5/17 Cubs vs. White Sox

Interleague play and bragging rights in the city are on the line Friday when the Cubs start their home-road, six-game series against the White Sox at Wrigley Field.

* Pitching matchups:

Friday: Philip Humber (1-2, 5.77 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 2.89 ERA)

Saturday: John Danks (2-4, 6.46 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster (0-1, 1.74 ERA)

Sunday: Jake Peavy (4-1, 2.65 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm (4-2, 4.35 ERA)

* Cubs record vs. White Sox: 39-45

At Wrigley Field: 22-20

At Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field: 17-25

Last Cubs three-game sweep: June 20-22, 2008, at Wrigley Field

* Crosstown series batting leaders (minimum 60 at-bats):

Average: Mark Grace, .350

Hits: Sammy Sosa, 45

Home runs: Aramis Ramirez, 13

RBIs: Sosa, 39

Pitching leaders (minimum 25 innings pitched)

ERA: Mark Prior, 2.88

Wins: Carlos Zambrano, six

Saves: Ryan Dempster, Bob Howry & Carlos Marmol, three each

Strikeouts: Zambrano, 71

* A total of 168 players have appeared in at least one Major League game for both the Cubs and White Sox, from David Aardsma to Dutch Zwilling.

* The two teams have made 22 trades, the last coming Nov. 16, 2006, when Neal Cotts was acquired from the White Sox in exchange for David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez

* Sixteen players have seen action for both the Cubs and White Sox in the same season, the last being Josh Paul in 2003

* Steve Renko (1977) and Matt Karchner (1998) recorded victories for both teams in the same season. No player has homered for both teams in the same year.

* The only person to ever manage both teams was Johnny Evers, who skippered the Cubs in 1913 and 1921, and the White Sox in 1924

* White Sox manager Robin Ventura has a .286 average in three games, going 4-for-14

— Carrie Muskat


Chris Volsted needs to go. Anyone can come up and replace him and do a better job.

The New York Times reported Thursday morning that Joe Ricketts, founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, commissioned an ad campaign to link President Obama to incendiary comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, retired pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ, who once served as Obama’s spiritual adviser.

Sorry to hear that the Cubs were bought by a racist family. I will miss going to Wrigley.

he is racist because he doesn’t like Obama??? O ok… look up reverse racist… don’t be so quick to point the finger

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Wrigley and the non-racist players will certainly miss you John, the place just won’t be the same without you and your quick to judge personality. Owners come and go, fans come and go (bye, John) but the TEAM we root for is “ours”. Joe Ricketts may or may not be racist, I for one certainly do not KNOW (I admit, maybe John Whitey DOES know) (??) what I and everybody SHOULD know is even IF a patriarch is racist that does NOT mean the patriarch’s FAMILY is also racist. Now…LET’S PLAY BALL. GO CUBS, THRASH THE WHITE (hmmm…..) SOX!!!

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