Tonight’s game against the Giants will be the first Saturday night game at Wrigley Field in nine years, and the first time one was actually scheduled in 13 years (the one nine years ago was a part of the Darryl Kile doubleheader). I suspect there will be a nice crowd in attendance. Be good.
- Mike Quade is finally willing to consider something we’ve generally clamored about for weeks: batting Aramis Ramirez third. “So much of what we do here is a combination of what guys can handle,” Quade explained after conceding Ramirez in the three-hole is a possibility. “If one guy moves out of one spot, who goes into the other spot? Nothing is off the table. I look at everything. I still think that given the guys in front of him who have been getting on base, he’s in the right spot to drive in runs because the on-base percentage from 1, 2 and 3 have been fabulous. And if we move him, who slides into that 4-hole to give you consistent RBI at-bats there. I haven’t had Castro ninth yet, but I’ve thought about every combination I could think about and nothing is ever off the table if I feel like there’s a different mix.” For the first several weeks of the season, Quade was resolute in saying that the Cubs have a set hitter in the 4-hole, and that’s it.
- Apparently there was some radio report that Jim Hendry had been fired. It’s not true.
- Brett Jackson – he of the sprained left pinkie – is expected to miss about a week of action at AA Tennessee. He’s the Cubs’ top prospect, so you can exhale now.
- Some fluff on the gritty bench duo, Reed Johnson and Koyie Hill.