From the Wire….Murton Recalled

According to a report on ESPN 1000 on Saturday morning, the Cubs have recalled Matt Murton from Triple-A Iowa and have optioned Eric Patterson back to Iowa. Murton will be available for Saturday’s game against the Pirates.

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Minor League Report – 04/18/08

The Iowa Cubs had a better week and so did the Tennessee Smokies. The Daytona Cubs lost three in a row before beating the Palm Beach Cardinals in 10 innings on Thursday, 1-0. Sean Gallagher had a good week, despite losing on Thursday night to New Orleans, 5-1. Gallagher gave up 3 runs on 7 […]

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Opening Day Roster Finalized….Marshall, Murton Optioned

The remaining spot on the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup was announced early Sunday afternoon. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Carmen Pignatiello will be the lone southpaw in the Cubs bullpen when the season starts on Monday. Scott Eyre is expected to return by the second week in April, but for now Pignatiello […]

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Finishing with a W

Spring Training Game Thirty-Two – Cubs 4 Mariners 2 WP – Ryan Dempster (3-1) LP – Jarrod Washburn (2-2) Save – Kerry Wood (2) Lou Piniella’s pitching staff made up for their poor performance on Friday night by allowing only 1 earned run in the final game of the spring. Ryan Dempster was very effective […]

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Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mariners – 03/28/08

Spring Training Game Thirty-One: Cubs (14-14-2) vs. Mariners (12-15) Game Time – 9:15pm C.T. TV: WGN TV, MLB.TV – Radio: 720 WGN, Gameday Audio on MLB.com Location – Cashman Field, Las Vegas Ted Lilly (0-0, 6.00/1.40) vs. Carlos Silva (0-2, 9.20/2.18) The final tune-up of the spring for the Cubs begins tonight in Las Vegas […]

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Winding Down?

The definition of “unlikely” according to Merriam-Webster is: not likely, improbable, likely to fail….and that was the word Andy MacPhail used on Wednesday to update the media on the possibility of Brian Roberts being traded to the Cubs. Fitting, isn’t it? While Brian Roberts appears to be staying in Baltimore, the Cubs made more roster […]

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Breaking Even

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 7 Angels 5 WP – Carlos Marmol (2-0) LP – Francisco Rodriguez (0-1) Save – Carmen Pignatiello (2) Jered Weaver held Lou Piniella’s offense in check for the first 5 innings of Wednesday’s game, at one point retiring 11 in a row and 12 of the first 13. The […]

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Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/26/08

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (13-14-1) vs. Angels (18-7) Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. TV: MLB.TV – Radio: Gameday Audio on MLB.com Location – Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe Carlos Zambrano (1-0, 0.60/0.73) vs. Jered Weaver (5-0, 1.33/0.74) Updated – 2:35pm C.T. – With Roster Moves – According to Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune, Ronny […]

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If You Were Jim and Lou….

How would you fill out the Cubs roster? With the signing of Reed Johnson on Tuesday, Lou Piniella figures to have three spots remaining….two on the bench and one in the bullpen. According to several reports on Tuesday night, the final two back-up spots are between Ronny Cedeno, Alex Cintron, Matt Murton and Mike Fontenot […]

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Three in a Row

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 7 Giants 5 WP – Sean Marshall (1-1, BS 2) LP – Tyler Walker (0-1) Save – Carmen Pignatiello (1) For the first time this spring, Lou Piniella’s crew posted a win for the third consecutive game. While wins in the Cactus League have little to no meaning, the […]

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