Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Dontrelle Willis – Willis was in line to pick up his seventh win after allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings against Philadelphia in his start on Thursday, but the Phillies rallied late to tie the score and bump him out of the decision. Willis has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past three starts and is 2-1 with a 1.60 ERA in five career starts at Wrigley Field.

Jason Marquis – Marquis should’ve gotten the win in his last start, against the Padres on Thursday night. He gave up one run on five hits over seven innings while striking out five, but left with the game tied. Marquis has won his past five decisions and is looking like one of the best free-agent additions. He’s 4-3 with a 6.83 ERA against the Marlins in his career.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Dontrelle Willis – ESPN Splits


Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

Felix Pie (AAA) 4-4, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2R, (.406avg)
Micah Hoffpauir (AAA) 3-4, RBI, R, (.292avg)
Jake Fox (AA) 2-5, 3RBI, (.342avg)
Tyler Colvin (High-A) 3-4, 2B, 2RBI, R, SB, (.303avg)
Scott Taylor (High-A) 7IP, 2ER, 9H, 2BB, 2K, WIN (4.95ERA)
Jacob Renshaw (Low-A) G#1 5IP, No Runs, 4H, 2BB, 5K, WIN (3.50ERA)
Marco Carrillo (Low-A) G#2 5IP, No Runs, 4H, 6K, WIN (2.92ERA)


This Day In History

1922 The Supreme Court rules that organized baseball is a sport and not a business which exempts major league clubs from antitrust laws and interstate commerce rules. (This is a Mark Strickler Special)

1990 A’s Rickey Henderson theft of third base in the sixth inning of a 2-1 loss to Blue Jays breaks the 62-year old American League stolen base record of 892 held by Ty Cobb.

2000 At the age of 104, Fred Roberts, the oldest living Dodger fan, makes his first visit to Dodger Stadium. Wearing a jersey with the number 104, the World War I veteran cheers as Sean Green’s sixth inning grand slam helps to beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 4-1.

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