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Dodgers, Game 2

Soriano, LF
Scales, 3B
Fukudome, CF
Lee, 1B
Hoffpauir, RF
Fontenot, 2B
Hill, C
Blanco, SS
Lilly, LHP

Right-hander Chad Billingsley (6-2, 2.82 ERA) will take the mound for the Dodgers.

Here’s a preview of Billingsley, from the “Matchups” section in our Scorecard EXTRA (still just $2 at Wrigley Field!):

Billingsley.jpg

This is Cubtown

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Bradley, RF
Lee, 1B
Johnson, CF
Soto, C
Fontenot, 3B
Blanco, 2B
Wells, RHP

Left-hander Randy Wolf (2-1, 3.02 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers.

Hello, goodbye … hello

The Cubs recalled Bobby Scales today, as Ryan Freel hit the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. That comes one day after he was optioned to Iowa …

(Typically, players cannot be recalled for 10 days after being sent down, but that does not apply in cases of injury.)

Well enough

Notes from our media relations department:

Randy Wells Saturday night in San Diego tossed 3.0 scoreless frames before allowing the first runs of his major-league career in the fourth inning … the runs allowed capped a couple of impressive streaks for Wells, as he went 19.1 innings to start his major-league career and 18.1 innings to start his Cubs career without allowing a run.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wells is the only pitcher on record to toss 18.1 innings to start his Cubs career … the previous longest run on record to start a Cubs career was Vern Olsen with 15.1 scoreless frames covering the 1939-40 seasons.

Iowa-Chicago shuttle

There were three new faces in the clubhouse today, as general manager Jim Hendry recalled slugger Jake Fox and selected the contracts of infielder Andres Blanco and left-hander Jason Waddell. Lefty Neal Cotts and infielder Bobby Scales were optioned to Iowa, while Aaron Miles was placed on the 15-day DL.

Some Triple-A numbers for you:

Fox: .423 AVG/.503 OBP/.886 SLG with 17 homers and 50 RBIs in 40 games

Blanco: .314/.349/.451 with nine doubles in 43 games

Waddell: 5.51 ERA with 17 hits, one home run, seven walks and 12 strikeouts in 16.2 innings

Those of you following along with Vine Line’s minor-league notebooks will know that Blanco has a great glove and has done well to improve his bat tremendously since joining the Cubs organization. Fox can mash, especially fastballs, and has adjusted his hitting approach since his major-league debut with the 2007 Cubs.

Finishing off the Pirates

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Bradley, RF
Lee, 1B
Johnson, CF
Soto, C
Freel, 3B
Blanco, 2B
Zambrano, RHP

Left-hander Zach Duke (5-4, 2.77 ERA) closes out the series for the Pirates.

Time to start a winning streak.

Country Music Night

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Fukudome, CF
Bradley, RF
Hoffpauir, 1B
Fontenot, 2B
Hill, C
Freel, 3B
Marshall, LHP

Right-hander Ian Snell (1-5, 4.88 ERA) pitches for the Pirates.

Needing that win

A win tonight would put us right back at .500. And Carlos Zambrano returns to the rotation tomorrow afternoon, after missing a couple weeks due to a strained hamstring.

Frying the Friars

Nice to get that one in yesterday. It was a power show for a while there. Today marks the last home game against the Padres in 2009.

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Fukudome, RF
Hoffpauir, 1B
Soto, C
Johnson, CF
Scales, 3B
Miles, 2B
Dempster, RHP

Right-hander Chad Gaudin (0-2, 4.08 ERA), released by the Cubs at the end of spring training, pitches for the Padres.

Game 2 vs. the Pads

Let’s hope the Padres can bring some weather worthy of San Diego tonight.

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Fukudome, CF
Lee, 1B
Bradley, RF
Fontenot, 2B
Soto, C
Freel, 3B
Lilly, LHP

Tall right-hander Chris Young (2-1, 4.76 ERA) pitches for the Padres.

Ryan Dempster and former Cub Chad Gaudin are slated to pitch tomorrow.

