Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cubs at Phillies: June 9th through June 12th

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Thursday and Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:10, Sunday 1:35

Cubs 24-36, 5th Place in N.L. Central, 11 1/2 games behind the Cardinals
Phillies 37-25, 1st Place in N.L. East, 3 games ahead of the Braves

First Game:  The Cubs began life in the National League as the White Stockings (1876-1889), before changing their name to the Colts (1890-1897), trying out the Orphans for a few years (1898-1902) and finally settling on the Cubs (1903-present).  In the first year of the Phillies existence, back when they were known as the Quakers, the White Stockings defeated the Quakers by a score of 11-9, on May 11, 1883.

Meet the Cubs: Manager - Mike Quade is in his first year as manager of the Cubs
Starters - Geovany Soto (c), Carlos Pena (1b), Darwin Barney (2b), Aramis Ramirez (3b), Starlin Castro (ss), Blake DeWitt (lf), Tyler Colvin (cf), Kosuke Fukudome (rf)
Rotation - Carlos Zambrano (rhp), Matt Garza (rhp), Doug Davis (lhp), Ryan Dempster (rhp), Randy Wells (rhp)
Bench - Koyie Hill (c), DJ LeMahieu (inf), Tony Campana (of), Lou Montanez (of), Brad Snyder (of)
Closer - Carlos Marmol (rhp)
Bullpen - John Grabow (lhp), Rodrigo Lopez (rhp), Sean Marshall (rhp), James Russell (lhp), Jeff Samardzija (rhp), Kerry Wood (rhp)
Disabled List - Andrew Cashner (rhp), Brian Schlitter (rhp), Jeff Baker (inf), Marlon Byrd (cf), Reed Johnson (of), Alfonso Soriano (lf)

At the Ballpark:  Tomorrow night is the Phanatic About Reading Night and all kids will receive a Phanatic story book.  Kids can run the bases following Saturday afternoon's game and all men receive a white Phillies cap on Sunday afternoon as part of Father's Appreciation Day.

Cubs Probables: Randy Wells (1-1, 5.74), Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 3.98), Matt Garza (2-5, 4.07), Doug Davis (0-5, 6.38)
Phillies Probables: Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78), Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56), Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.62), Roy Oswalt (3-4, 3.05)

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