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Saturday Cubs Headlines: Hey, We Won!

Cubs Gorzelanny and Soto Watch Rockies Tulowitzki First Inning Home Run in Denver

Headlines are going to be brief today, because I'm headed down to Trib Tower to do ChicagoNow Radio (with superfab host Alex Quigley) at 10:00 am this morning. Will I get through the entire half hour without enraging someone? There's only one way to find out!

Speaking of Alex Quigley, yesterday's podcast, where in Alex tells his harrowing tale of narrowly missing  an appearance on "Fox & Friends," is ready for download here.

Take that, White Sox!

LAS VEGAS -- A two-run seventh-inning triple by 2007 No. 1 pick Josh Vitters helped the Cubs beat the White Sox 6-5 Friday night to even their spring training rivalry at a game apiece.

The two play again Saturday afternoon in this exhibition series that has split squads for each and could surpass the sellout crowd of 10,448 at Cashman Field Friday.

Tom Gorzelanny started for the Cubs and allowed one run in three innings, although he did not allow a hit. The lefty walked three batters and threw a wild pitch in the second inning but came back to retire the side in order in the third.

Honestly, every time one of our potential number 5 starters has a decent outing, I start to feel a teensy bit better about our bullpen. Go marginal pitchers!

The Cubs blogosphere might be rife with debate about Darlin' Starlin Castro's readiness to play at the major-league level, but Aramis Ramirez has seen enough:

The Cubs don't want to rush Castro, who is still two weeks away from his 20th birthday. They believe he is a special talent, and are handling him with care.

Is it the right call?

"I don't agree with that," Aramis Ramirez said.

Ramirez wasn't questioning the Cubs' decision on Castro, but the philosophy that dictates a 19-year-old can't possibly be ready to play in the majors.

"I don't think there is a right age to play baseball," he said. "Just because he's 19 doesn't mean he's not going to perform. At the same time, he's still a kid. He can still get better in the minors and come up and be a great player, but I don't think there should be an age for when."

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Ramirez said Castro is "mature" for his age and "acts like he's just another guy" instead of the team's top prospect. The Cubs' veterans desperately want to get back to the postseason, and Ramirez believes Castro could help get them there.

"He's good and I think he's going to be better," Ramirez said. "I don't think it's too soon. If you're ready, you're ready. I don't care how old you are. There is no age that tells you when you're ready for the big leagues. If you're ready at 20, you're ready."

Finally, the Cubs are bound and determined to stick with Mike Fontenot. No, I don't know why.

MARYVALE, Ariz. -- Mike Fontenot made a costly error at shortstop on Thursday in his second appearance there that led to three unearned runs in the ninth inning against the Padres.

But manager Lou Piniella isn't giving up on making Fontenot the back-up to Ryan Theriot. He blamed the Padres' field.

"He just has to continue to work," Piniella said. "Alan Trammell and I talked about that situation on the bus back to Mesa. Alan said 'Look, the field in Peoria is very dry, very quick, and it gets cruddy so the ball can take some peculiar bounces.' But we're going to keep working with him."

Will Fontenot get an chance to start at short this spring?

"Why not?" Piniella said. "We can start him and play him six-seven innings."

Yeah. . . that's. .  lot's of fun. Good idea, Lou.

Finally, some LOHO info for you guys.

If you haven't signed up for Fantasy Baseball yet, both Cool Kids and Beer Pong are open for registration. You can find the links and info for both on yesterday's headlines.

If you want to attend the May 18 (7:00 pm) rooftop game, you have until 5:30 pm on Monday to call Skybox on Sheffleld (773.303.9999) to order your tickets. $75 gets you on the roof PLUS all yoy can eat and drink. Kids under 6 are free. Kids under 10 are $60. Ask for Lawrence at SOS and tell him you're with "Cubbiejulie's group."

The LOHO Meetup Game will be on Saturday, June 19. All you have to do is buy a bleacher ticket for that game and show up! We're going to kick off the morning at Rockit Wrigley, where we'll all assemble before heading over to claim our bleacher seats. If you need help finding a ticket, just let me know!

I'm off to (try to) be funny on the radio. Have a great Saturday.

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23 Comments

gravedigger said:

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Interesting that in that extensive quote from Ramirez it was never mentioned that he came up at 19. He turned out OK.

JulieDiCaro said:

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actually, I think it was in the original article, but I left it out.

or was that directed at me? (narrows eyes)

gravedigger said:

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It was just a thought. Don't get mad.

BTW, can you email me the link for posting shit? I want to take a look at the new back end.

Heh.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So . . there are two games going on right now, and we're not following either one?

Sweet.

flyball said:

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oops, lost track of time

ps, nice segment this morning, and tell Alex he did a great job

MillsChC said:

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I started watching the one vs the Sox, but only watched two batters before I decided it wasn't worth putting up with the douche in the booth.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Looks like Marshall had a good start against the Reds:

3.0IP, 2 H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2SO, 1HR 2.57 ERA. I'll take it!

Same goes for Demp sgainst the Sox so far:

2.0IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 9BB, 1SO, 0HR, 0.00 ERA

Niiiiiice.

FrankS said:

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So when is ChicagoNow going to add an edit feature? Because the 9BB has to be a typo.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh derf. That's supposed to be 0BB.

FrankS said:

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I figured it had to be 0 because the 9 is right next to it. But how many times have we typed something out on CN and then realized we made an oops? And there's no easy way to fix it. ARGH!

flyball said:

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yeah, so I thought it was WGN, but its the Score, I'm switching the to the Reds game

JulieDiCaro said:

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is it the away feed?

MillsChC said:

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yeah... it's pick your poison day... Hawk or Brenneman.

flyball said:

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I thought it was supposed to be WGN, but I signed on and its not, although it says its the home feed

JulieDiCaro said:

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is death an option?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh hey, no way, The Sox game is on Comcast. If you can stand to listen to Hawk and Steve, tune in!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Baker (3B), just threw the ball 10 feet over Dancing Bear's head. That's no way to win the starting spot, Jeff.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i love how hawk doesn't even attempt to tell you what's going on in the game. he's just up there blathering away about whatever pops into his head.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Per Carrie Muskat, Aramis left the game with a sore tricep. He's day to day, Cubs say it's nothing to worry about.

MillsChC said:

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This could be old news, but it's new to me...

Baseball Prospectus says the Cubs will finish 2nd in the division.... 13 games back of the Cards. They really think it's gonna be that much of a runaway?

FrankS said:

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I'm guessing that someone forgot to "Spring Ahead" one hour last night...

JulieDiCaro said:

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i've got it. i'll just put up the game threads.

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