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Back home

Nice to have some baseball back at Wrigley Field! The Cubs start a seven-game homestand today, including the July 30 makeup date against the Astros.

Fukudome, CF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Bradley, RF
Soriano, LF
Fontenot, 2B
Hill, C
Wells, RHP

Right-hander Aaron Harang (5-10, 4.17 ERA) pitches for the Reds.

Chicago sights

All-star left-hander Ted Lilly attended last night’s PAWS Chicago 2009 Beach Party on North Ave. All proceeds benefitted PAWS Chicago’s humane efforts.

Putting on the big show

You can still get great seats from just $5 to this year’s Road to Wrigley game, pitting the Triple-A Iowa Cubs against the Las Vegas 51s on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1:20 p.m. There will be loads of mascots, food and drink specials, inexpensive parking and, of course, kids run the bases after the game.

Fourth of July lineup

Happy Independence Day! 

Today also marks the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech, and all MLB teams wil be honoring Gehrig’s legacy by wearing “4 ALS” patches and running clips of the speech throughout their broadcasts.

Today’s lineup includes some changes that Lou Piniella alluded to after yesterday’s game — namely the dropping of Alfonso Soriano to sixth in the order.

Fukudome, CF

Theriot, SS

Lee, 1B

Bradley, RF

Fox, 3B

Soriano, LF

Soto, C

Fontenot, 2B

Harden, RHP

Braden Looper (6-4, 4.90 ERA) pitches for the Brewers.

Closing out the Twinkies

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

Right-hander Scott Baker (4-6, 5.59 ERA) takes the hill today for the Twins.

Coaching shakeup

The Cubs today relieved hitting coach Gerald Perry of his duties, after two and a half seasons with the club. He’s replaced by Von Joshua, who was hitting coach for Triple-A Iowa the last four seasons. Joshua was last a big-league hitting coach with the 1998-2001 Chicago White Sox.

Did you know?

Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush played 12 seasons for the Minnesota Twins and faced right-handed pitchers in 96 percent of his plate appearances (3361-of 3480). As you can guess, he was a left-handed hitter.

His experiences as a player and, now, decision-maker are the subject of my July “Leading Off” column in Vine Line. Get the insider perspective by subscribing today.

– Sean Ahmed

Good to be home

We have an exciting slate of interleague games for this homestand, as we invite the Twins, White Sox and Indians into the “Friendly Confines.” We’ll have tons of game-day photos all week and some sneak peeks at our next publications.

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

Right-hander Kevin Slowey (8-2, 4.21 ERA) takes the mound for the Twins.

Bonus “Matchups”

Cubs special assistant Dave Littlefield on today’s Twins starter:

“Kevin Slowey gives up hits but, simply put, keeps guys off base. He’s not just a finesse guy. He has a solid fastball with some sink and a cutter that gets the ball going in different directions to the hitter.”

You can get a full-page breakdown of the Twins by purchasing our Scorecard EXTRA, still just $2 at Wrigley Field.

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 …

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