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Open Thread: Cubs vs. White Sox, Saturday 6/23, 12:05 CT

The last time Rich Hill pitched at the Cell, something else, uh, memorable happened.

Right after that game Hill, who had been pounded by the Sox and made some ill-considered remarks afterward, was sent to Iowa, called by me and some others here (not everyone, of course) a "Quadruple-A pitcher". He returned two months later and has been (mostly) excellent since, except for his last start vs. the Padres, his worst of the year so far, where he got pounded again. Time to turn that around.

Also, check out the lineup from the first link above, the May 20, 2006 game -- only one player (Aramis Ramirez) who was in the starting lineup that day is likely to start today. Only one other position player of the eleven who appeared that day (Jacque Jones) is even still on the active roster.

It's raining at this hour (9:55 am CT) in Chicago, but we should have enough dry hours to get the game in.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Hill
R. Hill
vs. Javier Vazquez
J. Vazquez
White Sox
5-5 W-L 3-5
3.22 ERA 4.39
79 SO 75
27 BB 23
15 HR 12
vs. Sox -- vs. Cubs
The Cubs beat up on Vazquez pretty good on May 19 at Wrigley Field, and while they are only 3-3 vs. him in his career, that comes with a 5.17 ERA. Cubs bats have started to wake up recently -- keep it up!

Today, if you turn on WGN, you'll hear the Sox announcers. Len & Bob are on CSN today. There are other options for audio; check the Mediacenter. Gameday (2007 version) Gameday (2006 version)

Note: I know many of you are interested in college baseball, and the College World Series concludes this weekend. For a unique perspective on the CWS, you can visit the SBNation sites for the participating schools: Carolina March for North Carolina and Building the Dam for Oregon State.

As this series continues, I'm going to give Mike the last word:

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Discuss amongst yourselves.