Results tagged ‘ Jake Fox ’

9/22 Lineup

Bobby Scales was in the lineup Tuesday, but Lou Piniella made a switch just prior to the start of the game and inserted Jake Fox instead. There was no injury, just a change in plans, the Cubs say. So, the lineup will be:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

LF Fox

2B Baker

C Soto

CF Colvin

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

9/17 Lineup

Aramis Ramirez was not in the lineup Thursday in the series finale vs the Brewers, and Lou Piniella said it was just a day off. Jake Fox was in left field and batting fourth. Here’s Lou’s starting nine:

SS Theriot

CF Fukudome

1B Lee

LF Fox

RF Bradley

3B Baker

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Soriano's day

Alfonso Soriano’s teammates came to his defense Thursday. Soriano’s error in the White Sox eighth led to two runs, and he went 0-for-4 at the plate, striking out three times. The Cubs lost, 5-0.

“The last time I checked, we didn’t score any runs,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said, “so even if [Soriano] makes that play, we lose 1-0. Nobody wants to make a mistake on the field. ‘Sori’ doesn’t want to make mistakes. Nobody wants to be embarrassed like that. We have to pick it up, that’s the bottom line.”

Soriano said he slipped when he tried to catch A.J. Pierzynski’s fly ball in the eighth and lost his balance.

“I don’t make an excuse but that’s the first time it happened that I slipped and missed the ball,” he said.

Lou Piniella thought Soriano overran the ball, but the outfielder said no, and that his knee wasn’t a factor. When he struck out on three pitches to end the game, the crowd became nasty toward Soriano again.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Soriano said. “It’s part of the game. If I get a hit, they want to clap, if I get a strikeout, they want to boo. They are frustrated like we are now because we’re not playing like we’re supposed to play.”

Ryan Dempster took the loss, although he pitched well enough to win. All three runs off Dempster were unearned because of errors (one by Soriano, one by Jake Fox).

“[Soriano] wants to be out there every day and sometimes that gets lost when a guy’s not performing up to his own standards, let alone what other people’s standards are for him,” Dempster said. “The fact that he wants to be out there and wants to be playing is very commendable. I’m sure he’s just as frustrated as they are, and probably more frustrated. Knowing ‘Sori,’ he’ll be in there working hard tomorrow and ready to play tomorrow.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Lineup & Lee

Derrek Lee was scratched from Thursday’s lineup to be with his wife Christina, who delivered a baby boy around 5 a.m. It’s the couple’s second child. No word yet on the name, but everyone was doing well.

Jake Fox started at first, which meant a late change of gloves for him during early BP. Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

1B Fox

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C Hill

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

9/2 Lineup & roster move

Lou Piniella decided to give a few of the regulars a day off Wednesday, so no Aramis Ramirez, no Ryan Theriot and no Alfonso Soriano in the lineup. Also, the Cubs activated right-handed pitcher David Patton from the disabled list, and he was available. Patton had been on the DL since July 6 with a right groin strain. He was able to pitch back to back days Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Iowa, and said he’s feeling 100 percent healthy.

Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Blanco

1B Lee

RF Bradley

LF Fox

2B Fontenot

3B Baker

C Hill

P Lilly

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Quick hits

No update yet on Alfonso Soriano, who met with the team orthopedic specialist Sunday. Soriano was not expected back until Tuesday. Jake Fox will get the majority of playing time in left.

“We like the offense that Fox provides,” Lou Piniella said of Fox, who drove in a career-high five RBIs on Saturday.

The rap against Fox is that he’s a hitter with no place to play.

“I don’t call him a liability,” Piniella said. “He’s not a Gold Glover but, look, we don’t expect that. We expect this young man to go up and take his cuts at home plate and help us from the offensive side of things. If we get enough of a lead, we’ll put somebody out there with the other skills, and that’s Sammy [Fuld]. [Fox] works hard and he’s trying to get better at everything he does and it’s wonderful to see.”

* Jeff Baker, who injured the little finger on his right hand during batting practice Saturday, was available to pinch hit.

* Mike Fontenot has been working with hitting coach Von Joshua, and one thing Piniella has noticed is that the second baseman isn’t taking his offensive struggles out on the field with him.

“He’s done a nice job, to his credit, defensively,” Piniella said. “He’s plyaed very well. Usually when you see a fall off at home plate, you see a fall off with the glove. It’s good to see — that’s professional.”

* Piniella says he doesn’t look at the standings.

“I don’t pay attention to anything,” he said. “If nobody gives us a chance, let’s keep it that way.”

He also wasn’t going to comment on recent statements by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen or anybody else. Piniella has enough to think about.

“I do the best I can every day [to hold my tongue] and once in a whlie, when I go into the interview room after a tough loss, I saw a little prayer to God to give me the patience not to say anything that will cause any controversy,” he said.

A reporter quipped that the media is praying for the opposite to happen. PIniella laughed.

“I believe you,” he said. “I understand the nature of the beast.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Lineup & Soriano

Alfonso Soriano was examined by team orthopedic specialist Stephen Gryzlo Sunday to determine whether the Cubs outfielder needs a cortisone shot in his left knee. Soriano had an MRI done Saturday, which showed inflammation. Jake Fox started in left for Sunday’s series finale vs. the Mets. Here’s the lineup:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Fukudome

LF Fox

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Zambrano

– Carrie Muskat

8/29 Lineup update – Baker scratched

Jeff Baker was scratched from Saturday’s lineup after taking a ball off his right little finger during batting practice. Baker was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. He was to start at third base in place of Aramis Ramirez, whom Lou Piniella wanted to give a day off. Not sure how the Cubs will tweak the lineup, but one option is move Jake Fox from left to third and start Sam Fuld in left.

– Carrie Muskat

8/29 Lineup

Alfonso Soriano is getting an MRI, and Aramis Ramirez was given the day off Saturday, so the lineup includes the “F Troop” of Fox, Fukudome and Fontenot.

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

LF Fox

CF Fukudome

2B Fontenot

3B Baker

C Hill

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

8/25 Lineup & Soriano update

Alfonso Soriano was a late scratch Tuesday because of a sore left knee, and the Cubs outfielder says he’d like to get an MRI to determine what’s wrong. Soriano took early batting practice Tuesday, and felt some discomfort then. He thought it would feel better after treatment but it didn’t.

“It’s been tight for three or four days,” Soriano said.

The left fielder would like to be healthy for the stretch, and planned on talking to the team medical staff.

“I’ve been playing with a bad knee for four months,” Soriano said. “One week feels good, two weeks bad. Sometimes it’s 80 percent, sometimes 90. It depends on the weather and the treatment. The more important is to see if they can do a MRI today or tomorrow to clear my mind. It’s more mental — I don’t know what I have in my knee.”

Carlos Zambrano was activated from the DL before the game, and Esmail Caridad optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Here’s the lineup vs. the Nationals:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Fukudome

LF Fox

C Soto

2B Fontenot

P Zambrano

– Carrie Muskat

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