News and notes: Murton recalled

Seeking a right-handed bench player, the Cubs recalled Matt Murton Saturday morning. He played in both weekend games, going 1-for-8 with a pair of RBIs. Infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson, who went 0-for-6 with a stolen base in three games, was optioned back to Triple-A Iowa.

With Alfonso Soriano on the disabled list until at least April 30, Murton may be the backup choice for the remainder of the injury. Patterson cannot be recalled for 10 days, per MLB rules.

Countdown to 10,000

After the weekend sweep, the Cubs need just three wins to give the franchise 10,000 all-time. Unfortunately, Chicago will not be able to reach the milestone during this homestand. The team is away April 23-27. … Did you know that the only other team with more is the New York/San Francisco Giants with 10,192?

Smashing lefties

After yesterday’s win against Pittsburgh southpaw Zach Duke, the Cubs are 5-1 against left-handed starters this season. Last year, the team struggled against lefties until September, though the final hitting splits ended up being pretty equal in the end.





2007 vs. RHP




2007 vs. LHP




2008 vs. RHP




2008 vs. LHP




Goes to show you that hitting against left-handers is just one part of winning those games.


It was nice to see the large ovation the fans gave the team after Sunday’s win. Kerry Wood seemed to especially enjoy it, as he smiled and waved back as he headed into the clubhouse.

Keep an eye out for the May issue of Vine Line for a column by Michael Huang on why the fans continue to love Kerry.

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