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Open Thread: Cubs vs. White Sox, Saturday 7/1, 12:20 CT

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This story has nothing to do with the Cubs, but if you haven't heard:

Jose Canseco returned to baseball Thursday when he agreed to a contract with the independent San Diego Surf Dawgs, planning to be their designated hitter and -- get this -- pitch.

The Golden Baseball League announced the deal Thursday night, saying the former AL MVP and Rookie of the Year will make his Surf Dawgs debut Monday night on the road against the Chico Outlaws.

Beyond the utter absurdity of this whole idea -- Canseco turns 42 tomorrow and hasn't played in five years -- I might be able to get some pretty good scoops on this. Why? Well, I happen to know a guy who's playing for the Surf Dawgs.

Oh, and while you're on the Surf Dawgs website? Check out who's on their coaching staff.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Greg Maddux
G. Maddux
vs. Javier Vazquez
J. Vazquez
White Sox
7-8 W-L 8-4
4.94 ERA 5.00
56 SO 75
19 BB 24
11 HR 9
vs. Sox -- vs. Cubs
Remember this game? It was last year's season opener at Arizona. The Cubs beat the living daylights out of Vazquez. Like Jon Garland, Vazquez has been getting hit pretty hard but has a winning record because the White Sox are scoring buckets of runs for him. So far this year, he has won games 9-2, 13-3, 11-0 and 20-6.

Derrek Lee hits him well -- 13-for-38, .342. The other Cub in today's lineup who kills Vazquez is... Greg Maddux, who is 5-for-11 against him.

Maddux has a very poor lifetime mark against the Sox -- 2-3 with a 6.48 ERA in five starts, including a 6-1 loss on May 19 at the Cell. Greg has, however, thrown at least seven innings in each of his last three starts -- all losses.

It's a new month today. Time to stop the losing.

Oh yes, the game's on Fox again. Other Fox games are Yankees/Mets, Rangers/Astros, and Dodgers/Angels, which means that if you're on the East Coast, West Coast, or Texas and other parts of the south or southwest, you're out of luck if you want to watch the Cubs/White Sox.

Discuss amongst yourselves.