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Chicago Cubs Wednesday Headlines: Cubs Beat Lincecum. Yes, Really


Chicago Cubs Kosuke Fukudome (L) hits a two-run home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey looks on during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 10, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)




The story was all wrong. The Cubs were going into a pitchers' park to face the winner of the last two Cy Young awards. And they knocked him out in the fourth. With Hoffpauir, Fukudome and Hill in the lineup.They also managed not to blow a big lead, and won 8-4.

Rookies Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro opened the game with consecutive singles, and Kosuke Fukudome capped the big inning with a two-run home run he splashed into San Francisco Bay beyond right field.

Castro's two-run single with two outs in the fourth saddled Lincecum with a season-high-tying six runs allowed and helped end his shortest start of the season. (He was done after needing 89 pitches to get through four innings.)

Alan Trammell isn't quite the quote machine that Lou Piniella is, but he succinctly states just what it is that the players have to play for as this horrid season crawls along.

"The fact of the matter is -- and let's be quite frank -- when you're having seasons like this, there are going to be X amount of players who aren't going to be back," acting manager Alan Trammell said. "There are scouts up there writing reports. If the guy is hustling, he's going to write it down. If this team is struggling and he's busting his tail, he'll write that down. That's the same message I've passed down to numerous players. It comes down to being professional."



Speaking of Lou, he's planning on being back Friday in St. Louis. It looks like he's had to make one of those tough decisions no one likes to face.

Manager Lou Piniella told Trammell on Tuesday he would return Friday when the Cubs play in St. Louis. Piniella is trying to find assisted-living quarters for his mother, who has been hospitalized in Tampa.


"He kind of laid the law down," Trammell said. "Lou is going to take care of her. Good for him. He's doing the right thing, and hopefully that will help in the process. It's been a rough go for Lou for a couple weeks with all these issues."


In case you were worried, Xavier Nady hasn't let trade talk distract him from sitting on the bench.

''I've already been through it,'' said Nady, who had two hits while filling in for first baseman Derrek Lee (bereavement list) in the Cubs' 4-3, 11-inning loss Monday to the San Francisco Giants. ''You're always going to hear and have speculation that you might go here or there. For me, it's just an everyday thing. I've been through it a few times, [so] it doesn't really bother me or distract me.''


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flyball said:

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I got home just in time to watch the last inning of the game, had me worried, but it made me just a little happy to see a win

AndCounting said:

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The Cubs managed to look like a completely different team AND the same bumbling team we've come to know and despise all in one game. Jekkyl and Hyde, Good Rex and Bad Rex. Kinda fun to watch in a dark sorta way.

flyball said:

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I will say this for the team, even when they do the expected they manage to accomplish the expected in unexpected ways

this is a very layered team

JulieDiCaro said:

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LMAO. "Layered."

Doc said:

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I'm glad Nady put my mind at easy today saying that trade rumors won't get in the way of his shitty on field performance.

Thank goodness.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I was ticked off when we signed Nady and I'm STILL ticked off about signing him.

flyball said:

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but his name is Xavier, still one of my favorite guys names ever

JulieDiCaro said:

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my brother and SIL almost named my nephew "Oliver." I was pretty stoked for that.

flyball said:

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I think the Cubs should add an Oliver to the roster

Doc said:

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I'm pissed that the Cubs didn't trade D-Lee in the offseason and made Nady the everyday 1st baseman...and then he would have gotten his swing back into shape and would have been great and awesome.

flyball said:

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who, D Lee or Nady

Doc said:

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FrankS said:

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Then your kids would have had a Cousin Oliver. Shades of the Brady Bunch!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm so freakin' tired, you guys. This "running my own business" thing is for the birds.

flyball said:

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but I heard your boss was really nice

sloan peterson said:

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Do you nominate yourself for "Employee of the Month"?

JulieDiCaro said:

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The blog "Milking It" is debating whether or not it's okay for parents to kiss their kids (even adult kids) on the lips.

My family totally does this, but a lot of people think it's weird and equate it with "making out." I didn't realize it was such a big deal.

Doc said:

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um, well I think most people have problems when there is tongue involved.

sloan peterson said:

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Yeah,also length of time, and age might freak out people...

FrankS said:

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It's a cultural thing. It's also up to individuals. I always kissed my kids on their cheeks or foreheads, but that ended pretty much by the time they got into grade school. As far as I can remember, my parents weren't big on kissing me or my siblings.

flyball said:

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Cubs, I'm doing your scouting work for you, enjoy

Andrew Oliver
with 5 starts for the Tigers he's 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA, batting average against him .310, and evidently he has problems with flyballs (not me though, I don't know him so hopefully he has no issue with me)

he just got sent back to AAA, in Toledo, I hear a trade coming!

baturkey said:

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I need to move back to Illinois just so West Coast games start at a slightly more reasonable time.

flyball said:

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seriously

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