Found June 15, 2012 on RedSoxLife:
Two franchises steeped in tradition, with the two oldest ballparks in the majors, and some recent history as well, met at Chicago's Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. Daisuke Matsuzaka, making his 2nd start since coming back from Tommy John surgery, ran into some early control problems that led to a pair of Chicago runs in the bottom of the first.Matsuzaka gave up 1 hit, walked 3 and threw 28 pitches in the 1st as the Cubs scored a pair to take an early 2-0 lead that was really never challenged. The Cubs added another run in the bottom of the 2nd on a triple by the pitcher Ryan Dempster and an RBI single by David DeJesus.Aside from the early wildness, through, Dice-K pitched pretty well - allowing only 4 hits over 6 innings. He did't walk anyone after the 1st inning and struck out 3.Matsuzaka got very little help from the offense which managed only 5 hits on the afternoon. Scott Podsednik had two of them. Former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein spent some time talking with vario...

Comedian Jeff Garlin wants Soriano traded

At today's Cubs-Tigers game, comedian Jeff Garlin was the guest brought in to sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame", and after his song, he sat in the Cubs broadcast booth for half of an inning. In the midst of some smalltalk about outfielder Alfonso Soriano, Garlin says "let's hope we can trade him soon!" The Cubs announce team stands in silence for a few...

Dempster not bothered by trade talk as he tosses gem

CHICAGO -- Ryan Dempster knows the trade talk is out there. But he's doing a pretty good job of focusing on pitching. Dempster tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Friday at Wrigley Field. The 35-year-old right-hander is in the last year of his contract, and he is aware the Cubs may want to move him to help in...

Game 63 Threa...Dear God, 100 More Games of This Sh**?!?!?!

The Cubs go for the series win behind Travis Wood. The Tigers counter with Justin Verlander. Over/under on Verlander K's at 11. Over/under on hits for the Cubs is 2. Take the over on the K's and under on the hits. Hell, perfect game #23 doesn't sound too unreasonable. Tigers Cubs Jackson, CF *Campana, CF *Boesch, RF Castro, SS Cabrera, 3B *DeJesus, RF *Fielder...

Cubs Blank Sox in Series Debut

The Sox took on the Cubs and their former GM Theo Epstein yesterday.  It was the second outing for Daisuke Matsuzaka and he was hoping for his first win of 2012.  Dice would have to wait for another day.  Dice-K struggled out of the gate and showed some of those bad habits that tend to drive fans crazy.  In the 1st inning, Dice-K walked three batters and had the bases loaded...

Game 64: Boston Red Sox @ Chicago Cubs

Time: 2:20 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network / WEEI RED SOX (31-32) Podsednik LF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez RF Ortiz 1B Youkilis 3B Saltalamacchia C Sweeney CF Aviles SS Pitching: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1, 7.20) CUBS (21-42) Campana CF Castro SS DeJesus RF Soriano LF LaHair 1B Clevenger C Barney 2B Valbuena SS Pitching: RHP Ryan Dempster (2-3, 2.31)

Recap: Dempster dominates, Sox shutout

Castro and Campana desperately try to get their belts unstuck from one another.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) After the Sox erupted for 10 runs against the Marlins on Wednesday, folks hoped that the Sox offense was finally coming together.  Not so much.  The Sox were held scoreless, and amassed only 5 hits against Ryan Dempster and the Cubs on their way to a 3-0 loss....

Cubs 3, Red Sox 0

Ryan Dempster pitched four-hit ball over seven shutout innings, and the Chicago Cubs hung on to beat team president Theo Epstein's former club, topping the struggling Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Friday. The Red Sox loaded the bases against Carlos Marmol in the ninth, but he got out of it when Dustin Pedroia forced the runner at third to end the game. That gave Marmol three saves in...

Report: Yankees want Ryan Dempster

The New York Yankees have been riding high as of late, winners of their last seven games entering Saturday. It would seem that things in the rotation were coming together behind #1 starter CC Sabathia.  Even though Andy Pettitte has exceeded expectations since returning from the land of retirement at the age of 40, the Yanks want one [...]

Tigers takeover helpful in series win against Cubs

The Tigers rolled right along with Interleague Play this week after escaping Cincinnati with a critical series win. After an off day on Monday, the Tigers were on the road once again to play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The lowly Cubs came into the series with the league’s worst record at 20-40. It [...]

Inside Pitch: Cubs

When will the Cubs call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo? What's new on the injury front? The Sports Xchange examines the Cubs' hot topics.

Pitchers notes: Garza, Dempster and Walters

Here's a running list of pitchers notes around the Major Leagues: – Right handed pitcher Matt Garza is aware that he could be dealt before the July 31 Trade Deadline, but he's not worried about that according to Alex Speier of “I just want to keep playing. It doesn’t matter where. I’ll pitch on the freaking moon,” Garza said. “I love the city. My kids...

Will Theo Epstein Win a World Series With the Chicago Cubs?

Success was swift and plentiful for Theo Epstein after becoming the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history in late 2002. At the age of 28, Epstein was thrust into the front lines of Red Sox management and found himself right at home. Barely a full year after becoming the team's GM, Epstein was sliding a World Series ring onto his finger -- the Sox's first...
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