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Lou played spin the wheel of lineup again Saturday, and this time came up all aces.  The Cubs beat Jason Marquis and the Rockies, 6-5:

Manager Lou Piniella, who has turned into the master tinkerer, used his 87th different lineup, excluding pitchers, in the Cubs' 108th game Saturday night against the Rockies.

"We're trying to find a lineup that will produce runs consistently, and if we find one, we'll stay with it," Piniella said.

For one night, at least, he found one as the Cubs held off the Rockies 6-5 before a crowd of 47,845 at Coors Field to stay within one game of the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central.
But hold off on the excessive celebration, as one bit of bad news came about last night:

"I've been sore for four or five days," said Ramirez, who struck out three times. "I just couldn't do it. I tried."

Ramirez will sit out Sunday's game and will decide Monday whether to play the finale of the four-game series.

Big Z's injury appears to be something they've known about for a long time. And one of the results of the injury is going to make Carlos mad:

--Zambrano has suffered with a bulging disc in his back, apparently for years. While neither he nor the Cubs has made an issue of it, his back has acted up in the past, but never to the point it has the last two weeks.

He has been prescribed exercises to prevent problems, although it is not clear whether he does them regularly. The Cubs say he did not report anything unusual between his last two scheduled starts.

--Zambrano's batting practices will be curtailed considerably when he returns. He is believed first to have suffered spasms after swinging at a pitch against the Marlins and again after he took batting practice Friday in Coors Field.

Zambrano's fill-in for his next turn in the rotation, the one and only Jeff Samardzija:

Rookie Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to start in Zambrano's spot Wednesday at home against the World Series-champion Philadelphia Phillies.

It'll be the major-league starting debut for Samard-zija, the former Notre Dame football star who pitched four good innings Friday night to cover for Zambrano's loss.

Samardzija threw 73 pitches in that outing, which should have him stretched out enough to pitch six innings if he's going well, Piniella said.

We've got a 2:10 CT game today on WGN, kids!

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FrankS said:

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Shark pitched four innings, but not four good innings.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I can't believe we're losing Z. Again.

I can't believe even more that we're still in the hunt, with all the injuries we've had.

Fargo said:

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perhaps he needs to stop carrying Little Lord Fontenot on his back for entertainment...

baturkey said:

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baturkey said:

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They got mad over 20 cents? That's a petty crime.

cubby23(eric) said:

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Bad story all around.

He's the coverboy for EA's NHL game next month. The "curse of the cover" continues.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Whoa.

http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/2009/08/08/saturday-night-special-3/

They really need to start putting warnings on some of these.

berselius said:

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jtbwriter said:

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TMI! Someone was desperate for attention!
Morning all!
I think Lou was a dragon yesterday! And it worked!

flyball said:

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can I get a little good news today?

flyball said:

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2 on, 2 scored, no outs first inning? this is NOT good news

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