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Chicago Cubs
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Saturday, May 24, 2008, 6:05 PM CDT
PNC Park

Jason Marquis vs Phil Dumatrait

Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 65.

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Lineup

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

05/24/08 6:05 PM CDT

Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh Pirates
Alfonso Soriano - LF Freddy Sanchez - 2B
Ryan Theriot - SS Luis Rivas - SS
Derrek Lee - 1B Nate McLouth - CF
Aramis Ramirez - 3B Jason Bay - LF
Geovany Soto - C Adam LaRoche - 1B
Kosuke Fukudome - RF Jason Michaels - RF
Mark DeRosa - 2B Jose Bautista - 3B
Reed Johnson - CF Raul Chavez - C
Jason Marquis - P Phil Dumatrait - P

The Cubs are #1 in this week's ESPN.com Power Ranking. Meanwhile, look at who's #4, #5 and #6. (And #18 and #19 if you want a smile or two.)

Jim Caple at ESPN.com says the major leagues should consider expanding to Japan in the future. He says the logistics can be taken care of, and I agree, but with the price of oil headed through the stratosphere, how much would it cost to fly teams there and back?

Bruce Miles tells us that Derrek Lee's going to get a day off when the Cubs return home on Monday. Best guess: he'll get Monday off, which would mean he wouldn't have to play from Sunday afternoon to Tuesday night, giving him more than two full days off. D-Lee doesn't want days off but there's no reason he has to play all 162, either.

Is Alfonso Soriano's leg OK? He says yes, but Lou is skeptical:

"I said, 'What's wrong?' " Piniella recounted. "He said, 'It's confidence.' I guess I have to check with his confidence tomorrow."If there's a problem, Soriano should go back on the DL till he's 100%.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jason Marquis
J.
Marquis

Cubs
vs. Phil Dumatrait
P. Dumatrait
Pirates
2-3 W-L 1-2
4.96 ERA 4.39
27 SO 28
17 BB 25
5 HR 3
vs. Pit -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jason Marquis 2-3 8 8 0 0 0 0 45.1 56 27 25 5 17 27 4.96 1.61


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Phil Dumatrait 1-2 14 4 0 0 0 0 41.0 39 21 20 3 25 28 4.39 1.56

Once again, this is a pitching rematch of last Sunday at Wrigley Field, where Phil Dumatrait walked a zillion (OK, only seven) Cubs and Jason Marquis threw six decent innings and the Cubs hung on for a 4-3 win. For more on this pitching matchup see last Sunday's game thread.

Access tonight is on WGN, on FSN Pittsburgh (and thus EI), and at hte 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 7:30 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.