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Chicago Cubs Thursday Headlines: Mother Nature Foils the Return of Big Z


Lightning streaks across the sky in Buenos Aires during a thunderstorm



A rainout in Pittsburgh last night ruined the big night for Big Z. That coupled with an off day today means a giant two day snoozefest for Cub fans. As for the rotation going forward, Lou Piniella's not quite sure what it'll look like now.

"We'll sit down on the airplane and try to figure this thing out," Piniella said. "But we're caught in a little ways because (Ted) Lilly has had 3 starts against this team (Pittsburgh) and (Randy) Wells just pitched against them. So we're going to see if we can juggle this thing around so we can pitch somebody different here on Monday."

Zambrano will pitch one of the games in Houston. The original rotation for Friday-Sunday for the Cubs was Carlos Silva, Ryan Dempster and Wells.

In bullpen news, Lou's not going to rush Andrew Cashner into the late-inning role.

"Our bullpen is fine," Piniella said. "I've got to get Cashner broken in the right way. I don't want to run him out there with the game on the line immediately. We did that with Marmol when he first came up here three years ago. The difference then was we were scoring more runs so it was much easier to do.

"Now, with the scarcity of runs, every game is tight, and I don't know if we're going to have that luxury or not, but I would like to get him out there a couple times when he can relax and just throw the ball and not have a game on the line. I'm hoping that's what we can do. I think that'll be much better long term for the young man and long term for us."

Had the game been played last night, Derrek Lee would've been out of the lineup for a second straight day.

A day after getting an unwanted day off from the starting lineup, first baseman Derrek Lee was a late scratch from the lineup Wednesday because of a tight hamstring.

Xavier Nady, who had four hits filling in for Lee on Tuesday, moved from right field to first again Wednesday, with Jeff Baker inserted in right.

Lee, who's 1-for-his-last-15 with nine strikeouts, is to have his playing status evaluated again this week, before the Cubs open a three-game series Friday night in Houston.

And there are rumors swirling about a possible trade involving Derrek Lee.

Excellent baseball sources are telling us the Angels and the Cubs may be involved in trade talks that could send Derrek Lee to L.A. The Angels lost their starting first baseman, Kendry Morales, last weekend when he broke his leg in a celebration after he hit a walk-off grand slam. Lee was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup because of tightness in his right hamstring.

I hope these rumors keep popping up, as it'll give us something to talk about for awhile. Apparently, there was another Lee rumor that I missed that involved Boston.

Already, first baseman Derrek Lee, who has a full no-trade clause, has been mentioned in at least one Boston-based rumor suggesting the Cubs would be willing to deal him in the final year of his contract. Lefty pitcher Ted Lilly, who has a very limited trade restriction in his contract, also is in the final year of his deal.

And righty Carlos Silva, with another year at $11.5 million after this one, suddenly may be very tradeable as he rides a 7-0 start toward a possible All-Star appearance.

Sources say the Lee rumor is unfounded and that there has been very little activity over the last week or two -- even in the form of teams asking about Cubs players -- and nothing in the works.

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JulieDiCaro said:

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Mother Nature takes pity on Cubs fans, prevents loss to Pirates in the only way imaginable.

I'm headed downtown to court early this morning (finalizing the worst divorce in history). Please pray for me.

gravedigger said:

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Hope you're (not the client) the one who comes out with all the money.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Speaking of me not being around, I'll be down at the Blogs With Balls conference over the weekend, can anyone do the game thread Friday night?

gravedigger said:

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No.

JulieDiCaro said:

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gravedigger it is! Thank you!

JulieDiCaro said:

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that brain reminded me of you the first time I saw it.

though I have to say, I would LOVE to see what a game thread written by you would look like.

gravedigger said:

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Here it is:

There's a game today. The Cubs play someone. It might or might not be on TV. I'm not watching and hope they lose. That's it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I've been sitting here watching this dumbass try to open a locked courtoom door. There is a padlock on the door. There are 30 people sitting and waiting patiently outside the room. There is a sign saying the courtroom will open at 9:00.

And yet.

He just keeps pulling.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Know what's super-tacky? Bringing a date to your divorce and making out with her the whole time.

gravedigger said:

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I really don't see what would be wrong with that.

