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Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Goodbye Denver


July 11, 2010 Los Angeles, CA..Carlos Silva of the Cubs in action during the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers defeated the Cubs, 7-0..Josh Thompson/CSM.


The Cubs had a bit of a scare Sunday afternoon when Carlos Silva left the game after just one-third of an inning.

The Cubs had more than a five-game losing streak to worry about Sunday during an 8-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Their starting pitcher, Carlos Silva, went to the hospital after coming out of the game in the first inning with an abnormally high heart rate.

The Cubs described the ailment as PSVT, or paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, which has as it symptoms palpitations, or a rapid heartbeat.

The 31-year-old right-hander retired the first batter he faced, but after he walked Jonathan Herrera, assistant trainer Ed Halbur paid a visit to the mound. After the next batter, Carlos Gonzalez, singled, head trainer Mark O'Neal came out, and Silva was taken out of the game.

The Cubs said paramedics stabilized Silva on the way to the hospital and that he's fine, but he'll be kept overnight for observation and that his status to pitch on his next turn is up in the air. It's the first known episode of this condition to the Cubs, they said.


As for the rest of the game, the Cubs got down then came up just short in a comeback, adding to their Major League-leading one-run loss total.


Despite strong comebacks each of the last two games, the Cubs wound up right where they've been all season, with two more one-run losses to add to a major-league-leading total that stands at 24.

So much change on the six-game trip. So little difference.

And 57 games left.

Can they keep the season from tailspinning to the end?

''I don't know, man,'' said Soriano, who homered in the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-4, then missed another by inches in the ninth when center fielder Dexter Fowler robbed him at the wall -- leaving him with a sacrifice fly that made it a one-run game.

''We come close to winning games, but at the last minute we can't win,'' Soriano said. ''But everybody here is fighting.''


Blake DeWitt joined the team and had an impressive debut. No word on whether he'll continue to hit .750 the rest of the year.

Blake DeWitt had three singles and a fielding gem in his Cubs debut Sunday and said he "couldn't be more excited" about the opportunity to play in Chicago.
DeWitt said he spoke with former Cub Reed Johnson about the Cubs experience.

"He had nothing but good things to say about the Cubs," DeWitt said. "He did say there are a lot more day games, and that at times it takes getting used to, but that's part of it."

He actually had a double and two singles. In addition to second, DeWitt can play third. He might need to, as it looks like Aramis Ramirez will be missing more time due to his sore thumb.

Ramirez, who spent two weeks on the DL in June because of persistent swelling near the base of his left thumb, was scratched from Sunday's lineup after he appeared to aggravate the area the previous two games.

Acting manager Alan Trammell said he wasn't sure if Ramirez would return to the lineup tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ramirez came off the bench to pinch-hit in the eighth and flied to center on the first pitch.

''The last couple games, I've seen the little wincing with some of the swings and misses,'' Trammell said. He added with a smile, ''We have to tell him don't swing and miss.''



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gravedigger said:

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Acting Manager? Hmm?

baturkey said:

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Piniella was attending a funeral.

Max Power said:

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Oddly, he didn't even know the guy. Piniella said in the pre-game interview, "You know, I really don't feel like going to a game today. Hell, I'd rather attend a funeral." Don't ever say that Piniella makes idle statements.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dammit, I'm so sick of being right about how mich this team is going to suck. Just ONCE I'd like to feel like the front office knows something the fans don't, like we have a bionic player that could save the season or something. Bah.

gravedigger said:

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Ive been saying this since day 1

Max Power said:

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Of course you have, fancypants.

AndCounting said:

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You need to take my approach. Predict that they'll be good, and you'll never, ever be right again.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Do I have to believe myself when I predict they'll be good?

AndCounting said:

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Not at all. I find its best to blur the line between sincerity and satire until the two are unrecognizable.

sloan peterson said:

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The trick is to say the Cubs will be "good"-not necessarily good at winning.Could be good at losing,frustrating people,crushing hopes,making bad trades, etc. The sky's the limit!!

Edelweiss said:

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Blake DeWitt IV will be the Cubs savior, according to Jim Hendry.

summerguy said:

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When I heard Silva was taken out of the game due to a rapid heartbeat... I thought to myself, Jesus this guy is out of shape. But then I realized it could have been a serious condition and I felt bad. But now that it is nothing, what else can this guy get taken out of the game for?

JulieDiCaro said:

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arachnophobia?

gravedigger said:

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So, um, Ozzie never learns, does he?

JulieDiCaro said:

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I have a confession to make. . . I kind of totally love Ozzie. I wish he managed the Cubs.

There. I said it.

gravedigger said:

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Yeah, I mean, he'd be entertaining.

That was one of the things I was happy about when Piniella was named the manager. Thought he was going to be a lot of fun. Instead he just said "I am not a dragon" and it turned out to be true :(

JulieDiCaro said:

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Okay--who wants to play fantasy football?

gravedigger said:

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Not me!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dodger fans = NOT happy with the Theriot/Lilly deal:
http://tinyurl.com/23wlnfa
(h/t to Tim for tweeting the link)

gravedigger said:

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He doesn't sound irate or anything. And he's probably right. If i were trying to steer my team to the playoffs, two of the last players I'd acquire would be Theriot and Podsednik.

gravedigger said:

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Oh wait, its the comments. LOL, yes.

baturkey said:

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A little payback for the Maddux-Izutris trade.

JulieDiCaro said:

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well, damn. CN ate my comment with my two favorite comments in it!

JulieDiCaro said:

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and it ate it again. what the hell?

plamorte said:

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i really hope you're faking your "surprise" at that happening, i say "what the hell" when my comments actually post

plamorte said:

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...what the hell

JulieDiCaro said:

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i swear, that has never happened to me before. how obnoxious.

Edelweiss said:

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OMG They sound just like Cub fans!

JulieDiCaro said:

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No Silva's on the DL.

I think this actually helps us.

mattvegas said:

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(Cheap shot alert)
Ya know, before Silva had his episode, I was beginning to wonder if anyone on this team even had any heart.

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