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Pregame Thread: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Wednesday 7/23, 8:40 CT

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Chicago Cubs
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008, 8:40 PM CDT
Chase Field

Ted Lilly vs Doug Davis

Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 95.

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When Ted Lilly was last on the Bank Holding Company Field mound, this is what we saw:

Lillymeltdown_medium

I trust we won't see a repeat of either thing in that photo -- neither a Chris Young HR nor a Lilly tantrum -- tonight. Hey, Ted, some advice for you: whatever pitch you threw to Young that night -- and again in the first Cubs/D'backs meeting this year, when he homered again off you -- DON'T THROW IT AGAIN!

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
T. Lilly
Cubs
vs. Doug Davis
D. Davis
D'backs
9-6 W-L 3-4
4.49 ERA 4.14
114 SO 61
43 BB 38
22 HR 7
vs. Ari -- vs. Cubs

Doug Davis had a bout with thyroid cancer earlier this year, but it's apparently in remission. I'm glad Davis has survived cancer. Now go beat the daylights out of him tonight! Alfonso Soriano, who will (hopefully) be in the starting lineup tonight, is 5-for-14 (.357/.400/.571) with a HR against Davis.

The kicker about that photo? Chris Young is only 1-for-6 in his career during the regular season vs. Lilly. Yes, that one hit was also a HR, hit on May 9 at Wrigley Field, the only run the D'backs scored off Lilly that day, one of Ted's best starts of the season (he struck out ten).

Today's game is on CSN Chicago and FSN Arizona, on EI and at the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's first pitch thread, as the last two nights, goes up at 8:30 pm CT, and the overflow comment threads will post at 10 pm and 11 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.