason one. I'll be the first to say it - THIS LINEUP SUCKS!

That should be good for three to four runs off Halladay. They'll probably need five with Marquis on the mound though.

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SP Sean Gallagher SP A.J. Burnett
  3-2, 4.42, 31 K, 13 BB, 36.2 IP
5-6, 4.98, 78 K, 38 BB, 81.1 IP
       
SS Ryan Theriot RF Alex Rios
1B *Micah Hoffpauir DH *Matt Stairs
DH Derrek Lee 3B Scott Rolen
3B Aramis Ramirez CF Vernon Wells
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 1B *Lyle Overbay
C Geovany Soto C Rod Barajas
CF *Jim Edmonds LF *Brad Wilkerson
2B Mark DeRosa 2B *Joe Inglett
LF *Eric Patterson SS David Eckstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can the Cubs reach 20 games over by mid-June? They have a chance by winning tonight or this series, and it would be the first time since late 2004. But they'll be on the short-end of the pitching matchups for the most part. By ERA, Gallagher is outperforming Burnett at this point, but Saturday's matchup is Roy Halladay(3.07) vs Jason Marquis(4.54) and Sunday is Jessie Litsch(3.42) vs. Ted Lilly(5.13). Burnett might also have the added motivation of trying to audition for his next team, as he's one of the names certain to be bandied about during the trade deadline in connection with the Cubs.

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SP Tim Hudson SP Carlos Zambrano
  7-4, 2.86 54 K, 23 BB, 91.1 IP
8-2, 3.01, 63 K, 29 BB, 92.2 IP
       
SS Yunel Escobar LF *Eric Patterson
2B *Kelly Johnson SS Ryan Theriot
3B Chipper Jones 1B Derrek Lee
1B #Mark Teixeira 3B Aramis Ramirez
C *Brian McCann RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF Jeff Francoeur C Geovany Soto
LF #Greg Norton CF *Jim Edmonds
CF *Gregor Blanco 2B Mark DeRosa
P Tim Hudson P #Carlos Zambrano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe this is what our ancestors called a pitching duel. They probably called it that in 1948 as well, which is the year they will be honoring with today's "Turn back the clock" event. Both teams will break out the 1948 uniforms in honor of WGN's 60th anniversary. I hope they had a better logo in 1948 then they do now. To keep in the 1948 spirt, the first two innings will be broadcast in black and white with similar camera angles that they used back then and minimal graphics. I believe the plan is to add more graphics and cameras as the game goes on. Len and Bob will be wearing authentic 1948 garb as well.

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SP Jeff Bennett SP Ryan Dempster
  0-3, 3.47, 38 K, 24 BB, 49.1 IP
7-2, 2.90, 64 K, 35 BB, 80.2 IP
       
SS Yunel Escobar LF Alfonso Soriano
2B *Kelly Johnson SS Ryan Theriot
3B Chipper Jones 1B Derrek Lee
1B #Mark Teixeira 3B Aramis Ramirez
C *Brian McCann RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF Jeff Francoeur C Geovany Soto
LF Greg Norton CF *Jim Edmonds
CF *Gregor Blanco 2B Mark DeRosa
P Jeff Bennett P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Bennett starts for the Braves, after the scheduled starter, Jair Jurrjens, slipped on a dugout step following last night's game and messed up his ankle.

I'll bet it was just like that scene in "Pride of the Yankees," where Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) slips on a pile of bats near the on-deck circle, and a gorgeous girl (Teresa Wright) laughs at him and calls him "Tanglefoot."

Yes, I'm certain it happened just like that.

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SP *Tom Glavine SP *Ted Lilly
  2-2, 4.47, 34 K, 29 BB, 56.1 IP
5-5, 5.23, 69 K, 23 BB, 72.1 IP
       
SS Yunel Escobar LF Alfonso Soriano
2B *Kelly Johnson SS Ryan Theriot
RF Jeff Francoeur 1B Derrek Lee
1B #Mark Teixeira 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF #Greg Norton C Geovany Soto
C *Brian McCann RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B *Omar Infante 2B Mark DeRosa
CF *Gregor Blanco CF Reed Johnson
P *Tom Glavine P *Ted Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When home/road splits collide!!!!

The Cubs are best in the senior circuit with a 26-8 mark and the Braves are the worst at 7-21, and will also be without the services of Chipper Jones and his .400-plus hitting for at least today's game, if not more. The Cubs will also look to extend their 8-game home winning streak.

A quick 3-game home jaunt before the Cubs head right back on the road to start inter-league play.

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