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Yesterday was Ted Lilly Shirt Day on the North Side, so what else would you expect than an announcement of All Stardom and a W from the biggest badass either side of the Mississippi?


Speaking of fashion, it was Ted Lilly T-shirt day, and the Cubs' lefty celebrated that and his All-Star Game selection by throwing 61/3 innings of 2-run ball while striking out nine and allowing no walks.

"This is what we were looking for," said Lilly, who improved to 8-6. "Knowing that Milwaukee was coming into town, that was one of the things we were talking about, just trying to find a way to win this series. Today was a big game for us in that sense, to pull out the series and gain some ground and have some of that momentum going into the rest of the homestand."


Though it's possible, we know that Ted Lilly didn't hit 8 solo homers yesterday, so who helped win one for T. Roosevelt?


Lee gave Lilly a first-inning cushion with his 15th homer, which turned into a 2-0 lead because Kosuke Fukudome was on third base after a triple.

In his second day as leadoff hitter, Fukudome had a pair of hits, two runs scored and a sacrifice fly, while the man he replaced, Alfonso Soriano, collected two singles batting sixth.

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Behind Lee, the biggest offensive day went to Jake Fox, who will give up his spot at third base Monday when Aramis Ramirez, returns. Fox smacked his fourth home run while driving in two runs but could be one of the players sent back to Triple-A Iowa, although his .310 average would argue against it.


As mentioned above, Fukudome started his second consecutive day as the leadoff hitter. He was asked if he's changed his approach:


''If I could change my approach, I might be hitting better,'' he said smiling. ''I don't think about the order I'm hitting in. The first at-bat in the first inning is the only one, but the rest [of the game] it really doesn't matter. Today was a little different because I had multiple times batting first, but it just happened.''


And don't look now, but Milton Bradley is quietly dragging himself back up to respectability:


Slowly but surely, Milton Bradley's bat has come around. His average has climbed 118 points in the last 45 games to .245. He is hitting .309 with a .440 on-base percentage since June 10, a trend Piniella considers a sign that the free-agent outfielder with the spotlight squarely focused on him is feeling more comfortable with his new team.


Today marks the returns of Ramirez, REEDZ! and Guzman, so who's on the Denver Zephyr back to Des Moines (and do they still call the Amtrak train from Chicago to Des Moines the Denver Zephyr?)?


Piniella and general manager Jim Hendry will make those decisions today. Pitchers Kevin Hart and Jeff Samardzija and position players Sam Fuld and Micah Hoffpauir could be on the bubble. Jake Fox probably has ensured his stay with a potent bat and capable play at third and in the outfield. Reserve infielder Andres Blanco got a vote of confidence Sunday from Piniella after turning an eye-opening double play in the seventh.


And we'll finish up today's headlines with some news from the farm, courtesy of Bruce Miles:


In the minor leagues, No. 1 draft pick Brett Jackson, the center fielder out of Cal, singled in his first at-bat for Class A Boise yesterday. He went 1-for-4.

Pitcher Andrew Cashner, last year's top pick, pitched 5 innings of 1-run, 3-hit ball in his Class AA debut for Tennessee. He had 6 strikeouts and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Cubs people tell me he threw 75 percent strikes with all his pitches and threw his fastball at 94 mph. He was 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA at Class A Daytona before his promotion.

It looks to me like the draft picks of Tim Wilken are moving their way quickly up the system. Watch guys like pitcher Jay Jackson and Casey Coleman, both '08 picks who are at Double-A already.

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Umbra said:

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Milton's bat has come around. So I guess we won't be hearing people bitch about him ever again.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i'm SURE you were all following my live tweets from the game, but Bradley gets booed by the fans every time he does anything. evern when he walked!

soriano got booed a fair bit yesterday, too.

Doc said:

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I would agree that Milton's average and his OBP have gone up...but he isn't driving in runs. Maybe he should be lead-off. :)

Hopefully if the top of the order gets on a bit more, his RBI numbers will start to go up.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Wait--Guzman is headed BACK to Des Moines? Why?

The fans will lynch Lou if they send Fuld back down. You guys wouldn't believe the ovation he gets when he comes in the game.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Guzman's headed back to Chicago with REEDZ and Aramis

JulieDiCaro said:

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oh thank god.

i thought you said he was headed BACK to des moines. GAK.

Doc said:

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forget anything Fuld has done this year...

I just applaud him for that catch he made cashing into the ivy two years ago during the middle of the playoff race. People forget that...that was a HUGE catch he made. Since the cubs are committed to something like $38 million a season on their three starting outfielders, they should try to trade Fuld to some place were he could play everyday and give the kid a chance to shine.

JulieDiCaro said:

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no, i think EVERYONE remembers that catch. i think fuld has been riding that catch ever since.

Doc said:

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oh...I'm sorry...

Maybe everyone in Chicago remembers that. Cubs fans the I know around here think this kid is playing up here for the first time.

Ted Lilly Fan Club said:

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"...from the biggest badass this side of the Mississippi?"

Julie. Since when do you think you can get away with insulting us like this? Ted Lilly is the biggest badass MF'er in the Universe. Please redact or correct.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I DIDN'T WRITE THAT, TOOL! carl did.

hey, half my tweets yesterday were about what a badass ted is.

Ted Lilly Fan Club said:

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Tool? Don't you think that's a bit mean.

We know Carl does nothing without your approval. Correct or Redact or face TLFC Blog Shame. (TLFCBS means we will print this post, place it in the corner of the TLFC Den and Reading Room, and ignore it for the rest of the day.)

JulieDiCaro said:

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Pay no attention to the chick behind the curtain!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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After I wrote that, I thought I should've said on either side of the Mississippi. Now I'm going to wallow in shame.

JulieDiCaro said:

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way to go, carl. you ruined monday.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh--and this is what SOOOOO ticked me off yesterday. If you followed my tweets, there was this HORRIBLE family of Brewers fans sitting behind me (more on this later), who talked smack the entire game about wrigley, the fans, the cubs, chicago, etc.

yet they KEPT their ted lilly shirts.

Doc said:

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The tribune is reporting (I guess)...

The sale of the cubs has been finalize!

Hello Tom Ricketts...

Hello limited payroll!

jtbwriter said:

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Good morning, Cub fans.... Can't we all get along? TLFC-"Badass" is a compliment! At least in So Cal....

Sorry Julie that you had trolls behind you, only thing worse is drunken Red Sox losers in front of you at an Angels game. Gum on the seats when they stood up was one way of dealing with them, then when they turned around and cussed, getting the usher to eject them for profanity is another!


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