Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Sergio Mitre – Mitre was masterful again on Friday, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out eight in a no-decision against the Mets. Mitre has allowed only five earned runs in his past 36 innings, though he has just two wins to show for it.

Ted Lilly – Lilly will be back to pitching on five days’ rest. Maybe the extra two days off between his past two starts threw him off. Against the Dodgers on Friday night, the lefty issued a season-high four walks and gave up five runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. It was his shortest outing of the year and the first time he walked more than he struck out (two).

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Sergio Mitre – ESPN Splits


Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

Felix Pie (AAA) 1-5, 2B, RBI, CS, (.396avg)


This Day In History

1927 Cubs’ shortstop Jimmy Cooney completes an unassisted triple play as he snares Paul Waner’s liner, steps on second to double up Paul’s brother, Lloyd, and then tags Clyde Barnhart coming from first for the third out.

1956 Mickey Mantle barely misses (18 inches) becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The monster shot was still climbing as hit the facade in the upper stands.

1974 Sadaharu Oh becomes the first Japanese player to 600 home runs.

1982 Cal Ripken’s consecutive game streak begins with the Oriole third baseman (position for the first 27 games during the streak) batting eighth against Blue Jays.

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