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Thursday Headlines

It was a dark and stormy night...
... and the Cubs kicked some ass. Or at least managed to outscore the Pads soon enough that the rain stopped the pigpen from blowing a 4-run lead. Who do we have to thank? The usual cast of characters: Soriano, Soto and Theriot. Wait... Theriot, again? Yes, I say, again.

Theriot hit two of the Cubs' four home runs Wednesday night in a 6-4 victory over San Diego in a game that was called after the top of the eighth following the third rain delay of the night. ... Theriot already has hit a career-high five home runs this season, all of them coming this month. In fact, he's now tied with Albert Pujols, Jay Bruce, Adam Dunn and Justin Upton for most National League home runs in May.
The juice is loose. I won't complain, even if he gets caught. So Carl, you also mentioned Soriano. What'd he do that was so special?

Alfonso Soriano led off the home half against Chris Young with his 11th home run. It was Soriano's 21st career leadoff homer, breaking the Cubs' record he shared with Jimmy Ryan. It also was his 53rd career leadoff homer, tying him for second all time with Craig Biggio. Rickey Henderson is the all-time leader, with 81.

And Soto?

In between, the Cubs got a home run from a familiar face who hadn't been heard from since last year. Catcher Geovany Soto connected on his first of the year, and his first since Sept. 18, when he hit one with a man on in the third.
So... how's Ted Lilly doing?

Lilly survived a two-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the first and a solo shot by Gonzalez in the sixth to pitch into the seventh and improve to 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in May.

Not bad. Not bad at all. So the Cubs won. When are they going to return to last year's NL Central-winning form?

Don't look now, but the Cubs are only a half-game behind St. Louis at 19-14, the exact same record they had last year at this point.
Ay, Dios mio! It sure doesn't seem that way. Maybe this isn't the worst team ever. Any news on Dempster or Bradley's possible fines/suspensions?

Major League Baseball has decided not to take any action against Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster for hitting Ryan Braun on Saturday in Milwaukee. ... Thursday will mark four weeks from the day Bradley was ejected from a game against St. Louis and later penalized with a two-game suspension for allegedly making contact with plate umpire Larry Vanover. Bradley, who appealed his two-game suspension May 6 in Houston, is wondering why the case has taken so long to resolve. "I think I stated my case well," he said. "I think the umpire's report and story doesn't match the videotape and evidence. Hopefully they see that, and let's get it over with."

Hey Carl, how about some news of Zambrano or Ramirez?

Carlos Zambrano, on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, threw a strong bullpen session Wednesday and remains on track for a weekend rehab start and return to the starting rotation a week from Friday in San Diego. ''It's encouraging,'' manager Lou Piniella said. ''The news was good. He's ready to pitch.'' ... Third baseman Aramis Ramirez said he doesn't know how long his shoulder injury will keep him on the disabled list this season, but he knows one thing: ''It still hurts,'' said Ramirez, who dislocated the left shoulder Friday night diving for a ball. Ramirez, who suffered similar injuries to the same shoulder twice early in his career, said doctors told him he could eventually require surgery to tighten the joint, depending on how the shoulder responds after healing. This was the worst of his three separations, he said, with a doctor having to force the shoulder back in the socket in Milwaukee -- after having gone nine years without a problem.
And since everyone's been clamoring, here's a Jake Fox update:

Back from a leg injury after being hit by a broken bat while at first base, Jake Fox belted two more homers, his 13th and 14th, and drove in five runs Tuesday against Colorado Springs.



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