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Sunday Headlines/Open Thread

Two in a row is hardly a streak, but the Cubs have a chance now to win three in a row after Saturday's 6-1 win over the Marlins. The game started, and wackiness ensued. First, Ryan Theriot:
That gave Theriot, who had gone 620 at-bats without a home run before Friday's grand slam - that's 620 at-bats without a dinger - 2 home runs in his last 3 trips to the plate. "Yeah, thanks for reminding me," Theriot kidded with a reporter. "Something weird's going on; I don't know what it is. "Is it weird that it happened? Yeah, probably, but hopefully it'll continue."
Then Ted Lilly:
More of the Cubs' offense Saturday was supplied by none other than starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who doubled home a pair of runs in the third, his first RBI of the season - after the Marlins intentionally walked Aaron Miles ahead of him. "I certainly don't blame them for doing that; that's not a surprise," Lilly said. "That was fun, though. I'd like to say the wind wasn't blowing out, but it carried the ball pretty well."
Then Derrek Lee:
First baseman Derrek Lee actually found himself trailing Theriot in the home run department before tying his teammate in the fourth with his second of the season, a solo shot to left-center. "He's on a power streak," Lee said of Theriot. "I told him before the game they come in bunches and sure enough he hit one out of there."
With so little help on the bench, Big Z has now become the go-to guy off the bench. As you might imagine, someone from the media questioned Lou about it:
After Carlos Zambrano pinch-hit for the third day in a row (he struck out), Piniella was asked why he would take the risk of batting his ace. "What's the risk? He's going to bat four times [Sunday]," Piniella said. What if he were hit by a pitch? "Well, how about if I got run over by a car on the way to the ballpark?" Piniella answered, stressing that injuries left him short-handed on the bench. "You know, when you're too cautious at times is when you get hurt. When you just play the game and you throw a little bit of caution to the wind, usually nothing happens. You're always taking chances. "Fans enjoy watching him come up. He's sort of gives the fans that finishing touch for a ballgame. You're right in a way [about the risk], but as short-handed as we are, we've got to be careful."
I'm glad Theriot hit those two home runs, but does anyone believe that after hitting a home run and a triple in his first two at bats Saturday that he wasn't thinking cycle?
'Demp [pitcher Ryan Dempster] said, 'Anyone can get two hits,''' Theriot said of his teammates' ribbing, including giving him the silent treatment after his second homer of the season and second in as many days -- a career first. ''You don't think about the cycle. That's something pretty special. It didn't quite work out.'' Power is something Piniella has had Theriot thinking about since a talk last weekend in St. Louis. ''I'm definitely making an effort to [swing for the gaps], so it could be something to do with that [talk],'' said Theriot, who hit a career-high three homers in 2006 and 2007. ''I was just trying to drive the ball. It's something weird. ... I hope it continues.''
Me too, Ryan, me too. But I have to imagine that by the third inning, you were already thinking of what you'd say postgame if you'd hit for the cycle.

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