Game No. 2

After their first of four off-days this April, the Cubs get back to game action today against the Brewers. Two of those off-days, both yesterday’s and the one next Tuesday during the series in Pittsburgh, are built in to the schedule in case Opening Day should be postponed.

Today’s lineup is the same as Monday’s:

Theriot, SS
Soriano, LF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Fukudome, RF
DeRosa, 2B
Soto, C
Pie, CF
Lilly, LHP

Right-hander Jeff Suppan is on the hill for the Brewers.

Great debut

Kosuke Fukudome reached base in each of his four plate appearances Monday, including the three-run home run Michael reflected on in yesterday’s post.

According to Cubs historian and Vine Line contributor Ed Hartig, Fukudome is just the 12th player since 1956 to notch multiple hits and RBI in his Cubs debut. Of those 12, he was just the fifth to accomplish the feat in his major-league debut. He joins a list that includes Ron Santo (June 26, 1960 at Pittsburgh).

He was the first to homer in his Cubs debut since Henry Rodriguez on March 31, 1998 at Florida.

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