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Ah, 'tis so much better to go into an off day having won, no? Your Chicago Cubs did just that Sunday, ending their 20-in-20 stretch with a sweep-dismissing 4-2 win over the Brewers.
Marshall gave up runs in the first 2 innings as the Brewers went up 2-0, but the Cubs scored 4 in the third, keyed by Alfonso Soriano's 10th homer of the year, a 2-run monster blast to center off Jeff Suppan. Marshall got some important help from Angel Guzman, who worked 2 perfect innings, striking out two. Guzman could take over a more important role, perhaps supplanting Aaron Heilman in the seventh.
Hooray for millertime. He's been the only one who's believed in Angel Guzman. Count me on the bandwagon now. And if none of the rest of you care to hop on, that just means more beer for us. Speaking of undependable young relievers, Jose Ascanio rejoined the team yesterday, replacing Chad Fox and his not-so-bionic-elbow.
Replacing Fox on the roster and in the struggling bullpen is right-hander Jose Ascanio, recalled from Class AAA Iowa on Sunday after pitching well in the starting rotation for Iowa. Fox, 38, plans to have an X-ray on the elbow today in Chicago before deciding what to do next. He may fly to Alabama to be examined by famed orthopedist James Andrews. ''I kind of have a feeling what's going on,'' Fox said. ''I felt an area where the screws are. We'll just see. But you get to this point, and I don't want to start messing with quality of life, just to keep chasing. You only have so many bullets in your arm. And I have no regrets whatsoever.''
Fox added: "And now my wife can't bother me to help with the dishes, pull weeds or prune trees, so it's not all bad." So how'd Ascanio do in Des Moines this year?
Ascanio, 24, was 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA in six starts at AAA. He struck out 26 with seven walks in 26 2/3 innings.
That seems pretty good, right? Please, Jose, once you get here, just throw strikes. That's all we ask of you. In other aging-Cub news, D-Lee's had an MRI yesterday:
The Cubs sent first baseman Derrek Lee home to Chicago to have an MRI exam Sunday on that bulging disc in his neck that kept him out of the lineup all five games of the road trip. Manager Lou Piniella said he expected to have results this morning. While the medical staff didn't seem to anticipate anything more serious than the day-to-day, nagging stiffness Lee has dealt with for the last week, the length of this relapse -- and how quickly it followed his last episode two weeks earlier -- prompted the MRI. ''It's more precautionary than anything else,'' Piniella said. ''We'll see.'' If Lee still isn't better by Tuesday, the Cubs could backdate a disabled list move almost a week, making him eligible to return May 21 in St. Louis.
And Ryan Freel felt super horrible that he couldn't play on Saturday. And he claims his friend Farney isn't real:
"I have a history with hamstring problems, and I didn't want to come over here and blow out a hamstring on my first day, so it was precautionary," he said. "You have no idea how I felt. I sat in that corner of the dugout the first four innings, just trying to hide my face. I was absolutely devastated. Words can't explain how I felt. I was really upset." Freel singled in a pinch-hit appearance Sunday but was later picked off second base. The newest Cub also addressed rumors that he has an imaginary friend named "Farney." In a 2006 interview with the Dayton Daily News, Freel said: "He's a little guy who lives in my head who talks to me and I talk to him. That little midget in my head said, 'That was a great catch, Ryan.' I said, 'Hey, Farney, I don't know if that was you who really caught the ball, but that was pretty good if it was.' " Freel said Sunday it was all a joke but conceded the story took on a life of its own.



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flyball said:


much better game yesterday

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