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Game 2 vs. Marlins

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

Left-hander Graham Taylor (0-1, 9.82 ERA) takes the hill for Florida.

Memorable moment

One of the most fun parts about Wrigley Field crowds comes when hearing the reaction to certain peripheral developments. We all remember the sudden cheers from last year’s postseason run when the out-of-town manual scoreboard would be updated with a favorable result against the Cards or Brewers.

Last night there was Carlos Zambrano stepping into the on-deck circle as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. “Z!” “Z!” “Z!” It’s Cubs fans’ version of word of mouth. And sure enough, with fans on their feet, Big Z struck a solid base hit up the middle.

The NBA’s April

There were several hundred people standing around the concourse TVs by the time the Bulls-Celtics game reached the second of three overtimes. What a finish. Congrats to Chicago’s basketball team for pushing an unbelievable first-round series to seven games.

Fish in water

The Marlins are in town for their one and only visit to Wrigley Field this season. The team will head to Florida at the end of July for the only other series between these two teams this year.

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

Young right-hander Chris Volstad (2-0, 2.70 ERA) pitches for the Marlins.

Game notes from our media relations department

APRIL COMES TO A CLOSE: With a 10-10 mark thus far, the Cubs need a victory tonight to secure their sixth winning April in their last seven seasons dating to 2003 … Chicago was 17-10 at the end of April last season after going 10-14 in 2007 – prior to that the Cubs hadn’t had a sub-.500 record heading into May since 2002 (8-16).

OUTSTANDING OUTFIELD: Cubs outfielders have combined to hit 13 home runs this season, tied with the Brewers and White Sox for the most in all of baseball … Cubs outfielders have also drawn 36 walks this season, fifth in the National League.

Happy 95th birthday, Wrigley Field!

Today’s lineup, on a beautiful day:

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

Right-hander Aaron Harang (1-2, 2.70 ERA) will pitch for the Reds.

Late-inning shuffle

The Cubs called up Jeff Samardzija today to help bridge the middle relief to setup. Right-hander Luis Vizcaino was designated for assignment, meaning the club has 10 days to either trade, outright to the minors (which he can refuse) or release him.

Samardzija, 24, made three starts with Triple-A Iowa this season and had a 3.75 ERA (5 ER/12.0 IP). He held opposing batters to a .154 average and struck out 11 batters in 12 innings.

Wrigley Field turns 95

From our media relations department: Today marks the 95th anniversary of the first game played at Wrigley Field … then known as Weeghman Park, the Chicago Federals defeated Kansas City, 9-1, on April 23, 1914 … Claude Hendrix was the park’s first-ever winning pitcher.

Between its two years handling Federal League games (1914-1915) and its time as the home of the Cubs (1916-2009), Wrigley Field has hosted 7,474 regular season contests entering today’s action – the home team has gone 3,973-3,468 (.532) with 33 ties.

Building a streak

The Cubs are trying to make it four in a row against the Reds tonight. Here’s the lineup, including Milton Bradley’s first start in over a week:

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

Right-hander Johnny Cueto (0-1, 4.22 ERA) starts for the Reds.

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Chicago Cubs en vivo

Photographer Dave Durochik sent us photos of the Cubs’ Spanish radio debut on La Tremenda 1200 AM. Play-by-play man Elio Benitez and color analyst Hector Fabregas had the call last night.

Soggy night vs. Cincy

There’s no batting practice on the field today because of the Midwest’s continued rainy conditions. But tonight’s lineup will be all set to go:

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

Right-hander Micah Owings (0-1, 7.20 ERA) starts for the Reds.


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There’s a lot of excitement in the front office today for the Cubs’ first Spanish radio broadcast under a deal with station La Tremenda 1200 AM. The games also will be broadcast on the Internet for anyone with MLB’s Gameday Audio package.

A few of us at Vine Line got to listen to Carlos Zambrano, Geovany Soto and Carlos Marmol speak in their native language about some of their most memorable moments in a Cubs uniform, who they looked up to as kids, what’s special about Latino fans, and what it means to be a Chicago Cub. More than anything, you can tell the pride (orgullo) that the players have representing their countries (Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, respectively). And they have a lot of enthusiasm for the Cubs’ Spanish-language efforts on loscubs.com, on the radio and in nearby Humboldt Park.

Caring for the community

The Chicago Cubs and the McCormick Foundation today hosted their annual Cubs Care grant award luncheon, distributing $1.06 million to non-profit organizations that aid those in the Lakeview community.

