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The Marlins come to town today after an awkward off-day. The Cubs were off for four days for the All-Star break (one more than in years past), played a three game set against the Diamondbacks, and then were off again. It’s very choppy. I look forward to the schedule smoothing back out.

  • Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen says he expects to be booed at Wrigley Field this week, and he also expects Carlos Zambrano to be booed. In fact, Guillen says Zambrano “should” be booed, which he explains as related to Z’s rough last couple of years in Chicago (though I’ve gotta assume Guillen is also saying it simply because the Marlins are coming in as the opponent). Guillen added: “It’s going to be interesting and fun. Hopefully they don’t overdo it by calling him names or calling him something they aren’t supposed to say. They can boo. They can say anything they want. But as long as they don’t cross the line, just go out and have fun. I want to be out there [during batting practice] to see it. I’m not going to but I would love to be out there to see what they are saying. Carlos still has good friends on the team. You know what is funny, Carlos did a lot of great stuff for that city and pitched great for them, too. That’s part of the game. Part of baseball is, ‘What have you done lately for us?’ And, ‘We remember you.’ But he did a lot of good things.”
  • You can see a number of additional quotes about Zambrano from Guillen here, including Ozzie’s thoughts on how/why Zambrano is much calmer this year. And Paul Sullivan takes a look at Zambrano’s time with, and departure from, the Cubs.

  • Zambrano isn’t starting for the Marlins in the series, by the way, having started yesterday.
  • Javier Baez was the Midwest League’s Player of the Week last week, which was actually the first time a Chiefs player had won the award in almost three years. Cubs’ outfield prospect Trey Martin won his league’s Player of the Week award last week, too. The athletic Boise center fielder was an overslot bonus kid for the Cubs in 2011, and is a name to remember.
  • A little more of Anthony Rizzo’s story, including his obsession with all things baseball growing up.
  • Carrie Muskat answered questions, noting, among other things, that the Cubs’ offense is actually slightly worse since Rudy Jaramillo was dismissed at hitting coach.

  • A Massachusetts woman has been charged with stalking in Chicago after, essentially, she couldn’t leave Theo Epstein alone. We can squeal, but let’s not do this, mmmkay, folks?
  • As Luke mentioned in the Minor League Daily today, BN’er Cubbie Blues offers a second prospect poll on the Message Board, this one to determine the Cubs’ top 10 pitching prospects. Let’s just say it’s a considerably more difficult exercise than was the positional prospect poll.
  • Don’t forget to enter the one-day fantasy contest, if you’re able. It’s fun, free, you can win money, etc. It’s a bundle of awesome.

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