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8/19 Lineup

Koyie Hill will be behind the plate Wednesday night in the series finale vs. the Padres.

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Fukudome

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C Hill

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Rotation update, Theriot and 2nd base

The Cubs have tweaked the rotation for this West Coast trip. Rich Harden, who was to start Sunday against the Pirates, now will go Wednesday in the series finale against the Padres. Tom Gorzelanny will start Thursday followed by Randy Wells, which gives him a couple extra days of rest. The Cubs have been trying to give the rookie right-hander a breather since he’s closing in on season high in innings pitched.

* Lou Piniella was happy to hear Carlos Zambrano admit that he needs to work harder at his exercises.

“It takes a little courage to do that and being truthful,” Piniella said. “We’ve tried to encourage him to work hard. He’s got so much natural ability that at times he thinks he can get away with just his natural ability. He’s got to work. I was glad to see he ‘fessed up to it and hopefully he can give us a strong finishing kick, because we’re going to need it.”

Zambrano, who admitted he was “lazy” in his workouts, stayed in Chicago to continue his exercises, will make a rehab start Thursday for Class A Peoria, and then return to the Cubs rotation next Tuesday.

* Ryan Theriot was not with the team. He is sidelined with the stomach flu and stayed back in Chicago. Apparently, his whole family is sick as well. Theriot was expected to rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday in San Diego.

* Expect Jeff Baker to get the majority of playing time at second base.

“He’s been doing a nice job,” Piniella said. “At the same time, hopefully, getting [Mike] Fontenot a few at-bats, he’ll be able to help us off the bench in spot duty at times. If he wants to get back in there, swing the bat. We’ll let him. I like Fontenot as the player. He’s struggled and the other kid basically has done better.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/11 Lineup

Tuesday’s lineup:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Fox

C Soto

LF Soriano

2B Baker

CF Fuld

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

8/5 Roster move & lineup

The Cubs activated infielder Aaron Miles from the disabled list, and he was starting at shortstop Wednesday night vs. the Reds. To make room on the roster, pitcher Jeff Stevens was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

In addition, the Cubs also released left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan and lefty Jason Waddell. Both were at Iowa. The 40-man roster is now at 37.

Wednesday’s lineup is:

CF Fukudome

SS Miles

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

7/31 Lineup

Alfonso Soriano is getting a day off, and Jake Fox is starting in left field for the Cubs vs. the Marlins. Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

LF Fox

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Harden

– Carrie Muskat

7/26 Lineup

Derrek Lee was not in the Cubs’ starting lineup Sunday vs. the Reds in order to give him one more day to treat neck spasms. Lou Piniella said he expected Lee back Monday night vs. the Astros. Jake Fox was starting at first. Milton Bradley was back in the starting lineup.
 
CF Fukudome
SS Theriot
3B Ramirez
1B Fox
RF Bradley
LF Soriano
2B Fontenot
C Hill
P Harden
 
– Carrie Muskat

7/25 Quick hits

Left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan was to report to Triple-A Iowa on Monday. The Cubs signed Ryan to a Minor League contract. Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins has been working with the lefty in Mesa, Ariz.

“The reports from Riggins are that he’s throwing the ball well and he thinks he can come up here and help us at least as a second lefty out of the bullpen,” Lou Piniella said of Ryan, who saved more than 30 games three seasons.

* Aaron Miles, on the DL for the second time this season because of a hyperextended elbow, was playing at Iowa.

* Catcher Geovany Soto was to begin taking batting practice on Saturday. Soto has been on the DL since July 7 because of a left oblique strain.

“It’s my understanding that he should be ready the first four, five days of August,” Piniella said.

The Cubs are considering giving Koyie Hill a breather, and having Jake Fox catch one of the games. Piniella projected Fox could be behind the plate for either Randy Wells or Rich Harden. They wanted Hill behind the plate against the Phillies and Reds, because both teams run well.

– Carrie Muskat

7/24 Lilly update

Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly was scratched from Saturday’s start because of soreness in his left shoulder. He will undergo an arthrogram Friday, and the Cubs expect to release more information after the game.

Lilly, the Cubs’ only All-Star, was 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA in 19 starts. His last start was pushed back because of inflammation in his left knee.

The Cubs now will have Kevin Hart pitch Saturday, and Rich Harden on Sunday.

– Carrie Muskat

7/16 Harden's 700 Ks

Cubs pitcher Rich Harden notched his 700th career strikeout on Thursday when Adam Dunn was called out on strikes to end the Nationals’ fourth inning. Harden began the game with 695 career Ks over 123 games. He entered the game averaging 10 strikeouts per nine innings.

– Carrie Muskat

7/12 First game quick hits

The shortstops on both teams had a tough time dealing with pop ups on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Ryan Theriot couldn’t handle Albert Pujols’ ball in the fifth, and was charged with an error. Brendan Ryan had a tough time with Jake Fox’s ball in the fifth, and it dropped for a single.

“We’ve told Theriot sunglasses are good for the beach,” Lou Piniella said. “Get the flip-down variety that you can drop over your eyes. We told him, ‘You go to North [Avenue] Beach, you wear the other kind. Over here, you wear the baseball variety.'”

* Alfonso Soriano was 2-for-3 with a walk, and the walk in the first helped set up Micah Hoffpauir’s homer. Soriano seems to be making the adjustments hitting coach Von Joshua is suggesting.

“I just try to put my left foot on the ground early and I have plenty of time to do whatever I want with the ball,” Soriano said. “I want to continue to be a better hitter now.”

And the power will come?

“Yes,” Soriano said. “I feel comfortable, and I’m having good swings. I just have to wait for my time.”

“He’s been doing well in the middle part of the lineup,” Piniella said. “We’re pleased. He’s being more selective, he’s getting his base hits. You continue to get base hits, the power will come.”

* Derrek Lee will start at first and Aramis Ramirez at third in the second game against the Cardinals. The rest of the lineup was to be announced.

* Carlos Zambrano was given the choice of starting the first or second game. He picked the first. “For me, it doesn’t matter,” Zambrano said. “I wanted Randy Wells to pitch tonight’s game so people can know him better. People who are watching this game tonight can know him and know he will be good for us.”

What’s Zambrano doing for the All-Star break?

“I’m going to the Bahamas, baby,” he said.

* Ryan Dempster (broken right big toe) was able to play catch in the outfield between games Sunday. Dempster is still getting his cardio work in by riding his bike. He pedaled along the lakefront on Sunday, going all the way to Soldier Field and back.

* The rotation for the Cubs’ series post-break will be Rich Harden, Zambrano, Ted Lilly and TBD.

– Carrie Muskat

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