Closing out the first half

A lot of the questions in Lou’s pregame media session revolved around the first half — it was a bigger picture briefing than would typically happen on a gameday. He said he’s pleased with where the Cubs are but also stressed the team needs to maintain some humility. It’s not going to be easy the rest of the way.

Today’s lineup:

Theriot, SS
Fontenot, 2B
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
DeRosa, RF
Edmonds, CF
Johnson, LF
Blanco, C
Dempster, RHP

The amazing Tim Lincecum (10-2, 2.66) takes the hill for the Giants.

All-Star news

Because of Kerry Wood’s blister problems, Carlos Marmol will take his spot on the National League squad. The decision was made this morning. Kerry will still be making the trip to participate.

Just prior to today’s game, the Cubs’ eight All-Stars and Lou Piniella will take the field and be handed their National League jerseys. Make sure you get to the ballpark a bit early to see the record-setting group together.

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