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Cubs Friday Headlines and Game Thread: The Return of D. Lee: Braves @ Cubs, 1:20 PM CDT

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella pulls starting pitcher Casey Coleman in their game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 18, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan Photo via Newscom



Another day, another loss. This play says it all.

With Justin Berg pitching, Chris Denorfia bounced the ball to third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who tossed to catcher Koyie Hill at home. Hill ran baserunner Chase Headley back to third, tagging him out.

It looked like Hill tried to call timeout, but the umpires didn't acknowledge it. As Hill walked toward the mound, Venable took off from third for home. Hill threw, but first baseman Xavier Nady, coming down the line, could not beat Venable, and the Padres had their fourth run of the inning.

Fortunately for us, Koyie Hill took the blame and won't play again this year.

"What's frustrating is that it wasn't lack of concentration. It wasn't just cluelessness. It just happened. I don't know how to explain it. I felt like I asked for timeout with the same gesture I always use for timeout. Ultimately, it's the player's responsibility. And so far as being accountable, no doubt, I'll be accountable right there."

On a bright note, Big Z wasn't great, but he only gave up one run.

"It was kind of like my earlier games in the big leagues," Zambrano said. "I walked a lot of guys but I was able to command myself when I had to. I walked the first guy (in each of the first two innings), and I was able to get a groundball or a flyball. With men on base, I was able to be more aggressive.

"Larry (pitching coach Rothschild) told me if I want, just send the leadoff hitter to first base and start pitching like that. Otherwise, I felt good the whole game."

 

With Derrek Lee gone, Tyler Colvin is taking grounders at first.

Tyler Colvin practiced at first base during batting practice Thursday and might get a chance to play there.

"We'll do that for a couple days and see how he feels," manager Lou Piniella said. "Let's see how he responds to the work, and we can go from there."

Piniella wouldn't say when Colvin would play first, but he did say giving Colvin a look in the final weeks would give the next manager and his coaching staff "a good start on what the options are" in 2011.

Speaking of Tylermania!, we should expect to see him back in the lineup today.

After four days benched from the lineup to clear his head and work with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, rookie Tyler Colvin (.251) should be back in the lineup today, Piniella said.

And Derrek Lee thinks the spectre of not winning in so long is what continues to keep the Cubs from winning.

'I think having to hear about losing kind of puts you in a negative environment. I don't think that's conducive to winning,'' he said. ''You want a little more positive energy going on. But I also think everyone understands that when they come here. You're going to hear it until the team wins.

''So that's, honestly, one of the enticing things about coming here, to be on that team that finally breaks the so-called curse.''

As for today's loss, it will feature Jair Jurrgens (5-4, 3.92) against Ryan Dempster (11-8, 3.62). Game time is 1:20 pm, on CSN and WGN radio. Look for Julie and family doing the tomahawk chop in honor of Derrek Lee's return as a Brave.

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Doc said:

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Is anyone else a little appalled at the idea of Colvin going to first base?

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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If it means less Hufflepuff, I'm all for it.

Doc said:

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Forget about this season...this season is over.

Hufflepuff isn't going to be the first baseman next year. Would you rather the Cubs move Colvin to first and get another outfielder or leave Colvin where he is at and go out to find a new first baseman? I vote for the latter.

secdelahc said:

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It'd be easier to go out and get a first baseman, that's for sure.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I've heard people suggest we go after Dunn. I know Julie would like that.

Doc said:

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ok...I've saw the play live, and I've watch the replay over and over...

I'm a little sick of people dumping on Koyie Hill...fine...timeout wasn't called....

BUT JUSTIN BERG WAS SUPPOSED TO BE COVERING HOME PLATE!!!

Berg's job in that situation was to keep home covered until timeout is called or the catcher returns.

I credit Hill for taking the entire blame for this, but there were a number of other "fails" on that play.

secdelahc said:

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So, apparently I impressed my bosses so much this summer that they're creating a position specifically for me in Phoenix! I've got a job offer!!!!!!! School will be so much easier this year without worrying about finding a job after I graduate.

baturkey said:

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Congratulations!

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Employment is good!! CONGRATS!!

gravedigger said:

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Unemployment is better, though. If you can afford it, that is.

secdelahc said:

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It gets old after awhile, though. I've been there...

Teebob2000 said:

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Yeah, whatever, you spoiled citizen...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK-YtM52aPE

sloan peterson said:

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Congratulations!! Hard work pays off !!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I told you packing your knee pads would pay off...

Edelweiss said:

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Or bending over.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Does anyone think that Dempster will express his other bromance with D-Lee with tears on the mound today? That was his boy!!

Doc said:

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I bet Dempster hits him with a fastball right in the gut...and then yells at him "Why the hell did you waive your no-trade clause and leave me here all alone with these losers, you jerk!"

Cubs Psychologist said:

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What he should say after he hits D-Lee in the gut is,"I can't quit you!" That would be epic.

HackWilson09 said:

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I think that if Colvin does a reasonable job at first base, that it's honestly the very best place for him to go, for the sake of the future of this team.

Think about it -- we have two more years of Byrd in the outfield. Everyone loves Marlon Byrd. We have a thousand more years of Soriano in left field. Oh, well... Beyond that, you have Fukudome bridging the gap to Brett Jackson, because Kosuke is simply untradeable, so you may as well enjoy his April and May again, and then have him as your fourth outfielder as his contract slowly expires.

Another rookie in the outfield, you say? Well, Brett Jackson is a wonderful anomoly in the Cubs farm system. I have never in the last ten years seen a prospect with this combination of offensive numbers -- plate discipline, speed, power and average. He's approaching 100 runs in about 120 games. I would expect him to be ready to play outfield and lead off for the Cubs some time in the middle of 2011. The first legitimate, long-term leadoff man in Cubs history!!!

So, if you want Brett Jackson to make this leap, then somebody else has to play first base through 2012 and maybe beyond. I really hope Tyler Colvin can do this. He can't have a worse glove than Adam Dunn or Prince Fielder, and he's cheap.

Doc said:

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You are assuming that both Fukudome and Soriano are going to stick around for a while...those two players are going to be at the top of the "salaries to dump" list during this off-season.

Teebob2000 said:

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You mean as in "salaries to eat?" Because if you're trading them, you have to have a team stupid enough to trade them to. Who do you think would take either of them? Well, I mean besides Baltimore...

Doc said:

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Seattle?

Teebob2000 said:

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"Fool me once,..."

gravedigger said:

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"...shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

Teebob2000 said:

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I think you're misremembering that wrong.

Doc said:

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So, are you saying that George W. Bush is now owner of the Seattle Mariners?

sloan peterson said:

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That would explain a lot...

Karen said:

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aaaaw - love the cheer for Derrick

secdelahc said:

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Are we losing yet?

plamorte said:

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i think that is, awesome!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ha! It totally is-- he got filed by 3 tv crews, too.

plamorte said:

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Yea sooooo...Cubs lost. At least I won't have to update the flags for the...(checking schedule)...5th consecutive day.

Teebob2000 said:

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So, what kind of lumber do you think we could get for Marmol in a trade?

gravedigger said:

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Do you people WANT to see me go on a murderous rampage?

Rich Beckman said:

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I think Soriano should be given a shot at first. If he can play it competently....

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