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May 29, 2013 – White Sox @ Cubs; Lineups

So far the weather is cooperating on the North Side, and it is a great day to beat the Sox.  Scott Feldman will get the ball for the Cubs and will be opposed by John Danks who is making is second start since returning from injury.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 PM CST.

CUBS

1.  DeJesus – CF
2.  Castro – SS
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Soriano – LF
5.  Hairston – RF
6.  Navarro – C
7.  Valbuena – 3B
8.  Barney – 2B
9.  Feldman – P

WHITE SOX

1.  De Aza – CF
2.  Ramirez – SS
3.  Rios – RF
4.  Dunn – 1B
5.  Viciedo – LF
6.  Gillaspie – 3B
7.  Keppinger – 2B
8.  Flowers – C
9.  Danks – P

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Terrible News: Fujikawa needs Tommy John surgery

Something was odd this morning as the Cubs were planning on giving an update on Kyuji Fujikawa this morning, that’s usually a bad sign, when a team has to give a public update.  The news wasn’t good as Jed Hoyer announced that Fujikawa would need Tommy John surgery which would end his season.  Really crappy news if you ask me as Fujikawa has never been able to settle in this season with multiple setbacks.  I could see the reason why the Cubs shelled out the money for Fujikawa as he has solid stuff on the mound, and there really was no prior history of injuries, so I think we can just chalk this up to some bad luck at this point.  Or Cubs luck, if you will.

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Cubs/White Sox postponed, Mother Nature hates the Cubs

The Cubs got to Chris Sale early as Welington Castillo hit a two-run bomb, and Edwin Jackson was pitching like someone getting paid as much as him should.  Well, that was way too good to be true as the skies opened up and the game was just postponed.  There is no make up date announced as of yet as the Sox travel way across the County to Wrigley tomorrow.  Up yours, Mother Nature.

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May 28, 2013 – Cubs @ White Sox; Lineups!

Tough matchup for the Cubs tonight as they go for their third straight win, and second straight over the Sox.  The Cubs will send Edwin Jackson to the mound as he looks to improve upon his 1-7 record, the Sox will counter with their ace, Chris Sale.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM CST on the South Side, there is a chance for storms later today, let’s hope the only thunder heard is from the Cubs bats.  Here is how both teams will line up, go Cubs!

CUBS

1.  Borbon – CF
2.  Castro – SS
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Soriano – LF
5.  Hairston – RF
6.  Castillo – C
7.  Ransom – 3B
8.  Navarro – DH
9.  Barney – 2B

 

WHITE SOX

1.  De Aza – CF
2.  Ramirez – SS
3.  Rios – RF
4.  Dunn – DH
5.  Konerko – 1B
6.  Viciedo – LF
7.  Gillaspie – 3B
8.  Greene – 2B
9.  Flowers – C

 

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Cubs Slaughter White Sox behind dominant Samardzija

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It doesn’t get much better than that, the Cubs absolutely handing the Sox their lunch tonight as Jeff Samardzija had the Sox looking like a triple A team.  Samardzija was brilliant, as he went the distance for the complete game shut out and victory.  That last sentence doesn’t really tell the story of how dominant Samardzija was, so I’ll add one more.  Shark not only went the distance, he gave up only two hits, while walking two and striking out eight.  For a pitcher that has lost 1-0 already twice this year the Cubs offensive outburst must have been a welcomed site.  The top of the order led the charge in this one, the one through four hitters were a combined 9-for-18 with a double, a triple, a home run, and six RBI’s.  Beating the Sox should count for two wins, you know, because it feels so good.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights:

Samardzija gets final out to complete gem
Soriano’s sixth inning RBI single
Rizzo’s two-run triple
Nice catch by Soriano
Hairston’s sac fly
Borbon’s two-run homer
Soriano puts the Cubs on the board in the first

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May 27, 2013 – Cubs @ White Sox; Lineups

Jeff Samardzija gets the ball in game one against the Sox, he will be opposed by Jose Quintana as the Cubs and Sox resume hostilities tonight on the south side. The Sox are playing much better as of late so it will be extra gratifying to beat them tonight, here is how both teams will line up.

