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Pregame Thread: Cubs vs. White Sox, Saturday 6/28, 2:55 CT

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Chicago Cubs
@ Chicago White Sox

Saturday, Jun 28, 2008, 2:55 PM CDT
U.S. Cellular Field

Sean Gallagher vs Javier Vazquez

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 80.

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Tim Brown at Yahoo weighs in on interleague play, focusing on the three major-market clashes this weekend (Chicago, New York and Los Angeles). It's pretty good, but I could have done without the reference to "curses".

Alfonso Soriano may be able to return the week before the All-Star break. That article also says we should know by tomorrow about Z's availability for next Friday.

Phil Rogers asks "What if Kosuke Fukudome signed with the Sox?", a reasonable question since they did pursue him. For one thing, Nick Swisher might have become a Cub (there was some interest before the Fukudome signing).

Today's Starting Pitchers
Sean Gallagher
S. Gallagher
Cubs
vs. Javier Vazquez
J. Vazquez
White Sox
3-3 W-L 7-6
3.97 ERA 4.24
39 SO 97
17 BB 29
4 HR 13
vs. Sox -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Sean Gallagher 3-3 10 8 0 0 0 0 47.2 46 22 21 4 17 39 3.97 1.32


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Javier Vazquez 7-6 16 16 0 0 0 0 102.0 107 50 48 13 29 97 4.24 1.33

Vazquez pitched well enough last Sunday at Wrigley Field, but Ryan Dempster pitched better. Eric Patterson and Aramis Ramirez homered off Vazquez, but Bruce Miles tells us that Patterson won't be in LF today:Patterson botched a single by A.J. Pierzynski into a two-base error in the third. All day long, Sox runners successfully challenged Patterson's arm. Don't look for Patterson back out there again.

"I don't think so," Piniella said. "No. I don't think so. We'll put somebody else out there in left field."

Sean Gallagher has never faced the White Sox. He's gotten better with each outing. Today, the pressure is on: Sean, throw the game of your life. (And then get a new picture taken. That one is scary.)

Today's game is on Fox. The other game is Mets/Yankees; I'm not going to post all the markets because that's too long a list today, but it appears that you'll get the Cub game if you are west of the Appalachians (approximately) -- the only markets I can find in the West that won't get the Cub game are: Billings, Montana; Boise, Idaho; Dallas; Eugene, Oregon; Portland, Oregon; and the US Virgin Islands. Otherwise if you are in the Central, Mountain, or Pacific time zones (or Alaska or Hawaii), you should be able to see today's game. Click here to find your specific city. For other games see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's first pitch thread will post about 10 minutes before the actual first pitch, at 2:45 pm CT. The overflow comment threads go up at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.