Media facts

Cubs closer Kevin Gregg has saved five of the team’s last eight wins, and finished two others, dating to May 1 … the right-hander is six-for-seven in save situations this season, having successfully converted his last five opportunities. …

Cubs pitchers have 18 quality starts this season, tied for third-most in the majors … the Brewers lead baseball with 20 quality starts while Pittsburgh is second with 19. …

The Cubs have scored four or more runs in all 18 of their victories, but have plated three or fewer runs in 12 of their 14 losses …

Battle of two great right arms

Tonight’s game features two of the game’s most electric arms: Rich Harden and Jake Peavy. Here’s the Cubs lineup for tonight, which once again includes first baseman Derrek Lee in the heart of the order.

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Fukudome, CF
Lee, 1B
Bradley, RF
Fontenot, 3B
Soto, C
Miles, 2B
Harden, RHP

Right-hander Jake Peavy is 2-4 with a 4.27 ERA.

Cubs through 31 games

Our media relations department provides the following chart of the last three years at this point:

2009: 17-14 (4th, 2.5 GB)
2008: 18-13 (2nd, 1.5 GB)
2007: 16-15 (2nd, 6.5 GB)

The Cubs are 7-3 in May so far, tied for third in baseball …

Milton Bradley is hitting for a .300 AVG/.364 OBP/.500 SLG over his last five games (20 at-bats). He was batting .128/.305/.255 over 47 at-bats prior to that …

Alfonso Soriano ranks third in major-league history with 52 leadoff home runs. Ricky Henderson is first with 81, and Craig Biggio ranks second with 53.

Wrapping up the homestand

The Cubs will try to make it a 5-1 homestand this afternoon against the Giants. Lou is resting a number of regulars for the game:

Gathright, CF
Miles, SS
Fukudome, RF
Lee, 1B
Hoffpauir, LF
Fontenot, 3B
Scales, 2B
Hill, C
Marshall, LHP

Right-hander Tim Lincecum (2-1, 3.16 ERA) will pitch for the Giants.

Earned pinstripes

Bobby Scales makes his first career start today. I had the opportunity to talk to him earlier about his first call-up to the big leagues, after 10 years and 1,013 games in the minors. He said he’s taking everything one day at a time — knowing that he could be shuttling back and forth between Triple-A Iowa and Chicago. And he said he is up here with the mindset to do absolutely anything the team wants him to do.

As you can imagine, he said being in uniform and the Wrigley Field dugout last night was an unbelievable experience. Today, he gets the chance to help the major-league club win.

Iowa reunion

Right-hander Randy Wells also was in the clubhouse this morning, though he has not officially been called up yet and won’t be in uniform today. He exchanged hugs with Scales and Jeff Samardzija, who has spent parts of this season and last in Des Moines.

– Sean Ahmed

Night-day vs. the Giants

It will be a quick series played against the Giants in less than 24 hours — tonight’s game at 7:05 p.m. and a 1:20 p.m. game tomorrow afternoon.

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Bradley, RF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Soto, C
Johnson, CF
Miles, 2B
Dempster, RHP

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 2.60 ERA) will pitch for the Giants.

30 is the new 20

That’s the name of Bobby Scales’ MLBlog, which you should check out for a couple cool posts on Pacific Coast League travel and looking back at some of his early years in the minors. The Cubs selected Scales’ contract from Triple-A Iowa today, placing Carlos Zambrano on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury.

Fergie and friends

A day after having his No. 31 retired along with Greg Maddux, Fergie Jenkins had a meet and greet over at Harry Caray’s Tavern, across the street from the ballpark. Fergie was promoting the book Dugout Wisdom, a collection of accounts from several Hall of Famers, including Jenkins himself.

Greg Maddux and Fergie Jenkins Day

31_MadduxJenkins_cover.jpgWrigley Field is abuzz with the presence of one current Hall of Famer, Fergie Jenkins, and one sure-fire future one, Greg Maddux. Their uniform No. 31 will be retired in a pregame ceremony starting at 12:40 p.m.

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Fukudome, CF
Lee, 1B
Bradley, RF
Fontenot, 3B
Soto, C
Miles, 2B
Zambrano, RHP

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 6.92 ERA) pitches for the Marlins.

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