CUBS

1. Borbon – CF
2. Castro – SS
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Hairston – DH
6. Castillo – C
7. Ransom – 3B
8. Sweeney – RF
9. Barney – 2B

WHITE SOX

1. De Aza – CF
2. Ramirez – SS
3. Rios – RF
4. Dunn – DH
5. Konerko  - 1B
6. Viciedo – RF
7. Gillaspie – 3B
8. Keppinger – 2B
9. Flowers – C

 

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The good news: Cubs stage “real rally” to avoid sweep

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No fake rally today boys and girls as the Cubs finally showed some life and came through with a successful rally, no, really!  The Cubs were being owned by Johnny Cueto all day and thanks to some questionable behavior from Cueto, the Cubs woke up.  Now, I’m not going to get into the problem with waiting to be woke up by the opponent versus being ready at first pitch right now, the point is Cueto woke the Cubs up, and paid for it. Trailing 4-0, the Cubs got one run back in the seventh, and scored three times in the eighth inning, the big blow was an Alfonso Soriano two-run homer to tie the game at four, all the damage was done with two outs.  The Cubs went on top for good in then tenth inning as Welington Castillo‘s two out double scored Scott Hairston, and Kevin Gregg shut the door in the bottom half.  The bullpen was outstanding in this one, as they worked a combined 5.2 scoreless innings giving up only one hit after Matt Garza left after four.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights:

Castillo’s game winning RBI double
Fujikawa leaves hurt
Gregg closes it out
Valbuena makes a great play
Soriano’s game tying blast
Rizzo’s RBI double
Valbuena’s RBI single gets the Cubs on the board

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Garza has issues with Cueto’s behavior, issues “warning”

Johnny Cueto wasn’t particularly thrilled with David DeJesus in the first inning of today’s game.  DeJesus did what he always does, same routine every at bat, every pitch, but Johnny Cueto is apparently special, and doesn’t have time for it as he threw his best playground tantrum on the mound.  Throwing his arms up in the air, putting his hands on his hips and staring down DeJesus, so much so that Bob Davidson the home plate umpire had to tell him to calm down.  Garza 5-26No one thought much of that until a later DeJesus at bat where Johnny Cueto threw a fastball over DeJesus’ head and all the way to the back stop, when Davidson realized that Cueto didn’t make a mistake he warned him and both benches.  I thought that would be the end of it, but Matt Garza, a guy who rarely hides what he truly feels, let everyone know what he thought about it.

Via Paul Sullivan

“It’s kind of b.s. on his part, just totally immature,” Garza said. “If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and definitely I’ll find his. I took total disrespect out of that one.”  

“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guys’ heads,” Garza said. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary here.”  

“If Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me and I’ll definitely return the favor,” he said. “I didn’t like that one bit. We don’t retaliate. We just take it game by game and try to better ourselves. Hopefully he learns to grow the hell up. … You’re up 4-0. Grow up. I hope he hears this because I really don’t care.”   

“I don’t know what the deal is between him and (DeJesus), but he needs to cut it out because I’ll stop it,” he said. “And that’s just the way it goes. If he wants to do it like that, then so be it. … This could be a warning. This could be just nonsense. However he takes it. But I don’t like (it when) the game was played that way.

“You don’t throw with intent and try to hit someone. Hopefully the league looks at that. I don’t want him to get suspended or anything. I just want him to learn a lesson. Hopefully his (teammates) will warn him and say ‘Hey, take a look at this.’

“But it is what it is. They run their own show. We run our show, and we’ll see them again in a month.”

Interesting.  So, maybe things will get a little more intense than usual the next time these two teams meet, and I’m not surprised in the least.  The Cubs aren’t the onlyJohnny Cueto team that hates the Reds, it probably has a lot to do with the way they handle themselves on and off the field, just ask the Cardinals, or ask Brandon Phillips about the Gold Glove last year.  Not really sure how I feel about the comments from Garza, I mean I expect him to say stuff like this, but I guess I would be more fired up about it if the Cubs were within a game or two of the Reds.  Regardless, he does have a point if Cueto was throwing over the head of DeJesus on purpose, you don’t do that, especially when DeJesus didn’t do anything wrong, Johnny Cueto just deserves another level of respect from other ball clubs I guess, but he doesn’t owe anyone any, that makes perfect sense.

Here is a link to a video of Garza’s postgame via Paul Sullivan as well.

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The bad news first; Kyuji Fujikawa headed back to the DL?

Unfortunate news following a tremendous rally in Cincinnati.  There are some reports surfacing that Kyuji Fujikawa could be headed back to the DL with the same forearm strain that had him on the DL earlier this year.  There has been no confirmed reports from the Cubs, and no roster moves, but Fujikawa will be re-evaluated when the Cubs return to Chicago and then the Cubs will go from there.  If the Cubs do have to put Fujikawa back on the DL I would expect to see newly signed Eduardo Sanchez get a shot in the Cubs pen as he has had success at this level with the Cardinals, and is already on the 40-man roster.  Stay tuned for updates on Fujikawa, hopefully it’s a scare and he doesn’t need to go back on the DL, but forearm strains are tricky and it looks like he might not have been fulled healed from the first time it cropped up.

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May 26, 2013 – Cubs @ Reds; Lineups

Matt Garza is tasked with playing stopper as the Cubs have lost six straight, and it would be nice to avoid a seventh straight.  He will be opposed by Johnny Cueto, quite the Sunday match up on the mound in Cincinnati today.  Here is how both teams will line up today.

May 26 lineups

 

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