Umbra said:

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You know what else is super-tacky?

Divorce.

thisyearcub said:

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Umbra FTW.

JulieDiCaro said:

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yes, staying with a husband who beats the crap out of you if far classier.

Edelweiss said:

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If you show him you won't take that crap, it can work out. My husband hit me - ONCE. He was 5' 10" and 185. I am 4'11", and was about 110 at the time. I hit back - sneaky power. He never tried it again. Women who are abused need to know that bullies back down when confronted.

Umbra said:

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I was going to write an actual response that said that divorce is not super-tacky in cases of physical and emotional abuse and neglect.

But then I thought it would be more fun if I said, "Yes, Julie, I am advocating against women in physically abusive marriages seeking divorces because it is super-tacky and unfashionable. That is totally and completely my point. I am not being sardonic at all."

thisyearcub said:

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Umbra FTW again!! Two times in the last hour, good job my friend.

JulieDiCaro said:

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first of all, 'FTW' is even considered to be cheesey and douchey by people who read maxim, and second, i'm not really even sure what you're cheering.

Umbra said:

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He's cheering the fact that you just lost (and I just won) an argument you didn't even know you were participating in.

Also, below we were talking about this.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't even see where there's an argument. Also, I was just making an observation. But I do love it when people who have never been married weigh in on the morality of divorce. It's kind of like how expecting couples have all the parenting answers.

Teebob2000 said:

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FT... uh... I mean, good point, CJ.

flyball said:

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I'm just confused as to how you can have a for the win point twice in the same competition doesn't that mean the second one negates the first?

or am I just being mean because its 154 degrees and humid right now?

thisyearcub said:

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This is true. Both of them. All good though FB. Go steal A/C from some establishment.

flyball said:

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sigh, what I wouldn't do for some central a/c

thisyearcub said:

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You must not read many blogs...FTW is pretty common throughout the internet. Not just Maxim-is that even still around?

Umbra said:

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The point was that if even those philistines at Maxim think FTW is overplayed, it's overplayed.

It's like when your dad stops quoting Napoleon Dynamite because "it's getting old".

JulieDiCaro said:

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my point was that some people still say it, but it's gone the way of 'fo-shizzle' in internet lingo.

also, matt may as well be dancing around his sensei yelling 'yeeeeeah, johnny! Get him a bodybag!'

Umbra said:

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Jumpin' Jehoshaphat you really gave him a what-for! Let's 23 skidoo before the bobbys arrive to take us up the lift to Davy Jones's Locker, eh what?

thisyearcub said:

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eh what exactly. Apparently commending you on a joke makes you my master. Or something. Internet lingo police formulate!

flyball said:

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I know what it is supposed to mean, but I can't help reading it as WTF backwards

my way is much more fun

MillsChC said:

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I read plenty of blogs, have seen FTW, but have no idea what it stands for, mostly because I just figured it was another lame internet abbreviation (like LOL, WTF, OMG, ROFL, SMDYMFCSDB, etc.) that only lame-o's use.

It's a mystery to me why people find these "cool", kinda like how recently, people think Betty White is so badass.

Umbra said:

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Because Hollywood Squares is cool and ironic?

MillsChC said:

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Hollywood Squares... no. Match Game.. sure.

Eric From The Dugs said:

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Gavels can be thrown with some degree of accuracy. I feel this may have been a good time for that.

thisyearcub said:

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"We need a rainout."

"I can get us a rainout."

YES!

sloan peterson said:

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So, what are we going to talk about? The perfect game that wasn't? Kyle Farnsworth injuring himself while warming up in the bullpen?What would have happened if the game had not been rained out?

flyball said:

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I want an inning by inning recap of the game that wasn't yesterday

Umbra said:

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I think it should be known as 'The Perfect-Er Game' because he got 28 straight outs, not just 27.

Eric From The Dugs said:

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We made this for the perfect-ish game:

http://twitpic.com/1tkhqn

Umbra said:

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This is great.

My friend and I were lucky enough to be at a sports bar when this happened. I proceeded to yell out historically dangerous things, while he did his best Jim Joyce impression and ruled them 'safe' no matter how blatantly unsafe they were.

The Titanic!
(Safe!)
The Hindenburg!
(Safe!)
The Challenger Space Shuttle!
(Safe!)

etc., etc.

