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Homestand happenings

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpgThere’s so much that our players do for the community that goes unnoticed — just fine with them, of course, but also truly deserving of mention.

Ryan Dempster and Ted Lilly both hosted charitable ticket programs this weekend, packing the terrace with groups of kids.

On Saturday, Lilly invited 50 members of Maryville Academy and spoke with them during batting practice. The three programs included young men and women ages 13-21 and help offer residential care and training for those with intellectual disabilities, mental illness and emotional problems.

Dempster kicked off the fourth year of “Dempster’s Dugout” with a group of 40 from Camp of Dreams, a Chicago non-profit devoted to enriching the lives of underserved youth ages 9-18. He met with the “Dreamers” during batting practice and treated them to lunch at the ballpark.

Kudos for their work supporting the community and cherishing their influence as Cubs players.

Other observations

? Cubs players enjoyed having Henry Blanco back in the “Friendly Confines.” It was a nice touch when Alfonso Soriano flashed a smile and gave a gentle tap on Blanco’s shin guard at the plate last Tuesday.


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Randy Wells threw a dirty change-up to strike out Michael Bourn in the fifth inning Saturday. Wells gave up just four hits and three walks over six shutout innings, striking out four. In our June “In the Dugout” Q&A, Lou Piniella told Vine Line that he has been impressed with Wells since his cup of coffee last year and that the strike-thrower figures to fit in somewhere in the rotation or bullpen.


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Kosuke Fukudome’s former hitting coach in Japan, Kyosuke Sasaki, watched Sunday’s game from the seats near the Cubs’ on-deck circle. Sasaki has worked with Kosuke this season, as you can read in this story.


— Sean Ahmed

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.

1,000 Words: Stephen Green photo of the week

Official team photographer Stephen Green will be posting photos on the Vine Line blog up through Opening Day 2009. It’s just 98 days away, so start getting stretched out!

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On the hot stove

We’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts on the off-season so far. Keep up the discussion in the comments!

In so many words

Cubs team photographer Stephen Green was all over Yankee Stadium during the All-Star Game festivities and sends along these pictures:

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Too sweep


As Mike wrote earlier today, what a way to wrap up a series. It was incredible to see a postseason atmosphere in May, despite a less-than-capacity crowd due to the weather.

Everybody pitched well this series, and Cubs hitters, despite leaving a lot of runners on base, grinded out wins against some tough Los Angeles pitchers. All-around, a well-earned sweep against a potential October opponent.

Bring on the Rockies

Colorado throws left-hander Jeff Francis (1-5, 6.18 ERA), who has stumbled through the first two months like the Rockies team as a whole:

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Soto, C
Fukudome, RF
DeRosa, 2B
Johnson, CF
Marquis, RHP

One more photo from Steve Green

Because we just can’t get enough …


Roster move

Eric_Patterson.JPGThe team just announced moments ago that Alfonso Soriano has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain. He suffered the injury in the first inning of last night’s game, landing gingerly after his signature hop to catch a flyball.

To replace Soriano, infielder/outfielder Eric Patterson has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Patterson, younger brother of Corey, has caught the eye of many in the organization because of his versatility and ability to leadoff. He has speed (24 SB/9 CS in AAA last year) and patience (54 BB/85 K in 128 games).

Check back later for the first starting lineup without Soriano.