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Pregame Thread: Cubs vs. Marlins, Sunday 7/27, 1:20 CT

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Florida Marlins
@ Chicago Cubs

Sunday, Jul 27, 2008, 1:20 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Rick VandenHurk vs Jason Marquis

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Yesterday's game was not one we'll want to remember for a long time. But there were a couple of memorable moments. Here they are:

Where's the ball?
Ted Lilly awaits Dominic DiAngi's ceremonial pitch

A father's love for his son
Heartwarming moment on the Wrigley Field mound

Safe or out?
Mark DeRosa should have just kept running... he might have been safe!

Mild mannered Matt is upset!
Matt Sinatro argues the call

Watch where you're pointing that finger!
Lou makes his point

Careful, Lou!
If what this photo shows is accurate, Lou may be facing a suspension, since it appears to show him bumping Brian Gorman.

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

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jason Marquis
J.
Marquis

Cubs
vs. Rick VandenHurk
R. VandenHurk
Marlins
6-6 W-L 1-1
4.44 ERA 6.19
56 SO 14
41 BB 8
9 HR 0
vs. Fla -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jason Marquis 6-6 18 18 0 0 0 0 105.1 108 55 52 9 41 56 4.44 1.41


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Rick VandenHurk 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 10.1 12 7 7 0 8 14 6.10 1.94

Rick VandenHurk's full given name is "Henricus", and he actually was born in the Netherlands. That's the most interesting thing about him; he has never faced the Cubs, and in 21 total appearances (20 starts) the last season and a half has posted an ERA over 6. He did throw five no-hit innings against the Braves last Tuesday, but walked five, so if the Cubs can wait him out (he threw 94 pitches in those five innings), they should have a good day.

Jason Marquis, quite frankly, has sucked against the Marlins in his career -- 4-5, 6.88. All I can say is: Step it up today, Jason. This team needs you.

CSN today, which means EI for out-of-towners, and also 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 be up at 1:15 pm CT and the overflow comment threads at 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm CT (and let that be enough. The last two games have been too long and dragged-out, not to mention the results).

Discuss amongst yourselves.