Umbra said:

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...maybe you had to be there...

Eric From The Dugs said:

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Ha! No, that is definitely my type of bar humor.

gravedigger said:

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that's fucking awesome. i see an internet meme.

thisyearcub said:

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Agreed

MillsChC said:

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I'll guess that it was unlucky enough though for every other patron of that bar to be there.

sloan peterson said:

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I know it's Farnsworth. He was warming up to go against the Angels on Tues night, and the dumb Angels announcer kept calling him "Lyle". Another pitcher came in and in the next inning they anounced that Farnsworth had injured himself....

Umbra said:

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How did it happen? Did he break his fist on somebody's chin again?

sloan peterson said:

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No further details. Both Yahoo Sports and ESPN.com have no injury report and indicate he could pitch tonight. I love the fact that when you Google Farnsworth the second entry is a fight video...

Bric said:

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Talk about tacky, I was watching the Brewers game last night because the Cubs were rained out. Brian Anderson, the Brewers announcer, kept saying that "Andres Gallaraga has a no hitting thru 8." "Andres Galaraga is down to one out..." The whole time I'm thinking doesn't he have cancer or something? And like 50?

gravedigger said:

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Not gonna lie, would be awesome if Andres Gallaraga threw a no hitter

JulieDiCaro said:

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agreed.

Teebob2000 said:

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Tacky? More like incompetent?

Umbra said:

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I just threw out some salsa verde whose expiration date was January 2009. I have become my parents.

Teebob2000 said:

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Could be worse. If you had become MY parents, you would have emptied the jar, rinsed it out and the saved it for some as-yet-to-be-determined purpose, and make your kids throw it away 30 years later after you're dead.

Umbra said:

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The only thing that saves me from the neurosis of hoarding things is the other neurosis that no matter how much I wash it, it will never be clean.

To quote Seinfeld: Germs!

Teebob2000 said:

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I can't say that hoarding is always, universally bad. When my mom moved out of the house we all grew up in after living there 40 years, we found a baseball signed by the entire Cubs roster and coaches from 1955. Nobody had any idea where it came from, though.

JulieDiCaro said:

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wait . . . What is all this talk about Farnsworth? What am I missing?

sloan peterson said:

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Farnsworth was supposed to pitch in the KC-LA ANAHEIM/OC ANGELS game in KC on 5/31/10. Cue 2 stupid Angel announcers who keep saying that"Lyle Farnsworth" was coming in to pitch. After 3 Time-Warner commercials, they return to the game with another relief pitcher, and 2 said stupid announcers later in the inning state that they were told Kyle Farnsworth was injured during the warm-up in the bullpen and that's why another pitcher came in.....Per Yahoo/ESPN he is availible for today's game...

JulieDiCaro said:

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so what does that have to do with the Cubs?

Umbra said:

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Kyle Farnsworth used to play for the Chicago Cubs. You may remember him as the guy who tackled opposing batters when they started complaining that he was pitching too hard.

JulieDiCaro said:

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nevermind.

Umbra said:

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It's past 2 PM- I'm starting to mellow after this morning's coffee, I promise. No more being cynical and snarky and mean from here on out for me. This is our opportunity to reminisce about the good olde days of Kyle Farnsworth.

gravedigger said:

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The Cubs traded for him... you didn't see?

Chicago Sports Suck said:

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Cubs fans should kill themselves

Edelweiss said:

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Was he lighting farts.

sloan peterson said:

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I keep typing Farnsworth but it is posting as Famsworth...

abe frohman said:

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I have a question:
I just saw this headline on ESPN.com's baseball page: A-Rod, Sabathia help Yanks beat slumping O's
How, exactly, can a 15-39 (.278) team that is 21 games back in their division in the first week of June be described as "slumping"? Isn't that just "bad"? It's not like they were 40-15 and then lost 5 in a row.

Teebob2000 said:

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It's a prolonged, first-third-of-the-season slump.

Actually, for them it's more like a many-years-long slump.

It's all in how you look at it.

Chicago Sports Suck said:

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Cubs fans should kill themselves. Chicago will never win another championship.

Edelweiss said:

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Maybe Ryan Theriot will light a few farts.

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