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Florida Marlins
@ Chicago Cubs

Friday, Jul 25, 2008, 1:20 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Josh Johnson vs Ryan Dempster

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 80.

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Before moving on to today's game, here are a few photos from last night:

ONEDEC!
Ronny Cedeno rounds third after his third-inning HR

He can hit, too!
Carlos Zambrano pulls up at 2B after his third-inning double

Hmmmmm....
No wonder the Cardinals couldn't win vs. Milwaukee -- they keep skipping innings!

Speed merchant!
Aramis Ramirez says, "If Ted Lilly can steal a base, so can I!"

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

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
R. Dempster
Cubs
vs. Josh Johnson
J.
Johnson

Marlins
11-4 W-L 0-0
3.05 ERA 3.86
111 SO 10
51 BB 3
11 HR 0
vs. Fla -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Ryan Dempster 11-4 21 21 1 0 0 0 132.2 103 52 45 11 51 111 3.05 1.16


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Josh Johnson 0-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 11.2 13 5 5 0 3 10 3.86 1.37

Josh Johnson is the guy who Joe Girardi, then Marlins manager, brought back to pitch on September 12, 2006 after a long rain delay; Johnson went on the DL not long after and missed most of last year and came back only two weeks ago. He has never started vs. the Cubs, but did make one relief appearance on April 24, 2006, where he blew a save by serving up a three-run HR to Jacque Jones.

Ah, memories. Ain't they great?

Ryan Dempster, an ex-Marlin, has never started against his former team. He's 1-1, 3.00 in 10 relief appearances vs. Florida, and Luis Gonzalez is a particular tormentor (10-for-18, .556/.636/.944, a double, 2 HR).

Today's game is on WGN, as the Cubs attempt to even up their record on the "TV You Can't Ignore" station. Also see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)

MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)

Baseball-reference.com game preview

Today's DAY GAME first pitch thread will post at 1:15 pm CT and the overflow comment threads will post at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm CT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.