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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.

Catching up with Jim Hendry on the off-season

Since many of you have been discussing the Cubs’ recent moves, we wanted to provide some recent comments from Jim Hendry on the off-season plan. First, here are the major additions and losses during the 2008-09 off-season:

Additions – RHP Luis Vizcaino, IF/OF Aaron Miles, RHP, Kevin Gregg, OF Joey Gathright, RHP David Patton (Rule V), RHP Jeff Stevens (minors), LHP John Gaub (minors), RHP Chris Archer (minors)

Losses – IF/OF Mark DeRosa, RHP Kerry Wood, RHP Jason Marquis, RHP Bob Howry, C Henry Blanco, OF Jim Edmonds

Of course, the Cubs have been pursuing a certain great-hitting and good-defense outfielder this off-season …

When we talked to Jim a couple days ago, he stressed the need to consider the team’s overall plan instead of analyzing moves primarily piece-by-piece.

On his latest deal, Jason Marquis for Luis Vizcaino: “We just felt like we were trying to move Jason and get depth in inventory of pen and add prospects in other areas,” Hendry said. “Jason did do a solid job for us for two years and ate up a lot of innings. We won two division titles with him here. He was solid, but in the overall picture, piece by piece sometimes deals are hard to analyze. When we try to look at the body of work in the offseason or opening day makes a lot more sense.

“We’ll keep plugging and trying to get better until we get to Mesa.”

Click past the jump for more comments straight from the Cubs GM.