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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Twins, Sunday 6/25, 1:10 CT

Usually, I begin these game threads with a pithy comment or two, then the starting pitcher box. But today, I waited a bit longer to post, because I had a feeling you'd rather see this:


Today's Starting Lineups
Cubs Twins
Pierre, cf Castillo, 2b
Walker, 2b Punto, 3b
Lee, dh Redmond, c
Nevin, 1b Cuddyer, rf
Ramirez, 3b Morneau, 1b
Jones, rf Hunter, cf
Murton, lf Sierra, dh
Perez, ss Ford, lf
Blanco, c Bartlett, ss

OK, NOW you can have the pitcher box.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Sean Marshall
S. Marshall
Cubs
vs. Brad Radke
B. Radke
Twins
4-5 W-L 5-7
4.97 ERA 5.84
50 SO 43
36 BB 24
9 HR 17
vs. Min -- vs. Cubs

Before you bitch about Neifi starting, he is 7-for-16 lifetime vs. Radke, with a triple and NO strikeouts. Speaking of Radke, I hadn't realized he had been this bad this year, although his ERA is down from a season high of 7.75 (!) on May 8. Of the 17 home runs Radke has allowed, 5 are first-inning HR, yet another reason it's wonderful to see the name "Lee" in the #3 spot. Smart move, too, to use Lee at DH today, easing him back in. Freddie Bynum was placed on the 15-day DL with a blood clot in his arm, a problem he had once before, two years ago.

Finally, the Cubs announced the signing of their sixth-round draft pick, Josh Lansford, whose father is former major leaguer Carney Lansford. I note that the Cubs press release says Lansford is their "third pick"; while this is technically correct, he is a sixth-round choice. He is the Cubs' "third pick" only because they forfeited three picks due to the free-agent signings of Scott Eyre, Bob Howry and Jacque Jones.

Discuss amongst yourselves.