Results tagged ‘ Giants ’

8/4 Zambrano to start Monday

Carlos Zambrano will be back in the Cubs rotation Monday night, making his first start since June 25 against the Giants. Zambrano was demoted to the bullpen after he was activated from the restricted list last Friday. He has made two appearances since then, his longest a 53-pitch outing on Sunday. Lou Piniella said he expected Zambrano to be able to go at least 75 pitches Monday. In nine starts this year, including Opening Day, Zambrano was 3-5 with a 6.12 ERA.

– Carrie Muskat

10/7 TV ratings

Tuesday’s 12-inning AL Central tiebreaker between the Twins and Tigers was the most viewed for a postseason play-in game since the 1998 Wild Card playoff game between the Cubs and Giants. The Twins-Tigers drew an average audience of 6.54 million viewers. Of the six one-game postseason play-in games since the Wild Card era, only the Cubs and Giants delivered a larger network audience.

The Cubs-Giants game, played at Wrigley Field, was watched in 6.1 million homes on ESPN and 1.4 million additional homes on over-the-air networks in Chicago and San Francisco. ESPN got an 8.1 rating for that game.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Harden, Heilman reportedly claimed

Cubs pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman have reportedly been claimed on waivers. cited Major League sources Thursday as saying a National League team was awarded the claim on Heilman. The claiming team on Harden was not known, but presumably he did not get through the National League, either. Players must pass through their own league first before being exposed on waivers to teams in the other league.

The Cubs will have until Monday to work out trades, allow Harden and Heilman to depart on claims, or pull them back them from waivers. Harden is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break.

The Giants, Rockies and Dodgers all are interested in adding starting pitching, and Harden would be an attractive pickup. Harden is 8-7, 3.99 ERA overall in 22 starts, while Heilman is 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA.

– Carrie Muskat


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