Lineups and happenings
Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (10-6, 2.72 ERA) pitches for the Astros.
? Milt Pappas was at Wrigley Field on Friday, the day after Mark Buehrle threw an exciting perfect game down on the South Side. Pappas, of course, narrowly missed his own perfect game Sept. 2, 1972, on a controversial ball-four call with two outs in the ninth. He did finish with a no-hitter, the last until Carlos Zambrano’s last season.
? Today, Chicago Cubs Charities will be presenting a $50,000 check to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). A total of $150,000 raised in connection with the recent concerts at Wrigley Field will be donated to organizations serving Chicago.
? Yesterday was Lou Gehrig Day at the ballpark, hosted by the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Lou Piniella, who himself lost his father-in-law to ALS, annually does public-service announcements and hosts a charity golf tournament for the organization. A few weeks ago, I talked with Lou about the organization’s charitable work, and here’s what he had to say:
“[Community work is] one of the things we do here, and I like this aspect of the organization a lot. And we adhere it, and we’re happy to do so. Family is so important. The health of a family and well-being of a family is so important. So we bend over backwards here to make this as family friendly as we can. We recognize that baseball games are important, but we recognize la familia is the most important.”
? Tying into Chicago’s 2016 bid, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Shawn Johnson will be singing the stretch tonight.