Sorry to have fallen off the face of the Earth the last couple of days; I've been working like a maniac trying to put together a talk for a conference next week and there just aren't hours in the day sometimes. The Pirates DFA'd Nate McLouth today, which pretty much anyone anywhere could've seen coming, and replaced him with Matt Hague. Hague probably won't help the struggling offense much (he hit .278/.325/.333 after returning to Indianapolis), but clearly it was pointless to keep McLouth around. The ice-cold Chicago Cubs roll into town for a weekend series starting tonight. They've lost nine in a row and have baseball's worst record at 15-29. Ryan Dempster starts for them tonight, against AJ Burnett. First pitch is at 7:05.