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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Rays, Wednesday 6/18, 6:10 CT

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Chicago Cubs
@ Tampa Bay Rays

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008, 6:10 PM CDT
Tropicana Field

Carlos Zambrano vs Andy Sonnanstine

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Alfonso Soriano wants to be back in time for the All-Star Game, where he is likely to be voted a starter (he's way ahead in the voting). He's been a quick healer in the past, although this injury is a bit different.

Is Matt Murton trade bait?

Now go get those Rays, who are one win shy of tying their franchise record for most wins by the All-Star break (and we're still almost a month away from there). Keep 'em there till Friday.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Andy Sonnanstine
A.
Sonnanstine

Rays
8-2 W-L 7-3
2.98 ERA 4.89
66 SO 54
32 BB 14
7 HR 8
vs. TB -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Carlos Zambrano 8-2 15 15 0 0 0 0 99.2 98 34 33 7 32 66 2.98 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Andy Sonnanstine 7-3 14 14 1 1 0 0 84.2 104 51 46 8 14 54 4.89 1.39

Neither of tonight's pitchers has ever faced the other team -- Andy Sonnanstine wasn't in the major leagues when the Cubs faced the then-Devil Rays in 2003, and Z didn't pitch in that series. This may be a good time to get to Sonnanstine, as he hasn't gone more than five innings in any of his last four starts, and Z, after a shaky start in LA on June 7, threw well in his last outing at Wrigley Field last Thursday.

Today's game should be available everywhere. If you don't have WGN, you can see it on ESPN (the ESPN feed will probably be blacked out in the Chicago and Tampa markets). Also see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's overflow comment threads will post at 7:15 pm and 8:15 pm CT (and maybe more threads if the game goes long and I happen to be at the computer).

Discuss amongst yourselves.