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9/23 Cubs lineup vs Giants

Jeff Baker is back in the Cubs lineup Thursday for the series finale against the Giants. He’s been sidelined with the stomach flu. Baker is batting .350 against left-handers this year and the Giants are starting southpaw Madison Bumgarner. It’s the Cubs’ last home night game at Wrigley Field. Here’s the order:

2B Baker
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
RF Fukudome
C Hill
P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 Recipe for … ?

Ryan Dempster, Kosuke Fukudome, Koyie Hill and Alfonso Soriano need not worry. At least I hope not. There is no “curse of the cookbook.”

The four Cubs are featured on the cover of the Chicago Cubs Cookbook along with Derrek Lee, Ted Lilly, Tyler Colvin, Geovany Soto and Carlos Zambrano. Since publication in July, Lee and Lilly have been traded, while Colvin and Soto are done for the year because of injuries. We all know what a roller coaster ride Zambrano has been on.

After seeing the proofs for the cookbook cover earlier this season, Randy Wells was upset he wasn’t included. Not anymore.

But this is nothing like the black cat or the billy goat who haunt the Cubs. That didn’t stop manager Mike Quade from joking about it. Told about what’s happened to some of the cover boys, Quade quipped: “Please tell me I’m not on the cover.”

Not to worry, “Q.” However, he does share a delicious pecan crusted snook recipe.

The book is available on Cubs.com and proceeds benefit Dempster’s foundation, which is a good thing. The book was recently ranked among the top 15 sports and recreation books in the country in sales, according to a list published in the Wall Street Journal. It’s for a good cause and good eating.

– Carrie Muskat

 

9/12 Cubs lineup vs Brewers

Here’s the Cubs lineup for Sunday’s series finale vs the Brewers:

2B DeWitt
SS Castro
RF Fukudome
1B Nady
CF Colvin
C Soto
LF Soriano
3B Barney
P Coleman

– Carrie Muskat

9/11 Keeping everybody happy

One of the things that was tough for Cubs manager Lou Piniella to do was keep his four outfielders happy in terms of playing time. Mike Quade says it has been a challenge.

“It’s difficult for me,” Quade said about getting enough at-bats for Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Tyler Colvin. “I don’t lose sleep over much but it usually involves personnel decisions. Everybody’s playing well.”

On Saturday, Fukudome got a rare start against a lefty in Milwaukee’s Randy Wolf. Expect Colvin back in the lineup Sunday.

“It’s a great problem to have,” Quade said, “and you respect the fact they all want to play every day and it makes it difficult when a guy gets a day or two more than he wants off. We’ll continue to keep rotating them.”

What about the callups such as Brad Snyder and Sam Fuld? Could they get spot start in the outfield?

“My sense is as we get through St. Louis [Monday through Wednesday], and we’ll look to get some people [a start],” he said. “It’d be a lot easier if I had a banged up outfield. … I stay focused on the guys who deserve to play every day.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Extra bases

Tyler Colvin hit his fifth triple of the season, which is tied for third among NL rookies with teammate Starlin Castro. Speaking of Castro, Mike Quade says the shortstop may be back in the lineup Wednesday.

“I will sleep on that tonight and contemplate,” Quade said. “He’s had a couple good days and done extra work and has had some time. There’s a fine line between observing for too long and getting better, so we’ll see.”

* Brad Snyder became the 17th rookie the Cubs have used this season and 11th to make his Major League debut. That’s the most since the team used 19 rookies with 15 making their debuts in 2000. Snyder struck out against lefty Tim Byrdak in the sixth.

* Kosuke Fukudome is batting .425 with seven runs, five doubles, two homers and six RBIs in his last 12 games. He picked up his 24th multi-hit game of the year.

* Marlon Byrd is one hit shy of matching his career high of 155, set last season, and two hits away from 900 for his career.

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Extra bases

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games, and is batting .375 in that stretch with 10 runs, seven doubles and three RBIs. He’s now batting .317 and ranked fifth in the National League behind Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez, Martin Prado and Albert Pujols. Could the rookie win a batting title?

“Why not?” Tyler Colvin said.

* Koyie Hill has hit safely in his last four games, going 7-for-16 (.438) with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs. More at-bats helps.

