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Pregame Thread: Cubs vs. Giants, Saturday 7/12, 12:05 CT

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San Francisco Giants
@ Chicago Cubs

Saturday, Jul 12, 2008, 12:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Kevin Correia vs Rich Harden

Mostly cloudy with a 80-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 80.

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While we await the Cub debut of Rich Harden (and the end to this morning's thunderstorms!), here are a few photos from yesterday's win:

I got it!
Mike Fontenot and Mark DeRosa collide going after John Bowker's popup in the 7th (note ball in Fontenot's glove)

Fair ball! HR!
LF bleacher fans celebrating A-Ram's HR

Home run!
High-fives at the plate after A-Ram's HR

Cubs win!
The thirty-sixth post-win outfielder bump at Wrigley Field this year

Click on photos to open a larger version in a new browser window. All photos by David Sameshima

Today's Starting Pitchers
Rich Harden
R. Harden
Cubs
vs. Kevin Correia
K. Correia
Giants
5-1 W-L 1-5
2.34 ERA 4.96
92 SO 31
31 BB 22
5 HR 7
vs. SF -- vs. Cubs

Note, our sports data provider has no available info for Rich Harden. Click here for Harden's baseball-reference.com page.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Kevin Correia 1-5 10 9 0 0 0 0 49.0 51 27 27 7 22 31 4.96 1.49

John Shea of ESPN.com writes about Rich Harden and tells a little bit about how Harden has learned to better prepare for starts this year to keep him healthy.

Rich Harden has already faced the Giants this year -- during interleague play on June 14. He threw 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out nine and allowing one hit -- a first-inning single to Randy Winn -- and two walks. A repeat of that performance, please, Rich.

The Cubs hit Kevin Correia pretty hard on in San Francisco on July 2. Jim Edmonds homered off Correia; with his rest yesterday, Edmonds will probably start today.

Weather permitting, of course.

Yes, I know. For those of you outside Chicago, you're pretty well screwed unless you live in the Bay Area (where it's on CSN) or have MLB.TV. My position on blackouts is well known. Here is today's MLB.com Mediacenter link where you can see the game if you have MLB.TV, or listen if you have MLB Audio.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's first pitch thread will post at 12 noon CDT, regardless of rain. The overflow comment threads will post at 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm CDT. If there's a rain delay and the other threads fill up as a result -- someone please post another thread in the FanPost section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.