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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Dodgers, Saturday 6/7, 2:55 CT

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Chicago Cubs
@ Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, Jun 7, 2008, 2:55 PM CDT
Dodger Stadium

Carlos Zambrano vs Derek Lowe

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 70.

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See below for information on who the lucky Fox viewers are who can see today's game (good news: for once, it's most of you).

News from today: self-promoter Mark Cuban says he'll "pull out all the stops" to buy the Cubs. One thing he says that I like:

Cuban also told WMVP-AM 1000 hosts Marc Silverman and Tom Waddle he "definitely would want Wrigley Field to be part of the deal," despite the fact Tribune Co., which is parent of the Chicago Cubs, has considered selling it separately, either to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority or a private buyer.Meanwhile, Ryan Dempster says he likes Cuban. Why?

"He's pretty passionate," Dempster said. "It's funny. He kind of gets the reputation as this crazy, wild owner. But when you think about it, all he's ever really done is get kicked out of a couple of NBA games."Yeah, that's "all". This is the point of making this part of the post. An owner shouldn't do that. Period. And there are nine individuals or groups who have been approved to get the books from Tribune Co. Do you see the other eight going on sports talk radio to promote themselves or their case? Nope, they're too busy going through the financials. I say again: I do realize Mark Cuban is a savvy businessman -- he wouldn't be a billionaire otherwise -- but I do NOT want a Cub owner who makes it all about him, which Cuban would.

Give me Don Levin. Please. He's Mark Cuban without the "Dancing With The Stars" gig. A lifelong Cub fan with deep pockets who wants to win. That's the guy we should be rooting for.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
C. Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Derek Lowe
D.
Lowe

Dodgers
8-1 W-L 3-5
2.51 ERA 4.17
57 SO 52
28 BB 22
4 HR 6
vs. LA -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Carlos Zambrano 8-1 13 13 0 0 0 0 86.0 77 25 24 4 28 57 2.51 1.22


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Derek Lowe 3-5 13 13 0 0 0 0 77.2 81 42 36 6 22 52 4.17 1.33

This is the third straight pitching rematch from the Cubs/Dodgers series in Wrigley Field last week; this one was on May 28. Unlike the other two, in that one the Dodgers' starter (Lowe) outpitched the Cubs' starter (Z). Fortunately for the Cubs, they came back against LA's closer, Takashi Saito, in the 9th (with two walks keying the rally) and won the game in 10 innings. I'll take another, please.

Today's game is on Fox. It's Fox's main game, so it's going to 60% of the USA -- the other games are Indians/Tigers and Mariners/Red Sox. Without going through the listings, it appears you'll see the Cubs unless you're in Michigan or Ohio, New England or the Pacific Northwest. For the Fox market listings, go here. For today's other listings see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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Today's overflow comment threads will post at 4:15 pm and 5:15 pm CT.

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