It’s another slap fight for the Cubs, but at least it’s a beautiful new ballpark. The batting order gets a bit zany, what with the DH involved. All Cubs will be getting my full support, but I might give an extra cheer for Alfonso Soriano.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (19-37) at Minnesota Twins (22-34), 7:10pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (0-2, 4.56 ERA, 1.056 WHIP)


P.J. Walters (2-1, 3.69 ERA, 1.358 WHIP)

Minnesota Twins Lineup

1. Ben Revere, CF

2. Jamey Carroll, 2B

3. Josh Willingham, LF

4. Justin Morneau, DH

5. Ryan Doumit, C

6. Chris Parmelee, 1B

7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B

8. Brian Dozier, SS

9. Darin Mastroianni, RF

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, LF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. David DeJesus, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, DH

5. Bryan LaHair, 1B

6. Joe Mather, CF

7. Steve Clevenger, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Ian Stewart, 3B

  • calicubsfan007

    And I so far like the Ascensio addition.

  • Derek

    Ian needs this season to get back into the groove of MLB baseball. He is young let him play this year and then next year should be the make or break year for him. He has had wrist problems and you cant go from a injury that keeps him out almost all season to the guy people think you can be without playing. Its all about reps, getting you at bats and fielding grounders. Get off this kids back and lets see how good he will do.

    • nkniacc

      Id like to see him play 2nd when they give Barney a day off

    • calicubsfan007

      Fair point, I like him a lot, just hate his hitting so far… It would be fair to consider the whole wrist injury factor.

  • calicubsfan007

    Soriano has seemed to play better ever since he said he wouldnt mind being traded… Crazy…

    • Luke

      Isn’t that also about the same time he switched to a lighter bat?

      • calicubsfan007

        Yours is probably more accurate, it just seemed as if he became way more better once he became lenient to being traded.

  • nkniacc

    Byrd to be DFA’d by Boston Saturday

  • Jeff

    Ok, before you all get upset, who really thought we needed a closer anyway??

    • calicubsfan007

      Heh, yeah. At least our bullpen has nowhere to go but up…