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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Saturday 5/10, 2:40 CT

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Presto!

I, the magical Fox wizard, hereby decree that only privileged people who live in the following TV markets will be able to view today's Cubs/Diamondbacks game. A Fox Pox on the rest of you!

Abilene TX, Albany GA, Albuquerque NM, Alexandria LA, Amarillo TX, Atlanta GA, Austin TX, Bakersfield CA, Baton Rouge LA, Bend OR, Biloxi MS, Birmingham AL, Boise ID, Butte MT, Casper WY, Cedar Rapids IA, Champaign IL, Chattanooga TN, Cheyenne WY, Chicago IL, Chico CA, Cincinnati OH, Colorado Springs CO, Columbus MS, Columbus GA, Corpus Christi TX, Davenport IA, Dayton OH, Denver CO, Des Moines IA, Dothan AL, El Paso TX, Eugene OR, Eureka CA, Fort Wayne IN, Fresno CA, Grand Junction CO, Great Falls MT, Greenwood MS, Harlingen TX, Honolulu HI, Houston TX, Idaho Falls ID, Indianapolis IN, Jackson MS, Knoxville TN, Lafayette LA, Laredo TX, Las Vegas NV, Lexington KY, Lima OH, Lincoln NE, Louisville KY, Lubbock TX, Macon GA, Medford OR, Meridian MS, Missoula MT, Mobile AL, Monroe LA, Monterey CA, Montgomery AL, Nashville TN, New Orleans LA, North Platte NE, Odessa TX, Oklahoma City OK, Omaha NE, Peoria IL, Phoenix AZ, Reno NV, Rockford IL, Sacramento CA, Salt Lake City UT, San Angelo TX, San Antonio TX, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, Santa Barbara CA, Savannah GA, Sherman TX, Shreveport LA, Sioux City IA, South Bend IN, Springfield IL, Tri-Cities TN, Tucson AZ, Twin Falls ID, Tyler TX, Victoria TX, Waco TX, Wichita Falls TX, Yuma AZ The game time is, in fact, 2:40, having been pushed up five minutes by the Wizard. Why five minutes makes such a big deal to them that they'd actually announce it, I have no idea.

Why did Kerry Wood look so lights-out yesterday? He's got a new grip on his slider.

Sean Marshall's demotion to Iowa is to stretch him out to be a starter now that Scott Eyre is back.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
R. Dempster
Cubs
vs. Max Scherzer
M. Scherzer
Diamondbacks
4-1 W-L 0-1
2.72 ERA 5.40
29 SO 12
20 BB 2
3 HR 0
vs. Ari -- vs. Cubs

This is Max Scherzer's third major league appearance. In his first one, he was lights-out, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings in relief and striking out seven. Then he started five days ago against the Phillies and got pounded. He throws hard.

Ryan Dempster has to stop walking people. 20 walks in 43 innings is too many. Dempster's last start in Cincinnati, his first loss of the year, wasn't his fault: errors made all five runs he gave up unearned. No Diamondbacks hitter playing today has more than five career AB against Dempster (the D'back who has the most is, of all people, tomorrow's starter, Randy Johnson, who is 3-for-11 against Dempster).

Fox blackouts be damned: here's the rest of today's TV/radio schedule at the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's overflow comment thread will post at 4:15 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.