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Return To Fox-TV: Cubs vs. Dodgers Preview, Saturday 8/22, 3:10 CT

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The Cubs haven't had a visit to Fox-TV's Saturday regional telecasts in over a month (since July 11), so let's see which of you will be "treated" -- and I use the word loosely -- to today's telecast.

Guess what the other game is? You probably don't need to. It's those two East Coast teams who shall remain nameless here. Naturally, the New York-based television network thinks everyone should see them. Here's the complete list of markets carrying the Cubs/Dodgers game:

Albuqerque, NM; Bakersfield, CA; Bowling Green, KY; Casper, WY; Cedar Rapids, IA; Champaign, IL; Cheyenne, WY; Chicago, IL; Chico, CA; Cincinnati, OH; Colorado Springs, CO; Columbia, MO; Davenport, IA; Dayton, OH; Denver, CO; Des Moines, IA; Eureka, CA; Evansville, IN; Ft. Smith, AR; Ft. Wayne, IN; Fresno, CA; Grand Junction, CO; Green Bay, WI; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Jackson, TN; Joplin, MO; Kansas City, MO; LaCrosse, WI; Las Vegas, NV; Lexington, KY; Lincoln, NE; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Madison, WI; Medford, OR; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; Monterey, CA; Nashville, TN; North Platte, NE; Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Ottumwa, IA; Paducah, KY; Palm Springs, CA; Peoria, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Quincy, IL; Reno, NV; Rockford, IL; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Sacramento, CA; Sioux City, IA; South Bend, IN; Springfield, IL; Springfield, MO; St. Louis, MO; Terre Haute, IN; Topeka, KS; Tucson, AZ; Tulsa, OK; Wausau, WI; Wichita, KS; Yuma, AZ

In summary: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Arizona, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Colorado, Hawaii, and parts of Tennessee, New Mexico, Texas, Nebraska and Ohio.

Try to enjoy the game. Maybe you consider yourself lucky if you can't see it.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
Ted Lilly
Cubs
vs. Charlie Haeger
Charlie Haeger
Dodgers
9-7 W-L 0-1
3.42 ERA 3.86
111 SO 2
27 BB 0
19 HR 2
vs. LA -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Ted Lilly 9-7 20 20 0 0 0 0 129.0 120 54 49 19 27 111 3.42 1.14


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Charlie Haeger 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.0 5 3 3 2 0 2 3.86 .71

Charlie Haeger had a typical knuckleballer's start in his return to the major leagues last Monday vs. the Cardinals. He struck out two and didn't walk anyone -- but gave up a pair of homers, the difference in a 3-2 Cardinals win. He's one of only two active practitioners of the nearly lost knuckleball art, the other being Tim Wakefield. The Cubs never faced him in his two brief callups with the White Sox in 2006 and 2007; as far as I can tell the last time the Cubs faced a knuckleballer, it was Wakefield on June 12, 2005 at Wrigley Field; boxscore posted for amusement value only. Knuckleballers can either be lights-out or get pounded; hopefully it'll be "get pounded" today. The only current Cub Haeger has ever faced is Jeff Baker (0-for-1).

Ted Lilly and the Cubs defeated the Dodgers on May 29 at Wrigley Field. Familiar score, too -- 2-1. Ted was originally drafted by the Dodgers organization in 1996 and is 3-0, 3.20 in four starts vs. LA. The Dodgers who he defeated in May were Manny-less; Manny Ramirez has hit four HR off Ted, but is only 11-for-42 (.262) overall.

See the list above the fold to check if the game is on the Fox affiliate in your city. For other games today see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Dodgers site True Blue LA.

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