This is the kind of off day I can get into. The Cubs are coming off two wins and a winning road trip, the rest of the Central has had a tough half week, and I get to play around with my team for the free $150 fantasy baseball challenge all day today. Noyce.

  • Just a day after we heard he was going to be a good boy on Mother’s Day by helping out a favorite charity of his departed mother’s, Alfonso Soriano was a bad boy, according to Mike Quade. Quade didn’t care for Soriano’s jog out of the box on a pop fly, which found grass in the outfield. What should have been a double turned into a single because of the missing effort, and Quade let Soriano know that kind of thing won’t fly. I can only assume that the Aramis Ramirez lecture is moments away.
  • If Starlin Castro keeps struggling in the three-hole (the freaking Bermuda Triangle for Cubs offense this year), Quade says he’ll tinker with the lineup as necessary. Blame the SI curse, if you must.




  • Carlos Zambrano had a funny answer for an ill-informed Los Angeles blogger, who asked Z if he’s always been passionate and emotional: “Where have you been the last nine years?”

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