Left-hander Sean Marshall and TV broadcaster Len Kasper presented the checks to representatives from 41 different area organizations, supporting children with special needs, youth sports programs, victims of domestic violence and other charitable causes.

One such recipient was GiGi’s Playhouse, a local organization supporting families of children with down syndrome. Nancy Gianni accepted the Cubs Care check on behalf of GiGi’s Playhouse, and she gave some energetic and heartfelt remarks on what the Cubs’ support means and raising her daughter who has down syndrome. It was a moving speech that left those in attendance without a dry eye.

If you want more information on how to support Cubs Care, either through a donation or one of several Wrigley Field events, visit the fund’s page at cubs.com.

– Sean Ahmed

Game 2 vs. the Cards

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

Right-hander P.J. Walters will start for the Cardinals, making his major-league debut.

Race to Wrigley … for a good cause!

If you’re attending today’s game, check out the Race to Wrigley booth inside Gate F, underneath the marquee. The fourth-annual 5K takes place Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m. and includes a run around Wrigleyville and through the ballpark concourse. Racers also get a commemorative performance-management running shirt. Proceeds benefit Chicago Cubs charities.

Come join us! For more details or to sign up, visit www.cubs.com/race.

Bringing in the Cardinals

The Cubs are taking on their third NL Central rival in the first four series of the season, and it’s a four-game set to get the Interstate 55 battle started.

With rightfielder Milton Bradley expected to be back this weekend from a groin strain, manager Lou Piniella decided to place some lefty power in the middle of the order today:

Soriano, LF
Fukudome, CF
Lee, 1B
Hoffpauir, RF
Ramirez, 3B
Fontenot, 2B
Soto, C
Theriot, SS
Marshall, LHP

The Cardinals will have right-hander Adam Wainwright (1-0, 1.74 ERA) on the mound.

In the Cards

From the Cubs media relations department:

Chicago went 9-6 against the Cardinals in 2008, marking the fourth-straight season series win for the Cubs … that previously happened when Chicago won 12 straight season series against the Cardinals from 1902-1913 … the Cubs are 41-25 (.621) against St. Louis since the start of the 2005 season:

Cubs yearly record vs. Cards
2005………………………..10-6
2006………………………..11-8
2007………………………..11-5
2008…………………………9-6

Opening Day lineup

After spending much of the morning trying to get updates on the weather, we’re optimistic at the ballpark that today’s game will start as planned, at 1:20 p.m.

Here’s the Cubs lineup for the home opener:

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

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound for the Rockies.

Follow your 2009 Cubs tonight

opening_day_76.gifFirst pitch is less than two hours away in Houston, where the Cubs will be taking on the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Tonight’s 6:05 p.m. game is on Comcast SportsNet and WGN Radio. So, Cubs fans, where will you be watching the official start to the 2009 campaign? Start the discussion in the comments.

Courtesy of cubs.com beat writer Carrie Muskat, here’s the Cubs lineup:

LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Kosuke Fukudome
1B Derrek Lee
RF Milton Bradley
3B Aramis Ramirez
2B Mike Fontenot
C Geovany Soto
SS Ryan Theriot
RHP Carlos Zambrano

Click the jump link below for the complete 2009 Opening Day 25-man roster.

Enjoy Game 1!

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Vine Line EXTRA: March issue preview

Mar09-VL-cover-WEB.jpgThe newest issue of Vine Line hit the office today, and there are a lot of great stories for Cubs fans getting ready for the season.

Our cover this month was the subject of a lot of discussion — After all the off-season work done by general manager Jim Hendry and his staff, what is left on Lou Piniella’s plate now that games are starting? What best represents some of the open opportunities on this year’s team?

These are the decisions that Lou will be batting around through the spring and into the season, and we tried to convey some of the lineup’s open questions on our March cover. Writing out the lineup is something I specifically got to talk to Lou about last season, in our “In the Dugout” one-on-one sessions. Last September, he spoke about his thought process as he was filling out his card … the combinations (think 2-3-4 instead of 1 through 9), anticipating late-inning switches and how to counter the opponents.

The last one reflects Lou’s willingness to play with his lineup — he said he considers how quick the pitcher is to the plate and how the catcher is throwing, how the wind might affect the game and the typical platoon advantages. The best lineup on a given day isn’t always the fastest, most powerful, most balanced lineup the team could possibly trot out. After this winter, it sounds like Lou is excited to have even more flexibility and balance this season. Check out Vine Line for more on the specific battles going on this spring.

– Sean Ahmed

Visit the Vine Line page for more information on the current issue and the exclusive new subscriber gifts for 2009!

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