4/23 Extra bases
The sun is shining at Wrigley Field, which is a nice change. It should be fun with Ryan Dempster facing former Cubs teammate and good buddy, Ted Lilly. Lilly even did his traditional warm-up jog in front of the bleachers.
“I had a lot of people who have been watching the weather and stuff and all of a sudden wanted to come see ‘Demp’ and Lilly,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “It says a lot about those two guys and Lil’s time here. They’re best of friends and they won’t be today, which is also something I love about them. I love Lill to death but I hope he leaves here with a very unhappy face. It’s an interesting day for sure.”
* James Russell will likely start Tuesday against the Rockies, his third big league start. This time, the Cubs want to give Russell a side session rather than use him in relief in games. Right-handers are batting .469 off him.
* Jeff Stevens was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday and Justin Berg recalled. Stevens threw 89 pitches in relief on Friday and most likely would not be available for two to three days. They needed a fresh arm in the bullpen.
* The Dodgers admitted someone did miss a sign when they were attempting a steal in the fifth inning on Friday with an 8-1 lead. Quade had said post-game that he needed to get the L.A. version of the unwritten rules to determine the etiquette.
* Saturday’s lineup is loaded with right-handers against Lilly as Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker both got starts.
— Carrie Muskat