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Open Thread: Cubs vs. White Sox, Sunday 6/26

I don't suppose I have to tell you of the importance of this game, and the return of Mark Prior, only thirty days after some said the Cubs' season had ended with the freakish injury he suffered. The Cubs' press notes say Prior has been activated, but do not indicate who has been removed from the pitching staff.

Jon Garland is 2-3 lifetime with a 6.31 ERA against the Cubs, but Sox fans will probably tell you that's a different Jon Garland than the one the Cubs will see today. I do note the 10 HR allowed and only 48 K's in more than 100 innings for Garland; these are things that Cub hitters may enjoy taking advantage of, with the proper approach (yes, Corey, that's for you).

Although I have not had luck doing this in the past, I am wearing my Prior jersey to the Cell today. My luck is bound to change and so is the Cubs'.

Finally, I was remiss in yesterday's post to not give props to Todd Hollandsworth for his tremendous, homer-stealing catch (within about 75 feet of my seat) off the bat of Joe Crede. On such things games often turn, and yesterday's might have.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Mark Prior
M. Prior
vs. Jon Garland
J. Garland
White Sox
4-1 W-L 12-2
2.93 ERA 3.40
62 SO 48
18 BB 18
9 HR 10

Discuss amongst yourselves.