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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Astros, Saturday 7/14, 2:55 CT

The magical Fox wizard has decreed that today's game is to go to 58% of the USA as the primary game (announcers: Dick Stockton, better known as a football announcer, and Joe Girardi). As such, you will be able to watch it if you live in the following eclectic list of TV markets (in alphabetical order):

Abilene TX, Albany NY, Alexandria LA, Amarillo TX, American Samoa, Austin TX, Bangor ME, Baton Rouge LA, Beaumont TX, Biloxi MS, Binghamton NY, Bluefield WV, Boston MA, Bowling Green KY, Cedar Rapids IA, Champaign IL, Charleston WV, Charleston SC, Charlotte NC, Charlottesville VA, Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, Clarksburg WV, Cleveland OH, Columbia SC, Columbus OH, Corpus Christi TX, Dallas TX, Davenport IA, Dayton OH, Des Moines IA, Detroit MI, Duluth MN, Elmira NY, Erie PA, Fargo ND, Flint MI, Fort Myers FL, Fort Wayne IN, Gainesville FL, Grand Rapids MI, Green Bay WI, Greensboro NC, Greenville NC, Greenville SC, Greenwood MS, Guam, Harlingen TX, Harrisonburg VA, Hartford CT, Houston TX, Indianapolis IN, Jackson MS, Jacksonville FL, Knoxville TN, La Crosse WI, Lafayette LA, Lake Charles LA, Lansing MI, Lexington KY, Lima OH, Lincoln NE, Louisville KY, Lubbock TX, Madison WI, Mankato MN, Marquette MI, Meridian MS, Milwaukee WI, Minneapolis MN, Minot ND, Mobile AL, Monroe LA, Myrtle Beach SC, New Orleans LA, New York NY, Norfolk VA, North Platte NE, Odessa TX, Oklahoma City OK, Omaha NE, Orlando FL, Panama City FL, Parkersburg WV, Peoria IL, Pittsburgh PA, Portland ME, Providence RI, Raleigh NC, Rapid City SD, Richmond VA, Roanoke VA, Rochester MN, Rochester NY, Rockford IL, San Angelo TX, San Antonio TX, Sherman TX, Shreveport LA, Sioux City IA, Sioux Falls SD, South Bend IN, Springfield IL, Syracuse NY, Tallahassee FL, Tampa FL, Toledo OH, Traverse City MI, Tri-Cities TN, Tyler TX, US Virgin Islands, Utica NY, Victoria TX, Waco TX, Washington DC, Watertown NY, Wausau WI, Wheeling WV, Wichita Falls TX, Wilmington NC, Youngstown OH
Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
vs. Roy Oswalt
R. Oswalt
8-4 W-L 8-5
3.67 ERA 3.53
98 SO 94
27 BB 44
13 HR 11
vs. Hou -- vs. Cubs
With Milwaukee's loss to Colorado last night, the Cubs pulled to within 3.5 games of first place, the closest they have been since April 21. They also trail in the wild card race by 4 games (and are 3 games behind in the loss column in both).

Roy Oswalt is the Astros' best pitcher; he did not face the Cubs in any of the three previous meetings between the teams this year before yesterday. Lifetime he's 10-9, 3.77 vs. the Cubs; Ted Lilly got a no-decision in the home-opener loss to Houston on April 9, though he threw well enough (6 IP, 3 ER). Odd stat note for Lilly: he handles slugger Carlos Lee well (3-for-17, .176/.263/.294), but Mark Loretta, a decent but not great hitter, hits him all over the yard (5-for-14, 2 doubles, 2 HR, .357/.400/.929).

For those of you without regular broadcast TV access, but with MLB.TV, here's today's Mediacenter. Gameday (2007 version) Gameday (2006 version)

Discuss amongst yourselves.