“My sister would be a better baseball player if she practiced every day and played every day,” Hill said. “My job is to catch when [Geovany Soto] needs a day off and they ask me to play. Your bench is going to play better when they get more at-bats. Just because the manager doesn’t get you more at-bats doesn’t mean he’s doing a bad job. That’s your role. You get an opportunity and you make the most of it. Then you go home, hug your family and you’re happy you’re a baseball player.”

* Thomas Diamond picked up his first ML win, pitching in relief of Tom Gorzelanny. Diamond has been working on a cutter for the last week or so.

“With Thomas, he’s really simplified everything and he’s really focused on what he needs to do and how he needs to do it and it’s proven to be successful for him,” Hill said.

The right-hander planned on giving the game ball from his first win to his 19-month-old son.

* Mike Quade is 6-3 since taking over for Lou Piniella on Aug. 23.

“We’ll try to win as many ballgames as we can for anybody,” Hill said. “Quade just happens to be the beneficiary of Lou going home and tending to his mom and dealing with family matters. I don’t feel like we’re playing with any more effort. We’re just playing a little bit better baseball and taking care of the ball a little better and it just happens to be Quade’s turn and we’re getting some wins.”

* Darwin Barney posted his first multi-hit game. … Scott Maine has not given up a run in his two outings at Wrigley. … Kosuke Fukudome is batting .364 since the All-Star break with eight doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs. In his last nine games, he’s hitting .519 (14-for-27).

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Lineup vs Pirates – UPDATED

Jeff Baker was scratched because of a sore left Achilles. Darwin Barney started at third instead. Barney told Mike Quade he is more comfortable at third, so it’s a good fit. Kosuke Fukudome, who is hitting .338 since the All-Star break, is batting third Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:

2B DeWitt

SS Castro

RF Fukudome

1B Hoffpauir

CF Colvin

LF Soriano

3B Barney

C Hill

P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

8/29 Cubs' 4-2 trip not good enough

There’s something you should know about new Cubs manager Mike Quade. He’s a little greedy. A 4-2 road trip wasn’t good enough, even though it was the team’s best of the season.

“We’ve gotten some big hits on this road trip and needed a couple more,” Quade said after Sunday’s 7-5 loss to the Reds. “The kids played and it was a good road trip, today not withstanding, because I am a greedy guy.”

Kosuke Fukudome hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth but also made an error in the Reds’ eighth that led to Cincinnati’s victory over the Cubs. It was the Reds’ 37th come from behind win, and they closed the season series against the Cubs at 12-4.

Quade will put on the home whites for his first game at Wrigley Field Monday night as the Cubs manager. He’ll have the tough assignment of beating the Pirates (the Cubs are 3-9 so far) and finding enough tickets for family and friends.

“I look forward to every day,” Quade said, “but [Monday] will be something special. Opening Day, when I first got the job with Lou [Piniella] was special.”

That was in 2007 and Quade was the third base coach. Now, he leads the team home after its first winning road trip since July 5-11 against Arizona and Los Angeles. Quade has brought some energy to the Cubs, although it could simply be because he moves in fast-forward.

“We’ve taken it upon ourselves [to finish strong],” Cubs rookie reliever James Russell said. “We would’ve liked to have done it for Lou and it just didn’t work out.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/28 Leadoff man

Blake DeWitt led off Saturday night, the fifth time he’s done so for the Cubs and sixth time in his career. Mike Quade says he’ll use Kosuke Fukudome in the No. 1 spot as well. The Cubs haven’t been able to settle on a leadoff man all season.

“And it continues,” Quade said.

DeWitt and Fukudome just want to play, so Quade said he’ll mix and match the two. If he wants more punch at the bottom of the order, he’ll switch the order.

– Carrie Muskat

8/28 Lineup & B-days

Tyler Colvin is in left field and Kosuke Fukudome in right for Saturday night’s Cubs game against the Reds and Bronson Arroyo. And Saturday not only is Lou Piniella’s birthday but also starting pitcher Randy Wells’ and strength coach Tim Buss’ special day. Here’s the lineup:

2B DeWitt

SS Castro

CF Byrd

3B Ramirez

1B Nady

LF Colvin

RF Fukudome

C Hill

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

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